The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 346
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346 GOVERNOR REPORTS TWELVE THOUSAND DEAD.
and debris. They started to build a raft, but before it could be
got together the house started to float. It had gone but a short
distance when it went to pieces. Milton was struck with something
and knocked out into the water. He came up, caught a timber
and climbed to a roof, and thus managed to make his escape.
" He saw no one escape from the building as it collapsed. We
do not believe the bodies have yet been recovered. We have wired
for more definite news regarding the bodies, but have heard
nothing more. EDGAR ELFORD. "
William Guest, a Pullman car porter, returned to Chicago
from the storm-stricken district. He said:
" I left Harrisburg night before last, and things then in the
neighborhood were in a dreadful state. Galveston is about twenty
miles distant, and the refugees were pouring in the direction of
Houston in great numbers. Many well-to-do colored people have
lost all they had. The Rev. W. H. Cain, acolored Episcopal
minister and his entire family were killed, and it was reported to
me that Mrs. Cuney, the widow of Wright Cuney, was also lost,
as well as a number of colored teachers employed in the public
schools. At Houston relief committees have been organized. "
The Rev. Mr. Cain was well known in Chicago, having
preached several times from the pulpit of the St. Thomas Episcopal
church in Dearborn near 30th street.
The Quinn chapel congregation decided at a meeting that
the church at 24th street and Wabash avenue should be opened
in order that contributions of clothing and food for the sufferers
might be received.
KAISER MOURNS FOR GALVESTON.
Washington, D. C., Sept I7.-President McKinley has
received the following message of sympathy from Emperor
William of Germany:
" Stettin, Sept. 13, 900o.-President of the United States of
America, Washington : I wish to convey to your excellency the
expression of my deep-felt sympathy with the misfortune that
has befallen the town and harbor of Galveston and
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