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: 303
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RESCUE OF THE PERISHING. 03
scenes following the storm which up to now have been untold.
Accounts of personal experiences are just becoming available, and
the narration of the different stories is like a long, hideous
"Quarteredin the Chicago hospital in the Auditorium Theatre
are persons whose minds were a blank all the week until the ministering
of the "Chicago American's" nurses and physicians
restored, at least partly, the shattered nerves and senses. During
this morning's early hours these unfortunates related their awful
"The story of Thomas Klee was possibly the most pitiful.
Klee lived near Eleventh and N streets. When the storm burst
he was alone in his house with his two infant children. He
seized one under each arm and rushed from the frail structure in
time to cheat death among the falling timbers of his home.
LODGED HIS CHILD IN A TREE.
"Once in the open, with his babies under his arms, he was
swept into the bay among hundreds of others. He held to his
precious burden and by skillful manoeuvring managed to get
close to a tree which was sweeping along with the tide. He saw
a haven in the branches of the tree and raised his two-year-old
daughte -)lace her in the branches. As he did so the little
one was tor. irom his arm and carried away to her death.
" The awful blow stunned, but did not render senseless. Klee
retained his hold on the other child, aged four years, and Was
whirled along among the dying and dead victims of the storm's
fury, hoping to effect a landing somewhere. An hour in the
water brought the desired end. He was thrown ashore, with
wreckage and corpses, and, stumbling to a footing, lifted his son
to a level with his face. The boy was dead.
"Klee remembered nothing until last night, when he was put
ashore in Texas City. He had a slight recollection of helping to
bury dead, clear away debris and obey the command of soldiers.
His brain, however, did not execute its functions until early
to-day in the hospital.
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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/m1/361/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .