The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 323
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HAVOC MADE BY THE ANGRY STORM. 323
three successive houses, which were demolished. They eventually
climbed on a floating door and were saved.
Though separated by the storm and washed in different directions
all the members of the Stubbs family, of Galveston, were
rescued. Father, mother and two children were on a floating roof
llhat broke in pieces. The father, with one child, went one way.
The mother went another, and the remaining children went in
still a third direction. Sunday evening all four were reunited.
L. F. Menage, of Austin, who returned from Galveston Friday
night, reached the Tremont Hotel, Galveston, the Friday evening
before the terrible storm began. He says it has been the most terrible
week in his experience, the most awful two days a man
could imagine, were the Sunday and Monday succeeding the
"ALL GONE!-ALL GONE!"
"One man would ask another how his family had come out,"
said Mr. Menage last night, " and the answer would be indifferent
and hard-almost offish: 'Oh, all gone.' 'All gone' was the
phrase on all sides.
" The night before the disaster, when I reached the hotel, it
was blowing rather hard, and the clerk said we were in for a storm,
and I asked him if his roof was firmly fixed, and he said, 'Well,
it won't be quite as bad as that,' but by the next night at the same
time there was three feet of water in the rotunda and the skylight
had fallen in and the servants' annex been blown to pieces, and the
place was crowded with refugees who arrived from all points of the
city in boats. Saturday night there was little sleep, yet no one
realized the extent of the disaster.
" Oin Sunday morning one could walk on the higher streets, so
quickly had the water gone down. I took a walk along the beach,
and the place was one great litter of overturned houses, debris of
all kinds and corpses. I met one woman who burst into tears at
sight of a small rocker, her property, mixed in among the wreckage.
She had lost all her family in the flood. People were for the
most part bereft of their senses from the horror, and a single
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