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: 494
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SNATCHED FROM THE JAWS )F I)EATH.
as though hobnobbing with his heaviest depositor. White and
colored stopped to make inquiries of each other and shake hands.
I saw a blind mendicant, a continual object of charity, on the corner
of Twenty-first and Market, and heard of hundreds upon
hundreds of great, strong, useful men who went down with the
flood. Life-is stranger than fiction, but it does seem an ironical
providence that saves the halt and the maimed and takes away
Police Officer WX. H. Plummer is the happy possesser of a
four-oared boat which he has christened " Cyclone Rescue," in
honor of its work in the storm. The boat is constructed on the
pattern of what is known as an Eastern pod, such as is used by
the lobster fishermen of Mlaine. The boat was built to withstand
the rough seas, and was so constructed with two air-tight compartments
as to be used as a lifeboat. This boat, with lashed oars,
was kept by Officer Plummer in his yard, corner of Seventh and
Church streets, one of the first districts to suffer from the invasion
of the destructive Gulf on the fatal day of the storm.
GRAND WORK OF RESCUE.
When Captain Plummer went home to dinner on that day the
Gulf was rising very rapidly and the storm gave indications of
greater severity. Having spent many years at sea, Captain
Plummer called his two sons, who are sailors, and the three men
launched the boat and started rescuing families in the neighborhood,
taking them to St. Mary's Infirmary. From noon until late
that night the good boat and its faithful crew braved the terrific
storm and are credited with having saved two hundred lives. On
the last trip that night, with Captain Plummer almost helpless
from exhaustion and his sons fast succumbing to the terrible
battle of the day, the boat suffered a slight mishap. She was
struck by a piece of wreckage driven with great force into her
side. But the boat held the water and landed her crew safely at
Once, during the height of the storm, the boat, with seven on
board, was capsized, but the experienced seamen soon had her
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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/m1/552/: accessed June 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .