The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane Page: 107
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Two Survivors Give Harrowing Details of the Awful Disaster-Hundreds
Eager to Get Out of Galveston.
Clearing up the Wreckage.
ALEXANDER and Stanley G. Spencer, the two sons of Stanley
G. Spencer, of Philadelphia, who was killed in Galveston,
reached Philadelphia Monday afternoon, the I7th. Mrs. Spencer
was to come north later when their affairs in the stricken city
are settled, and would bring the body of Mr. Spencer, which was
embalmed and placed in a metallic coffin in a vault in Galveston.
The two boys left Galveston at 9 o'clock Friday morning.
It took them until 3.30 in the afternoon to reach Houston, which
is only about fifty miles distant from Galveston. " All the society
ladies of Houston met the train," said Alexander, the older of
the two boys. "They brought clothes and food for the people."
The boys told a remarkable story of their experiences during
the flood. "Storm warnings were sent out on Friday,' said
Alexander, "but nobody paid much attention to them; only a
little blow was expected. This did not come until Saturday afternoon.
It first started with a chilly wind. Things looked rather
dark and hazy and black, rapidly moving clouds sped by. Papa had
finished work at the office and was getting ready to come home,
when he received a telegram from the North telling him to meet
Mr. Lord, with whom he was to conduct business relative to the
buying of property.
Papa telephoned us that he would not be home for several
hours on account of this business. That is why we were not
worried about him. He and Mr. Lord met in Ritter's cafe, and it
was there that he was killed. He was sitting on a desk, with his
hands clasped over his head, a favorite position of his, talking to
Mr. Lord and a Greek, named Marcleitis.
"Ritter's cafe was in a strongly-built brick building, which
was thought to be very safe, but, unfortunately, it was at the foot
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Lester, Paul. The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/130/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .