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SNATCHEI FROM THill JAWS OF DEATH. 1,
with a comparatively low barometer between the two, all shadilng
toward low the further south the records were made.
"I remarked to the observer who was making the map that
the Key West record, backed by the map as a whole, showed pretty
plainly that there was a cyclone forming. He agreed with lme.
but said his office had received no notice of anything of the kind.
\Vednesday afternoon the tide in the Gulf was high and the water
was rough, though there was no wind to cause the disturbance.
Thursday afternoon the tide was again high and the water very
rough, while the atmosphere had that peculiar hazy appearance
that generally precedes a storm, though not to a marked
" The wind was from the north, and during the night was
rather brisk. Friday the wind was front the north, and as night
came on it increased in violence. The tide was v-ry high and the
Gulf very rough, though as a rule with a north wind the tide is
low and the Gulf as smooth as the bay. I was then confident
that a cyclone was approaching us and accounted for the high tide
by assuming that the storm was moving toward the northwest or
against the Gulf stream, thus piling up the water in the Gulf.
KNEW CYCLONE WAS COMING.
" For my own satisfaction, and at the request of my friends,
I constructed a chart, outlining roughly the origin, development
and probable course of the cyclone. From the Key West observation
and the map of Tuesday I assumed that the center of disturbance
was originally somewhere south of Cuba; that it moved
to the northwest as cyclones always do at first, and that the storni
had developed into a cyclone in the neighborhood of Yucatan;
would move to the northwest and strike somewhere near the
mouth of the Mississippi, going thence to the northeast and passing
into the Atlantic ocean off the New England coast. The
error I made was in placing its course too far east.
" My residence was within two blocks of the beach, so I had
ample opportunity to observe the Gulf. Friday night there was
a strong wind from the north, and Saturday llorning, about 6
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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/m1/545/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .