The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane Page: 131
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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
WONDERFUL COURAGE AND HOPE.
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.
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
accommodations could be given to them.
The losses to the charitable institutions of the city were very
heavy. Sealy Hospital, the gift of the late John Sealy, was one
of the largest institutions of Texas. Very serious damage was
sustained. Almost the first work of restoration begun on any public
structure was at the Sealy Hospital.
The medical department of the University of Texas included
what is known as Brackenridge Hall. This hall was the gift of
George W. Brackenridge, of San Antonio. It was seriously damaged.
The Old Women's Hospital is a complete ruin. St. Mary's
Infirmary, on Tenth and Market Streets, was entirely destroyed.
The Ursuline Convent and the Ursuline Academy were partially
demolished. The convent is now a haven of refuge of 500 houseless
The Catholic Orphans' Asylum disappeared, leaving but
slight traces in the form of
uins. It was supposed that the
inmates, some ninety-nine sisters and little children, had been
swept out into the gulf when the waters receded. Within the past
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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, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/162/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .