The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 470
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470 RELIEF TRAINS AND HOSPITALS.
To a gentleman who called on him and asked for an expression
of -his views as to the future, and his intentions as to the
various properties he is interested in, Colonel Rogers talked most
hopefully and confidently:
"So far as property losses are concerned," said he, "I suspect
I have lost about as heavily as any men in Gaiveston in proportion
to the property I own here. But this constitutes no reason
why I should be discouraged. I felt that way even before I
reached Galveston. Colonel Giddings, from the newspaper
accounts of the storm, doubted somewhat that Galveston would
come again. But I told him Galveston was bound to be restored.
I told him I didn't believe the wharves were gone; no man who
knows anything of the construction of wharves could have
believed that story. I told him that the maintenance of Galveston
as a port for the-west was imperatively necessary, and that if the
people of Galveston laid down and got off the island, other people
would come here and build up a city.
"A week in Galveston has made me still more confident that
I was right in my conclusion. The work done during the past
week has been wonderful, and within another week, I believe,
every kind of business will be going on as before. We are again
ready to receive cotton, and I have instructed our shippers to
send it in. Before this business season is over we will be doing
as much business as ever before, and before twelve months have
passed our buildings will be restored.
"I know that croakers will say that this cannot be done, but
the croaker will never rise in any country. I don't believe in
croakers. I believe with "The News," that this storm has indisputably
proven that the island will not wash away. If that
storm, the severest in the history of the world, did not wash the
island away, nothing ever will eliminate it from the map. And
-it is not conceivable that another storm of that severity will ever
strike again in this. spot. The flood of the Brazos river, in last
July, was unprecedented.
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