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: 493
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SNATCHED FROM THE JAWS OF DEATH. 493
ing south of Galveston between 6 and 7 o'clock Saturday even.
ing, and that it was from 200 to 300 miles in diameter. It passed
to he northeast, going out of the United States over the great
lakes through Canada and died out in Ithe far North Atlantic. I
have seen absolutely no report of this storm, but this is my conelusion
from my observation."
Said a citizen of Galveston: "It is not all tears in Galveston,
not all sorrow. Hearts bowed down with grief are not heavy all
the time, and there are smiles and good cheer and hearty hand
shakes with it all. Here is a sample of the conversation :
"' Hello, Bill, I'm gladfto see you alive !'
'Same to you, old, man,' as they join hands in hearty clasp.
"' How 'bout your family ?'
'" 'All safe, thank God.'
" I Ilost my little one,+ but the rest are safe. HoWus your
"'Gone: knocked into kindling wood, but that don't matter,
as I saved my wife and children after a hard struggle;'
TEARS IN MANY EYES.
"And the two pass on, the one light hearted, the other a
smile glistening in his tear dimmed eye, both glad for what was
left them. I saw a telegram to a Galveston woman from a sister
in Houston with whom she had hardly been on speaking terms
for years. It read:
"'Are you safe? Do you want any money ? Come up to
Houston and live with us.'
Is there necessity of comment ? I saw neighbors who had
been quarreling and saying spiteful things about each other for
months, riding down the street in the same buggy, the most loving
chums in the world. I saw rival candidates for the same
political office catch hold of opposite ends of the same log, and
with a 'heave ho Vl'toss it up out of the way of wagons and pedestrians,
each doing the work for humanity's sake.
"Social distinction is wi-ped out. I heard the banker tell his
story of the storm to his stableman with as much vim and gusto
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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/m1/551/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .