DAY 7 | PART 1

TELEGRAM

Washington, D.C.
Sept. 9, 1900
To: Manager, Western Union
Houston, Texas

Do you hear anything about Galveston?

Willis L. Moore,
Chief, U.S. Weather Bureau


DAY 7 | PART 2


TELEGRAM

Houston, Texas
7:37 p.m.
Sept. 9, 1900

To: Willis Moore,
Chief, U.S. Weather Bureau Washington, D.C.

We have been absolutely unable to hear a word from Galveston since 4 p.m. yesterday...

G. L. Vaughan,
Manager
Western Union, Houston


DAY 7 | PART 3

TELEGRAM

Houston, Texas
11:25 p.m.
Sept. 9, 1900

To: Willis Moore,
Chief, U.S. Weather Bureau

First news from Galveston just received by train which could get no closer to the bay shore than six miles, where Prairie was strewn with debris and dead bodies. About two hundred corpses counted from train. Large Steamship stranded two miles inland. Nothing could be seen of Galveston. Loss of life and property undoubtedly most appalling. Weather clear and bright here with gentle southeast wind.

G. L. Vaughan
Manager,
Western Union, Houston

Excerpted from ISAAC'S STORM. Copyright © 1999 by Erik Larson.


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