The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 311
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RESCUE OF THE PERISHING. 311
the boundless tenderness which is being showered upon us in the
hour of desolation and sorrow."
Refugees from Galveston, Alvin, Angellon and other places
are fast scattering throughout the State. Over fifty have arrived
at Austin and have found temporary homes with friends and relatives.
'Many have gone to places in other States. A local Relief
Committee has been organized in Austin to look after the wants
of the destitute people as fast as they arrive. They are clothed
and fed at the expense of the local people,
Similar committees are being formed in all the principal cities
and towns of the State. It is expected that this action will assist
the Relief Committees of Houston and Galveston greatly and will
also reduce:the amount of money required tobe expended out of the
general fund that is accumulating for the benefit of the sufferers.
Word reached here from Houston that evidences had been
found there of imposition on the part of chronic tramps who are
pouring into the city fiom all directions and claiming to be just
from Galveston and to have lost everything in the storm. Many
of these frauds have been exposed and driven out of the city. A
plan is being arranged whereby all parties seeking help must be
identified as having come from Galveston or other storm-swept
SERMONS ON GALVESTON.
The Galveston catastrophe furnished the theme for Rev. Dr.
Russell H. Conwell's sermon on Sunday, September i6th, in the
Temple of Grace Baptist Church, Philadelphia. He attributed
the disaster to the working of God's immutable laws, and declared
that the calamity in its end was for the good of all things. At
the conclusion of his sermon he made an appeal for the aid of the
sufferers. There was a generous response. Many pledged themselvesves
for specific sums.
Dr. Conwell took his text from Genesis *xiii, 36. He said in
part: "It was Jacob who said 'all things are against me,' but
Paul said, 'All things work together for good to them that love
God.' Paul's position was true. Jacob's was untrue. Yet Jacob
had philosophy in his expression; but his philosophy was so
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