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310 RESCUE OF THE PERISHING.
brings the cheering news that in every town and city in the United
States, commercial, religious and charitable bodies have organized
into relief committees. At present thousands of dollars and hundreds
of cars of supplies are en route and will reach the sufferers
of Galveston just as soon as it is possible to boat them across the
bay. If the desolation here has been awful, the sympathy and
humanity of a great nation has been ample, and very soon the
local committees will be enabled to assist the destitute thousands.
" What,the 'News' desires most to say to the surviving victims
of last Saturday's catastrophe, is that in the knowledge of a
world-wide sympathy which is encompassing us, we must not give
way to despair. If we have lost all else, we still have life and the
future, and it is toward the future that we must devote the energies
of our lives. We can never forget what we have suffered;
we can not forget the thousands of our friends and loved ones who
found in the angry billows that destroyed them, a final resting
place. But tears and grief must not make us forget our present
TIME FOR DAUNTLESS COURAGE.
"The blight and ruin which have desolated Galveston are
not beyond repair. We must not for a moment think Galveston
is to be abandoned because of one disaster, however horrible that
disaster has been. We have our homes here, even if those homes
are in ruins, and if we loved Galveston before, how much stronger
must that affection be and how much more sacred it must be when
we think of our loved ones, whose dust consecrates not only the
land but the very waves which lash its shores.
" It is time for courage of the highest order. It is time when
men and women show the stuff that is in them, and we can make
no loftier acknowledgment of the material sympathy which the
world is extending to us than to answer back that after we shall
have buried our dead, relieved the sufferings of the sick and
destitute, we will bravely undertake the vast work of restoration
and recuperation which lies before us, in a manner which shall
convince the world that we have spirit to overcome misfortune and
rebuild our homes. In this way we shall prove ourselves worthy of
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