A WEEKEND IN SEPTEMBER by John Edward Weems

A WEEKEND IN SEPTEMBER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another unlucky seventh, September 7th, 1900, was the date of the Galveston flood, and this is a reconstruction of the catastrophe- based on the records and on interviews of some 100 survivors- or the families thereof. So that hour by hour this tragedy is recalled and relived as it affected a number of people; a pretty school-teacher Daisy Thorne, about to be married; Police Chief Ketchum and his son; the Cline brothers, the Moores, etc. etc. The progression of the storm, and its unsuspected severity, to the high wind and high water which swept the city; the ruin of buildings and homes as well as lives- the figure here, estimated between 3000 and 12,000 has never been known but is probably around 6000; the eventual reconstruction and recovery of the city are all part of this present day record. Weems, presumably remembering another night of holocaust and havoc, has reported it adequately- but one may question whether the audience will stretch too far outside of the city limits.

ISBN: 0890963908
Publisher: Holt