The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 440
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Galveston Storm Stories-Fierce Battles With Surging
Waves-Vivid Accounts from Fortunate
Survivors-A City of Sorrow.
A RESIDENT of the stricken city gave the following graphic
narrative of his experiences, which help to make up the dark
picture of Galveston's agony and desolation:
"Some people asked, 'How did you feel when your house
went down in the storm ?' It is a question easier asked than
answered. I was among the few who lost their houses early in
the storm and before darkness set in. Up to fifteen minutes or
less before the house went down I had hopes that it might survive
the storm. For three hours before it went I watched the waters
patiently, mostly from the south windows, but of course had
the restlessness natural to people who are waiting for a great
crisis in the lives of themselves or those dear to them. To sit
perfectly still under the circumstances was impossible.
"A few moment's rest by a south window was followed by
an uncontrollable desire to go to some other part of the house
to see how matters were looking. Wandering from one point to
another, the round of the house was made, and once more I found
myself back of the south windows to watch the waters from the
main danger point. I do not think that I or any of my family could
have been called excited. There was a restless, uneasy feeling
among us all, but actually no fear. When my wife left the house
she fully expected to return to it when the storm was over. My
boys were with her and my little girl, and for probably half an
hour I was alone.
"During that time I was partly engaged in keeping the north
and east doors closed. The wind blew them open several times,
but did not break the hinges. When one was blown open torrents
of rain poured in, and I remember thinking of the task the
women would have in drying the floors and disposing of articles
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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/m1/498/: accessed May 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .