The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 399
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TIHE STORM'S MURDEROUS FURY. 399
the terror-stricken creatures to have faith in God and say that His
holy will be done.
In contrast with this quiet, saintly and loving spirit of the
nuns, the hundred or more negroes grew wild as the storm raged,
and shouted and sang in their camp-meeting style until the nerves
of the other refugees were shattered and a panic seemed imminent
It was then that Mother Superioress Joseph rang the chapel bell
and caused a hush of the pandemonium. When quiet had been
restored the Mother addressed the negroes and told them that it was
no time nor place for such scenes; that if they wanted to pray
they should do so from their hearts, and that the creator of all
things would hear their offerings above the roar of the hurricane
which raged with increased fuiry as she spoke to the awe-stricken
A SOLEMN CEREMONY.
The negroes listened attentively, and when the saintly woman
told them that all those who wished to be baptized or resign themselves
to God might do so, nearly every one of them asked that
the sacrament be administered.
The panic had been precipitated by the falling of the north
wall or that section of the building in wllich the negroes had sought
refuge. Order and silent prayer were brought about by this noble
woman's sweet determination and great presence of mind.
Families that had been separated by this merciless and devastating
conflict of the elements were united by the cruel waters of
the gulf tossing them into this haven of refuge. What scenes,
what heart-bleeding pictures these unions presented as the halfdead,
mangled and bruised wretches were rescued and dragged
from the raging waters by the more fortunate members of their own
, family, mourned as victims of the storm.
The academy was to have opened for the fall session on Tuesday,
and forty-two boarding scholars from all parts of the State had
arrived at the convent preparatory.to resuming their studies on
that day. The community of nuns comprises forty sisters and
they, too, were there administering cheer and deeds of mercy to the
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