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: 374
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374 DIED IN EFFORTS TO SAVE OTHERS.
then he took to the waves. They were separated and each, as the
persons above mentioned, believed they were carried to sea.
Strange to say, after three hours in the water he heard her call,
and finally rescued her.
It is not necessary to go on and recite these instances, for
there were thousands, each showing that in time of danger at
least the best sentiments in man's nature are aroused. It can be
safely guessed that one-half of those who perished, died in their
effort to aid others. The trite expression of "man's inhumanity
to man" has no place in all that may be written or spoken of this
DIRECTION OF THE STORM.
It is not a. dll remarkable that of all the statements in regard
to the details of this storm no two persons can be found who agree
on the direction of the wind and the currents. All agree that the
most terrible blows which the town received came from the point
of the compass which may be spoken of as between northeast and
east. There are those who declare that first the wind was almost
from the north. Then it veered till it was almost east, and then
settled down to its herculean efforts from a point between the
two; and yet there are others who say that it came from all directions
at different times and prove it by the loss of windows in
These waves came in from the Gulf. They filled the bay.
The water chased across the island, met the waves and then it
seems there was a battle between the two elements. For the currents
ran criss-cross. They went down one street, up another
street and across lots. They seized a house here and placed it
there. They seized a house there and placed it here. Men were
carried to sea. Men were carried down the island. Men were
carried across the bay by it. No chart can be even dreamed of
their peculiarities. The wind lashed the water and it fled. That
was all there was in it, and it fled in every direction, carrying on
its bosom a shrieking people. It carried too, houses whole,
houses in halves, houses in kindling wood.
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/432/: accessed May 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .