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: 418
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418 WONDERFIUTI COURAGE OF SURVIVORS.
The difference in their look and deportment from that of the day
before was observed by everyone. The streets were filled witl
them, when on the day before the streets were silent of all except
those who had the horrible work of taking care of the dead on
their shoulders. Now women could be seen talking to women.
They met on the corners in the residence portion of the town and
told their adventures. The men began to discuss the future.
By io o'clock the town was up and buoyant. The effect of that
one night's sleep was marvelous. There was no longer any talk
of abandoning the town. Galveston should be greater than Galveston
had ever been. That was on the'lips of everyone.
GALVESTON SAFER THAN EVER.
"On Friday I would not have given $Io for the place. On
Thursday I would have given more for a lot than I would
have given before the deluge and storm. Why ? Because the
pluck of the people came out through that night of rest. Galveston
should be greater than it had ever been. That is what they said.
Galveston was safer than before by the island's weathering such
a storm. That is what they said, too. They began to talk of
their own pluck. We have stood so much, but the world will
say that we stood it well. If we can do as we have done in such
a trial, what can not we do in the battle of life ? Galveston shall
" Galveston shall be the greatest of towns. Hurrah for Galveston
! Thus they talked and went about their work of throwing
up breastworks against disease by cleaning the town. Thousands
of the people, negroes as well as whites, went about the
work of burning the dead and cleaning away the debris. They
asked nothing about wages, even those who had no property.
They had begun the fight. It was evident that they intended to
keep it up. The cold, calculating speculator would have had
something to study over if he had seen these people as I
saw them the day after their one night's rest. Well, there was
nothing wild in their determination. The island has not a break
Here’s what’s next.
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