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: 171
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saturated. The loss of stocks affected by water is very great. But
the disposition of the storekeepers to make the best of it and to
save something, even if badly damaged, is cheering.
Full of confidence and even optimistic are the expressions of
the men who have taken the lead in this crisis. Said Colonel Lowe,
of the Galveston News: "In two years this town will be rebuilt
upon a scale which we would not have obtained so quickly without
" I took it for granted that when the Southern Pacific management
said to its representatives, as it has said: 'Build a bridge ten
feet higher than the old one and put on a double force to do it,' our
future was assured. We shall go forward and create the city. We
shall have some restrictions as to rebuilding lines, especially on
the beach side, where the greatest losses were sustained. The ramshackle
way in which too much construction has been done heretofore
will be of the past."
SAVING VAST GRAIN STORES.
If any one had predicted on Sunday or Monday that ca Friday
and Saturday Galveston would be doing business at the old stand,
he would have been laughed to scorn. What the grain men are
planning very fairly tells the story. It applies to all lines of business.
The storm caught 2,500,000 bushels of wheat in cars and
elevators. Superstructures of the elevators were carried away, and
in other ways the immense buildings were somewhat damaged.
These indefatigable people six days later are perfecting their
arrangements to save that grain and export it. Robinson, the inspector,
" Without more rain for a few days, say six or eight, we shall
begin loading that wheat on ships for export. Don't you believe
anything you hear about permanent damages to Galveston as the
result of the storm.
" We have got the grandest harbor here. Why, our channel
instead of being filled by the storm carrying sand into it was
scoured two feet deeper than it was before. We had then twentyeight
to twenty-nine feet of water. We have now thirty feet.
Here’s what’s next.
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