The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 126
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12^ 9HARROWING DETAILS OF THE DISASTER.
city after the early morning hours, and hundreds of men, women
and children, all anxious to depart, suffered great inconvenience
and hardship, and were, after all, compelled to sleep upon the
beach at Texas City, waiting for the morning. There is but one
steamboat plying across Galveston Bay, which is able to carry
passengers in any number, and even this boat is able to make the
trip only with extreme caution, on account of the shallowness of
Yesterday morning somebody lacked something of being
cautious in the extreme, and the " Lawrence," after jamming her
nose into the mud, remained aground all day. Her passengers
were taken off in small boats. This compelled all those who were
unable to come on the first trip of the " Lawrence " to trust themselves
to sailboats, and by noon a dozen of them, heavily loaded,
started from Galveston to Texas City, where the fleet was scattered
over Galveston Bay by a distance of anywhere between one
mile and three miles. The wind died away utterly.
URGED TO HURRY A TRAIN.
The boats could neither go on to Texas City nor return to
Galveston. None of them had more than a meagre supply of
water and no food, as the trip ordinarily does not require above
an hour. Great suffering resulted. All afternoon they were
becalmed, and, a slight breeze arising in the evening, at 9 o'clock
at night the sailing craft which had left Galveston at noon began
to dump their passengers upon the beach at Texas City. This
place is now among the things that once were. There are no
houses, no tents, no accommodations of any kind save a few passenger
coaches standing upon the railroad track. These were
speedily filled, and the rest of the women and children, all hungry
and the latter crying for food, were compelled to remain on the
An urgent message was sent to the railway people at Houston,
saying that women and children were suffering, and asking
them to hurry a train to Texas City for the purpose of conveying
the refugees to Houston. No reply was received, and when a
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