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: 136
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136 HURRIED TO A WATERY GRAVE.
Dallas, Texas, Wednesday.-Much serious thought has been
given to the question of the future of Galveston by the best
informed men of Dallas since the calamity of last Saturday and
Sunday. The outlook, to their minds, is not a bright one. The
expression of judgment most frequently heard is "Galveston is
doomed." Men reason that to the perils the population have ever
to face from nature's elements the timidity of capital must now be
In the great storm of 1875 little of private or public capital
ran the risk of destruction. The great wharves, elevators, compresses
and railway and steamship systems had taken but slight
foothold in the island city. The federal government had built
jetties and general harbor improvements and coast defences, at a
cost of more than $io,0oo,ooo of public money. All these millions
of public and private wealth have been put into Galveston enterprises
CAPITAL WILL BE SHY HEREAFTER.
Capitalists will scarcely venture again in the near future to
invest their money in a place where it is likely to be wiped out at
a ratio of from $5,000,000 to $Io,000,000 to one equinoctial storm.
And when the Federal Government contemplates costly brand new
coast defence fortifications, such as Fort Sam Houston, shattered
by wind and waves, and ninety per cent. of the garrison killed, it
will not consider the place where these ventures were made a safe
one for their duplication. A harbor to be safe must be land
These are the views of thinking men who have studied the
situation. The question then arises, What will supersede Galveston?
Some predict that Houston, fifty miles in the interior, on
Buffalo Bayou, through the agency of a ship canal built at the
expense of the federal government, is the coming metropolis of
Others say Texas City, ten miles from Galveston, will now be
developed as a grand maritime successor to the unfortunate island
city. Others say Clinton, on Buffalo Bayou, six miles below
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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/m1/167/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .