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: 206
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206 DETAILS OF THE OVERWHELMING TRAGEDY.
a church left standing. The general offices of the Santa Fe are
badly wrecked. On the floor next to the top some of the inside
door casings are forced out of the frames, and the entire building
will have to be replastered before it will be safe to occupy. The
train sheds are gone.
"On the Mallory wharves is a conglomerated pile of boxcars
and boats and cotton wreckage of every description. The Mallory
liner' Comal' arrived there just after the storm, and, thank
goodness, the crew has sense enough to stay on board the boat.
Dead bodies are in all the wreckage under the wharf just like
dead rats. The Santa Fe officials and the heads of the different
departments in the general offices, so far as reported, are all safe.
The families of a good many of the clerks have been lost entirely,
and in other instances partially so.
" The Blum family came to the Washington Hotel at daylight
Sunday morning with nothing on them but shreds. They
had lost everything. When they left home they had thousands
of dollars worth of diamonds on their persons. These were all
lost in their battle with the elements. Their bodies were a mass
"There is scarcely a stock of goods in Galveston that isn't a
total loss. But the Sealy residence, standing even as it does,
where it seems as if the slightest breeze would strike it, hasn't a
scratch on it.
ENTIRE FAMILIES LOST.
"The brother of John Paul Jones, the general agent of our
road, lost his entire family. Will Labatt, assistant ticket agent
of the Santa Fe, lost his entire family, with the exception of his
wife, who is visiting in the North. He turned up Sunday morning
at 6 o'ciock more dead than alive and covered with bruises
"John Paul Jones, the general agent of the Santa Pe, succeeded
in saving his family. His wife was very sick, but he saved
her by swimming accross the street with his child on his head
and his wife between himself and another person.
"Mr. Crane, chief rate clerk to the general freight agent of
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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/m1/253/: accessed July 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .