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: 383
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DIED IN EFFORTS TO SAVE OTHERS. 383
"Some people may say, 'Oh, Moody can afford to make
this talk ; he is planted down here and can not get away.' But
let me tell you I could get away very easily if I wanted to. The
greater portion of what I hope I own is not in Galveston, but is
scattered throughout the State. It is in the hands of merchants
throughout Texas to whom we have made advances on cotton. I
could get away very easily if I had any desire to do so; in fact, I
believe I could liquidate and get out of town about as easily as any
man in it.
" So far as our business and property are concerned, the bank
is running along with unimpaired facilities. I have had an architect
at work all day preparing for the immediate restoration of the
bank building, the compress buildings and my other property.
The compress machinery is intact, and we will be pressing cotton
again within a week. Some of the partition walls in the cotton
warehouses were blown out, but we will have a force of men at
work immediately and will have them rebuilt before it is realized.
And the walls will be better than they were before, because they
were originally constructed by contract, while I am now having
them rebuilt myself by day's work.
MOST MIRACULOUS ESCAPE.
"The people of Texas have not lost confidence in Galveston
and have not manifested a disposition to quit the city. In to-day's
mail we received bills of lading for three hundred bales of cotton
shipped to us since the storm."
The most miraculous escape from the storni reached one of
the newspapers in a roundabout way. An employe of the paper
was coming to work when he overheard a few words passing
between a couple of men talking on the street. He heard enough
to elicit his interest and made inquiries. One of the men told him
that an old German, whose name he did not know, had been picked
out of the debris at Sherman square Saturday evening after having
laid there a week.
People going by heard a sound which seemed to them like a
o-roan. Thev stopped to listen and the groanl wRas repeated. They
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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/m1/441/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .