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: 175
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suspended. Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Cathedral this
morning and was largely attended. Father Kirwin preached a
feeling sermon, at which he spoke of the awful calamity that had
befallen the people. After expressing sympathy for the afflicted
and distressed, he advised not to lose confidence, for back of them
he hunlanity of the world stands with relief; to hope for the
.;'ture and build a more secure, a larger and better city.
"This young priest has done yeoman service in relieving and
caring for the wounded, comforting the bereaved and burying the
dead. Bishop Gallagher, who has also been earnest and active in
his efforts, is in receipt of a telegram from Archbishop Corrigan,
of New York, stating that his diocese would see that all Roman
Catholic orphans sent to his care would be provided for. To-morrow
a census of the Roman Catholic people will be begun to ascertain
the number of widows and orphans caused by the storm, and
the exact number of families that perished.
"The Grand Lodge Colmmittee of Odd Fellows were here
to-day and organized local relief committees to look after and caie
for the sick and destitute of that order, for whom an appeal has
been sent to the lodges of the United States for relief."
SOUTHERN PACIFIC AT GALVESTON TO STAY.
"Galveston, September r6.-The news which was printed
here this morning in the shape of a personal telegram from VicePresident
Huntington, of the Southern Pacific, that that road is
not to abandon Galveston, has created intense satisfaction, and has
materially accelerated the movement for the speedy reconstruction
of the city.
" Mr. Huntington's telegram was to Mr. A. H. Belo, of the
Galveston and Dallas News, and read: 'I see it reported that we
are to abandon our work at Galveston. Nothing is further from
our thoughts. We expect to resume work there as soon as we can.
You can assure the people to that effect.'
"Dr. W. H. Blount, State Health Officer, to-day printed a
statement showing that no apprehensions are justified that sick
ness will result from the overflow just experienced. He showA
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Lester, Paul. The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/214/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .