The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 432
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432 \VONDERFUL COURAGE OF SURVIVORS.
They waded in first, but it was not long before it was too deep and
turbulent for that. It was then boatloads began to arrive, and
it was in this way that the boats were brought there which afterward
were the means by which so many others were saved.
No sooner would a cargo of precious lives be left at the
door than the boat would be snatched away by ready hands and
taken out to pick up another load. This was continued all the
afternoon and up until it became so dark the men could not see
which way to go after they had procured a load of frightened
people. At first it was a comparatively easy thing to push the
boats about and collect people, but along in the afternoon the wind
had so increased and the water became so agitated that it was with
the greatest danger this was done.
THE MEN STUCK TO THEIR WORK.
Notwithstanding this great danger and the hard task of handling
the boats, the men stuck to it manfully. Not once did they
stop for even a breathing spell. They realized the terrible danger
that was before those who had not found a stable refuge, and stood
to the work heroically. Many times were the boats almost
swamped, and many times did the occupants and those who were
pushing come within an ace of drowning, but looking death in
the face and defying the wind and waters to do their worst, they
keptat their mission of salvation until blinded by the darkness.
Even before they made their last loads houses were beginning to
go down, maiming and drowning their inmates.
After the men had shown the heroism born in them, it was
the turn of the women to show their mettle, and they did it, every
one of them. The Sisters forgot the great danger of instant death
and went about comforting and trying to ease the fears of the
many who had come to their institution seeking safety. But even
they shuddered with fear when they saw the house formerly occupied
by the patients from the Santa Fe road, go down, burying the
refugees whom they knew to be in' the building, go down, not onto
the ground, but into a boiling, seething mass of water-that water
which seemed to vie with the wind in its destruction.
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