The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 265
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THRILLING TALES BY REFUGEES. 265
"It is this; If the horror of the calamity is to be measured
by the loss of life, the same measure should be applied to the
pressing necessities of those who have been stripped of everything
save life. However much we may deplore the loss of life, the dead
are done for. They are beyond and above the crying demands and
necessities which press upon those who are left alive.
" In the nature of things, the condition of thousands of those
who have been spared is far more pitiable than that of the dead.
Their resources have been swept away by wind and tide, and they
are desolate in the midst of desolation. The catastrophe was so
vast in extent and so furious in its sweep that it will be many a
long day before the survivors are able to recover from its effects.
NEVER WEARY OF GIVING.
"Outside aid is absolutely necessary in order to prevent suffering
even greater than that which accompanied the outburst of
the elements. The large-hearted public is never weary of giving
in cases where the necessity of giving is absolute. With the American
public sympathy and pity provoke unbounded generosity.
"All geographical lines, all differences are completely broken
down by any emergency which stirs the tender heart of the people.
But it frequently happens that this native generosity is not as
prompt to act as necessity demands, especially in cases where the
least delay adds to the suffering of those who have been left helpless.
No tongue can tell, and no pen can describe the awful results of a
storm such as that which has visited the Texas coast.
"The sea island of the South Atlantic coast had a similar visitation
several years ago, and the present writer was commissioned
to visit the scene and depict the results. He arrived upon the
ground more than a fortnight after the hurricane had passed
through the islands, and though Miss Clara Barton and her assistants
of the Red Cross Society had been able to get in touch with
the sufferers more promptly than usual, there were many still
on the point of starvation. No doubt many perished within sight
and hearing of the succor which the public and the Red Cross
Society were so anxious to give.
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