The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 301
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RESCUE OF THE PERISHING. 301
the most part with astonishing calmness. A woman told me that
she and her husband went into the kitchen and climbed upon the
kitchen table to get away from the waves, and that she knelt
there and prayed.
"As she prayed, the storm came in and carried the whole
house away, and her husband with it, and yesterday she went out
to the place where her husband had been, and there was nothing
there but a little hole in the ground.
" Her husband's body was found twisted in the branches of a
tree, half a mile from the place where she last saw him. She
recognized him by a locket he had around his neck-the locket
she gave him before they were married. It had her picture and
a lock of the baby's hair in it. The woman told me all this
without a tear or trace of emotion. No one cries here.
"They will stand and tell the most hideous stories, stories
that would turn the blood in the veins of a human machine cold
with horror, without the quiver of an eye lid. A man sat in the
telegraph office and told me how he had lost two Jersey cows and
"THEY WERE ALL DROWNED."
" He went into minute particulars, told howhis house was built
and what it cost, and how it was strengthened and made firm
against the weather.
He told me how the storm had come and
swept it all away, and how he had climbed over a mass of wabbling
roofs and found a friend lying in the curve of a big roof, in
the stoutest part of the tide, and how they two had grasped each
other and what they said.
"He told me just how much his cows cost, and why he was so
fond of them, and how hard he had tried to save them, but I said:,
"You have saved yourself and your family; you ought not to'
" The man stared at me with blank, unseeing eyes. "Why, I
did not save my family." He said. "They were all drowned. I
thought you knew that; I don't talk very much about it."
"The hideous horror of the whole thing has benumbed every
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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/m1/359/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .