The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 101
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THE GULF CITY A MASS OF RUINS. 101
lowing hopeful estimate of the business future and prospects of
Galveston was received:
"Although in the middle of our overwhelming disaster, the
full extent of which can only be approximately estimated, the citizens
of Galveston held a meeting on Sunday afternoon, as soon as
they possibly could after the great storm. At this meeting the
sentiment expressed was a grim and undaunted resolution to rebuild
the island city. They said:
'Galveston must rise again.'
"They fully realize the vastness of their misfortune and the
magnitude of their task to repair it, yet, amid all the wreck and
havoc that the elements have wrought they say, with determination,
that as soon as they bury their dead and provide for the immediate
necessities of their living and destitute ones, they will set
about to clear away the debris, and begin anew their lives of toil
and energy on their storm-stricken island.
" They are inspired with the sentiment that Galveston must
rally, must survive and must fulfill a glorious destiny, as the great
entry port of the Southwest. As in the case of the great Johnstown
disaster, in I889, the whole American people have responded
with alacrity to their cries for help, and with such aid to assist and
such sympathy to inspire them, they will surely meet the success
that their patriotic efforts so richly merit. A. H. BELO."
STORY OF DEATH AND RUIN.
Reviewing the situation it may be said that again were
heard the cries of those in the wilderness of devastation asking for
succor, for again, as a score of times before, Galveston and surrounding
coast towns are the scenes of death and desolation. Homes
razed and washed away by the waters that have claimed their occupants
as victims of death and horror, has more than once been the
story from the shores of the Gulf.
History is now repeating itself, and the repetition has become
frequent since 1860. While severe storms sweep the Atlantic
coast between the mouth of the Savannah River and the Chesapeake,
still the resultant damage is far less north of Savannah and
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