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: 406
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406 THE STORM'S MURDEROUS FURY.
when the news was received the vessel seemed to drag until this
port could be reached. The passengers tried to wire from Key
West to some one in Houston for information, but were greeted
with the information that there were thousands ahead of them and
no word could be received.
THE RESPONSE FOR RELIEF.
Thus the suspense had to be borne till the pilot reached the
boat, and at this junction only the confirmation of their worst fears
were realized. Only the passengers who were Galvestonians, all
of whom agreed to work upon their arrival, were allowed to come
in; the others were sent to Texas City, from which place they
their various homes. The papers show how letters, telegrams
and cables are daily coming in by thousands; also how the
whole world has responded to the cry for help. Even the actors in
New York, Philadelphia and all the large cities gave performances
for the benefit of the sufferers.
One lady writes to a newspaper as follows: " While so many
deeds of heroism shown during this late storm are being told I
deem it one of my greatest privileges to be able to mention the
names of Mr. Clark Fisher, Mr. Sam Robertson and Mr. Clarence
Anglen, who, by their daring and courage, so heroically saved my
family of six ladies with their large raft on East Avenue I, during
the fiercest part of the storm. We had drifted with our house
until it had become dismembered and then weft thrown upon the
mercy of the waves and strong current. These young gentlemen
all cleverly proved by their coolness and bravery what was in
Another lady writes : "September 8, at about 4 o'clock, things
began to be alarming at my place, at Seventeenth and 0, and
houses were leaving before that. I hoped my little home was an
ark. It proved to be until the water began to pour wildly into the
windows. I and an old man named Inco, who rented a rear room
from me, got over the stair-casing and climbed until our heads
were at the ceiling. He said to m': ' We die here together; good
Here’s what’s next.
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Lester, Paul. The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/464/: accessed March 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .