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The Great Galveston Disaster (1900)

by Paul Lester

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The Great Galveston Disaster. Containing a Full and Thrilling Account
of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Time
Including Vivid Descriptions of the Hurricane and Terrible Rush of Waters;
Immense Destruction of Dwellings, Business Houses, Churches, and Loss of Thousands of Human Lives.
Thrilling Tales of Heroic Deeds; Panic-Stricken Multitudes and Heart-Rending Scenes of Agony; Frantic Efforts to Escape a Horrible Fate; Separations of Loved Ones, etc.
Narrow Escapes from the Jaws of Death
Terrible Sufferings of the Survivors; Vandals Plundering Bodies of the Dead; Wonderful Exhibitions of Popular Sympathy; Millions of Dollars Sent for the Relief of the Stricken Sufferers
Profusely Embellished with Photographs Taken Immediately After the Disaster
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Sounds a bit like Katrina; apparently we haven't learned much. Portions of this book are available online here.

For a less hysterical treatment of this hurricane, see Isaac's Storm by Erik Larsen.
  oregonobsessionz | Feb 7, 2007 |
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The first news of the appalling calamity that fell like a thunderbolt on Galveston came in the following despatch from the Governor of Texas:
"Information has just reached me that about 3000 lives have been lost in Galveston, with enormous destruction of property. No information from other points.
"JOSEPH D. SAYRES, Governor."
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