The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 480
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480 SNATCHED FROM THE JAWS OF DEATH.
residence of Mr. W. E. Jones. The train had just started again
when the depot blew away, part of it against our train, breaking
the windows and blinds of the coach and throwing glass all over
us. Luckily no one was hurt.
"We had now been three hours coming twelve miles, and we
all began to grow more uneasy. It was at this point where we
first felt or knew what a storm we were in. The coaches rocked
like cradles, windows blew in, and it seemed that we would be
blown away ourselves. After two hours more we reached East
La Porte. There most of our companions left us to look for their
people. It did not seem that anyone could live in that stormthe
wind must have been blowing Ioo miles an hour. But our
friends knew that they were needed at their homes, and they
launched out. Some to be blown back to us, only to try it over
again; others to be blown in the mud and water.
DIFFICULTIES OF A TRAIN.
"After a considerable delay the train started on. At West
La Porte we found the depot blown across our way. All went to
work cutting and moving timbers, and with the assistance of the
wind, we-soon had the track clear. We now had but one more
serious place to get across before we could get to Seabrook. At
last we reached it, and were in a few minutes across Taylor's
bayou, which we found to be a half mile wide and the waves four
feet high. This bayou, in ordinary weather, is about fifty feet
wide. On reaching Seabrook we found the depot full of refugees,
houses all gone, water over everything. Some of the families of
our companions on the way were lost, never to be seen alive
" Here we started out to work in earnest and it was only a very
short time before we had everyone that was without a home on
board. By this time the train crew had fires in the coaches and
and we served coffee, cheese and bread to the hungry ones, and
made them as comfortable as possible. We still had lots of work
to do, though, and we were looking for it when a man appeared
on the szene, reporting Judge Tod's barn had blown down on two
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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/m1/538/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .