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: 429
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WONDERFUL COURAGE OF SURVIVORS. 429
dinner. It was difficult to get boats light enough in draft to bring
provisions or materials or pile drivers to Virginia Point. When
the boarding camp was pitched it stood in a new made cemetery,
where hundreds of victims of the storm lay unidentified,
unshrouded and uncoffined.
For the first four days after construction was commenced,
the bridge timbers were rafted down Highland bayou and West
bay, a distance of seven miles, to Virginia Point. When the
track on the mainland had been restored to Virginia Point, the
delivery of material by rail began. The storm swept away most
of the pile drivers around Galveston. One marine driver was
sent out and put to work on Sunday closing the gaps aggregating
about Iooo feet of trestlework, where the piling had been carried
away. The next day another marine driver was sent out, and
Assistant Engineer Boschke, of the Southern Pacific, built two
skid drivers and sent them out to the work.
GETTING THE TRACKS READY.
When a reporter was at the island end of the bridge, at 9.30
o'clock yesterday morning, the Santa Fe track at the island had
just been completed. The steel laying gang on the bridge was
about a mile from shore, with the stringer gangs about half that
distance away. The caps were laid up all the way to the shore.
The Santa Fe has some pretty rough tracks for a short distance
this side of the bridge, but the track through the west
yards is in good condition and in fair condition the rest of the
The Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad completed
its island track to a connection with the Santa Fe at the bridge
yesterday forenoon, and the Southern Pacific folks expected to
complete their track last night. The Southern Pacific track is in
very good condition. It has been rebuilt under the direction of
Mr. E. K. Nichols, the agent of the company at this point.
Nearly all the material used was gathered up from the prairie,
some of it having been washed several hundred feet away. The
work was delayed by a large number of wrecked cars. There
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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/m1/487/: accessed May 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .