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: 273
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Dead Babes Floating in the Waters-Sharp Crack of
Soldiers' Rifles-Tears Mingle With the FloodDoctors
and Nurses for the Sick and Dying.
(O NE of the most harrowing experiences during the scene of
destruction and death at Galveston was that of a young lady
belonging to Elgin, Illinois. Stamped upon her mind until
she shuddered and cried aloud, that she might forget all its horrors
and terrible memories, Miss Pixley stood in the Dearborn Street
Station and told of the Galveston flood. Surrounded by her relatives
and friends who had given her up as dead, Miss Pixley, who
was the first arrival from the storm swept district, told her story
between outbursts of bitter tears.
" Oh, those eyes," she cried, " that I might put them from my
mind. I can see those little children, mere babies, go floating by
my place of refuge, .dead, dead I God alone knows the suffering I
went through. Thousands, yes, thousands, of poor souls were
carried over the brink of death in the twinkling of an eye, and I
saw it all."
MISS PIXLEY'S GRAP.HIC STORY.
This is her story, as she told it: " I had been in Galveston for
about six weeks, visiting Miss Lulu George, who lives on Thirtyfifth
street. It was not until after the noon hour of Saturday that
we were frightened. Buildings had gone down as mere egg shells
before that death-dealing wind.
" About 1.30 o'clock I told Miss George that we must make
our way to another building about half a block away. The water
had risen over five feet in two hours, and as I hurried to the front
door the wind tore down my hair and I was blinded for a time.
" I turned my eyes to the west and for three long miles there
:was not a building standing, everything had been swept away.
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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/m1/331/: accessed May 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .