The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 357
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GOVERNOR REIORTS TWELVE THOUSAND DEAD. 357
platforms, stairways and landings along the beach front, which
had been carried away and washed up by the sea. At times the
waves would recede, leaving the beach almost bare of water, and
then, as if gathering force anew they would sweep in, rolling
several feet high, passing over the shelving beach, lapping over
tracks of the street railway and gushing the water into avenue R.
Early in the forenoon the waves were leaping at times over
the trestle work of the street railway along the beach front,
making it impossible to operate the cars around the belt, as the
water would have burned out the motors. The cars were therefore
operated between town and the Gulf on the double tracks of either
side of the belt line. A little later in the forenoon the waves undermined
the track at Twenty-fourth street and avenue R. They
washed under the little Midway houses on the south side of
avenue R, which were built on piling, and in places carried away
the sidewalks in front of the buildings, which were not thus
THE ANGER OF THE SEA.
The platform which supported the photograph gallery at the
Pagoda bath house was washed away. This was not a part of
the original structure, and was not as strongly built as the
remainder of the bath house. The bath house proper and its
pier, extending out to sea, were not at that time (Saturday noon)
disturbed by the waves, although the high rollers at times dashed
so near the flooring of this and the other bath houses that it
looked like a rise of a few inches would punch up the flooring.
The scene at the beach was grand. The sea in its anger
was a sight beautiful, though awe-inspiring, to behold. Notwithstanding
the wind and the driving rain, thousands of people went
to the beach to behold the maddened sea, and the street cars were
kept quite busy. Down town, during the early morning, when
the rain was not so heavy, there seemed no apparent necessity for
getting into rainy day garb ito make this trip to the beach, and
many people went out in their best bibs and tuckers, to their
sorrow. Well dressed men and women disembarked frma the
cars at the beach and picked their way amid swirling pools of
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/415/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .