The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 388
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888 DIED IN EFFORTS TO SAVE OTHERS.
roof on the train shed became loose early in the evening, and the
tremendous noise it made in flopping up and down prevented
them from hearing the crash of falling buildings, or, perhaps, the
screams of drowning human beings during the night.
It was only when they came out next morning, Mr. Adams
said, that he realized what the storm meant to thousands in the
fated city. Almost the first object that met his eyes was the
corpse of a child lying on the sidewalk, which staggered him, and
with the sickening sights afterward presented to his view, gave
him a shock whose gruesomeness it will take a lifetime to efface.
TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE OF A SURVIVOR.
A letter to a newspaper furnishes the following account of the
terrible experiences of one of the survivors:
"I came home from my work Saturday evening about 4
o'clock, with Lewis Fisher. I left Lewis on Tremont street and
avenue 0, where the water was three feet deep. He said he was
going out to help his people, and told me good-bye. So I started
for home to see how my folks were. When I got home I found
my folks all there, and the water was then five feet deep. I lived
one block from the beach. I began to take them out. Our front
steps had already washed away. I took them to S. Smith's house
on Seventeenth and 0, a big two-story house, thinking it would
" But it began to grow worse, so I took my father, sister and
two smaller brothers on Nineteenth and 0, in Mrs. Carlstedt's
house, where there were some thirty people. I told my father to
take care of the children, and started back for my mother and
brother. On my way I met my friend, Gus Smith, of Nineteenth
and 0, and he told me that he would go with me and help me get
my mother and brother.
" It took us an hour to swim one block, and when we got to
the house it had already been washed into the street, and my little.brother
had been washed outside and was drowning, but I got
him in time and took him back inside. Smith and I went inside
and there we found a colored family and the Armour family, all
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/446/: accessed April 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .