The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 313
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RESCUE OF THE PERISHING. t,3
Rev. Dr. Colfelt, pastor .pf Oxford Presbyterian Church,
touching on the Galveston disaster in his sermon on " Repentance,"
changes are so quick and excessive in our mortal life
that none of us know what to-morrow will bring forth. Not one
of us knows whether our money will be a blessing or a curse,
separating us from our good work. Christ declares that disasters
are not to be interpreted as judgments, but they are simply personal.
The object in every instance of disaster and calamities is
to bring us fast to repentance."
The ministers in nearly all of the churches referred to the
Galveston calamity in their sermons. At the close special collections
MAKES THE WHOLE WORLD KIN.
Galveston's great calamity was the central thought in many
sermons preached in Chicago, and in a majority of the churches
a collection was taken for the benefit of the sufferers. Some of
tl' expressions were as follows:
The Rev. William A. Burch (South Park Avenue Methodist
Church)-" Such catastrophes reveal the worst and the best.
There was mutilation of the sacred dead. But so on every battlefield
a glittering diamond on the finger or in the ear excites the
passions of men. But look at the better side. A cry for help
went up and the nation was moved. Responses started with tens
of thousands of dollars, and will run into hundreds of thousands.
Human sympathy has mightily grown."
The Rev. Charles Reynolds (North Congregational Church,
Fifty-ninth and La Salle streets)-" We have heard the news of
the terrible calamity, also heard of the depravity of the human
ghouls who pounced upon the dead for robbery, and how they
were shot down like dogs. The whole has been like a terrible
nightmare. Then we must look for a bright side. We rejoice at
the noble gifts made by the people of the United States, especially
Chicago. The lesson of the terrible catastrophe is that we at all
times must be prepared to meet our God. We are facing death,
Here’s what’s next.
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