The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 202
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202 DETAILS OF THE OVERWHELMING TRAGEDY.
washed out. The agent from Alvin and the section boss met us
and stated that Alvin was in ruins and some killed. Not being
able to get through, we backed up the road, hoping to reach
" The sight of seeing men, women and children wading waist
deep in water over a country where we were accustomed to seeing
orchards and garden patches and to hear the cries for the dear
ones missing is enough to unnerve the strongest. Returning to
Duke we unloaded again those we had saved at that point from
" While our train of five passenger coaches was standing on
the track at this point the house in which the agent was living
was literally blown to pieces. His wife and three children were
with him, and soon the furious wind was tossing and rolling
women and children like footballs over the earth. Men from the
train faced the terrible gale and succeeded in getting all on the
train in safety. This house stood within seventy-five yards of our
train. About this time the depot, which was just opposite the car
I was in, was unroofed and split apart in the middle.
WHOLE FAMILY SAVED BY TRAINMEN.
"Soon after a third house, 200 feet away. was blown to pieces
and a man, wife and three children saved from the wreckage by
those on the train. We reached the timbered section and were
soon blocked by the wreckage of fallen trees across the track.
Everyone who could wield an axe got one, set to work diligently
to cut our way through. At the same time a large crew was
working from Rosenberg down toward us. From Thompson to
Duke large pecan, elm, oak and pine trees were encountered on
an average every ioo feet.
"Arriving at Thompson, we found Slavin's store a perfect
mass of ruin, the gin a partial wreck and many houses blown'
down. Here the first victim of the storm and train was placed
on board. He had been knocked off the track the night before
and had his leg broken. At Booth, Booth's store was badly
wrecked, trees blown all over the land, several houses blown
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