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: 172
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172 VAST ARMY OF HELPLESS VICTIMS.
" None of the danger of sickness that was feared has shown
itself. We are getting rid of the wreckage, and we are scattering
car loads of lime and other disinfectants everywhere. I believe all
danger is passed. Talk about Galveston giving up!" continued
Mr. Robinson, "This great wharf property is worth $i8,ooo,ooo.
It sustained a loss of less than $500,000.
"The company has iooo men at work on the repairs. It
stared eternity in the face Saturday night, and was ready to go.
To-day I have got more energy and ambition than I ever had. I
don't know where I got it. I guess God gave it to me. Come
back in sixty days, and you will not know Galveston, remembering
it as you see it to-day."
TERRIBLE EXPERIENCES OF A YOUNG GIRL.
Miss Maud Hall, who was spending her school vacation in
Galveston, and who passed through the storm, has written of her
experience to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emory Hall, of Dallas.
Miss Hall was in the house where she was boarding at the time the
storm came. She says:
" The wind and rain rose to a furious whirlwind, and all the
time the water crept higher and higher. We all crowded into the
hall, and the house, a big two-story one, rocked like a cradle.
About 6 o'clock the roof was gone, all the blinds torn off and all
the windows blown in. Glass was flying in all directions and the
water had risen to a level with the gallery. Then the men told us
we would have to go to a house across the street.
"It took two men to each woman to get her across the street
and down to the end of the block. Trees thicker than any in our
yard were whirled down the street and the water looked like a
whirlpool. I came near drowning with another girl. It was dark
by this time, and the men put their arms around us and down into
the water we went.
"I spent the night-such a horrible one!-wet from my
shoulders to my waist and from my knees down, and barefoot.
Nobody had any shoes and stockings. The house was packed
with people just like us. The windows were blown out, and it
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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/m1/211/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .