The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 431
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WONDERFUL COURAGE OF SURVIVORS. ^
may deem proper to confide to it for the aid of the distressed city
and its inhabitants."
St. Mary's Infirmary was the refuge where over a thousand
of lives were saved from a cruel death, which the terrible storm
seemed so anxious to administer, and if it had not almost ceased
to be at a premium on account of so many displays of that most
noble virtue, the heroism displayed at and around that institution
that afternoon and night would be something remarkable. Men
worked with five boats all of that afternnon, never tiring in their
heroic efforts in bringing women and children from their frail
dwellings to this haven of safety, and when these poor frightened
people arrived they were still heroically dealt with by the Sisters
ONSLAUGHTS OF THE STORM.
Of all those who took refuge there only two lost their lives,
and those were in an outbuilding where some fifty-two had taken
refuge. While the main building, where most of the people were,
shook and trembled under the awful onslaughts made on it by the
wind and water, and although the water kept coming up into that
building until it stood three and a half feet deep on the lower
floor, the building stood the shock bravely and not a life was lost
Only those who were there and heard the terrible noises that
the wind and water made in their mission of destruction, and only
those who felt the building tremble and saw the houses around
the place torn down and washed away, can realize the fearfulness
of that eveningand night. But during it all the Sisters were
ther _ o ...-r own personal danger in quieting the fears
of those who had come to them for refuge. It was indeed a hardened
man that did not there that night ask his Creator for protection.
It was early in the afternoon that the refugees began to come.
They came first from the flats east of the building, which is lower
than the ground around and to the west of the Infirmary, the
water rising there first. Then, as the storm kept increasing and
the water rising, they began to come from the houses all around.
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