The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 315
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RESCUE OF THE PERISHING. 315
The admirable courage and determination with which the
;rvivors faced the terrible situation are well expressed in the
following editorial of a leading journal :
"While the catastrophe at Galveston is calling forth proofs
of sympathy and a spirit of practical helpfulness on every hand,
the people of Galveston themselves are giving the world an equally
notable proof of courage and sturdy resolution. The situation as
it has developed from day to day has afforded a striking evidence
of their ability to pull themselves together and prepare to face the
future. The conditions which they had to confront on the days
immediately following the catastrophe, when they wer.e cut off
even from communication of the outer world and were alone in
their knowledge of the extent of the calamity, must have been
appalling beyond conception.
NO WEAK FIBRE IN GALVESTON PEOPLE.
' Stunned by a disaster in which individual griefs werelost in a
common horror and the presence of death on all sides made the
finding of the dead an incident of commonplace, they could
scarcely have been expected to act with energy, organization or
promptitude. The blow sustained by the city must have seemed
" Irreparable it would have been if the Galveston men and
women had been of weaker fiber. It stands to their credit that
as soon as the clear comprehension of their misfortune came to
them they faced it resolutely, and pushing aside individual griefs,
set themselves to protect those who were still living. They
recognized the futility of lamentation, and the necessity of foregoing
the rites and formalities which men hold to be sacred
obligations to the dead. Now that the worst part of their terrible
task is over, the reports indicate that they are setting themselves
in the same spirit to the work of rebuilding Galveston and making
of it such a city as it had never before been expected to be.
"There is no more talk about abandoning the site or allowing
the city to pass into a stage of decadence. The town is to
be rebuilt, from its ruins, and it is not merely to be rebuilt but
Here’s what’s next.
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/373/: accessed October 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .