The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 380
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380 DIED IN EFFORTS TO SAVE OTHERS.
It is needless to repeat the sad discoveries which every day
brings forth. It is said that every wave of the sea has its tragedy,
and it seems to be true here. In Galveston it has ceased to
be anxiety for the dead, but concern for the living. The supreme
disaster, with its overwhelming tale of death and destruction,
has now abated to lively anxiety for the salvation of the
Men are at'work clearing the streets of piles of timber and
refuse. Men are beginning to realize that the living must be
cared for. It is now the supreme duty. There is much work to
be done, and it is being done. Women and children are being
hurried out of the city just as rapidly as the limited facilities of
transportation will permit. The authorities and committees are
rational and idleness is no longer permitted. There is an element
with an abundance of vital energy, who intend to save the town,
and the town is being saved.
WORK RAPIDLY PUSHED.
Burying the dead, feeding the destitute, cleaningthe city and
repairing wrecks of all characters is under fair headway and will be
pushed as rapidly as men can be found to do the work. The great
utilities of the city are being repaired to a state of usefulness,
men are in demand, and workers are coming to engage in the duty
of restoration. Life is beginning to supersede death, and there is
apparent everywhere a desire to save the city and rebuild it.
Before another week has passed, the listlessness of mourning
people will have been changed into a lively interest in life, and as
this becomes so, Galveston will begin to realize just what the
world expects of her.
Colonel W. L. Moody reached Galveston on Friday night,
returning from New York. He was in New York when the news
of the storm reached there and he immediately started for home.
He had determined before he reached here that he would
rebuild everything he had which had been damaged by the storm,
and he was hoping that telegraphic communication would be
restored so that the work of relieving the distress might be
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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/m1/438/?rotate=270: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .