The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 109
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HARROWING DETAILS OF THE DISASTER. 109
rain. The people were drowned by the water backing up from
the bay and the Gulf.
"At first the wind was to the northeast. This backed the
water up from the west bay. Suddenly it turned to the southeast,
causing a tidal wave. The water was from four to six feet deep.
Two of the observers remained in observatory all night. The
wind gauge broke when the wind was blowing from 115 to I25
miles an hour.
HOUSES IN FRIGHTFUL COLLISION.
"A house was washed against ours. In it the wreckers found
eight bodies, three of these and a night sergeant of police were
buried in one yard. Our house rocked dreadfully. It and the two
houses on either side of it, are old houses built over. No one
thought they.could stand the fury of the gale ; but they were the
only three left standing in that part of the city. Mr. Frank
Groome and Mr. Hall had to swim home. The house in which
Mr. Hall spent the night was split in two, but the side he was in
was left standing. If the wind had continued for two hours longer,
there would not have been one person left to tell the tale. When
the storm first started my brother and I went to the beach to watch
t e water.
"Even then the water was backing up in the gutters and the
little whitecaps were dancing on the waves. The steps of our
house were washed away, but Sunday morning we found the body
of a woman lodged in the brick work. Our pet donkey was
drowned, but we saved the dogs and the cats as they were in the
house. There were five big dogs and three little puppies. Paddy,
a big dog, would sit around looking at us. He kept whining the
whole time as if he knew something unusual was going on. They
say black cats are lucky. Well, we had three of them. These;
would rub up against us in a frightened way.
" Sunday morning, Mr. Groome came out to tell us about papa.
Mrs. Brown, a friend of mamma's, sent for us to come to her house.
Nearly all the furniture of her house was ruined by the water.
The surrender of the city of Galveston to the Union troops was
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/132/: accessed March 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .