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: 230
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230 DOOMED CITY TURNED TO CHAOS.
during the day. The houses are sometimes to be found quite
intact, but turned bottom up like an upturned dry goods box.
Others are but so much kindling wood.
The greatest wreck is possibly the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, at Fourteenth and Broadway. The front wall is nearly
all standing, with the steeples on either side, and the curved wall
that surrounds the chancel seemed in pretty good shape, but the
two side walls are gone beyond repair. The east side is standing
about half way up, and the west side was thrown to the ground.
Sand covers the campus in that neighborhood.
The University building suffered a good deal from the blow,
but it was the haven of rest for all the people in that neighborhood,
as it is now the hospital for the injured and the place of
succor for the women and children.
GREAT WRECK OF ST. MARY'S INFIRMARY,
The next greatest wreck is the St. Mary's Infirmary on Market
and Eighth streets. Practically everything there is gone but
the new part, which was completed about two years ago. This
is badly damaged, but is being used. It does not cover more than
a quarter of the floor space of the entire building when intact.
This is used to support injured and is the place of refuge. Sealy
Hospital, between Ninth and Tenth streets, escaped serious
injury, beyond damage to the roof.
The colored school, on the corner of Broadway and Tenth
streets, is a mass of wreckage, piled up with the debris along the
mountain chain previously described. This was a large two-story
frame building of eight rooms, and stood high in the air. A little
Episcopal mission, located on the corner of Fifteenth and Avenue
,L, was carried northwest along Fifteenth street and broke up a
block away. The gentleman who was in charge of the mission,
Henry Hirsinger, was lost.
This great line of wreckage forms the division point between
a mass of houses unroofed and partly damaged and a great prairie,
which up to Saturday was the location of the homes of thousands
of Galveston's people. This was generally known as the
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