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: 477
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One Hero Rescues Over Two Hundred-Traveler Caught
in the Rush of Water-Report of a Government
Official-How the Great Storm Started.
THERE are many people who are composed of the material
that constitutes a hero, but the majority pass through the
time allotted to them on earth without having the opportunity of
demonstrating the fact to the world. On the night that the awful
catastrophe visited the city of Galveston few were those who had
not this opportunity presented to them.
Of course there were some who failed to develop this quality.
The every effort of these was directed with the one supreme
purpose of self preservation. Others there were who devoted
their services unreservedly to the helpless and in consequence
their names will never be forgotten by those whom they preserved
from a watery grave.
Some of the deeds of this nobler class will never be knownnot
even after the relentless sea gives up all its dead. There is
one name, however, which will be recorded and preserved in the
memory of some as long as that never to be forgotten night of
the hurricane at Galveston is remembered by the sons of men.
That name will be taught by mothers to their children in the age
to come as the name of one possessed of undying courage and
The name is that of Zachery Scott, a young medical student
who was at St. Mary's Infirmary at Galveston on the fateful night.
Alone and single-handed Mr. Scott rescued over 200 souls from
the very jaws of death. St. Mary's Infirmary is composed -of a
large brick building and several wooden structures, and the latter
were entirely destroyed by the fury of the wind and the water. In
the wooden buildings were nearly 200 patients who were
and weak to battle against the elements and the raging st6rm,
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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/m1/535/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .