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: 354
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354 GOVERNOR REPORTS TWELVE THOUSAND DEAD.
in the distance, for had there been any holes he wanted to be
advised of it before he went into them with his wife, for it was all
he could do to push through the water in his exhausted condition.
After working until 0o o'clock he reached the high land in
the Denver resurvey and eventually got to town. Not until yesterday
had he sufficiently recovered from his exhaustion to come
onto the streets. He is cut and bruised in a dozen places. He
says the water in Kinkead addition was ten feet deep.
Robert Park and a party of men came in from Hitchcock
Sunday, arriving that evening. They started in a skiff, and
finally reached a prairie, over which they carried the boat. Finally
they reached water again, and along about noon went alongside the
British steamer " Rona," which was dragged from her moorings
in the roads between the jetties, about seven miles up the channel
and landed in the draw of the county bridge. They report the
steamer in good condition. They got water and food there and
came on across.
A GRUESOME SIGHT.
Mr. Park says twenty people arrived at Hitchcock on rafts
from Galveston before he left. These had been carried by the
storm from Galveston to Hitchcock, a distance of about eighteen
miles. They also saw a pile driven from the Huntington wharves
high on the prairie far beyond Viginia Point.
A gruesome sight passed along the street Monday afternoon.
Workmen in digging bodies from the debris found one of a handsome
man with dark hair and mustache and dressed in a light
suit of clothes. He was on his knees, his eyes were uplifted, and
his clasped hands were extended as in prayer. It was evident that
the man had been praying when he was struck and instantly killed.
As a rule, the attitudes of those who were found were with hands
extended up as if endeavoring to save themselves.
The destruction of the Catholic Orphans' Home and the loss
of seventy-five lives with it was told by one'of three boys who
came through a terrible experience by dint of good Providence
and nothing else. It is a fact that three boys came into the city
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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/m1/412/: accessed May 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .