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: 448
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448 GALVESTON STORMl STORIES.
sume a man feels the same that a parachute man does when he
gets near the ground in his downward flight. If his parachute
works all right he is safe. With a sailor he must first adjust his
life preserver and try to avoid the rocks and trees."
Mr. E. W. Dorris, of Houston, was one of the relief party
that helped to bury the dead as they washed ashore from Ga:veston.
At daybreak he was unable to secure a boat of any kin'
to cross, but he and two others constructed a raft of some loose
planks and started across the bay, reaching the draw of the Galveston,
Houston and Henderson bridge. They were unable to go
any further or cross the channel, the party being entirely
exhausted, and after signaling distress for more than an hour, the
tramp ship grounded at the wagon road bridge, in the middle of
the bay, finally sent a lifeboat to the rescue of the party, taking
them ashore to the Galveston side. Mr. Dorris states that' th-e
party saw no less than 600 dead bodies between the bridge and
the Santa Fe depot.
GLARED AT THE THRONG.
He stood on the corner of Main and Congress streets in a
half dazed condition. He glared at the great throng that was
passing, some on business bent while others were seeking the
latest news and hunting their relatives. He did not observe that
he was being watched, nor would he have cared, for the expression
upon his face showed him to be a man of great determination to be
brave under the greatest misfortune of his life. You could trace
in his every action a man in great sorrow.
But he had to show his emotion and give vent to his feelings,
which so long he tried to smother; mechanically he raised his
hand and covered his face in order to hide his grief. As he
took his hands down he wiped both eyes, which had been flowing
with tears. At this juncture he was approached by a citizen who,
in kind tones, asked him of his solicitations and grief.
He said: "I am trying to be strong both in mind and body,
but I cannot suppress my feelings in this public thoroughfare.
Yes sir, I am suffering, mourning for the dead; my wife and
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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/m1/506/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .