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: 305
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RESCUE OF THE PERISHING. 305
away. Mrs. Watkins mistakes attendants in the hospital for her
lost relatives, and clutches wildly for them.
Harry Steele, a cotton man, and his wife sought safety in
three successive houses which were demolished. They eventually
climbed on a floating door and were saved. W. R. Jones,
with fifteen other men, finding the building they were in about to
fall, made their way to the water tower, and, clasping hands,
encircled the standpipe, to keep from being washed or blown
Mrs. Chapman Bailey, wife of the southern manager of the
Galveston Wharf Company, and Miss Blanche Kennedy floated
in the waters, ten to twenty feet deep, all night and day by catching
wreckage. Finally they got into a wooden bath-tub and
were driven into the Gulf over night. The incoming tide drove
them back to Galveston, and they were rescued the next dav.
They were fearfully bruised. All their relatives were drowned.
A Texas journal commented as follows upon the great disaster:
"Galveston thanks the nation. Her citizens, still staggering
under the blows dealt by the hurricane, have been aroused to confidence
again and inspired for the work of restoring their home
city, by the magnificent expression of sympathy and kindliness
which their fellow countrymen have made by means of their great
NEW LIFE IN THE CITY.
"For two days after the hurricane the people of Galveston
heard practically nothing from the outside world. Then meager
news came. To-day for the first time the story of the response of
the American people to the stricken city's involuntary appeal for
relief has been brought in.
" The hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash given for the
use of the city, the many relief trains, laden with supplies of food,
so much needed, and of medical and surgical appliances, still
more needed, the oncoming bands of doctors and nurses and
guards, mean new life to this city.
"'Despair is gone. To-day the spirit of the citizens may well
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/363/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .