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: 488
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488 SNATCHED FROM THE JAWS OF DEATH.
o'clock, I went to the beach. I saw that the tide was high, but
that it had fallen again and was then at a stand. While I was
out there the tide began to rise again, and soon washed up to and
over the street railway track near the Olympia. I was certain
then we were going to have a cyclone, and so soon as I could get
to town I telegraphed to my wife, who, with my children, was on
a Southern Pacific train coming from tle West, to stop in San
Antonio. I told her that a great storm was on us, but not to say
anything about it and not to feel anxious about me.
"By 12 o'clock the wind had increased in violence to between
40 and 50 miles an hour, blowing from the north, and the water,
both in the bay and Gulf, was very high and still rising. At I
o'clock I visited the wharf front. The wind had shifted a point
or two to the east of north, and was over fifty miles an hour.
The bay water was over the wharves and was slowly encroaching
on the Strand. All low places were completely inundated.
LARGE BUILDINGS FLOATED PAST.
"i-4rom the bay I went to the Gulf side, and found the tide
very high and the water very rough. At 2 o'clock I concluded
to go home and look after things there. My residence was on
the northeast corner of avenue P2 and Bath avenue. As both
P2 and Bath avenues were low at that point, my sidewalk had
been curbed up about four feet and the whole lot raised four or
five feet above the level of the street. When I got home I found
about two feet of water on my lot. I sat on my front gallery and
watched the water. It rose gradually until the third step was
under water, when it apparently stopped rising and for over all
hour remained stationary.
"My house, a large two-story frame building, stood on brick
pillars about four feet high, so I had no fear of the water coming
into the house. I dismissed a negro boy I had with me, went
.:side and proceeded to secure the windows and doors, and to
make everything ship-shape before dark, for I felt pretty sure the
electric lights would all be knocked out.
"At 4 o'clock the water was two feet deep on my ground
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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/m1/546/: accessed May 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .