The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 192
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12r DETAILS OF THE OVERWHELMING TRAGEDY.
of their coverings. The storm reached its height at about 8.30
o'clock. At 9 o'clock the wind began subsiding and the waters to
But the fury of the storm had not been spent until well into
Sunday morning. At I o'clock the water had fallen until the
streets were inundated no more than they would be by a big
rain. Sunday morning broke clear, and the sun shone
brightly on a scene of wreck and ruin, which verily beggars
The streets were piled with debris, in many places several
feet high. Buildings were shorn of roofs, cornices, chimneys and
windows. Stocks of goods were damaged by floods from below and
rain from above. But it was the wind which had wrought the
greatest havoc in every respect. The damage from waters of the
bay was inconsequential when compared with that from wind.
T'.c eastern part of the city received the full force of the storm
azd suffered most, although no section escaped serious injury.
FRANTIC PEOPLE HUNTING RELATIVES.
All along the beach for about four blocks back scarct,. a
residence was left. The beach district was shorn of habitations.
Back of that houses and timbers piled up, crushing other buildings
which lay in their path. Men and women walked through
the slimy mud that overspread the streets, homeless. Men and
women rushed around frantic, hunting their relatives. Dead and
wounded men, women and children lay around waiting the coming
of the volunteer "corps organized to remove the bodies to
improvised morgues and hospitals. There was no thought of
property damage; those who had escaped with their families, losing
all else, felt satisfied and thanked their Maker.
Mr. A. V. Kellogg, a civil engineer in the employ of the
Right of Way Department of the Houston and Texas Central
Railroad in Houston, went down to Galveston Saturday morning
on company business, leaving on the Galveston, Houston and
Henderson train which departs from Houston at 9.45. Mr.
Kellogg had an interesting tale of his experiences getting into
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