The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 451
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GALVESTON STORM STORIES. 451
"The supreme moment was over-the piano had been
thwarted in its effort to crush them, but in the struggle Charlie
found that he had been torn loose from his lady friend, who had
been swallowed up by the raging wave. He at once began a search
by feeling and diving for her. Not a flash of lightning, nor the
glimmer of an arc light was visible, for, like the life of this dear
creature who was engulfed by the torrent waters, they had gone
" At this juncture a remarkable thing happened. He had
decided to dive once more. He did so, and grasped the hand of
what he thought to be his missing friend. He was overjoyed, but
upon bringing her to the surface he found that it was not her, but
"The waters had increased so in depth by this time that it
was impossible for him to attempt to wade, and about this time a
house top came along and he crawled upon it. While drifting
about on it, he picked up four boys from 6 to 12 years of age. His
frail craft finally drifted to a place of safety, where he and his
young companions were rescued."
ATTRACTED NO ATTENTION.
So many are the stories, so harrowing the details, and so
miraculous the escapes that for the present the experiences of
different persons on the night of the storm in Houston attracted
no attention; in fact, if a person wished to tell of his experience
in Houston that night he could scarcely find an interested
Nevertheless, Mr. Fred. Chadly, who lives near the Arkansas
Pass depot, came as near losing his life that fatal night as did
any who passed through its fury in the city of Galveston and
escaped. Mr. Chadly left the Capitol Hotel for home about Io
o'clock, not realizing the intensity of the storm.
After an hour's fighting the strong wind and rain and dodging
falling trees and flying debris of all kinds, he arrived at his
house only to find the front door impregnably barricaded by a
large fallen tree. Nothing daunted, however, Mr. Chadly imme-
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