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DOOMED CITY TURNED TO CHAOS. 213
of putrefying bodies and dead carcasses, to perform tasks that try
men's souls and sicken their hearts.
The storm at sea is terrible, but there are no such dreadful
consequences as those which have followed the storm on the sea
coast and it is men who passed through the terrors of the storm,
who faced death for hours, men ruined in property and bereft of
families, who took up the herculean and well-nigh impossible
task of bringing order out of chaos, of caring for the living and
disposing of the dead before they made life impossible here.
The storm came not without warning, but the danger which
chreatened was not realized, not even when the storm was upon
the city. Friday night the sea was angry. Saturday morning it
had grown in fury, and the wrecking of the beach resorts began.
The waters of the Gulf hurried inland. The wind came at terrific
rate from the north. Still men went to their business and about
their work while hundreds went to the beach to witness the grand
spectacle which the raging sea presented.
WATERS CREPT HIGHER AND HIGHER.
As the hours rolled on the wind gained in velocity and the
w2..ers crept higher and higher. The wind changed from the
north to the northeast and the water came in from the bay, filling
the streets and running like a millrace. Still the great danger
was not realized. Men attempted to reach home in carriages,
wagons, boats, or any way possible. Others went out in the storm
for a lark. As the time wore on the water increased in depth and
thewind tore more madly over the island.
Men who had delayed starting for home, hoping for an
abatement of the storm, concluded that the storm had grown
worse and went out in that howling, raging, furious storm,
wading through water almost to their necks, dodging flying
missiles swept by a wind blowing Ioo miles an hour.
Still the wind increased in velocity, when, after it seemed
impossible that it should be more swift, it changed from west to
southeast, veering constantly, calming for a second and then corning
with awful errific jerks, so terrible in their power that o
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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/m1/264/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .