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: 478
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478 SNATCHED FROM THE JAWS OF DEATH.
besides a score of the sisters who were at the time acting as
When the water began to rise, Mr. Scott, who was in the
brick building, went over to where these patients were quartered
and soon returned, through water waist deep, with one in his
arms. Over 200 times he performed this feat, although before
the task was completed the water between the two buildings was
over six feet in depth.
Back and forth, during all the stormy night, he went and
every time he returned another soul was saved from a dreadful
fate. When the storm was at its height, the debris was flying in
all directions, the resistless waters carrying people on to destruction
and when he was weak and weary from his exertions, the
inmates of the-brick building begged him not to attempt the feat
again. But still, with a dauntless courage born of devotion, he
never faltered in his duty, and every person in the doomed building
was taken to a place of safety. Such courage, devotion and
heroism deserves a place side by side with that of the greatest
heroes who ever lived.
A MARVELLOUS ESCAPE.
Harry Van Eaton, a well known traveling salesman for Tenison
Bros., Dallas, was in the midst of the disaster, but saved his
life in a marvellous manner.
"It was the worst trial of my life," he said with a shudder.
"I shall never forget its horrors. I arrived in Galveston Saturday
morning and immediately went to the beach with a party of
us and for a while had a good time in bathing. But the waves soon
became furious and we were notified by the life saving crew 'to
get out of'the water as there was danger coming.'
"Luckily we obeyed their command, for when we had dressed,
the waves were enormous. We had to wade waist deep in water
before we reached the Tremont Hotel. The wind kept increasing
and at this stage of the game I began to realize something awful
was going to happen.
"At eight o'clock that night the wind must have been going
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/536/: accessed June 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .