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: 433
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WONDERFUL COURAGE OF SURVIVORS. 4f
Then when the water kept rising and the wind increasing in
velocity, until it seemed that nothing could stand beforeit, it was,
indeed, a time to be afraid. This condition continued for several
hours, which seemed days to those whose hope was in its abatement,
until about midnight the waters began to subside and the
wind to decrease in velocity.
It was not until between 3 and 4 o'clock in the morning, however,
that the water had gone down enough to allow any one to
venture out. When the water had receded enough for one to go
outside, it was found that the Santa Fe wing of the hospital, which
was a frame building, was a mass of wreckage and had washed
over against the rear of the Infirmary building proper. Knowing
that there were refugees in the building when it went down, there
was fear for their safety.
IMPRISONED IN THE WRECKAGE.
At once men began a search and found the frightened and
maimed refugees imprisoned down among the wreckage. The work
of getting them out was begun. All were found to be alive except
two, a child and a crippled woman named Mary Sweeny. Although
the survivors were alive, they were horribly cut up and wounded,
which was proof of the terrible night they had spent and of their
Then daylight came to present a picture such as none had
ever seen and none ever cares again to cast his eyes upon. The
clean sweep of the waters and their horrible destruction was in
full view, and to add to the awfulness of the picture, the water
had left several bodies of its victims at the door of the Infirmary.
The people then left, not to go to their homes, but to go to where
-;r homes had been. Many returned on account of having no
kipce to go, and for days stopped at the Infirmary, their wants
being administered to by the good Sisters. Since then, that institution
has been, as well as a hospital where the injured have been
attended to, a house of refuge where those made destitute and
homeless by the storm have stayed.
Martial law, which had been declared, was suspended at the
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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/m1/491/: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .