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: 449
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GALVESTON STORM STORIIES. 449
sweet baby are among those who have gone to the great beyond."
"How did k occur and how did you escape ?"
"Six weeks ago I kissed her (my wife) and my darling baby
good-bye and took the first train for an interior town, where I had
secured employment. By correspondence it was arranged between
us that she was to come to me on Monday. The storm occurred
Saturdy night and she and the baby were drowned.
" Were the corpses found ? " was asked.
" Yes. She had the baby clasped in her arms. She was
found within fifi y feet of where our once happy home stood. She
was given as decent a burial as circumstances would permit. I am
sorry, but I cannot talk any further upon this subject, as lmy grief
knows no boundss"
THE USUAL QUESTIONS.
After uttering the last sentence he pulled his hat down over
his eyes and he passed into the crowded throng that was headed
down the street. He looked around and said:
"There are hundreds of cases that are similar to mine, the
result of this great hurricane."
" Was your father, mother, brother, sister, son or daughter
or other relatives saved from the Galveston horror ? " are questions
that are frequently heard asked as friends meet and greet
each other in Houston.
"Yes," said a gentleman speaking to another, who asked him
if his son was safe. "I have just returned from Galveston with
him. You wotild hardly recognize him, though, bruised, battered
and bleeding, with a bandage around his head and his arm in a
sling. These wounds were not caused by trying to save himself,
but others. He was boarding with some life-long friends of our
family who had been extremely kind to him. When the storm
was at it height and danger appeared on every hand and it was
deemed advisable to abandon their home to its fate, Charlie was
the sole protector of two lone women. He took the elder one first
and carried her to a place of safety, after being washed about
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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/m1/507/: accessed April 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .