The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 389
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DIED IN EFFORTS TO SAVE OTHERS. 89
asking us to take them away, but it was too late, as the water was
then eight feet deep. Finally, the whole top of the house blew
off and the water was pouringin, and all the people began to pray.
"The house was twenty-five feet high, and the waves went
clean over it. Finally the whole thing fell in, and I grabbed my
mother around the waist and Smith took my brother, and down
we went. It was two minutes before we had a raft and were on
Eighteenth street and 0. There were twenty-eight in the house,
and all we could save were seven people, as it was so dark that you
could see no one. We got one little negro by the name of Albert
of the negro family. We stayed out on the raft allnight, without
a stitch of clothes on, and the rain was something awful. It felt
like some one was shooting buck shot at us from a distance.
CAPTURED SOME BLANKETS.
"About 2 o'clock in the morning we caught two trunks and
broke them open, and it looked like a god-send to us, as both
were full of blankets. We took these blankets and covered the
women and children, or else I believe they would have frozen to
death. About 5 o'clock in the morning I got up and started in
search of my father and sister and other two brothers, and the
first thing I did when I got off the raft was to step on a dead body.
" I then went a few steps further and found Mrs. A. C. Bell,
of Eighteenth and 0, and Mrs. Junker, of 0, between Sixteenth
and Seventeenth streets, both dead. We had come from Seventeenth
and Beach to Nineteenth and N. Right across the street
was Mr. Sewall's house, and I went over there to search for the
rest of my folks and found them there all right, so I went back
and got my mother and brother off the debris, and brought them
all together once more.
" We have lost everything we owned and can't find a piece of
the house or a button off any one's clothes, but I still have my
front door key. My folks are cut up pretty much, and so am I
about the feet, but I am going to stay here and try and make Galveston
what it has been. In the house on Seventeenth and O is
where Mrs. Armour and her five children were drowned,"
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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/m1/447/: accessed April 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .