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: 353
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GOVERNOR REPORTS TWELVTE THOUSAND DEAD. 35
weathered the storm report that he stood near the beer keg in the
bar room of the grocery drinking steadily until he was swept
away, his idea evidently being to destroy consciousness before the
storm did it for him. His body was picked out of a pile of debris
between Twelfth and Thirteenth on Sealy avenue.
The Catholic Orphans' Home on the beach at the west end
of the city went some time after 5:30 o'clock Saturday evening.
Mr. Harry Gray, who lived in Kinkead subdivision, just beyond
the city limits, was compelled to leave his house at that hour and
says the home was standing then. Now not a vestige of it
remains. Eight nuns and all but one of ninety-five children were
lost. This child, a little tot, was found on the north side of the
island in a tree. "I'se been 'seep," he lisped. "My head was in
MR. GRAY'S STORY.
Mr. Gray's story is interesting. His house fell and he fought
his way out with a wife who was just out of a sick bed. He
managed to get to the next house with her. This was the home
of Ed. Hunter. That house went between 6.30 and 7, and the
Hunter family was lost. Mr. Gray caught a transom, put the
arm of his wife through it, and soon found that the transom
belonged to the side of the house, about 2ox2o feet in size. It
was nothing but the side of the house made of ordinary siding
and studding. He swung onto this and even now does not understand
how it stood'up under them. /
All the time he kept telling his wife to hold onto him, and
this she did. Along in the night the raft struck a tree and was
swept from under them. Gray caught a limb with his wife still
clinging to him. By this time he was almost completely exhausted
but he managed by a hundred successive efforts to get his wife
into the tree.
A little later a colored man rvas seen coming through the
water. Gray called to him to take to the lower limbs and not
come higher, for he was afraid the tree with three people on it
would be made top-heavy. When daylight came he took his wife
in his arms and told the negro to go ahead for a house they saw
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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/m1/411/: accessed March 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .