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: 163
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BURNIN( THF RUINS AND THE DEAD. 1)'
a large force of mene to work clearing up each of thle wharves,
and the company will be ready for business within eight days.
The wharves have been damaged very little outside of the wreckage
of the sheds. With tlle wreckage cleared away Galveston
will be in shape for beginning business.
SOUTHERN PACIFIC WILL REBUILD.
To a journal in New York the "Galveston News " sent the
following important statement:
"You ask the 'News' what is our estimate of Galveston's
future and what tle prospects are for building up the city. Briefly
stated, the ' News ' believes that inside of two years there will exist
upon the island of Galveston a city tree times greater than the
one that has just been partially destroyed. The devastation has
been great and the loss of life terrible, but there is a hopefulness
at the very time this answer is being penned you that is surprising
to those who witness it. That is not a practical answer to
your inquiries, however.
"The principal feature is this-The Southern Pacific conipany
has ordered a steel bridge built across the bay ten feet
higher than the trestlework on the late bridges. The company
has ordered also a doubling up of forces to continue and improve
their wharves, and with this note of encouragement from the
great enterprise upon which so much depends the whole situation
is cleared up.
AN EXCELLENT PORT.
"Our wharves will be rebuilt, the sanitary condition of the
city will be perfected; streets will be laid with material superior
to that destroyed, new vigor and life will enter the community
with the work of construction, and the products of the twenty-one
States and Territories contiguous will pour through the port of
"WXe have now, through the action of this storm, with all its j
devastation, thirty feet of water on the bar, making this port the
equal, if not the superior, of all others on the American seaboard.
The island has stood the wrack of the greatest storm convulsion
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