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: 191
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Details of the Overwhelming Tragedy-The Whole City
Caught in the Death-Trap-Personal Experiences
of Those Who Escaped-First Reports
More Than Confirmed.
rHE centre of the West Indian hurricane, which had been predicted
for several days, struck Galveston at 9 o'clock Saturday
morning. At that hour the wind was in the north and the
waters of the bay were rising rapidly. The Gulf was also turbulent,
and the water, forced in by the tropical storm, rolled up the
beach and gradually swept inland. About 2 o'clock P. M. the
wind was rising rapidly, constantly veering, but settling towards
the east and coming in fitful jeiks and puffs, which loosened
awnings, cornices, slated roofs and sent the fragments flying in
The waters of the bay continued rising and creeping ashore,
mingled with the waters from the clouds, and filled the downtown
streets and invaded stores. Despite the danger from flying
missiles, as the afternoon wore on, men ventured out in the streets
in hacks, in wagons, in boats and on foot, some anxious to get
home to their families, some bent on errands of mercy, and others
animated by no purpose save bravado.
Gaining in velocity, the wind changed to the northeast, then
to the east, and the waters rose until they covered the city. The
wind howled frightfully around the buildings, tearing off
cornices and ripping off roofs. The wooden paving blocks rose
from their places in the streets and floated off in great sections
down the streets.
At 6.30 o'clock the wind had shifted to the southeast, still
increasing in velocity. At that hour the wind gauge on the roof
of the United States Weather Bureau registered eighty-four miles
an hour then blew away. Still the wind blew harder and
harder and even the most fortunate houses lost all or a part
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/238/: accessed June 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .