The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 196
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190 DETAILS OF THE OVERWHELMING TRAGEDY.
other buildings destroyed. While there were no deaths reported
at North Galveston, there were many hardships endured by those
who battled with the elements."
Dr. I. M. Cline, the chief of the weather bureau at Galveston,
lived on the south side of Avenue Q, between Twenty-Fifth and
Twenty-Sixth streets, in a strongly built frame house. It stood
until houses all around it had gone down, and at last it had to
give under the pressure of the wind and waves and other houses
that were thrown against it, and with it about forty people went
down, two-thirds of whom were drowned, among the number his
wife. The first floor was elevated above the high water mark of
1875, and Dr. Cline though he was safe there.
He left his office and went to his home and family early in the
afternoon. The office telephone had been in use nearly all the
morning giving warning to the people who called up from
exposed points along the beach to ask about the outlook. One man
was posted at the telephone nearly every minute of the time, and
to each inquiry the answer was sent over the wire, " The worst is
not over yet."
LIVES SAVED BY FLIGHT.
Barometer readings of this tropical terror had not been taken
since it left Havana and Key West, for the reason that it was
travelling across the gulf and after barometer readings could have
been taken nearer Galveston and reported here communication
was shut off. But the weather bureau knew the worst was not
over, and so perhaps thousands along the beach had warning and
sought safety in the center of the island before the storm broke
here in its fury. This partly accounts for so many people who
lived right on the beach, whole families in instances, being saved,
people who lost everything but who saved their lives. while others
who lived in stronger buildings nearer in, some of whom had
passed through the 1875 and other storms though of course they
could weather it, and thus were. lost.
When the waters rushed into Dr. Cline's home and began to
rise rapidly he realized his peril, but it was then too late to escape.
His brother, also of the weather bureau, Mr. Joe Cline, came to
Here’s what’s next.
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