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: 200
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boat I was told a drowning family took refuge. When they were
nearly over a wave struck it and threw all its occupants out
except one man, and he landed in safety. Claude G. Pond, who
was with Capt. Plummer's life boat during the storm, estimates
that they saved 200 people in the east end from drowning.
"They began work Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock and kept
it up as long as they could do any good in the east end from First
street to St. Mary's Infirmary. Capt. Plummer waded in water
up to his chin, and in places was swimming, directing the movements
of the boat, while Mr. Pond and Capt. Plummer's two sons
manned the boat.
CLUNG TO THEIR PROPERTY.
" Several places they extended rescue and the people declined
to go expressing the belief that their peril was not so great, and
preferring to remain with their property. Sometimes they would
make the second trip to such places and sometimes the occupants
would be saved and in other instances they had tarried too long.
Their plan was to carry people into places where they could wade
out and leave them, going back to bring others to shallow water
and on the return again carrying them further in.
" In cases where parents had been carried out to wading
water and deposited, they would stand there instead of pushing
on, looking back for their children, and it sometimes happened
that the children and parents both went down while one waited
for the other, when, if the parents had pushed on after
they had reached wading water, all might have been saved.
"One of the last loads carried out was about to land in front
of St. Mary's Infirmary, when a piece of falling timber struck
the boat and capsized it. They had eight or nine people in the
boat, and when they succeeded in righting it they could find only
two or three.
" Mr. Mennis and a party of about forty people took refuge
in a two-story grocery store at Forty-fifth street and Broadway.
When the roof went over and the building went to pieces, Mr.
Mennis and six others caught on drift. They were driven
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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/m1/247/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .