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: 57
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INCIDENTS OF THE AWFUL HURRICANE. 57
mills, were drowned. While the mill was crowded with people
the tower fell in, killing and injuring several persons. Over one
thousand persons sought shelter in the County Court House. A
lady and child from St. Louis, names not ascertained, who were
visiting the family of police officer John Bowe, were lost. Mrs.
Burns, mother of motorman Burns, and daughter, also perished.
motorman Parker, wife and children, were killed. Mrs. Benhill
and child were drowned.
" Three undertaking establishments are all being utilized as
morgues, and a fourth morgue was opened in a large building on
the Strand. Some of the draymen at first refused to haul more
than one body at a time, demanding the price for a full load for
each trip. On Sunday evening, however, the few who made this
demand agreed to bring as many bodies as their carts would hold.
Owing to the streets being full of debris it is only possible to use
the two-wheeled carts.
CARING FOR THE DEAD.
"iMany of those who escaped tell of thrilling experiences.
Mr. and Mrs. James Irwin got out on the roof of their dwelling.
They were seated on the side of the comb, and when the building
blew over they floated off separately on sections of the roof.
Mrs. Irwin was on the raft alone all night. Mr. Irwin, who had
found refuge at the Ursuline Convent, and who despaired of seeing
his wife again, heard a cry for help. Hoping to rescue a
human being, he pulled off through the water, and was surprised
and overjoyed to find his wife still afloat on the roof.
"The city is not without a water supply, but it is in total
darkness. The city street railroad has suspended business,
much of its track being washed out. It will be a month before
cars can be operated by electricity, but horse car service will be
substituted at the earliest possible moment. The plant of the
Galveston Gas Company is partially demolished, and is out of
commission. Those who use gas for fuel are helpless. Fire
wood was swept away, but there is plenty of drift wood to be
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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/m1/72/?rotate=90: accessed May 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .