The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 321
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HAVOC MAD E BY THE AN(;RxY STORM. 321
Of the pitiful tales, that of Thomas Klee, of Galveston, is one
of the most pitiful. His wife was away from home when the house
was destroyed, and has not since been heard from. Klee with his
infant boy and girl in his arms was carried for an hour in the
whirling water. Once he tried to fasten the four year old girl in
the branches of a tree, but she was torn from his arms while he
was trying to make her fast. When he finally gained a firm foothold
he found his boy dead in his arms. Since that time he has
hardly been a conscious being and he is still in the hospital at
Houston, where he was taken Friday.
The body of a nephew of Alderman John Wagner, a youth
eighteen years old, was found lodged in the forks of a tall cedar
tree on Galveston Island, two miles from his wrecked home, and
tightly clinched with a death grip in his right hand was $200
which his father gave him to hold while the father attempted to
close a door, when the house went down and the whole family
perished in the storm and flood.
CLASPED HANDS AND ESCAPED.
Encircling a water stand pipe with clasped hands, W. R. Jones
and fifteen other men prevented themselves from being carried
away by the water, and so saved their lives at Galveston.
In a wooden bathtub Mrs. Chapman Bailey and Miss Blanche
Kennedy were carried out into the gulf, where they spent Saturday
night. Not till the next morning did the tide bring them back to
where the rescuing parties could reach them. Neither of them has
a relative in Galveston left alive.
Captain John Delaney, chief customs inspector of the port of
Galveston, is one of the courageous men of the town. He lost his
entire family, wife, son and daughters, but his sixty years were
not bowed by his fate. The day following the disaster he was at
his post, attired in a suit of overalls, the only clothing he had
saved from the wreek of his home, and he has inspected all the
vessels that have arrived since then.
Along the Galveston wharf front the storm was particularly
violent. The big steel tank of the Waters-Pierce Oil Company,
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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/m1/379/: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .