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: 464
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464 RELIEF TRAINS AND HOSPITALS.
Houston on the I8th. Mrs. R. Qualtrough and Mrs. Will Glass
were at the International and Great Northern depot Monday
intent on the relief of any who needed, when they saw a little
woman with a baby of about eight months in her arms. The
mother was weeping bitterly, so the two kindhearted friends went
up to see what was the matter. The stranger said she had just
arrived from New Orleans to find Galveston shut off from the
world, and her husband, mother and sister were there, and she
feared they were all lost. Mrs. Glass finally prevailed over the
little woman to go home with her, where she could care for her.
Tuesday Mrs. Qualtrough was busy at the market house
helping to distribute the clothing and food to the sufferers, when
her son came to her and told her there was a man from Galveston
in the room, and he wished she would go to him. The man, who
was bruised and beaten in his fight with waves, was in great distress.
He wanted to get to New Orleans, but had no money, his
wife and child were there, and he had to tell her that her mother
and sisters were drowned.
WOMAN DRIFTED NEARLY THREE DAYS.
An instinct told Mrs. Qualtrough the truth. She asked what
was the size and complexion of his wife, and how old was the
baby. Looking at her strangely, the man described exactly the
woman and child found at the International and Great Northern
station. " I believe your wife is here," was the extraordinary
comment on his story. Calling to Mrs. Ward, the fish merchant,
Mrs. Qualtrough asked her to take the man to Mrs. Glass' home,
and the husband and wife met. It was a pitiful scene, for while
she had got her husband back, the poor woman learned of the loss
of mother and sisters.
A woman was brought into Houston who was two days and a
night drifting about in Galveston bay, bringing with her a parrot
which she had held above the waters all that time. The parrot
and a bag of money was all she had left.
Mr. A. C. Fonda, a patient at the Houston infirmary, was a
clerk in the Gulf, Colorado and Santa'Fe freight office at Galves-
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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/m1/522/: accessed June 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .