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312 RESCUE OF THE PERISHING.
much inferior that Paul's inclosed it, left it out of sight. There
is no sorrow or affliction or pain or death but it worketh out in
God's hands a greater good.
' The disaster at Galveston fills me with terror. It was a
lovely city; its people kind-hearted and enterprising. The
destruction of that city so suddenly was God's doing, and conse,quently
it must be for good. It was His doing and what He does
is right. The hurricane was the necessasy outcome of all the
working laws of God. He sent it and it must be for good. We
can not understand that ; we sit back in our heart's darkness and
say, 'God is wrong; He is not governing the universe.'
BLESSINGS IN DISGUISE.
" The people who now live in Galveston will be better all their
lives. This experience has deepened their natures, enriched their
sympathies, enlarged the boundaries of their feelings, and the
people of that city will be blessed by that awful experience. They
are going to be better inspired, more loving toward others, more
affectionate toward each other, and they are going to be different
men even without their riches, for riches do not make good men.
The people of Galveston have been taught that there is something
more than dollars in this world. The rich will now feel what it
is to be poor. It does man good to feel the depths of life. Many
of the survivors will thank God they have to begin life over
"This great calamity is good also in that it arouses the
sympathies of the whole country. When it arouses the sympathies
of many tens of thousands it must be a gigantic force to work
out an ultimate good. Just think when they begin to build the
city again I How many will be benefited? They will order
lumber from the North, where the suffering people are waiting
for the order. They will order millions of dollars worth of goods
from Philadelphia, and there are poor people here waiting for that
work. When you consider how that disaster locally is going to
bless so many people outwardly, then the measure of its good may
be far greater than the measure of its evil."
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Lester, Paul. The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/370/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .