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: 339
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HAVOC MADE BY THE ANGRY STORM. 339
duty, and more have been called for. The Dallas Rough Riders,
the Houston Light Guards, the Galveston Sharpshooters, Battery
D, of Houston and Cavalry Troop A, Houston, are the commands.
The affiliated labor organization of this city, over 500 of its
members having lost everything, has issued an address appealing
to every labor organization throughout the country for assistance.
It has appointed T. W. Dee and James F. Grimes as agents to
visit all large cities in behalf of aid for their stricken members.
Dee and Grimes have also received credentials from Mayor Jones,
and they left to-night on their mission.
Not a day goes by but new stories of almost miraculous
escapes and of prolonged suffering are told here. The conditions
of the hurricane were such that it was luck alone that permitted
men to escape death.
ESCAPE OF REV. L. P. DAVIS AND FAMILY.
The escape of Rev. L. P. Davis, his wife and his five young
children on Boliver Peninsula and their seven days of suffering
before they reached here is of a kind rarely to be equaled in the
annals of disasters. This has already been detailed in these
pages. Mr. Davis started to drive his family away from his home
at Patton Beach when the water began to rise high. He saw a
neighbor's family washed out of their wagon and rescued them.
The party made their way to a grove, where the adults tied
the children and themselves in the branches of trees. They spent
a fearful night. On Sunday, when the waters went down, they
made their way past many corpses till they found a farmhouse not
entirely destroyed. There they got a little food and then set out
on foot, living on the raw flesh of a steer till they found an overturned
sailboat and managed to reach Galveston. From here they
went to Houston, where they will be cared for.
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/m1/397/: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .