The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 110
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110 HARROWING DETAILS OF TIIE DISASTER.
written in her house and the table on which it was written is still
there. We had a hard time getting to Mrs. Brown's. We walked
part of the way. A colored man with a bony horse hitched to a
rickety little delivery wagon-'dago carts,' we call theim-hauled
us the rest of the way for a dollar a piece. All through the streets
we met hysterical women and dazed-looking men.
' The wife of Dr. Longino, an army surgeon, was at a friend's
house, with her little baby, when the storm commenced. During
the storm, from fright or something else, the baby lost its breath.
Everybody thought the child was dead and tried to persuade Mrs.
Longino to leave it and try to save herself but she would not do
so. She caught hold of the baby's tongue and held it so it coi ld
not retard the passage of air in the windpipe.
TRYING TO SAVE THE CHILD'S LIFE.
"She blew her own breath into the baby's body. After working
for a long time, during the most terrible part of the storm, the
baby was revived and is still living. She kept her invalid aunt
alive by pinching her cheeks. The next day she reached a place
of safety in the city. She said she could hardly walk along the
beach for the bodies of children. There was a Catholic orphanage
about five miles down the beach, in which were a hundred children
and ten nuns. All of these but three boys were killed.
" One woman who was trying to save a child was pinned
down by a piano. She was just about to give herself up for lost
when a big wave came and washed the piano off of her. She and
the child were both rescued. We kept a little pet lamb alive,
which afterwards we thought we would have to kill for food. But
Mrs. Brown got a calf somewhere. It was killed and cleaned, but
the ladies themselves had to cut it up. This served for food for
two days. The two big cisterns in the cellar were full of salt
water; there was a small one on the roof which furnished us with
water tor a little while. After that we had to beg it from the
" The only clothes we have are what we have on
and one change of underclothes, which we took with us when
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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/m1/133/: accessed December 12, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .