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: 294
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294 RESCUE OF THE PERISHING.
arm, while with the other she held fast to her precarious haven of
refuge. The minister held a baby of i8 months in the same manner,
and while the little one cried for food he prayed. In other
trees the family he had rescued from drowning found a precarious
When the night had passed and the water receded, wreckage,
dead animals and the corpses of parishioners surrounded the
devoted party. There was nothing to eat, and, nearly dead with
exhaustion, the preacher and his little flock set out on foot to
seek assistance. They were too weak to continue far, and sank
down on the plain, while Mr. Davis pushed on alone. Five miles
away a farmhouse was found, partially intact, and securing a
team, Davis returned for his half-dead party.
SUBSISTED ON RAW MEAT.
For two days they remained at the home of the hospitable
farmer, and then set out afoot to find a hamlet or make their way
over the desert-like peninsula to Bolivar Point. In the heat of
the burning sun they plodded on along the water front, subsisting
upon a steer which they killed and devoured raw, until finally
they came upon an abandoned and overturned sailboat high on
With a united effort they succeeded in launching the boat,
and with improvised distress signals displayed, managed to sail
to Galveston. There, because of red tape, they were unable to
secure clothing, although they were given a little food and transportation
to Houston. Clad in an old pair of trousers, a tattered
shirt and torn shoes, with his family in even worse plight, the
circuit rider of the Patton Beach, Johnston's Bethel, Bolivar
Point and High Island Methodist Churches rode into Houston,
dirty, weak and half-starved. Here the family were sent to a
hospital and cared for.
Bolivar reported that up to date 220 bodies had been found
and buried, and many were still lying on the sands. Assistance
was needed at once. It is a fact generally commented upon, and
merely emphasized by the clergyman's experience, that while
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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/m1/352/: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .