The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 274
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274 RELIEF WORK FOR THE SICK AND DYING.
How we ever reached the two-story building a hundred yards away
I do not know. We waded through the water and' every few minutes
we were carried off our feet and dashed against the floating
ALMOST DROWNED IN CELLAR.
" The building we were trying to reach was a store and the
foundation kept out the water. We hurried to the cellar and stayed
there for several hours. At last the wind-swept waves found an
opening and broke through the foundation and we had a mad run
to escape the rushing, swirling waters.
" We reached the first floor and I shrank into a corner, expecting
every second to be carried out to my death. How it happened
I can never tell, but this and one other building were the only ones
left for blocks around. As it was, several people were killed in the
building we occupied and the other house that was left standing.
" After a time I felt faint from hunger and, while too weak from
fright to seek food, I told Miss George that I would go into another
room. I staggered along the floor until I reached a window, and
fell, half fainting, through it. As I leaned there I witnessed sights
that I pray God will never make another see.
" Whirling by me, bodies, more than I could dare count, were
crushed and mangled between a jumble of timbers and debris.
Men, women and. children went by, sinking, floating, dashing on I
know not where. I wanted to close my eyes, but I could not. I
cried aloud and made an attempt to go to my friends, but I was
exhausted, and all I could do was to watch' the terrible scenes.
"Babies, oh, such pretty little ones, too, were carried on and'
on, gowned in dainty clothing, their eyes open, staring in mute
terror above. Thank Providence they were dead. I was partly
blinded by tears, but I could still see through the mist. Little
arms seemed to stretch toward me asking assistance and there I
lay, half prostrated, too weak to lend assistance. '
"How it all ended I know not. I must have fainted for I
awakened with 'We are saved, Alice,' ringing in my ears.
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/332/: accessed September 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .