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: 450
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by the water and debris of trees and buildings for an hour or
" When the stornmwas raging in its greatest fury he returned
to the home of his friend for the young lady. Reaching her he
was surprised to find the water nearly five feet deep all around the
place, and the house careened over, nearly ready to fall. With
his arm tightly clasped into hers they started for the high
ground. The Gulf was now raging in all its madness; billows
were piling many feet into the air, and each billow seemed to vie
with the other as to which could raise its head the higher, and do
the greatest destruction.
" Sometimes Charlie and his precious, helpless burden would
be entirely submerged for some time. At other times they would
be lifted off their feet and carried a distance of fifteen or twenty
feet. After regaining their equilibrium they would again forge
forward to meet the elements, of danger of life and limb. Each
wave had cunningly hidden beneath its sprays missiles of death,
such as pieces of planks, house tops, buggies, wagons, pianos and
other articles too numerous to mention. It kept these two wearied
and exhausted creatures nearly all the time dodging and escaping
those death missiles.
PIANO TOSSING IN THE WATER.
"When they had nearly reached a place of safety they
noticed a larger wave than usual coming. Charlie saw upon its
crest an upright piano being tossed about as though it were a
feather. Would it miss them ? was the question that flashed into
both of their minds.
" Onward it came, with its ivory keys, showing it was once a
messenger of joy and happiness, but it was now a messenger of
death, for with one mighty bound it went straight up into the air
upon the foaming and frothy water and plunged straight down at
Charlie and his fair companion. He saw that he had to make one
more death struggle in an instant. He threw himself in froit of
his lone midnight charge and .placed her arms around his body
and told her to hold on to him with all her strength.
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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/m1/508/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .