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: 386
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386 DIED IN EFFORTS TO SAVE OTHERS.
Thus he struggled for two hours in what was an enormous
raft of several hundred broken up houses, going before the wind,
being churned together in a huge caldron by the waters. Whole
roofs and sides of houses were bobbing, striking, sinking, turning
over and moving together like chips in a huge whirlpool. Words
can not describe that awful scene. In it all Brophey and hundreds
of others were struggling for their lives almost all in vain. Dead
bodies of women and children who had succumbed to the inevitable
in the early part of the storm, and men and women 'whom
the waters had not yet killed, but were playing with like a cat
does a mouse before hurling them into the beyond, were carried
hither and thither.
DODGING TIMBERS IN THE WATER.
Thus Brophey struggled, several times giving up and letting
himself go down, but rising each time with a determination to
fight until the bitter end, although terrible odds were against
him. After having been in this mighty whirlpool for almost an
hour, dodging huge timbers, crawling an roofs and sides of
houses, being sucked under with them, he saw a house standing.
With almost a last effort, he struggled and fought his way to a
window of the house. There were ready hands to pull him
through the window.
This haven which saved his life, together with a number of
others, belonged to a negro and is situated near Thirty-seventh
street. It was filled with negro refugees, and it is, indeed, to
their credit that they struggled with such heroism to save
Brophey and several others who drifted by.
Getting into the house, he threw himself on the floor, more
dead than alive, and there remained until after the .torm, when
he was taken by friends to the Tremont Hotel, where he has
One of the interesting features of the story of his terrible
struggle is his unintentional rescue of a dog. Early in his mad
career in that most awful caldron he ran across a dog. From
that time until his rescue it stayed with him, and would not be
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