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: 219
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DOOMED CITY TURNED TO CHAOS. 219
She broke her moorings and with a i500 pound anchor and 600
fathoms of 2-inch cable chain, drifted to the point where she
grounded, a distance of about four miles.
The damage to the lightship was slight, consisting principally
of broken windows. The mate showed himself to be a
skillful seaman and managed to save the vessel by his skill as
Along the whole East Sealy avenue the oak trees have been
partly dragged up by the roots and brittle chinaberry trees are
practically all gone. All the tender plants have been washed out
or broken down by debris or blown away literally. Not a tree is
standing in its natural attitude. Not a building in the East end
escaped injury. One or two, like that of Capt. Charles Clark, suffered
but the loss of a few slat shingles while others were torn
from their foundations.
TWISTED INTO ALL SORTS OF SHAPES.
They were carried around and twisted into such shapes that
they can not be occupied again although they can be entered and
the sodden furniture and bedclothing removed. This applies to
buildings that are still standing. As stated, there is a vast territory
of blocks in width on which there is not a vestige of a house
standing, these having been blown down and carried away with
the other debris.
Dr. J. T. Fry, who has been an observer of the weather for
years, has a theory that the storm which visited Galveston originated
in the vicinity of Port Eads, and was not the hurricane
which was reported on the Florida coast. On Thursday a storm
was reported moving in a northeasterly direction from Key West.
It moved up the Atlantic coast. The Mallory steamer " Comal"
ran into it and reported a great number of wrecks as was reported
in the "News " at the time. The supposition that this was the
same storm that reached Galveston by doubling back on its tracks
is a mistake.
The first knowledge of the Galveston storm was the report of
a wind velocity of forty-eight miles an hour at Port Eads on Sat-
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