The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 140
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140 HURRIED TO A WATERY GRAVE.
Concerning the suggestion that Galveston will not be rebuilt,
but that another city will be established in a safer place on the Gulf,
to serve as a shipping port, Mr. Henry Mallory, of the Mallory line
of steamships, said:
" Texas naturally seeks an outlet through a Texan harbor, and
there is none other in Texas equal to the harbor of Galveston. All
railroads centre there. If the city were wiped out some man with
money would begin to build there. Locally, Galveston has suffered
great loss, against which there is no insurance. But that does not
rob the city of its pre-eminent valve as a port."
Asked if it would be practicable to rebuild the city on an inner
shore of Galveston Bay, Mr. Mallory said that it would not.
" There is no better location," said he, "for the city. It is not our
purpose to abandon Galveston. We have ten steamships-nine in
commission and one building-and we expect to remain in the
A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER.
A correspondent, under date of September the I4th, wrote:
" So far as the actual presence of death is concerned, nobody
would know, from a glance at the streets to-day, that a terrible
tragedy had been enacted here. Human corpses are out of sight.
They have either been buried, taken out to sea or burned.
" But the horrors have not been obliterated by any means.
The danger of pestilence still remains. While the human corpses
have been disposed of, those of animals-horses, cows, dogs, etc.have
been permitted to remain above ground. There was no time
and no means to remove them. Their putrifying remains lay
where the waves left them-there to emit a stench that is simply
"Lime with which to consume these carcasses is all that will
save Galveston from epidemic.
" With corrupt flesh and bad water, or no water at all, Galveston
is already in the grasp of typhoid and other virulent fevers.
The diseases have not yet become epidemic, but if unchecked for
twenty-four hours there is no doubt they will become so,
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