Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Anniversary of Galveston Hurricane of 1900.

We didn't get any work done around here today. Well, of course, there were the usual things to do, like dishes, laundry, vacuuming, cat boxes, feeding the cats, and me. I mean we didn't do any constructive work today. Ray had to take Shay for a doctor's appointment, and I had a list of things to get, including Bobcat's medicine. I also had some aloe vera plants to mail, so I spent a while making the triangular shipping tubes out of litter boxes.

After I left the Post Office, I went to get Bobcat's medicine and the lady vet came out to talk to me. She now wants Bobcat on a liquid medicine, as the pills were just a stop gap steroid, which Bobcat can't take permanently. I am hoping that I can mix this with her canned food, as the pills were getting difficult to get down her.

Today is the 109th anniversary of the "Hurricane of 1900". They didn't have names then. It was the most deadly natural disaster in US history.
"A Galveston, Texas, forecaster had dismissed as absurd the notion that a hurricane could devastate the island city. Then along came the storm that would turn into the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. The forecaster, Isaac Cline, later described the storm's aftermath as "one of the most horrible sights that ever a civilized people looked upon."A century later, we revisit the day the sea rose up and swallowed what was then one of the richest cities in America. "

The Galveston residents were given hardly any warning, and by then it was too late. They tried to evacuate the people by train, but the train got washed away, and all drowned. The roads were covered with debris. Many people and orphans died at the orphanage. Even when the rapidly moving hurricane got to New York City, it left a path of death and destruction there, too.
This is the sea wall they built at Galveston after the hurricane, and it still stands, despite other hurricanes pounding it.

Remember the 6,000 that perished 109 years ago today.

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