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: 441
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GALVESTON STORM STORIES. 441
that had suffered from the water. From this it cqn be judged
that even at that time I was not looking for a total wreck. How
did I feel? I was not excited. I was iot in fear of my life. It
seemed to me that what I regretted was the property loss and the
struggle I would have to repair damages.
" But a total loss-a sweeping away of everything I had in
the world-was not thought of. In fact, it is hard to realize now,
a week after the storm. The mind cannot rest all the time on
one's loss, and at times it seems when I want something at my
house all I have to do is to go out and get it. My good wife last night
caught herself the same way. Speaking of the need of a shirt for
Sunday, she asked : 'What do you want to buy a shirt for, when
you have three or four-oh, I forgot; they were lost in the storm.'
We have been housed safely, and it has seemed more like a visit
than a total loss of property to her, except when she has felt the
need of something that was carried away in the storm.
THE OLD FAMILY BIBLE.
'As time passes and we begin to realize that all is gone,
there is a desire to find something, even if it is of no value, when
the wreckage is cleared away. My wife expressed the wish that
the family Bible might be found, be it ever so dirty and torn. It
contained records that could be nowhere else secured, and if a new
one is purchased and the records again written, it must be entirely
"But though we lost all, we were among those families
here no life was sacrificed in the storm, and in that respect were
, ' fortunate than some of our neighbors and many of our
frieni.tS The number of broken families in Galveston seems
innumerable. As one walks the streets he meets friends of whom
he had never thought, and the first greeting is 'Did you save all
your family?' An affirmative answer brings out the remark,
'You are lucky ; many have lost not only all their worldly goods
but their families.' "
" In many instances the reply is that your friend has saved
his family but has lost his other relatives. It seems that there is.
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/499/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .