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: 495
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SNATCHED FROM THE JAWS OF IEATH. 495
righted and baled, and all on board were saved. Captain Plummer
lost his home and everything but the scant clothes on his back,
but he says he wouldn't part with the " Cyclone Rescue " for its
weight in gold.
Some who were out in the water from the time the houses
first began to go down drifted but a few hundred feet, while others
were carried miles by the water. So it was with Miss Anna Delz,
a i6-year old girl, who lived out in the west end near the beach.
She drifted a distance of over eighteen miles, landing not far from
Texas City. She passed the bay bridge and hung for some time
on one of the piling, then catching a piece of driftwood, continued
her perilous journey, landing not far from her aunt's house on
STORY OF A PERILOUS TRIP.
She tells the story of her trip on the crest of the waves as
It was about 2 o'clock in the afternoon when I first realized
that the storm was increasing. Together with a girl-friend who
was in the house, I packed my mother's trunk and carried all of
the household goods that I could and piled them in the second
story to keep them from being washed away by the water, which
was rapidly rising. During this time the wind had been increasing
in velocity all of the time.
"At about 4 o'clock my mother and sister, who is I3 years of
age, were taken to a place of refuge by a friend. A girl friend
and myself were left, thinking that we would be safe, but it was
not over an hour after that when the house went down. It went
with a crash, and myself, together with the others in the house
.were thrown out into the furious waters. I caught onto a tree and
stayed there for a little while, but was dashed off and sank under
the water several times. While hanging on to the tree a roof
came along, on which there were about twenty people, mostly
women and children. I got on with them and stayed there for
some time, seeing my companions in distress being washed off
one by one, until at last there were only a young girl and myself
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/553/: accessed May 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .