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True-life tales of survival opposed to insurmountable odds, particularly in average catastrophes, carry a definite fascination for us all. That poor Texas climate places the reader within the eye of the typhoon and on the crest of the flood.
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Karger and others tried to rescue Tarver in boats but couldn't get to the courthouse because of the swift current. Tarver had to wait out the flood for twenty-four hours in the building, which was not destroyed. " Johnson climbed into a tree. Bit Martin, who had built a hotel in Ben Ficklin, was warned by a relative of the danger. Martin escaped with his wife and four daughters on a hack despite waters reaching the bed of the wagon. Mrs. Cicero Russell recalled that her father, John Burleson, rescued a boy during the flood.
Winds out of the east increased during a day darkened by gray skies and the barometer dropped, but residents didn't seem worried. After all, gales were expected in mid-September. The tropical storm had first been recorded earlier that month east of the Lesser Antilles, then skimmed across Haiti and Cuba as it moved west through the Caribbean and into the Gulf of Mexico. Texans weren't strangers to tropical cyclones in 1875. Five ships had been wrecked on Galveston Island on September 4, 1766. " An October 5, 1837 hurricane known as "Racer's Storm" (named after the British sloop) struck south of Brownsville, then moved over Corpus Christi and Galveston as it followed the Texas coast before heading across the Southeast and into the Atlantic.
Some Particulars of the Disaster. As the waters rose, people began to flee to higher ground by any means possible. A. B. Tarver was trapped in the courthouse and was shooting his gun to grab someone's attention. Karger and others tried to rescue Tarver in boats but couldn't get to the courthouse because of the swift current. Tarver had to wait out the flood for twenty-four hours in the building, which was not destroyed. " Johnson climbed into a tree. Bit Martin, who had built a hotel in Ben Ficklin, was warned by a relative of the danger.