The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 220
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DOOMED CITY TURNED TO CHAOS.
urday morning. The "News" also reported high winds at Pass
Christian. The Port Eads storm was a distinct storm from that
of Florida and was confined to the Gulf. The proof of this is that
the steamer " Comal " came in from Florida in beautiful weather
and apparently followed in the wake of the storm.
Eighteen people were caught in the Grothger grocery store,
Sixteenth and N streets, and it is presumed all were lost, as many
have been reported dead who were known to have been in the
building which was swept away entirely. The firemen buried
twenty-six people south of Avenue 0, between Thirty-Third and
and Forty-Second streets, on Tuesday. The graves were marked
with pieces of the garments worn by the persons.
Will Love, a printerof the "Houston Post," who formerly lived
in Galveston, swam the bay Monday to reach his family, whom he
found to be alive in Galveston. He swam from pier to pier on the
railroad bridges and at each he rested.
AWFUL NIGHT IN THE LIGHTHOUSE.
In the Bolivar lighthouse, which stands 130 feet high on
Bolivar Point, across the bay from Galveston, some one hundred
and twenty-five people sought refuge from the storm on Saturday
evening. Many of the unfortunates had deserted their homes,
which were swept by the hurricane, and other residents of Galveston,
who had come to the bay shore in their frantic endeavors
to reach Galveston and their families. Among the latter was
County Road and Bridge Superintendent Kelso. Mr. Kelso
stated to a "News" reporter, when he reached Galveston on
Monday afternoon, after having been carried across the bay in a
small skiff by Mr. T. C. Moore, that the hundred and more
refugees spent an awful night in the lighthouse Saturday night
during the life of the hurricane.
The supply of fresh water was soon exhausted and an effort
was made to secure drinking water by catching rain water in
buckets suspended from the. top of the lighthouse. The experi.
ment was a success in a way, but it demonstrated a remarkable
incident to show the force of the wiud. The bucket was soon
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