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100 THE GULF CITY IA MIASS OF RUINS.
adopted, and a subscription list was opened, with the result that
inside of fifteen minutes 50,000 francs were donated.
A committee of seven was appointed to carry out the plans of
the meeting, which included canvassing the American colony in
Paris. The French papers also opened subscription lists, many.
Frenchmen having expressed a desire to subscribe.
R. P. W. Houston, member of Parliment and head of the
Houston Line of Steamers, cabled $5000 to Galveston for the
relief of the sufferers.
SYMPATHY FROM FRANCE.
The following telegrams passed between the Presidents of
France and the United States:
"Rambouillet, Presidence, September 12, 900o.-To His Excellency
the President of the United States of America: The news
of the disaster which has just devastated the State of Texas, has
deeply moved me. The sentiments of traditional friendship which
unite the two Republics can leave no doubt in your mind concerning
the very sincere share that the President, the Government of
the Republic and the whole nation take in the calamity that has
proved such a cruel ordeal for so many families in the United
States. It is natural that France should participate in the sadness
as well as in the joy of the American people. I take it to heart to
tender to your Excellency our most heartfelt condolences, and to
send to the families of the victims the expression of our afflicted
sympathy. EMILE LOUBET."
"Executive Mansion, Washington, D. C. September 13, I900.
-His Excellency, Emile Loubet, President of the French Republic,
Rambouillet, France: I hasten to express, in the name of the
thousands who have suffered by the disaster in Texas, as well as
in behalf of the whole American people, heartfelt thanks for your
touching message of sympathy and condolence.
" WILLAM McKINLEY."
In response to an inquiry telegraphed to Colonel A. H. Belo,
publisher of the Dallas News and of the Galveston News, the fol-
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