The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 407
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THE STORM'S MURDEROUS FURY. 407
' At the same moment the house separated. I climbed over
the door through the transom and on to the roof, thence from one
timber to another, always keeping to the top. A dog always kept
by me and caused me a great struggle. It was about Twentieth
street and O/ that something hit my head, which seemed either
to give me courage or ease. I remember laying my head down on
the raft and felt indifferent.
" About 4 o'clock the next morning I rejoiced to see where the
gulf and island separated. I was resting not extremely uncomfortable
at the top of drifts of a two-story house at Twenty-fifth
and beach. Some Italians came along, looked unconcernedly at
me. They were hunting someone and went on. I still halloed
until I heard Mr. Beekman, who, with assistance, took me to a
house. They could find nothing to cover me, but gave me whiskv.
"Then came Mr. Womack, who left nothing undone to make
me safe. He carried me over lumber on a board, with blanket and
pillows, to his rooming house. From there I was taken to the
Sealy Hospital, with the two blankets and pillows."
THE AWFUL STORY.
The following from the columns of a well-known journal has
a mournful interest:
"In Galveston there is mourning; in the city by the sea
there is sobbing and tears. When the young of us have grown
old, when they,-in their turn, are grand'thers, when a century of
years has drifted past as sea-wreck drifts will the legend of Galveston
be told and retold again, and white-faced children, clinging
to the granddames' robes, will listen to the story of how the stormgod
came in rage, and how the gulf, beaten by his thong, rushed
in and did his bidding. They will hear the awful story that will
never die, the tale of how the tempest and the tide slew men as
pestilence slays; slew praying women and prattling babes as
Herod slew the boy-children twenty centuries ago; will hear of
how the sea, that once calmed at the Maker's word, made war on
the orphan's home, as if he who said 'Suffer little children to come
unto me,' had repented of his bargain.
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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/m1/465/: accessed November 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .