The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 306
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306 RESCUE OF THE PERISHING.
be expressed in the fine words which one of them quoted to-day.
They are taken from the doorway of a church in Tyrol, where the
half-obliterated letters represent the wisdom of centuries, and the
thoughts of Galveston men of to-day.
" Look not mournfully into the past.
It comes not back again. Wisely
Improve the present. It is thine.
Go forth to meet the shadowy future
Without fear and with a manly heart.
"The contributions and gifts of the people of the United
States are the subject of conversation wherever men meet on the
streets. That a city, which had met with disaster only five days
ago, could now be the recipient of a fund which is already approximating
half a million dollars, seems well-nigh incredible.
" Galveston has been better treated than was Chicago after
its great fire, or than were the sufferers in western Pennsylvania
after the Johnstown flood. The spirit is the same, but has grown
great with good times and swift with good hearts.
SWIFT TRAINS LOADED WITH SUPPLIES.
"The bulletins which come through Governor Sayres at Dallas,
who is earning the gratitude of Galveston people by his good
work for them, tell of swift trains coming from the Atlantic and
the Pacific laden with supplies. They tell of gifts of many
thousands of dollars from great corporations and rich men of the
country, and as well of gifts from the poorer classes in cities and
villages in all parts of the Union. How Governor Roosevelt
stopped on his speaking tour long enough to wire an appeal to
the citizens of his State for relief funds, how other governors have
issued appeals, and how Americans even as far away as Paris
have spontaneously met and contributed large sums, have all been
"It is a wonderful thing," said Mayor Jones, "and one
which speaks for the high character of our American citizens,
that so much should be done for this city soquickly. I havejust
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