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: 479
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a hundred mile an hour gait and it was about this time that the
roof of the hotel gave away and the sky-light fell in on the thousand
or more people who were there. I walked through three or
four feet of water to reach the front door.
" There was a regular mill-race rushing past the door and I
was caught in it, but by God's he] anc by expert swimming I
managed to reach the mainland.
"It was a terrible experience; whirling by me were hundreds
of bodies, ntore than I dared to count, crushed and mangled
between timbers and debris. Men, women and children sinking,
floating and dashing on, many to an instant death. I also passed
many dead horses and cattle. How it all ended, that I reached
safety, I hardly know; but I kept my presence of mind and by
God's help was saved."
PERILS OF A RELIEF TRAIN.
One of the passengers on' the first relief train that went out
of Houston on Saturday evening, during the prevalence of'the
storm, to bring the people in from La Porte and. Seabrook, gives
the following description of the trip:
"Little did we know what trials were before us as we started
out for La Porte and Seabrook at 8 o'clock on that fatal Saturday
night. But we did know our loved ones were in danger, and with
a brave volunteer crew in charge of the train, and trusting to the
good God above to care for us, we started, hoping for the best.
"The first obstacle that impeded our, progress was a -pine
tree of about two feet in diameter across the track. This was
soon cut in two and we journeyed along, the wind almost blowing
the train off the, track. We hAd gone only a few miles further
when we collided with two box cars that had been blown from the
switch to the main track.
"After a considerable delay we started again, engine crippled,
and everybody wet as water could make them. At Pasadena we
took on board several men, ladies and
children, who had been
standing waist deep in water for several hours. Soon Deep Water
was reached. Here two ladies got off and were carried to the
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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/m1/537/: accessed June 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .