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: 460
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460 GALVESTON STQRM STORIES.
station. The sails blew away and the boat capsized with all on
board, but the mast broke in the water' and she righted herself.
She drifted all night and landed in the bayou near the Nichols
place Sunday morning with all safe.
The son of Mrs. Nichols got a horse in Galveston at 2 o'clock
and managed to get to them, saving their lives. Their home was
wrecked, but the young man built a rude shanty of the wreckage
.on the shore and they secured enough food in the ruins of their
home to give the people on the "Wasp" a Sunday dinner. Mr.
Nichols was in town. . His home was completely wrecked and the
clothes were torn from his back by the wind and wreckage. He
is a little disfigured, but still able to be about.
MAN CARRIED THIRTY MILES.
Mr. A. A. Van Alstyne had, a large quantity of provisions,
such as rice, canned goods, etc., stored with him. He and his
family escaped unhurt, and every since have been using their
house as a basis of supplies for the needy in their immediate
Mr. Henry R. Decie, who lives eight and one-half miles down
Galveston island, was in Houston, and reports that he was at his
home when the storm began, but took his wife and children to.the
house of Mr. Willie Raine, a close neighbor. After reaching
there he says the water, with one bound, raised four or five feet
which took the house off the blocks.
" My wife and I were sitting on the foot of one of the beds
at that time, which was 6 o'clock. We felt the house quiver, and
my wife threw her arms around my neck and kissed me and said,
'Good-bye, we are gone.'
"Just then the house crushed in and we struggled hard to get
out. My baby boy was in my arms a corpse, having been killed
by a falling timber Another wave came and swept the overhanging
house off my head. I looked around and discovered that my
wife was gone and the remaining part of the house was drifting
apart. Catching a piece of scantling I was carried thirty miles
across the bay, landing near the mouth of Cow bayou."
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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/m1/518/: accessed May 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .