The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 290
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23.(0 RELInEF W\ORK FOR 'T'I; SICK AND DYING.
at work on both ends of one of the four bridges across the bay, but
as the bridge is two and one-half miles long and the piling in bad
shape, it is impossible to say when the work will be completed. It
may be in three or four days, or may be longer, although railroad
officials hope for the best-that is, the lowest estimates of time.
FEAR TO LOOK ON THE SEA.
" It matters not how great the number of the dead, there are
enough to shock the sympathies of the world, and they are gone
forever. But we fear here to look upon the sea, lest some heartless
wave shall bring to view the cold, stark form of another whom
somebody lived with and loved.
"The victims are still growing into larger thousands, and the
bereft are still coming in to tell of losses. It is a continued story
of anguish and death such as Texas has never known before and
prays it shall never know again.
EVERY WAVE HAS ITS TRAGEDY.
" It is said that every wave of the sea has its tragedy, and it
seems to be true here. In Galveston it has ceased to be an anxiety
for the dead, but concern for the living. The supreme disaster,
with its overwhelming tale of death and destruction, has now abated
to lively anxiety for the salvation of the living.
" Men are at work clearing the streets of piles of timbers and
refuse. Men are beginning to r to realize that the living must be cared
for. It is now the supreme duty. There is much work to be done
and it is being done. Women and children are being hurried out
of the city just as rapidly as the limited facilities of transportation
will permit. The authorities and commissioners are rational, and
idleness is no longer permitted.
" There is an element with an abundance of vital energy who
intend to save the town, and the town is being saved. Burying the
dead, feeding the destitute, cleaning the city and repairing wrecks
of all character are under fair headway, and will be pushed as rapidly
as men can be found to do the work.
" The great utilities of the city are being repaired to a state of
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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/m1/348/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .