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: 421
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WONDERFUL COURAGE OF SURVIVORS. 421
in Galveston now is capable of upbuilding the town, and building
it better in every way than it ever was. Millions of dollars are
invested in enterprises in the town. The men who have lost thousands,
not to say millions, will not permit the rest to go without a
" The railroads running into the place and depending on the
thirty feet of deep water, which is said now to exist in the
channel, for export of the freight, will not agree to abandon the
port, the only one of such depth for thousands of miles. Cotton
factors in all the world, who look to this port for their supplies,
will not abandon it. The monetary interest in the city of itself
would save it even if the people were not so full of heart as they
are. But above this, the poor people and the working classes
have no where else to go. With many of them, it is too late in
life to begin it anew. It is too late for them to build up acquaintances
again. They have lost their houses, but the lots on which
the houses were located are there.
EXTRAORDINARY PUBLIC CHARITY.
"Subscriptions to the amount of perhaps $2,000,000 have
poured in for their relief. The well-to-do Galvestonian is determined
that this relief shall go to those who are poor, that they
may to some extent repair their fortunes. The rich themselves
will build. In a month from now every man in the place will
have all the labor he can perform. Every person will be busy
The work of up-building will in some measure rub out the recollection
of the horrors of the storm. The Huntington estate will
continue its work. Bridges of the very first class will span the
waters between the island and the mainland. If great corporations
can risk their money, as they are determined to do, why
shall not a poor man risk his labor to build another house on the
lot he owned?
" Why, even behind the business and necessitous phases of the
matter, there rises a sentiment among the people. That sentiment
is that we will show the world the stuff that Galveston people are
made of. Galveston is all right. The storm could not kill her,
Here’s what’s next.
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