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: 307
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RESCUE OF THE PERISHING. 307
heard from Governor Sayres that all sorts of people are contributing.
His message said that many of the churches of the land
would take special contributions for our benefit.
"I cannot say how grateful I and all the people of Galveston
are for this splendid treatment. We will show our thankfulness
by going ahead with our own work, and making a new Galveston
on the spot where the old one was so nearly annihilated."
The mayor's confidence in the future of Galveston is shared
/by the greater part of the business men. Two days ago all were
downcast, pessimistic and despondent. Many even talked of
abandoning Galveston entirely and helping to build a new city
on some other location. Already the mournful past has begun to
be cast behind. The conditions of the present are being studied,
and the very best that is possible will be made out of the future.
"GALVESTON SHALL RISE AGAIN."
Two daily papers have already resumed their issues, and
their appearance helped to restore confidence. Both of them had
stirring editorials, and that of one had for its keynote, " Galveston
Shall Rise Again." There was not a half hearted word in
the editorial.' It urged that people bury their dead, succor their
living, and then start resolutely to work to mend the broken
things and to build the city anew.
Galveston will not be abandoned for a location on higher
ground somewhere else. It has too fine a climate, it is too well
known as a summer resort, and it has too great advantages in its
bathing beaches to make abandonment a possible thing, even
should business seek to move away.
But business will not go away. If the railroads replace their
bridges, terminals and wharves, that means that they have confidence
in the future of the city, and adds to tie confidence of the
citizens. It is perfectly clear already that the railroads entering
Galveston are quickly going to do their share in the work of
The Southern Pacific railroad has had men investigating its
wharves and tracks, and it has announced through General Man-
Here’s what’s next.
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