The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 465
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RELIEF TRAINS AND HOSPITALS.
ton, and lived on Broadway. He tells a tale of his experience
which is miraculous. He remained in his house until it was
blowih down, and then, in some miraculous manner, he was blown
into a large cypress cistern which was about half full of water.
After being in the cistern for about an hour a kind of twister
struck it and blew all the water out, but left him. When the
cistern was relieved of the water it rose and was finally washed
out on the Gulf, where it remained until Monday morning, when
the wind and tide brought it back to Galveston and its occupant
was rescued in a thoroughly exhausted condition.
Beaumont, Texas, September 14.-Mr. A. Zwirn, one of the
Beaumonters who left for Galveston on a freight train Monday
afternoon, returned yesterday after having spent fourteen hours
in the stricken city. Mr. Zwirn reached Galveston Tuesday
evening, having succeeded in getting across the bay on a small
sailboat. He went to the Island City to search for friends and
found a greater portion of them alive.
FIRST CITY TO GIVE ASSISTANCE.
Mr. Zwirn says Beaumont was the first city to get assistance
into Galveston. He was present at a meeting of Galveston citizens
when it was announced that a boat with ice and water from
Beaumont had arrived, and he says the fervent thanks which
went up from the gathering and the tribute one of the men
paid to the Queen of the Neches made him feel proud of his
"It was, however, not the fault of Houston," said Mr. Zwirn,
"that the Bayou City did not get supplies to the Island City
quicker. The train on which I came to the end of the railroad
track had several cars of provisions, ice, etc., and many more were
standing on the tracks when we arrived. The trouble was the
absence of transportation across the bay to Galveston. There were
many boats, but the owners found it more profitable to carry passingers
from $i per head up than to transport supplies. I can
not describe the joy with which the boat from Beaumont was
received. It not only contained that which the sufferers needed
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/523/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .