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: 248
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248 THRILLING NARRA I1VES BY EYE-WITNESSES.
and Mr. C. Nicolini and family. Both houses were stripped of
every piece of furniture, wall-paper, window-frames and doors on
the first floor and second floor remained intact. The houses were
blown from their elevated foundations and dropped down on the
ground and the sea washed the interior of the first floors almost up
to the ceilings. The families took refuge in a house across the
street, which gave way and was leveled almost to the ground, but
all the inmates escaped with their lives. These two dwellings
stand like charmed structures in the centre of the hurricane's
The Rosenburg School-house suffered severely on the east
side of the building. The roof of this wing fell in and carried the
second floor and nearly all of the south wall with it. It was reported
that a number of people sought refuge in this building and
that all of them escaped without serious injury.
TO HASTEN ONE BRIDGE.
The indications this morning are that there will be reasonably
free intercourse with the outside world within ten days at the most,
although those in charge of transportation lines are rapidly finding
that the storm did more damage than they had at first calculated
upon. At another conference the question of utilizing one of the
railroad bridges across the bay and repairing that for the use of
all lines prior to the repairing of the other bridges or the building
of a steel bridge was practically settled. Colonel L. J. Polk, general
manager of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe, said that it was
reasonably certain that this would be done, all the roads concentrating
all their efforts to the completion of one bridge. In regard
to his own line he said:
"I do not know when the wrecking gangs will get to Virginia
Point. The statement I made to you yesterday that I
expected we would have a train to the point to-day was based on
information from the other side, but it appears that they did not
know the amount of work there was before them. Practically they
have to build a new track from Lamarque to the Point.
"We shall probably not reach the bay on the island side
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