The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 91
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THE GULF CITY A MASS OF RUINS. 91
"The city still presents the appearance of widespread wreck
and ruin. Little has been done to clear the streets of the terrible
tangle of wires and the masses of wreck, mortar, slate, stone and
glass that bestrew them. Many of the sidewalks are impassable.
Some of them are littered with debris. Others are so thickly covered
with slime that walking on them is out of the question. As
a general rule substantial frame buildings withstood better the
blasts of the gale than those of brick. In other instances, however,
small wooden structures, cisterns and whole sides of houses
have been plumped down in streets or back yards squares away
from where they originally stood.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE.
"Here and there business men have already put men to work
to repair the damage done, but in the main the commercial interests
seem to be uncertain about following the lead of those, who,
apparently, show faith in the rapid rehabilitation of the island city.
The appearance of the newspapers to-day, after a suspension of
several days, is having a good effect, and both the News and Tribune
are urging prompt succoring of the suffering, and then equal
promptness in reconstruction. It is difficult to say yet what the
ultimate effect of the disaster is to be on the city. Many people
have left, and some may never return. The experience of others
still here was so frightful that not all will remain if they can conveniently
find occupation in other cities.
"The bulk of the population, however, is only temporarily panic
stricken, and there are hosts of those who helped to make Galveston
great who look upon the catastrophe as involving only a temporary
halt in the advancement of the city.
"What is most bothering business men at present is what
attitude the railroads, and especially the Southern Pacific, are to
assume with respect to reconstruction. The decision of the transportation
lines will do more than anything else to restore confidence.
Big ships, new arrivals, rode at anchor to-day in front of
the city. They had just reached the port, and found the docks
and pier damage so widespread that no accommodation could be
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/112/: accessed October 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .