The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 384
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:fXi I DIED IN EFFORTS TO SAVE OTHERS.
hastily pulled off the debris and there found the old man still alive.
It was understood that he was immediately taken to the home or
friends at Tenth and Mechanic streets for care and treatment.
This story is the most remarkable instance of preservation
of life recorded. The man must have gone through at least
a portion of the storm to have been caught in the drift. He
must have been above the water line at that point or he would
have drowned. Why his groans were not heard before is not
understood, unless it be that he laid unconscious until shortly
before he was found. What a tenacity of life the man must have
had to lie there for a week without food or water buried beneath
all that debris.
Pete Brophey, clerk of the corporation court, is lying in a
room at the Tremont Hotel suffering from injuries received in the
storm. The story he tells of his miraculous escape, like the many
others, wonderful, yet terrible, is also one of sorrow, as he lost his
aged parents in the storm.
HE TOOK THE AWFUL RISK.
When the storm began to get so ferocious he became
frightened. In the evening, just after dark, securing a boat, he
started out with his parents to a Mr. Cleveland's, a neighbor's
house, it being large and the most substantial in the neighborhood.
At that time the water was rising rapidly and was being
lashed into a perfect fury by the terrific wind. It was a terrible
thing to start out in the water under such conditions, but he saw
that their house would not stand long, so he took the awful risk.
The boat was a small affair, and with three people in it, it was
overloaded; nevertheless, with great daring he succeeded in getting
his mother and father into it, the former being 62 years of
age and the latter 66. It was a terrific risk, but he had to take it.
After getting his parents into the boat he started out to his
The waters were rushing like mad down the street, and
whipped the boat around as if it were but a straw. Added to the
terrible force of the waters was the terrific wind. They were get.
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