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: 263
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mittees are doing noble work on the island. The people of Galveston
are rising to the occasion and I never saw braver, strongerhearted
or more intelligent men. It is wonderful the way they
face the fearful disaster. They have made no mistakes.
"Some negroes were killed for looting, but since that time it
has stopped. The work of cleaning up is being pushed as rapidly
as possible. Every Galvestonian is confident that the city will
rise from the disaster and sustain its commercial and industrial
HON. MORRIS SHEPPARD'S ACCOUNT.
Hon. Morris Sheppard, son of Congressman John L. Sheppard,
returned to Texarkana from Galveston, sound and well,
though a little broken up from the shock. When seen he said
concerning his experience in the Galveston storm:
" I had gone there to address the Woodmen Saturday night,
but the weather got so bad I concluded to leave. I went to the
Union Depot about 5 o'clock to catch a train ilat was to leave for
Houston a little later. When the storm broke we all ran up stairs.
There were about Ioo men and three ladies, and all remained in
one room for thirteen hours. While the storm was at its height
and the waters were wildest a number of men in one corner of the
room struck up the familiar hymn, 'Jesus Lover of My Soul,'
and sang with great effect, especially the lines 'While the nearer
waters roll, while the tempest still is high,' etc.
" We all expected death momentarily, yet nearly all seemed
resigned; several actually slept. The wind ripped up the iron
roof of the depot building as though it were paper. A wooden
plank was driven through the iron hull of the Whitehall, a large
English merchantman, whose captain said that in his experience of
twenty-five years he had never before known such a fearful hurricane.
One lady clung to her pet pug dog through it all, and landed
him safely at Houston Monday morning. When daylight finally
tame, an old, gray-bearded man was seen near the building wading
in water to his armpits. We hailed him and requested him to get
us a boat. He turned upon us and cursed us with a perfect flood
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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/m1/321/: accessed April 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .