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: 381
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DIED IN EFFORTS TO SAVE OTHERS. 381
rendered more efficient and so that people light wire for the
material necessary to repair and rebuild their houses.
When asked for a statement as to his intentions, he said:
"I was in New York when the news of the storm came, and
intended to start for home the last of this week, but immediately
changed my plans and left for Galveston at once. The people
of this country have responded generously, liberally, to the cry
for assistance; the disaster is appalling and appeals to the feelings
and sympathy of mankind. And the country has responded
liberally, as I said, even before they knew or appreciated the
extent of the ruin and its consequences.
"The first news we received was very mild compared with
what followed. Galveston was cut off from communication with
the world, and the story of the storm was but partially told. The
further along I got on my journey home, the fuller became the
information in regard to the storm and we learned more and more
of the greatness of the disaster. The fact that the world
responded so freely to the first appeal is gratifying and inspires
us with confidence in humanity. Those who have suffered from
the storm will be cared for by a generous and sympathetic public.
The prompt and generous aid is a beautiful thing.
DAMAGE WILL BE REPAIRED.
"(What of the future ? Galveston will be rebuilt; it will be
stronger and better than ever before. On my way home I stated
that I would restore nly property, whatever the damage might
be, as quickly as money and men would do it, if I was the only
man to take that course; and I furthermore said that I believe I
knew and understood what the feeling of the business community
of Galveston was in this respect and that I had voiced it.
" At Texas City I met a woman from Kansas City. She was
demoralized by what she had passed through and seen and she
declared that Galveston would never be rebuilt; that no one
would be foolish enough to again build in a place which had been
so storm swept.
" Answering her, I said tlht she did not know what she was
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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/m1/439/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .