The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 56
56 INCIDENTS OF THE AWFUL HURRICANE.
The linemen who went out Sunday reported that the railroad
bridges were all washed away, and there was not sufficient material
in Galveston to rebuild the telegraph lines. The cables under
the channel are gone. The lines will have to be built to the city
from the mainland. Strenuous efforts were made on Sunday to
repair the damage to the Mexican cable, but on account of the sea
being high it was impossible to pick up the lost end of the cable.
"Thousands of telegrams were filed at the telegraph office
during the day, with the expectation that they would be sent to
Houston for transmission, but the captain of the only small tug
available would not venture on the trip with a new crew, his
engineer and fireman having been lost, while tugs which might be
hired were of too deep draught to go up the bayou.
IN THE BUSINESS DISTRICT.
"In the business district not a building escaped injury. The
Grand Opera House is caved in, and the fourth story of the
Hotel Grand, a part of the same building, was blown off. The
third story of the City Hall was blown away. Tie three story
building of the Ritter Cafe was demolished, and crashed into the
rear of the News Building. The fourth story was torn from the
Moody Building, at Twenty-second street and the strand. The
Masonic Temple was partially unroofed and the tower torn away.
The upper stories of the Harmony Club Building were caved in,
and the frame building across the street was demolished.
" Among other buildings damaged or destroyed was the Galveston
Orphans' Home, all the children being reported unhurt.
The Sacred Heart Church, one of the largest churches in the
city, is a total wreck. St. Mary's University, adjoining it is considerably
damaged, and the athletic building was destroyed. The
First Baptist Church is a wreck. The parsonage adjoining St.
St. John's Methodist Church was wrecked. The Ball High School
building is badly damaged."
" Over thirty persons were rescued from St. Mary's Infirmary,
but quite a number perished. A mother and child, a Mexican
woman and child and an elderly lady, while going to the cotton
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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/m1/71/ocr/: accessed February 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .