60 INCIIDENTS OF TIHE A\WFUL HURRICANE.
their habitations, goods and clothing, and by the wreck of business
houses and the stoppage of industry deprived of the means of'
earning subsistence for a long time to come. No one need hesi
tate about making a contribution to alleviate the suffering of Texas
on the grounds that others will give enough to supply all needs.
TERRIBLE SUFFERING AND MISERY.
" However generous or lavish may be the aid proffered, it will
not be enough to repair the misi:chief of that stori, and however
prompt the aid may be, it will not be quick enough to prevent
terrible suffering and misery. Delay in providing for the
impoverished and homeless means peril to more lives, deprivation
and sickness, and, under the most favorable circumstances in getting
aid to the district, thousands are fated to undergo the severest
" Fortunately, the Government has stepped in and, through
the War Department, is lending prompt and effective aid. Tents
and rations are being rushed to Galveston witli all possible speed,
and private liberality and relief committees are coming to the
rescue. The scope of tlle Government's efforts will be limited to
such supplies as are available in the \ar Department, and, in
addition, vast quantities of food, clothing and medicines are
needed, doctors and nurses are required, and a large sum of money
is an absolute necessity to pay for these things and to form a fund
for the purpose of maintaining relief until the sharp period of
distress shall be tided over. Our city, in every cause that appeals
to benevolence and humanity, has always been in the forefront of
the generous, and, in such a case as the Texas disaster, the city's
liberality should be maintained. Tlle Citizens' Permanent Relief
Committee has taken steps to render aid to tlie hurricane sufferers,
and, through that useful and beneficent organization, every
person in this vicinity will have the opportunity to join in giving
aid for a purpose which must excite universal pity and sympathy."
Lester, Paul. The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/. Accessed May 22, 2013.