The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 231
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DOOMED CITY TURNED TO CHAOS. 231
colored section of the city, but the colored people as a rak lid
close to the beach. As a consequence they got scared early in
the day and moved into town.
The result is that the death list is not as great proportionately
among the colored people as it is among the whites, although
a great many of them are missing. Prominent among the colored
people missing are S. C. Cuney, a nephew of Wright Cuney,
formerly collector of customs at this port. The rector of the colored
Episcopal church, Rev. Thomas Cain, and his wife are lost.
The poles of the East Broadway street railway line are standing
erect to Fourteenth street, beyond which there is but one
pole. The wires are all down, as a matter of course, and the
track is filled with wreckage. The line of wreckage crosses
Broadway, between Thirteenth and Fourteenth streets, and in it at
that point are several bodies which cannot be reached on account
ofthe high pile of lumber.
HOUSES PLACED BACK TO BACK.
The great bulk of this debris is unbroken and sides and roofs
of houses still intact, and the vast amount of loose boards can be
used for rebuilding, so that there will be lessened cost in that
direction. In some places whole houses have been moved from
their foundations and carried around back of others, thus forming
a barrier which caught the floating debris and prevented the
whole north side of town being swept from Gulf to bay and carried
into the bay.
The roof of the elevator is gone and the wheat there is
exposed, but if fresh water can be obtained soon it is expected the
wheat can be saved by drying. The sheds on the wharves are
practically all gone, but the wharves are supposed to be in such
shape that they can be repaired at a nominal expense and can be
The following letter was received at Fort Worth from C. H:
Fewell, who is night yardmaster of the Santa Fe Railway Company,
"The only means of sending mail or anything is by water
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/285/: accessed May 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .