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: 259
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THRILLING TALES BY REFUGEES. S.
ing houses. Some of our party walked down the beach and found
a couple of white men who were breaking open and robbing the
trunks which had floated ashore, taking the garments from them
and drying them on the grass. These trunks contained all kinds
of family wearing apparel.
"We found that all the insurance men of Galveston and their
immediate families were safe excepting two married sisters of Mr.
Harris, who were drowned with their eight children. They were
drowned in their own yards and the bodies afterward recovered and
buried there. The loss to the insurance companies from a financial
standpoint will be very heavy on account of the cancellation of
policies under which there is now no liability, the houses having
been destroyed. Again, a great many people who are indebted to
the insurance agents cannot pay for the reason that they have lost
CITY WILL RECOVER FROM THE BLOW.
"If the Government and the railroads will repair and rebuild
their property in Galveston the city may recover from the blow,
but unless this is done there will be very slim chances for the city
to attain the position as a commercial point it has heretofore held.
The losses of life and accident insurance companies will be something
" What the people of Galveston need most, in my opinion, is
lime and workingmen, especially carpenters and tinners. The citizens
are fully aware of the sympathy they are receiving and the
liberal manner in which the people of the country have come to
their relief from a financial standpoint, but the immediate need is
a sufficient number of hands to clean up the city and remove the
debris. Among the important buildings destroyed were the cotton
mills, baggage factory and the electric light and power houses, the
large elevators and the 'rexas flouring mills, with several million
bushels of wheat."
W. E. Parry, of Dallas, was one of those who weathered the
hurricane in the union depot at Galveston. He said that he was
particularly fortunate, and did not even get wet. In telling the
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Lester, Paul. The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/317/: accessed April 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .