The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 190
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190 VAST ARMY OF HEL,PLESS VICTIMS.
" Galveston is showing the same splendid courage as Chicago
thirty years ago, before a less dire calamity, and the country as a
whole is displaying the same liberality. The Galveston News
undoubtedly speaks for the city and the citizens in declaring that
the city will be rebuilt and protected. Its channel, as one slight
recompense, has been deepened to thirty feet. There remains its
protection by sea walls. and here the General Government might
well deal liberally with the stricken city. Whatever Galveston
port needs to protect and prevent the city from another tidal wave
ought, and we do not doubt will, be the liberal care of Congress next
"Much more remains. The insurance companies rebuilt
Chicago, and furnished the city with working building capital.
Galveston has no such resource. Like Johnstown the city has to
be rebuilt and the houses refitted. In the great flood of I889 this
was rendered possible because all the great flood of relief was managed,
methodized and economically directed by the Johnstown
Relief Commission, acting for the State. This prevented waste,
gathered together all aid and successfully rebuilt, refurnished and
re-equipped the destroyed homes.
"The Galveston disaster needs a like body. Food and shelter
will before long be provided. This is but a beginning. Contributions
are pouring out all over the country and organized work has
not yet begun. Any sum really needed by Galveston can be raised
if it is asked by an authoritative body, able to speak definitely and
with precision of the losses sustained by churches, hospitals, institutions
and individuals, and competent to distribute relief with
efficiency and economy. If Texas and Galveston put such a body
before the country in complete control the desultory giving already
begun will be succeeded by organized, systematic contributions
equal to the great need, great as it is."
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