The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 184
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184 VAST ARMY (F HELPLIESS VICTIMS.
the glory of the people of New Orleans that since the storm they
have said not a word against the rebuilding of this city, but have
generously and nobly responded to the appeals for Galveston's
"In spite of any ambition of rival ports, in spite of the timidity
of women and some men, the people of Galveston, patiently
and soberly, with loyalty and courage, are determined to rebuild on
'the ruins of this once beautiful city a metropolis that shall prosper
and endure. They are determined to do this, in spite of the possibility
that their homes and industries may again be wrecked by
storm. If you ask them why, they will tell you, " No community
is immune from disasters of this kind. It merely happened that
Galveston was in the path of the storm." And then they will go
back to burying their dead.
"Captain Randall, of the steamship Comeno, which has arrived
from New Orleans, reports that coming up the bay he saw a
great many human corpses, and that the banks of Pelican Island
were strewn with the dead. Pelican Island is six miles from
BRIDGE AND TRAIN IN SIX DAYS.
"The various railroads entering the city are determined to
assist to the full extent of their ability in rebuilding the city.
Colonel L. J. Polk, of the Santa Fe, has received a very encouraging
message from the headquarters of his road, declaring confidence
in Galveston, and urging the business community to push
forward the work of reconstruction. Colonel Polk said in an interview:
" The railroad interests have decided to combine their forces in
order to rebuild as quickly as possible a bridge from Virginia Point
to Galveston. A large number of men will go to work with this
end in view. You may say to the country that in six days a
bridge will have been built and trains running over it. I have had
a consultation with the wharf interests, and they have promised
us that they will be prepared to handle ingoing and outgoing ship.
ments by the time the bridge is finished. The bridge we shall
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/227/: accessed January 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .