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DETAILS OF THE OVERWHELMING TRAGEDY. 207
the road, spent the entire night with his wife on the roof of his
residence. His wife had been confined about six weeks ago, and
in addition had an abscess on her leg, which bent it nearly double.
They were saved. He was a mass of bruises. His heel was
" I don't see how any man who passed Saturday night in
Galveston can stay there and make it his home."
W. A. Fraser, of Dallas, general deputy of the Woodmen of
the World of Texas, arrived in Dallas from Galveston where he
had been for several days. He stated that complete as are the
reports published in "The News," the half has not been toldof the
terrible calamity that has visited the coast country. " On the
approach of the storm," he said, " I tried to leave on the International
and Great Northern Railroad at 1.30 o'clock, but found that
the bridges had been washed away and the water had risen to such
an extent that it was impossible for me to get away from the depot,
where I took shelter with about 150 other persons who had sought
the same place of refuge.
THE CRIES OF THE DYING.
"The depot was badly damaged, but no lives were lost there,
although bodies were floating in every direction and the cries from
the dying could be heard almost constantly. When daybreak
came Sunday morning the sights presented were something
terrible. It was hardly possible to walk along the streets without
tumbling over dead bodies, and the only thing, in my estimation,
that saved the city from being completely wiped out was the fact
that the wind blew from the bay during the first part of the night
-blowing the water up through town, in some places as high as
fifteen feet-and the wreckage from destroyed houses was piled up
along the Gulf front to a height of forty or fifty feet. When the
wind changed and blew from the Gulf this wreckage acted as a
breakwater and kept the waves from washing everything into the
"As soon as daylight appearedithe work of rescue commenced,
but it was soon found that after several vacant stores and all the
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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/m1/254/: accessed April 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .