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: 372
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87:2 DIED IN EFFORTS TO SAVE OTHERS.
answered me "NMother and my eight little brothers and sisters
were upstairs, and I went down to see what the water was doing
in the store. You see we live upstairs over the store. My papa
is dead a long time ago. When I went down my brother went
w-ith me and the water was half way up the counter. But that
didn't scare us, because we have seen high water and heard the
winds before. Well, we went back and in a few minutes we were
"Then the counter was floating. Brother said not to tell
mother, but I did. Then we saw a house tumble down and we
heard people crying. We got scared then and me and mamma
prayed. We prayed that one of us would not be drowned if the
little children were not drowned, because one of us would have to
be their mother."
The maternal love was uppermost. But the love of that
little girl for her little brothers and sisters, as she told me the
story in her simple way, passeth in greatness all understanding.
I' FELT THAT THE END HAD COME."
" When did you think you were in real danger ?" I asked
of a merchant.
"Not until Ritter's house went down and I saw the waters
rapidly climbing the walls. We had passed through the terrible
storm of I875, and had lived. Since then the island has been
raised five feet or more. Why should we not have felt easy?
But when the wind and waves began to show their fury, when I
saw these extra five or more feet covered by a raging torrent which
raced hither and thither, I felt that the end had come. Up the
waters came about the fence-up they came and covered the
hedge. Up they came and knocked at the door.
" Yet I still thought the end would be reached. We had
been told that the height of the storm would be at 9 o'clock. At
5 and 6 and 7 the waters continued to climb and the winds to take
on new strength. At the last hour they were at the door. What
must come, then, at 9 ? My heart fell then. I had peered out of
the window and saw the dreadful enemy assault the house. Then
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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/m1/430/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .