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: 322
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322 HAVOC MADE BY THE ANGRY STORM.
in which was stored during the season cotton seed oil, at the foot
of Fifteenth street, was blown to Twenty-first street, a distance of
six blocks. It landed on its bottom and rests now in an upright
position. It is a large tank and heavy, but the elements got the
better of it.
RESCUED TWO BABES FROM DEATH.
Ray Ayers, an eight year old boy, unwittingly rescued hiL
sister's two babies during the flood. He was floating on a raft in
Galveston when he passed a box with the two children in it He
siezed them, but the weight was too heavy for his raft, and so lie
placed them on two bales of hay on top of a floating shed. When
he found his sister he learned that her children were lost, and
when a searching party discovered them, they were still sleeping,
unconscious of their danger.
James Battersole, of Galveston, was one of the men who were
carried far out to sea during the.storm, whirled back again in the
rush of waters, and lived to tell of it. The roof of his house, on
which he had sought refuge, served as his raft, and the spot on
which he landed was very close to the location his house had
Margaret Lee's life was saved at the expense of her brother's.
The woman was in he Twelfth street home, in Galveston, when
the hurricane struck. Her brother seized her and guided her to
St. Mary's University, a short distance away. He returned to
search for his son, and was killed by a falling house.
While George Boyer, of Galveston, was being carried with
frightful velocity down the bay he saw the dead face of his wife in
the branches of a tree. The woman had been wedged firmly
between two branches.
Mrs. P. Watkins is a raving maniac as the result of her experience.
With her two children and her mother she was drifting
on a roof, when her mother and one child swere swept away. Mrs.
Watkins mistakes attendants in the hospital for her lost relatives,
aud clutches wildly for them.
Harry Steele, a cotton man, and his wife sought safety in
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