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: 405
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THE STORM'S MURDEROUS FURY. 405
itself. The Sacred Heart Church before the storm had in the right
aisle, near the altar, erected to the mother of Christ, a large crucifix
affixed to a pillar. Now all the sides of this church are demolished
save where this crucifix in this pillar stands and the crucifix
untouched. It is a sight not to be forgotten to see this image
of the Man of Sorrows looking down upon the ruin everywhere.
THE WORST EXPERIENCES.
Naturally one would say that the living through the experience
of the storm was the worst part of the catastrophe, but those
who had their families here but were themselves away affirm that
the suspense and anxiety they underwent to learn the fate of their
loved ones could not have been worse. Mr. Frank Gresham shows
this. He was at Cornell College when the news that Galveston
had been swept off the earth reached him. At first these reports
seemed exaggeration, but when the truth became known the Galvestonian
became panic-stricken. Mr. Gresham tried to communicate
with his family, but as no word was received, his fears grew
Deeming it not a time for thinking, but action, he came south
immediately. En route he said the fast trains which make no stops
would wait two or three hours for Galveston people, and trains
having passengers for this city had the right of way over all lines.
The sight of this panic-stricken crowd, eager to reach home or hear \
of friends and family was pitiful indeed.
At St. Louis one lady, already in heavy mourning, was greeted
with a telegram saying her entire family had been washed away,
and thus it was all along the road. Several ladies personally
known to Mr. Gresham were on the train, but all were in tears from
nervousness and anxiety. We ds of recognition were hardly
exchanged; it was a case where the heart was too full for
Two Galvestonians were on the Mallory steamer from New
York which came in Saturday, after having been abroad since June.
The news of Galveston's disaster did not reach the boat till they
touched Key West. Up to this time all was joy on board, but
Here’s what’s next.
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