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was no wrecking outfit to be had in the city, and it was necessary
to remove the wreckage by slow processes.
The Southern Pacific had about 200 cars in its west yard
loaded with grain, cotton and merchandise. The yard was terribly
swept and many of the cars wrecked, some of them being
-washed nearly a quarter of a mile away. The new double-track
railroad of the Southern Pacific, near the bay shore, was torn to
Bradstreet's weekly report commented on the great calamity
"Galveston was flooded by one of the tropical storms which
from time to time vex the southern coast, and as the result of its
ravages, thousands of people have been killed, many more have
been made homeless, and the city has been reduced to a condition
which has led some people of a pessimistic turn to despair of its
future. Views of this kind, however, do not take sufficient
account of the energy of the American people or of the efforts
which will be put forth to save to the commerce of the world one
of its great ports.
SUPERIOR TO THE CALAMITY,
"It may take some time for Galveston to recover from the
shock and the horror of its late visitation, the most destructive in
its effects that has darkened the annals of the United States, but
the pride and energy of its people may be counted upon to rise
superior to even this calamity. Meanwhile the spirit of helpfulness
and charity that has made the people of the United States
conspicuous among those of all the world may be counted upon to
aid in healing the wounds made by this signal disaster, so that,
before long, after the succor most immediately and imperatively
demanded has been furnished, the great Gulf port may be once
more rebuilt and made to contribute as it has done in the past to
the extension of the trade of the country, for whose commerce it
has furnished a conspicuous outlet. Earnestly desirous of contributing
to such a result, Bradstreet's will be glad to forward to
the proper relief committees any subscriptions which its readers
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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/m1/488/: accessed May 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .