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: 481
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SNATCHED FROM THE JAWS OF DEATH.
ladies and several children. We went to work to get them out,
and after three hours' work we rescued all alive except the mother.
She probably could have saved herself, but she gave up her life
for the children. She was found in a position leaning over them
"Finally day came and we could now see what damage the
storm had done. Mr. Hamilton's house was the only one left in
the flats, and most of the houses on the ridge were blown to
pieces. It was a miracle that more'lives were not lost.
"We gathered up everyone who wanted to come and left for
Houston at 9:30 A. M. Sunday, and arrived at Houston about 12
o'clock; our journey lasting eighteen hours, was over. The gentlemen
on the train who had families at La Porte and Seabrook
are under lasting obligations to the Southern Pacific officials and
especially to the train crew. No braver crew ever went out with
a train, and we wish to tender them our earnest and sincere
thanks. Courage and manly conduct have always been lauded
by the world, and no men ever stood more nobly to dutykon battle
grounds than did these men who ran the relief train in the full
fury of the storm to the search for the wave-tossed people of La
Porte. and Seabrook."
As showing the immediate demand for laborers, the following
advertisement inserted in the "Houston Post," will be of interest:
WANTED AT GALVESTON IMMEDIATELY.
"24 plasterers, $4.50 per day and board paid; 30 bricklayers,
$5.50 per day and board paid ; 25 tinners, $3.50 per day and board
paid; Ioo laborers, $2.00 per day and board paid."
The old saying that it is an ill wind that blows good to no
one is illustrated in this advertisement. Probably never before
in any Texas city were workmen offered wages so high.
Colonel Walter Hudnall, the representative of the Treasury
Department of the Government, who was sent from San Antonio
to Galveston, to investigate the conditions and-report completed
Colonel Hudnall spent several.days in the stricken city. He
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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/m1/539/: accessed June 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .