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: 197
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DETAILS OF THE OVERWHELMING TRAGEDY. 197
his rescue to help save the family or perish with them. Standing
on his brother's front porch Mr. Cline motioned to the neighbors
on the opposite side of the street to go north, meaning to get out,
for no voice could be heard across the street in the teeth of that
This was the last warning that was given, and then the chief
of the Weather Bureau, while with his devoted brother and their
loved ones disappeared within their own homes to await their
doom. It was not many hours coming.. Higher and higher the
water rose, and they mounted the second floor till the waves
mounted higher, and buildings about them crashed and fell, adding
to the number of inmates of the houses others who had been
driven out and were seeking safety.
Finally, the building gave way beneath the pressure of the
wreckage behind it. The Cline family was in the room and had
resolved to go by threes. Dr. Cline had with him Mrs. Cline and
their little 6-year-old girl, Esther. His brother, Joe, took charge
of the two older girls. As the house went over Mr. Joe Cline
and his charges were thrown through a window which they were
near and they caught on the roof. A dresser pushed Dr. Cline
and his wife against the mantle and his little one was knocked
from his left arm. They were all pinioned beneath the roof.
FOUND IT WAS THE FOOT OF HIS BABY.
Dr. Cline, holding to his wife, prepared for death, but throwing
his left hand above his head, felt something strike his hand.
He grabbed the object and it proved to be one foot of his baby
that had been knocked from his grasp when the roof fell in. The
water had driven her little body to the surface through an opening,
which, although in an almost dying condition, he realized.
By some means-he doesn't know how-he was released from the
timbers that held him down, and he, too, was sent up by the rush
of water to the surface. With his feet and arms he reached for
his wife, who had been torn from his grasp, but he could not find
her, and so she perished. Their experience in drifting on debris
was that of hundreds of others. For hours they were tossed
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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/m1/244/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .