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: 459
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GALVESTON STORM STORIES. 459
the credit that is his due, because he does not seek the notoriety
which is necessary. -There are min praised by the people of the
United States because they were on a boat at Santiago or Manilla,
or followed a commander up a hill at San Juan; by Great Britain
because he was of Modder river, Ladysmith, or possibly Pretoria;
and by other countries because of distinguished bravery in battle.
They were men who had been schooled to danger, who had
gone into the fight, with the one idea in mind, to kill and be i
killed for the honor of the flag they followed. They went into
the conflict believing that it meant death or honors of war, and
their heroism was of a character qualified by the conditions leading
up to it. Not so with the men who passed through the flood
of last Saturday and enrolled their names upon the tablet of
fame. There are many instances, but they can not all be told.
They were frequent during the terrible titles of that day. One
of these has already been told, that of the act of the boy of George
Walker, of Austin, a little fellow not yet in his teens, who, by
his heroic act, saved his aunt, who was all but drowned.
GALLANT WORK OF FIRE DEPARTMENT.
But one has not been told. The people of the west end of
the. city speak in the highest praise of the boys of No. 6 fire
station, which is located on Broadway, near Thirty-seventh
street. When the water was very high, they secured their horses
in the basement of the, Broadway school building, tying high
their heads so that they would be saved, and they were all brought
out alive. The men then worked manfully for those about them;
man after man, woman after woman, with many children were
brought out of the water by these men of the fire-fighting force,
and taken to the large school building opposite their station.
They saved many people. There were I200 people in this building
at one time, and every one of them was saved.
Mrs. Frank Nichols, her daughter and little Miss Selkirk
were down the island at their summer home, and Mrs. Nichols
tells of the bravery of Captain White of the "Wasp." The
"Wasp" saved Captain Andrews and family of the life saving
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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/m1/517/: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .