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446 GALVESTON STORM STORIES.
and L, can be restored and in operation within sixty days. The
lighting service for the public buildings will be reinstalled as soon
as the buildings are put in condition to receive the wiring. I have
received such generous and noble offers of assistance from strong
financial quarters in the north that we will be able to secure all
the material necessary to restore the plant and system at our own
terms and have as long as the city wants to pay for same. The
most regrettable and deplorable feature to me is the loss of fifteen
of my employes and their families.
"I am not inclined to give up or lose courage or heart, and I
feel like the old king at the siege of Megara, who is reported to
have said when taken prisoner: 'My palace has fallen about
my head, my city is in flames, my state ravaged by my enemies,
my wife and children I know not where; no cloak to shield me
from cold, but I have lost nothing. I have my intellect, my faith,
my courage and my loyalty. These can not be taken from me,
and, having them, I have lost nothing.'
"Despite our tremendous losses, we can save much and make
good much if we have not lost our heart and courage. Galveston
will be restored; if not by us, by sturdier men who are equal to
the task. I was living in Chicago at the time of the great fire in
I87I. Many men, and some of them of apparent good judgment,
declared that Chicago would never be restored; would never rise
from the ashes. Within one year there was a better Chicago
than ever before. Four years ago I went through the track of
the St. Louis cyclone, and the same was said of that city. Now
there is nothing to be seen there but scars of that awful storm.
"The same will be with Galveston. In three or four years,
,or less, Galveston will be as great, if indeed not greater, than she
was before the storm, if the people are true to themselves. It is
surprising what can be done where willing and cheerful hearts go
to work and work in the right way. Galveston citizens are not
only hopeful but determined that the city shall be resurrected, as
it were, and when that spirit animates us enough is said."
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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/m1/504/: accessed May 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .