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: 490
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490 SNATCHED FROM TIHE JAWS OF DEATH.
caught the door knob, then the side of the door on the gallery
and drew myself out far enough to catch hold of a blind, and,
clinging with both hands, I drew myself out on the gallery and
stood there. The scene was the grandest I ever witnessed. It
was impossible to face the wind, which had now increased to full
Ioo miles an hour, and drove sheets of spray and rain, which
"The roar was something awful. I could see to the right and
to the left, and, so far as I could see, only my house and that of
my next door neighbor, Mr. Youens, were left standing. All the
others were gone, and we were left practically out in the Gulf of
Mexico. About two minutes after I got on the gallery, I saw Mr.
Youens' house begin to move forward. It turned partly around
and then seemed to hang as if suspended. Suddenly the wind
switched to the south by east, and increased in violence. Mr.
Youens' house rose like a huge steamboat, was swept back and
suddenly disappeared. I knew that he had his family with him,
his wife, son and two daughters, and my feelings were indescribable
as I saw them go.
POSTS BLOWN AWAY LIKE STRAWS.
"The new position of the wind and its increased violence
caused a sudden rise in the water, and at one bound it reached
my second-story and poured in my door, which was exactly thirtyone
feet above the level of the street. The wind again increased.
It did not come in gusts, but was more like the steady downpour
of Niagara than anything I can think of. One of the front posts
on nly gallery blew out, split my head open and mashed my shoulder
badly. I was knocked insensible for a moment, but pulled
myself together and hung on.
" The constant shaking and jarring had loosened the front
door facing, and I saw I could tear it loose from the top when the
crash came, so I kept hold of it all the time. I had outlined a
plan of campaign from the first and carried it out to the letter.
The other posts and railing of the gallery blew away like straws.
The top of the gallery was lifted up and disappeared over the top
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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/m1/548/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .