The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane Page: 370
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8"7 AN ISLAND OF DESOLATION.
but every day makes the list more definite. It will never be
possible to get an accurate estimate of victims. It is safe to say
that more than 3000 bodies have been seen so far, and the Gulf
and bay and the debris of the city will unquestionably bring
many more to view. If Mr. Lewis, of Dallas, has not overestimated
the number he observed in Buffalo bayou, that stream
may largely swell the total. How many have been buried
beneath the shifting sand of the beach, will probably remain a
It is touching to witness the sympathy of the nation with
Galveston. As the means of communication are improved, the
people here are getting a definite idea of what it means to stir the
sympathies of mankind. It seems that the country has for the
time forgotten its politics and its curious interest in the broad
affairs of the world to weep over this stricken city. It is said a
touch of pity makes the world akin, and Galveston is compassed
about by the throbbing heart of mankind.
HAS REACHED A CRISIS.
It is well that it so, for this town has reached a crisis in its
life when this sustaining influence is needed. It is not suprising
that many surviving victims of the storm are about to succumb to
despair. God knows the burden of anguish which oppresses
every heart here is calculated to breed despair. The duty of the
hour, however, is too plain to be disregarded. This island must
be restored to its former beauty and greatness in all the arts and
industries of civilization, and it is fortunate that some of the citizens
here realize this. They are going to encourage the others
and there is no reason to believe that there will be failure.
It required more than halfa century to build up what the storm
destroyed in twelve hours, but it will not require but a fraction of
that period to restore the city. As Chicago rallied from the great
fire, so Galveston must and will arise from the ruins of this
hour. The wharves, which are the foundation of the city's commnercial
establishment, will be rebuilt and the traffic will come as
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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/m1/428/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .