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DETAILS OF THE OVERWHELMING TRAGEDY. 201
toward the beach into the gulf, and when the wind veered to the
southeast and later south, they were driven across the bay and
landed on the mainland near Texas City. Of the seven who
made this terrible voyage two died in the course of a day. Mr.
Mennis lost his mother and two brothers.
" In the vicinity of Texas City sixty bodies supposed to be.
from Galveston have been buried. Nearly all were women. There
was no means of identification, except possibly by jewelry, which
was found on about one-half of the bodies."
Prof. Fred. W. Mally reached Houston three days after the
storm, and in reply to inquiries related some thrilling experiences.
He had been out at Booth, in Fort Bend County. He boarded the
7.15 P. M. Santa Fe train.
TREETOPS INTERRUPTED PROGRESS OF TRAINS.
' At Thompson," said Prof. Mally, " the train crew stopped
to water and cool off a hot box, and by the time we started again
the wind was blowing a gale. There is no wagon road along the
windward side of the right of way from Thompson to Duke or
Clear Lake. The result was that as we passed along we were
kept in constant suspense of disaster by the treetops, which were
being bent over so as to rasp the windows as the train passed on.
" At several places we had to stop and cut off the tops of all
trees in order to get through. We finally reached Duke, which
was out in the open and prairie section. Here it was impossible
to proceed farther, and the train stopped to await the end of the
storm. We remained here until about 3 o'clock in the morning
and tried to get to Alvin. The first station out was Arcola. The
dwellings in this locality were a complete wreck, and only the
depot remained standing.
A TOWN IN RUINS.
"At Manvel, the next station, the ruin seemed even worse.
The depot had been completely demolished and was laying across
the track. Not a house standing ill good condition. We came
down farther within three miles of Alvin and found the track
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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/m1/248/: accessed June 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .