The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 425
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WONDERFUL COURAGE OF SURVIVORS. 425
"Every accommodation which the city can afford was placed
at our disposal. A large ware-house is being fitted to-day ready
to receive the carloads of goods on the way. Every official, from
the highest to the least, calls to know what the Red Cross needs,
and how it can be served. The grateful confidence with which
they approach us, or even speak the name, makes one humble,
filled with the fear that we will fail to justify the fullness of the
confidence and hope that is offered.
" There seems to be an unusually large number of children
with no one to care for them or who knows them. There are five
or six hundred of these, it is stated, gathered in the houses of the
poor, overburdened with their own wants, and yet cannot see
another child suffer. We will help them as far as possible, gather
them in, and the world will give them homes. It requires great
calamities to show how generous and great are the hearts of the
people of the land.
GUARDING AGAINST FUTURE DESTRUCTION.
"This city will be built up again, probably finer than before
-and it was a fine city always-but I hope never without a protection
from the storms. It is criminal to allow people perfectly
unsuspecting to settle themselves and live on territory, however
beautiful, that is morally certain at some evil moment of destruction.
If Galveston is worth the possession that it is and has been
to our country, it is worth its protection; therefore we shall see
that it shall not fail to implore of the government that it give
work to its men and security to its inhabitants by a sea wall,
which shall render it almost safe."
On September 20th we find this tragic recital:
"The storm has claimed another victim, and another soul
that passed through that night of nights has gone to its reward.
In chronicling the death of Miss Clara Olsen, another pathetic
chapter is added to the thrilling tale of horrors which will never
be told in its entirety. Miss Olsen, who was a graduate of the
Ursuline Academy, and a most estimable young lady, lived with
her aged mother on Twenty-seventh street, near the Ursuline
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/483/: accessed September 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .