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: 453
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GALVESTON STORM STORIES. 453
upon the water. I saw in the corner of my house two two-gallon
jugs. I took them and securely fastened a stopper in each and
got a piece of rope and then fastened them to my body by passing
the rope around under my arms, and securely tying them to each
other. I then went out on the gallery and when the crash came
I dove off into the maddening waters. I suppose that I was
carried about twenty miles down the island and thence back, God
knows how far, and inland about eight miles. When I became
conscious it was nearly daylight Monday morning. I walked here,
where I have some friends, and have been recuperating.
"Yes, I believe in jugs, at least for life saving purposes
An amusing incident occurred at the International and Great
Northern depot. One of the ladies' relief corps from the North
was highly indignant and pitched into Superintendent Trice
because sleepers were not attached to the train going down to
WANTED PALACE CARS.
"We've rode in those Pullmans all the way from New
York, and it's a shame and outrage that you intend nlaking
us ride in a day coach now. We want those sleepers to live in."
She was wrathy, but when the colonel informed her that before
the party got out at Galveston they'd have to walk on dead bodies,
wade through slush and slime and have a tough time generally
she'd think a day coach was a palace, she said no more. It is
evident that some of the "relief corps" consider the trip a
pleasure jaunt. \Vhen they have been in Galveston a few days
they will probably change their minds.
" First reports of storm damage are always rather exaggerated,"
remarked a gentleman of the Arcola plantation. "At first
everything looks as though it were completely wrecked, but after
the calm comes and the work of straightening up begins it is
astonishing to see how little property really is damaged. We had
considerable damage on our place. The cabins blew down and the
convict house was unroofel. When this occurred we turned all the
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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/m1/511/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .