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: 403
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THE STORM'S MURDEROUS FURY. 403
thanksgiving. The environments there each told the sad, sad
story. On the lower floor of this chapel were the destitute waiting
for the food supply to be given them, this in itself the saddest
picture the miseries of life can sketch. On the same floor with
the chapel are the priests' rooms, now the hospital wards, every1where
the sick being tended by skillful hands, looked wistfully at
the passer-by. Thus in this one corner of the university, the
whole effect of the tragedy is enacted; the hungry, the homeless,
the ill, and above all these earthly miseries, the kneeling before
the throne of God in submission and prayer.
A GLORIOUS RECORD.
There has yet to come to light any tale of brutality; those
who spent the night of the storm battling the waves never witnessed
a selfish act; this in itself is a glorious record to hallow the
event. Man after man secure in his own house, hearing the cry
for help plunged out in the fury to rescue the helpless ones; oftentimes
this was attended with loss of life to the rescuer. There
was no question of kin or color that awful night, the ties of a common
sorrow united all, and not only was man with his intellect and
strength the courageous ones; children who could have been rescued
would not be taken from their loving ones, and as for the mothers
who sought death with their little ones such tales as these are as
manifold as the waves of the sea.
Nor were the humbler animals forgotten, many instances are
known where men wading waist deep in water holding their wives
and children above the water, found hands somewhere for the
household dog. One young lady, a society girl, when forced to
abandon her home gave no thought to silken finery and jewels,
but waded in water nearly to her shoulders holding fast in her
arms a large sized sky-terrier. Nor was this devotion only from
man to animal, it was equal if only all were known.
One dog, we call him " Hero," as there is none to tell us otherwise,
is truly a hero worthy the Legion of Honor. This four-footed
hero is a small-sized Newfoundland, and in the storm he was cast
adrift on Seventh and Broadway, with his master, an old gentleman
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