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: 266
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266 THRILLING TALES BY REFUGEES.
" Fortunately, the islands are but sparsely populated, as compared
with the region which has recently been devasted, and in
consequence, there was far less suffering than is to-day to be found
in the track of the hurricane which has just wiped out whole communities
and caused such an extraordinary loss of life. If the
fact to be emphasized and insisted on is that it was necessary for
generosity to act promptly after the sea island catastrophe, there
is a far greater necessity for promptness in the present emergency,
owing to the larger number of people involved.
REFUSED TO BELIEVE THE TIDINGS.
" The difficulty in the case of the sea island hurricane was that
a large number of conservative people-the very class which may be
depended on to respond most liberally to appeals in behalf of the
unfortunate-refused to believe the stories sent out by the press
agents and newspaper correspondents who made haste to visit the
scene of disaster, placing them in the category of newspaper sensations.
" The fact remains, however, that the naked details of the sea
island hurricane never were put in possession of the public. Curious
incidents and queer results were dwelt upon and described, but
a detailed account of the effects of that storm has never been
printed. Those who have never visited the scene of one of these
elemental disturbances can have no idea of the extent of the havoc
and ruin wrought by them. The results must be seen and felt
before they can be understood and appreciated.
" They are of such a character as to elude and evade all efforts
at description. All the newspapers can do is to give a bald account
"But to-day we are face to face with a few of the horrors of a
calamity that outdoes any similar visitation with which the nation
is familiar. The situation in the afflicted territory is piteous in
the extreme. And may the nation's blessing rest on all who give
succor to those stricken by this awful hurricane curse of the sunny
" It would be difficult to exaggerate the awful scene that meets
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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/m1/324/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .