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: 382
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:)82 DIED IN EFFORTS TO SAVE OTHERS.
talking about; that Galveston would be rebuilt because it was
necessary to have a city here ; that if the storm had swept the
island bare of every human habitation and every structure and
had left it as barren as it was before civilized man set foot upon
it, still men would come here and build a city, because a port was
demanded at this place. 'And why should we not restore our
city ?' I asked. 'It has been visited by the severest storm on
record. As it has withstood that storm, partially, why should we
hesitate to rebuild ? Why should we consider it less safe than
another place? Can you conceive that another such a storm is
more likely to strike at that exact spot again in a thousand years ?
Can you tell me any spot on earth, on hill or dale, on mountain
or plain, on which you can guarantee me any immunities? If so,
I would like to go there. If I were in the accident insurance
business, I would rather insure a man against storm in Galveston
than to insure a man in New York against accident on the
railroads. You are now on your way to Kansas City. Do you
know that you will reach there safely ? Do you know that you
may not be pitched into some river and drowned, or being only
half drowned be burned to death ?'
WILL BUILD BETTER THAN BEFORE.
"I slept at my home last night with as great a sense of
security and safety as I ever have felt during my residence in this
city," Colonel Moody continued. "There may be some people
who will leave here, but there will be enough people left here who
will rebuild their properties and go ahead with the city to form
the nucleus for its future growth. We will build better than
before, and the city will be better and stronger and safer than
"The railroads are leading off with this better construction;
they will build a double track steel bridge. Every man who
builds in this city hereafter will build better and stronger than
before, and the weaker structures will be weeded out. We will
have better building regulations, and men will not be permitted,
if they would, to construct faulty buildings.
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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/m1/440/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .