The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 211
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DETAILS OF THE OVERWHELMING TRAGEDY. 211
danger decided to return to the hotel, which we succeeded in
doing by wading in water waist deep. Inside of a few minutes
the women and children began to come to the hotel for refuge.
All were panic stricken. I saw two women, one with a child, trying
to get to the hotel. They were drowned within three hundred
yards of us.
" After the worst was over in Galveston we went over to Virginia
Point, which cost us $i5 each. When we got over there we
found a caboose and an engine chained together with some twentyfive
people in it. While we were in the caboose three bodies, two
men and a child, drifted against the car and we tied them to one
end to keep them from floating away. We saw fourteen bodies
there, all having floated across the channel and all more or less
disfigured from coming in contact with so much wreckage.
Most of them were women and children.
"We walked six miles from Virginia Point, swimmingat
intervals, in order to catch the relief train, which could not come in
further from washouts. We met people coming and going. A
party of twelve persons, including one woman, had built a raft
and were intending to cross to Galveston. We saw three launches
six miles inland, north of Virginia Point on the bald prairie.
Only one of them seemed to have anyone in it. We reached
Houston at 3.30 this morning. There are only two houses in anything
like perfect condition between Houston and Galveston.
From Houston up to Hearne things were badly torn up. The
whole east end of Galveston and the entire west end are completely
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/258/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .