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: 221
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DOOMED CITY TURNED TO CHAOS. 221
filled with water, but it was salty and could not be used. Several
attempts finally resulted in a fresh water supply to quench the
thirst of the feverishly excited refugees.
The salt water was shot skyward over 130 feet and mingled
with the rain water that fell in the buckets. From the top of the
light tower several of the more venturesome storm-sufferers
viewed the destructive work of the wind on Galveston Island.
Twelve dead bodies were recovered near the lighthouse.
Mr. A. Mutti, a storekeeper, lost his life after a display of
heroism that won for him the honors of a martyr. When the
storm struck the city he hitched up a one-horse cart and started
out to rescue his neighbors. Cartload after cartload he carried in
safety to fire company house No. 5. On three occasions his cartload
of human beings, some half dead, others crazed with fright,
was carried for blocks by the raging currents, but he landed all
the unfortunates in the fire house, even to his last load, when he
met his death. As he attempted to pass into the building on his
last trip the firehouse succumbed to the wind and collapsed.
Some of the wreckage struck poor Mutti and he was mortally
injured. He lingered for several hours.
GENEROUS OFFER OF HELP.
Prof. Buckner, of the Buckner Orphans' Home of Dallas,
arrived in the city and made his way at once to the gentlemen
in charge of the relief work. He offered to throw the doors of
his establishment wide open for the orphans of Galveston, who
have been deprived of their shelter at the various asylums, and
announced that he was ready to care for about I00 to I50 of the
children. His offer was taken under consideration for advisement
at a meeting to be held of the managers of the homes.
The official records of the United States Weather Bureau
have been made up and forwarded to Washington. The reports
give some very valuable additional information about the storm.
Unfortunately the recording instruments were destroyed or crippled
beyond operation about 5:10 p. m. on Saturday, as previously
reported, and before the storm had reached the center of severity.
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