The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 355
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GOVERNOR REPORTS TWELVE THOUSAND DEAD. 355
rim there who had passed through a terrible experience. With
these three and one reported cti the bay shore but four out of a
total of seventy-eight people lived to tell the tale.
According to the story all the children were gathered wit
the Sisters and the two workmen in the chapel on the ground
floor in the west wing of the building. The storm was raging
terribly outside and they all engaged in prayer. The east
wing finally went down and they were driven from the chapel to
the floor above, the water coming in and threatening to drown
them. Some clambered out on the roof of the part remaining,
but not all. Finally along about 8 o'clock-they are not positive
as to the time by an hour-the remainder of the building went
and the roof went into the. water.
DESTRUCTION OF CATHOLIC ORPHANS' HOME.
What became of the others nobody can say. Campbell only
knows that he got out from the building somehow and caught a
piece of drift, either a part of the roof or something of the sort.
The Murney boy broke through a transom and got out. He
drifted for some time and finally caught a tree to which he clung
and soon found that the two other boys had caught the same tree.
Prior to that they had been separated, but a strange fate attracted
them to the same place.
This tree, it developed later, had caught in the masts of the
wreck of the schooner "John S. Ames," which lies almost south of
the home. There they remained all night. At one time Campbell
was about to give up and cried that he was drowning. The
Murney boy caught him and lashed him to the mast with a piece
of rope that he found there. In that way was his life sated.
When morning came they found that they were alone in the
open Gulf on a tree. The'tree soon broke adrift from the mast,
and, strange as it may seem, brought them in shore. They
finally landed and started west, not knowing which direction to
take. They finally brought up at a house something like two
miles from the place where the home had been but so recently
located. There they found their location, but were unable to get
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