The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 508
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508 GREAT STORMS ANI) VAST DESTRUCTION.
dence had given him. This fight lasted for hours and their perilous
position was made even greater by the flying timbers and
-pieces of slate which the wind would seem to take such delight
in hurling at them. It was a battle between providence and the
elements to see which should clain the family for its own, and
not until nearly three o'clock did the wind and water cease in
their efforts to add the Irvin family to their long list of victims.
The elements were recompensed by taking one of the eight
children and injuring the wife so that she would later become one
of their dead.
At about three o'clock the next morning Irvin found himself
and family, exceptbthe little one who had been lost, several blocks
from where he had formerly lived, and mixed up in the debris.
At daylight he succeeded in getting his wife and children out and
brought them to the business part of the town.
THE MOST REMARKABLE EXPERIENCE.
As soon as possible he sent the children to relatives in Houston.
In the Il:anltinle his wife had been taken to the Sealy hospital
suffering from the injuries she had received during 'the
storm. At this time he realized that he was hurt also and went
to the temporary hospital at the Custom House, where he stayed
for several days under treatment. It was while he was there that
the last sad chapter was added to his story. While there confined
to his bed, his wife died in the Sealy hospital, and he had to lie
at the Custom House without getting a last look at the woman
whom he loved, while strangers were burying her body. Of his
neighbors who took refuge with him all were saved except the little
daughter of Mr. Crowley.
While the many stories of the storm are published, giving
graphic accounts of adventure in one way and another, telling of
hardships and endurance, the miraculous escapes from death and
the heroic deeds of the living and the dead, the story of A. S.
Johnson and A. J. Beckway should be told, as their experience
was, perhaps, the most remarkable of any two men on the whole
island on that fatal night.
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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/m1/566/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .