The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 243
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
THRILLING NARRATIVES BY EYE-WITNESSES. 243
George Hall, a travelinll man who lives at 133 Thomas avenue,
this city, returned from alveston yesterday morning, having
passed through the terribiz scenes enacted there during and after
the storm. To a News representative he said last night:
"I arrived at Galveston Friday afternoon, and my wife and
little girl were to come down Saturday. At noon Saturday I
noticed that the storm, which had been blowing all the morning,
was getting worse. At that time I went to the tower of the
Fremont Hotel and saw the waves rolling in toward the land. I
;ook just one look over the city and came down. The wind
increased in violence from that on and the rain fell in sheets, and
I sent a telegram to my wife and advised her to stop in Houston.
I think that was the last telegram that was sent from the island,
as a few moments afterwards the girl told me the wires had
snapped. The storm was accompanied by no thunder or lightning.
CHILDREN CRYING AND WOMEN PRAYING.
" About 4 o'clock the people who were able to get conveyances
began to come in from the residence districts. The hotel did not
serve any supper. From 6 to io o'clock was the worst of the storm,
and during that time there was about I200 people in the house.
We were just as nearly like rats in a wire cage as anything could
be. At IO o'clock the water was four feet deep in the office, and it
was certain death to go out doors. We were in pitch darkness all
the time, although some one had secured one candle and set it up
in the dining-room. Children were crying and women praying
and throwing their arms around the mens' knees and asking them
to save them. It was certainly as horrible a night as any one ever
put on earth. I have been on the road thirty years, have been in
all parts of the world, have had many hairbreadth escapes, but they
did not amount to a snap of the fingers besides this.
"We had one particularly hard gust that lasted about five
m inutes, and on looking at my watch I saw that was a little after
tb o'clock. At 2 o'clock it had died down considerably, and the
Water fell two feet in about twenty minutes.
In the early morning we ventured out, although it rained
Here’s what’s next.
This book can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Book.
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/m1/297/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .