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: 454
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454 GALVESTON STORM STORIES.
convicts out on the prairie and the next morning all of them
voluntarily reported for duty except six, and they worked like
trojans assisting in the work of cleaning up. The cane crop suffered
considerably, but is by no means a loss. It is recuperating nicely.
Very little corn was lost, because most of it was gathered."
Mr. Fred. Erickson, who returned from Galveston, says he
saw a lady, who was drowned among the many others on a burial
barge, who had on a fine watch, diamond earrings, several diamond
finger rings; besides, he noticed that she wore gold clasp
garters with her name upon them.
He asked the party in charge why these valuables were not
removed and the garters removed as a means of identification,
and he was told that they were not allowed to remove anything
from the bodies, no matter how valuable and how it might aid in
JEWELS ON THE DEAD.
He noticed a woman floating in the water, and he and a
policeman turned her over, and attached to ller bosoni was a very
fine gold watch with her name upon it. He called the policeman's
attention to the importance of securing the watch for future
identification, and was given the same information.
Mrs. John P. Smart returned from Galveston on board the
steamer " Lawrence," along with about 400 women and children.
Mrs. Smart had been in Galveston for some three weeks, and
came away on the first trip made by the "Lawrence." She said of
her experience during the storm:
"At 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon, in spite of the efforts of
the lady of the house to persuade us all to remain at home, we
set out for a place of safety, the Atlanta Hotel. The water was
then three feet deep on avenue P. On the way to the hotel I saw
three women drowned. They were making their way down the
street and were blown down by the wind and lost. We left the
house none too soon. After the storm not a trace of it could be
The wind was then blowing at the rate of about sixty miles
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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/m1/512/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .