The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 137
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HURRIED TO A WATERY GRAVE. 137
Houston, because of its facilities to furnish water and rail terminals,
will be the Texas seaport of the near future.
Very few expect unfortunate Galveston to rise again and
reassert herself the mistress of the Gulf. A Galveston man illustrated
the problem very aptly to-night, when he said:
" Fully one-half of the population of Galveston will never go
back there to live if they be got off the island alive this time. My
opinion is that Galveston has had her rise and fall."
AUSTIN PREDICTS NO DESERTION OF THE CITY.
Austin, Texas, Wednesday.-In the first shadow of the awful
calamity which has befallen Galveston the thought of many is that
Galveston City will have to be removed to the mainland or deserted.
Nevertheless, calmer opinion is that the city will not be
moved. There are too many interests concerned, too much money
invested and too many possibilities to think of moving the city.
Property losses, while great, are not beyond repair. The city
may not for many years regain the popularity it enjoyed up to last
week, but it is believed that with the passage of time and the
allaying of public fear the place will begin to revive.
Millions are invested there in harbor improvements that would
be useless were the island deserted. Millions more invested in
business weathered the storm, save as to windows and roofs, and
these can be easily repaired.
Wharfing interests representing millions will cost money to
get back into shape again, but the belief is general that it will be
done. The business interests of Texas demand a port such as
Galveston, and while the town may not regain within five or six
years the resident population it had, it is not probable that it will
When the storm of 1875 swept the island it did considerable
damage, and it took several years for the public to shake off the
fear of a residence there. They did so, however, and went back,
and it is believed that they will do so again.
Prominent citizens of Galveston to a man say that no thought
of moving the city to the mainland or a more protected spot can
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