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: 268
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268 THRILLING TALES BY REFUGEES.
the best building at his disposal. Relief is coming as rapidly as
the crippled transportation facilities will admit. No one need fear,
after seeing the brave and manly way in which these people are
helping themselves, that too much outside aid will Jbe given."
Reported dead several times, their obituaries printed in Galveston
and Houston, Peter Boss, wife and son, formerly of Chicago,
were found, after having passed through a most thrilling experience.
TRIED TO ESCAPFE WITH HER MONEY.
Mrs. Boss' story of her experience in the disaster was a thrilling
one. With her husband and son she was seated at supper in
her home on Twelfth street when the storm broke. She seized a
handkerchief containing $2000 from a bureau, and, placing it in
her bosom, went with her husband and the son to the second
There they remained until the water reached them and they
leaped into the darkness and the storm. They lit on a wooden
cistern upon which they rode the entire night, clinging with one
hand to the top of the cistern. Several times Mrs. Boss lost her
hold and fell back into the water, only to be drawn up again by her
son. Timbers crashed against their queer boat, people on all sides
of them were crushed to death or drawn into the whirling waters,
but with grim perseverance the Boss family held on and rode the
Mrs. Boss was pushed off the cistern several times by her
excited husband, but young Boss' presence of mind always saved
her. With her feet crushed and bleeding, her clothing torn from
her body and nearly exhausted, the woman was finally taken from
her perilous position several hours after the hurricane started.
Her companions were without clothing and were delirious.
They were the only persons saved from the entire block in which
they lived. They were taken to emergency hospitals, where they
all tossed in delirium until Sunday. Mrs. Boss lost her money,
and the family, wealthy a week before, was penniless. They had
to appeal to the city authorities for aid, and got but little.
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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/m1/326/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .