The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 412
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412 THE STORM'S MURDEROUS FURY.
the proper department for such disinfections, etc., as may be required,
and empowered to secure the services, by impressment or
otherwise, of such labor, implements or vehicles as may be found
necessary to fully carry out this order. This is to be done without
The resolution was adopted and arrangements were made to
carry it into immediate effect.
RESTORATION OF GALVESTON.
An intelligent and well-posted citizen, writing to the leading
journal of the city, expressed the following sentiments:
"The restoration of Galveston is a question which does not
alone interest the people of the stricken city, but all Texas as well.
The discussion now going on is not confined to Galveston, but
is on the lips of every public-spirited citizen of the State. The
preponderance of opinion among the people of the interior is that
the city will be rebuilt or restored upon a scale of magnificence and
stability far superior to anything it has ever known. There are
some, however, who express the opinion that it would be worse
than a waste of energy, enterprise and money to do so, for the
reason that it is liable to be swept away at any time. This opinion
is fallacious in the extreme.
"We are not prepared to give precise historical data in support
of the assertion, but crossing the limits of the circle in which
only exact information is contained, and invading the circle in
which conclusions are only reached by a system of reasoning, it
can be quite confidently asserted that the island of Galveston has
been standing since the waters of the flood receded from the earth,
and quite likely from the foundation of the world, and though it
has been swept by a thousand storms, tossed by a thousand tidal
waves and deluged a thousand times by rains, it still stands
securely where the Almighty Creator placed it a million and perhaps
a billion years ago.
" To successfully maintain the assertion that the island will
be ultimately swept away, it is necessary, first, to prove the assertion
that the storm, or tidal wave, that will do the work will be a
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