The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 492
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492 SNATCHED FROM TlIIE JAWS OF DEATH.
"The current impelled by the wind was terrific. Almost before
I had felt I had fairly started I was over the Gartenverein, four
blocks away. The next moment I was at the corner of the convent.
Here I got in a big whirlpool and caught up with a lot of
debris. I was carried round and round until I lost my bearings
completely and was then floated off (as I found afterwards) to the
northwest, finally landing in the middle of the street at Thirtyfourth
and M /2, or fifteen blocks from where I started.
"It was very dark, but I could see the tops of some houses
barely above the water; could see others totally wrecked and
others half submerged. I knew it was not so very late and as I
could not see a light or hear a human soul I concluded that the
whole of that part of the town had been destroyed and that I was
the only survivor. For eight hours I clung to my board, which
had found a good resting place, and during the whole time I did
not hear a human voice except that of a woman in the distance
calling for help.
NEARLY FROZEN TO DEATH.
"The wind beat the rain on me and nearly froze me to death.
I was never so cold in my life. I think I had at least a dozen
good hard chills before the water fell sufficiently for me to wade
to a house half a block away, a little elevated cottage of two
rooms in which fifteen or twenty colored people, who forgot their
own misery when they saw me bareheaded, covered with blood
and shaking with cold. They pulled me in out of the rain,
wrapped some half dry clothes about my shoulders to get warmth
in my body and for the moment forgot their own misery.
"When daylight came two of the men pilotedme to town,
where I net a friend whose room had escaped destruction. He
took me there, sent for a doctor, had my wounds dressed and by
9 o'clock I was myself again and barring weakness from loss of
blood was as well as ever.
"In conclusion, I desire to say this of the stornl. In my
opinion it began south of Cuba, developed fully near Yucatan,
came to the northwest, landed west of Galveston, its center pass
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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/m1/550/: accessed December 14, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .