Galveston; Portraying by Pen and Picture the Awful Calamity That Befell the Queen City on the Gulf and the Terrible Scenes That Followed the Disaster ... Volume 3

Galveston; Portraying by Pen and Picture the Awful Calamity That Befell the Queen City on the Gulf and the Terrible Scenes That Followed the Disaster ... Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...entirely upon the Campbell boy to tell the tale. According to the story of this boy all the children were gathered with the sisters and the two workmen in the chapel on the ground floor in the west wing of the building. The storm was raging terribly outside and they all engaged in prayer. The east wing finally went down and they were driven from the chapel to the floor above, the water coming in and threatening to drown them. Some clambered out on the roof of the part remaining, but not all. Finally along about 8 o'clock--they are not positive as to the time by an hour--the remainder of the building went and the roof went into the water. What became of the others nobody can say. Campbell only knows that he got out from the building somehow and caught a piece of drift, either a part of the roof or something of the sort. The Murney boy broke through a transom and got out. He drifted for some time, and finally caught a tree to which he clung and soon found that the two other boys had caught the same tree. Prior to that they had been separated, but a strange fate attracted them to the same place. This tree, it developed later, had caught in the masts of the wreck of the schooner John S. Ames, which lies almost to the south of the home. There they remained all night. At one time Campbell was about to give up and cried that he was drowning. The Murney boy caught him and lashed him to the mast with a piece of rope that he found there. In that way was his life saved. When morning came they found that they were alone in the open gulf on a tree. The tree soon broke adrift from the mast, and, strange as it may seem, brought them inshore. They finally landed and started west, not knowing which direction to take. They finally brought up at a...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123679186X
  • 9781236791863