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: 253
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THRILLING NARRATIVES BY EYE-WITNESSES. 25.
" To establish and enforce proper sanitary regulations, remove
the debris and sources of infection and maintain an effective police
protection will require rigorous and intelligent organization under
Statp control and adequately supported by public funds. It is not
to be t.pected that the local authorities will be equal to these demands,
for they are completely demoralized by the terrible calamity
that has so recently swept over their country. They are
exhausted, unnerved and broken in body, mind and spirit by the
strain through which they have passed, and are in no condition to
meet these after perils. This, in my judgment, is the phase of
the problem that is most serious and may require legislative aid.
HOW TO MEET THE EMERGENCY.
"The cost of a special session, if the necessity exists, is not
to be considered, for it is insignificant compared with the inestimable
cost of the failure of the State to do its duty in the premises.
Besides, the expense of a called session and of an adequate appropriation
would be distributed over the entire taxpaying population
of the State and would be inappreciable on each taxpayer. It is
an emergency in which the responsibility for a mistake makes it a
very troublesome question for the Governor.
" If there is the danger that I speak of, and I think no doubt
can be entertained as to that, delay mqy be fatal to any action to be
hereafte a taken, for if the plague should once take root and begin
its work, no amount of outlay and vigilance can ever compensate
the loss caused by a hesitating or dilatory policy. On the
other hand, the contributions made and to be made and the
agencies already at the command of the authorities may be adequate
for the necessities. I do not personally know just what the
conditions and resources may be, but if anything is to be done it
must be done speedily, and the responsibility for errors is not a
light one. I do not doubt that the Governor is in touch with the
situation and will do his duty."
General H. B. Stoddard, deputy grand master of the grand encampment
of Knights Templars of the United States, one of the
most exalted positions in America, returned to Houston from a visit
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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/m1/311/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .