The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 335
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HAVOC MADE BY THE ANGRY STORM. 3.
At that time no one had gone from the outside to Galves:on,
not even newspaper men. Galveston was practically cut off from
the outside world. The scores of people hurrying to Houston with
the desire of getting to Galveston by the railroad and boats plying
between there and that city could not make the trip.
' The representative endeavored to charter a tug to send a
Photographer and some newspaper men through, but the captain
refused to go.
CAPTAIN WOULD NOT RISK THE TRIP.
" I will sell you my boat," he said, "but neither myself nor
my men will risk the trip."
By putting several thousand men at work all day Monday and
Monday night one railroad line was put ill condition for a train to
go from Houston to Texas City, six miles from Galveston, the
island being across the bay.
This, the first train out of Houston, was to leave early Tuesday
morning. The news of its intended departure spread to all
parts of the country. Hundreds of grief-stricken, bewildered people,
nearly crazed with anxiety for relatives in the storm-swept
country, stayed up all night, with the hope of getting into Galveston.
The railroad men let all that they could possibly stow away
in the coaches get on board, telling them in advance, however, that
no one would be able to get from Texas City to Galveston.
Arriving there with the train was the special photographer of
the newspaper with his camera. When this crowd of men and
women reached Texas City they found no means of riding further.
The only possible way to make the perilous trip was to walk
to Virginia Point, two miles away, and this was across the marsh
filled with debris and bodies from the Galveston wreck. The pho!tographer
and the ten other men attempted the task. They were
nearly exhausted when the two miles were finished. They had
taken off their shoes and walked up to their waists in wat2r. Their
feet were bruised. The photographer carefully kept his camera
from coming in contact with the water, however, and got several
graphic views when he reached the place.
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