The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 139
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HURRIED TO A WATERY GRAVE. 139
tion to the harbors at Sabine Pass and Aransas Pass as being
worthy of consideration.
In New York the views of railroad men concerning the future
of Galveston as a shipping point are far from gloomy. A. F.
Walker, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Atchison,
Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, says he expects the city to be rebuilt
within three months.
"Of course," said Mr. Walker, "it is a serious blow to Galveston,
and with the city covered with mud and wreckage it is easy to
prophesy evil for its future, but two weeks will suffice to clear the
wreckage and clean the streets, get the dead buried and make a
careful estimate of the actual loss. This loss is tremendous, there
can be no doubt, but it has very likely been grossly exaggerated.
" Galveston will rebuild, and quickly, because the site combines
the greatest natural advantages as a Gulf port and has solid
commercial backing. It is imperative that we have a port on the
Gulf-the extent of shipping demands it. Galveston offers, in spite
of the real handicap of her low position, the best site, and I see no
reason why it should not be rapidly rebuilt."
BELIEVES CITY WILL BE REBUILT.
Vice-President Tweed, of the Southern Pacific Railroad, said
this morning that he felt sure that his road would repair the damage
done to its properties at Galveston, and go on with further improvements
" I take it for granted," Mr. Tweed declared, " that the directors
of the Southern Pacific will keep up the work they started
there. I do not think that this disaster, though certainly serious,
will kill Galveston as a shipping port. No definite reports have
been received as to the extent of our losses there. The two piers
already completed on the property of the Southern Pacific were
certainly badly damaged. Any estimate of the amount of damage
would be only a guess, but I should say that it would fall below
$400,000. Three hundred and fifty thousand dollars had been spent
on the piers, and $75,000 paid for a short line from Galveston to
Houston, which was destroyed."
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