The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 368
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368 AN ISLAND OF DESOLATION.
tion with the homeless orphans of the Galveston Orphans' Home,
which was wrecked by the storm. 'He has others besides these,
and altogether he will take one hundred home with him.
What a grand old man Dr. Buchner is ! I will take off my
hat to him any day in the week. I have known him for years and
there is not a nobler character alive. I saw him at Sherman when
that city was ravished by a cyclone several years ago. He was
there looking for orphans, and I know that he has always been
quick to reach the scene of disaster and death. He got here
Tuesday afternoon and lost no time in reaching his part of the
work, and heaven knows there was none more important than
that to which he assigned himself.
RESCUING DESTITUTE CHILDREN.
But the people of Texas ought to know what he has done.
They have always loved the Buckner home. They know what it
has done in the way of rescuing destitute children. They
know that hundreds of good men and women of the State have
come from that institution-men and women who have become
successful in life and who honor the State and the home by their
useful and upright lives. But Texas will have greater cause than
ever to love and revere Dr. Buckner and his institution when it is
known that he has added to his family a hundred hapless victims
of the Galveston storm, making in all 400 in his entire family.
The heart of this State is throbbing here now, and whoever renders
a good service to Galveston will be honored by the State.
If the people of the State and the outside world can not grasp
the full measure of the Galveston horror, neither can the people
of Galveston themselves. The town is dazed, and self-contained
people are hard to find. There is a well-organized Citizens' Committee
at work in a consecutive and business manner, but the work
before it is beyond the ability or power of any committee.
It will be some time before thousands will know the real
nature of the disaster which has overtaken them, and the world
will never know it all. Men and women walk the streets and tell
each other experiences and weep together as gradually the stories
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/m1/426/: accessed January 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .