The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 352
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3852 GOVERNOR REPORTS TWELVE THOUSAND DEAD.
city must be rebuilt. It is the only outlet worthy the name on
the Gulf west of New Orleans. The government spent $6,ooo,ooo
to make a thirty-foot harbor there, and the shipping is so extensive
that rebuilding the wrecked portions of the city is imperative."
A tale of self sacrifice comes from the western part of the city.
A young man by the name of Wash Masterson heard the cries of
some people outside. They were calling for a rope. He had no
rope, but improvised one from bed sheets, and started out to find
the people who were calling. The wind and water soon tore his
rope to shreds and he had to return to the house, where he made
another and stronger rope.
THE CRIES OF THE PEOPLE.
The cries of the people still filled his ears. He went out a
second time and after being gone for what seemed an hour or more
to those who were waiting he returned with the people. They had
clung to the branches of a salt cedar tree. Mr. Masterson was not
satisfied with that, but went out for other people immediately,
the water having begun to fall about that time, and worked all
A little black dog stood barking over a sand hill in the west
end beyond Woollam's lake. Those who endeavored to stop his
barking by driving him away did not succeed for he returned as
soon as they ceased their attempts. It was suggested that he was
guarding a body, but others scouted the idea.
Finally they dug beneath the spot where the dog stood, and
there they found the remains of a young girl whom they identified
by the rings she wore as Miss Lena Everhart, a popular little
lady, well known both in Galveston and Dallas. This whole
family, with the exception of one son, Elmer Everhart, and a
daughter, Mrs. Robert Brown, who lives near Dickinson and was
thereat the time, was lost. The father ran a dairy just southwest
of Woollam's lake.
At Twelfth and Sealy avenue there lived a colored man and
his wife. There was a grocery on the corner and those who
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