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3.58 GOVERNOR REPORTS TWELVE THOUSAND DEAD.
water and the spent waves to get into midway and to pass along
to places where a good view of the sea might be obtained.
For a few minutes they succeeded in keeping feet and bodies,
reasonably dry, but using umbrellas counted for naught, and
were soon turned wrong side out or ripped into ribbons, and their
owners getting partially wet, abandoned themselves to the inevitable
and went around seeing the sights, caring not for the
weather, nor worrying about their good duds. Some people, with:
abundant foresight, appeared on the scene in bathing suits, and,,
of course, they were right in it from the jump.
At Twenty-fifth street the big waves rolled up the shelving
beach, crossed the street railway tracks, leaving the water
impounded behind the embankment. These waters backed up in
the ditches and the low places of the street as far as avenue N,
and the supply being ever replenished, both from the sea and
from the clouds, there was no opportunity for this water to.
IMPOSSIBLE TO NAVIGATE.
The shell man and others of the Midway folk moved their
stocks out during the morning to be on the safe side, but others,
who have long been acquainted with the sea and who were less
timorous, stayed by their places and kept their goods and chattels
At that hour the water was on a level with the wharf at pier
23, and was rapidly rising. Later it was almost impossible to
navigate along the wharf front on account of the deep water and
the high wind. Of course, it was wholly out of the question for
any vessels to move for any purpose, and equally impossible for
steamers to make an entry into the harbor. The pilot boat would
not have been able to get alongside, and if any vessel approached
the harbor she would have to put to sea for fear of grounding if
she came too close. Several vessels are due.
No attempt at doing any business was made after noon, for it
was equally out of the question to load steamers as it was to move
tlhemn. If damage was done it was the result of pounding. Some
cement stored on the pier head was damaged by the water washing
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