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GALVESTON STORM STORIE S.
diately proceeded to make his way around to the back of the
house and gain an entrance there.
He was walking in a crouching position with his head bent
down so that the wind would not strike him squarely in the face,
and was not looking ahead, therefore the large cypress cistern, as
it tottered on its foundation preparatory to being blown
escaped his notice until he was too late to dodge it. The cistern
was blown over, turning twice in rapid succession, falling top
downward directly over Mr. Chadly.
The cistern was about one-third full of water, but as Mr.
Chadly was already thoroughly wet, the water made very little
difference, as it soon ran out. MIr. Chadly called loudly for help,
but owing to the pandemonium caused by the hurricane, no one
heard him. The next morning the carpenter came to fix the
cistern, and after raising it discovered Mr. Chadly, who was -learly
smothered to death.
HOUSE ROLLED MANY YARDS.
One of the experiences of the storm was that of TMiss Reine
Stanton of Houston, who, with her father and a younger sister,
were camping on her farm two and a half miles from Letitia.
The house rolled for a distance of 200 yards and then collapsed.
The girls were rescued several hours later in an unconscious condition,
but, though quite seriously injured, they may recover. All
the buildings on the place were wrecked.
" You have often heard that men are fond of the 'jug," said
one of the refugees. " Weil, I am fond of two jugs, for they are
the cause of my being here to-day. I owned a little shanty on
the west end of Galveston Island, and, like many others who
lived there, I thought and argued that we were not in the storm
center, and hadseen the water come up nearmy shanty many times
before and recede. This time it not only came up to my little
home, but into it. After waiting patiently for it to go down, it
kept climbing higher and higher into it. It dawned upon me all
of a sudden that all means of escape had been cut off.
" I looked around for something that would bear my weight
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/m1/510/: accessed May 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .