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: 415
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THE STORM'S MURDEROUS FURY. 415
opportunities would rush in, and rush up cheap, insecure and temporary
residences, only to be devoured by the flame or swept from
the earth by the first blast. New York, Liverpool, Edinburg and
other coast cities suffered in this way, and learned lessons from
such sad experiences that made them prosperous, stable and great.
So will Galveston.
" Many who passed through the recent storm will leave, but
commerce knows no such thing as an insurmountable obstacle.
The commerce of the West demands the port; Galveston will be
rebr' , by new people largely, seeking and embracing the business
.unities offered. Lots will be staked out, houses more subLantial
in structure erected. The whole Atlantic Ocean might roll
over New York and it would roll off again, leaving the city unscathed.
Manhattan island originally was no more secure than
Galveston island, and Galveston island in time will be rendered just
as safe as Manhattan is to-day."
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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/m1/473/: accessed June 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .