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: 468
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468 RELIEF TRAINS AND HOSPITALS.
found. During the hasty tour of the reporter he witnessed the
finding of ten bodies between Tremont and Thirty-first streets
along the ridge of wreckage which marks the path of the storm
from the east to the west on the beach and extending inland from
three to seven blocks.
The most important journal in Texas, the "Galveston
News," commented as follows:
"The 'News' desires to repeat what it has already said to
its now unhappy people on Galveston Island. The sorrows of
the past few days are overwhelming, and we all' feel them and
will continue to feel them so long as we live. It cold not be
expected that our friends and relatives and loved ones should be
so suddenly torn from us without leaving scars from which those
in the ranks of maturity can never recover.
FORTITUDE OF SURVIVORS.
"But it is all in the past now. We cannot recall our dead
thousands. Wherever they sleep, beneath the tireless waves or
under the arching skies, we will love their memories and recall
as long as we live the unspeakable and mysterious tragedy which
destroyed them. But it must be remembered that we have more
than 30,000 living, and many of these are children too young to
have their lives and energies paralyzed by the disaster which has
"Our homes must be rebuilt, our schools repaired, and the
natural advantages of the port must sooner or later receive our
earnest attention. We have loved Galveston too long and too
well to desert her in the hour of misfortune. Our distress and
destitution are going to be relieved, for a sympathizing country
is already providing for temporary needs. This people are too
proud and self-reliant, however, to lose spirit and fail of duty.
In the very darkness of the moment there is light ahead, and we
must look to the light ahead. Even in the midst of our dead and
our ruins light appears.
"The railroads are bending every effort to repair the bridges
and place us once more in commercial communication with the
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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/m1/526/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .