The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 496
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496 SNATCHED FROM THE JAWS OF DEATH.
left. Soon she went, and I was left alone to battle with the waves.
Soon I caught a piece of driftwood and I think I floated out
into the Gulf. Then the wind changed and I began going the
other way. I was tossed out into the bay at last, having passed
during this time many people floating on drift of all kinds, and
people struggling in the water trying to save themselves.
"I drifted thus for a long time, coming after a while to where
the railroad bridges crossed the bay. I caught hold of one of the
piling and stayed there for a time trying to rest. During the
night my clothes had been entirely torn from my body and I was
in a horrible plight. After having stayed there a little longer, I
caught a piece of drift and turned loose and drifted with the tide.
At last I drifted to a pile of lumber, and finding that the water
was not deep there, I fell on top of the lumber. I was so
exhausted by the terrible ride that I had taken that I immediately
went to sleep.
"About daylight I awakened and found myself in a strange
place. I walked to a house some distance from there, and on
inquiring, found that I was at Lamarque. Remembering that I
had an aunt living at that place, I found her house, which was also
almost a ruin. This aunt took me in charge and I stayed there
until I heard from my father, and then came back to Galveston."
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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/m1/554/: accessed January 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .