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: 194
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194 DETAILS OF THE OVERWHELMING TRAGEDY.
the storm and to give them shelter. At 5 o'clock the wind was
blowing from the northeast at a velocity of about forty five miles
an hour, and by 9 o'clock it had reached the climax, the velocity
then being fully Ioo miles. The vibration of the hotel was not
unlike that of a boxcar in motion. I tried to sleep that night, but
there was so much noise and confusion from the crashing of buildings
that I didn't get much rest.
STREET SIGHTS WERE APPALLING.
"I arose early Sunday morning. The sights in the streets
were simply appalling. The water on Tremont street had lowered
some eight feet from the high water mark, leaving the pavement
clear from two blocks north and six or seven blocks south of the
Tremont Hotel. The streets were full of debris, the wires were
all down and the buildings were in a very much damaged condition.
Every building in the business district was damaged to
some extent but with one or two exceptions, and those, the Levy
Building, corner of Tremont and Market, and the Union Depot,
both of which remained intact and went through the storm without
" The refugees came pouring down into the heart of the city,
many of them had but little clothing, and scores of them were
They were homeless without food or drink, a great many had
lost their all and were really in destitute circumstances. Mayor
Jones issued a call for a mass meeting, which was held Sunday
morning at 9 o'clock and was attended by a large number of
prominent citizens. Steps were taken to furnish provisions and
relieve the suffering of the refugees and to bury the dead.
." Early in the morning it was learned that the water supply
had been cut off for some unknown reason. I presume that it
was caused by the English ship which was blown up against the
bridges, cutting the pipes. At all events, the city is without
water, and something should be done by the citizens of Houston
to relieve this situation. People who had depended on cisterns,
of course, had their resources swept away, and there are but few
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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/m1/241/: accessed April 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .