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: 281
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FOR THE SICK AND DYING. 281
"Another possible total loss is the steamer Kendal Castle,
which is in shallow water near Texas City, having gone there during
the storm from pier No. 31. She lies partly broadside on.
Like the Roma, she is far from deep water, and until the Texas
City channel is completed it does not seem probable that she can
"The quarantine barge, belonging to
the State, is probably
gone beyond redemption. She dragged her anchor from the mooring
place to Pelican Island, where she went aground and fell over
on her side with the receding waters. Her machinery is propably
badly wrecked, and she is in such a position that it would be difficult
to right her, although the effort may be made.
" Small craft in the bay suffered as much in proportion to value
as the big vessels, if not more, for practically every one was
swamped. Some of them struck the piers and had holes stove in.
their bottoms. Owners have been repairing
them, and for that
reason few, if any, will be entirely lost."
GALVESTON IN DANGER FROM FIRE.
( A danger which Galveston faces is fire, Not a drop of rain
has fallen since the hurricane, and the hot winds and blistering suns
have made the wrecked houses and buildings so much tinder, piled
mountain high in every direction. In nearly all parts of the city
the fire hydrants are buried fifty feet, in some places a hundred feet
deep under the wreckage, and as yet the water, supply at best is
only of the most meagre kind. I
" Galveston's fire department is small and badly crippled and
would be powerless to stay the flames should they ever start.
There is no relief nearer than Houston, and that is hours away.
In view of all the existing conditions it is no wonder that the cry
is, 'Get the women and children to the mainland, anywhere off the
island,' nor is it a wonder that with one small boat carrying only
300 passengers, and making only two trips a day, people fairly
fight to be taken aboard.
"All yesterday fears were entertained by the authorities that
even this service would be cut off and Galveston left without any
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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/m1/339/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .