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RELIEF TRAINS AND HOSPITALS. 471
"There had never been such a flood before, and there had
never been an overflow of that river in the month of July in all
the history of the State. Again, the previous rises of the river
had been gradual, but in July, I899, the river rose two and a half
feet in one night. All of that was very unusual, and it is
improbable that it will ever be repeated. The storm at Galveston.
was likewise very unusual. The waters came from the bay and
Gulf simultaneously, and met on the island. They did not go
up Buffalo bayou, as they did in .875, when lives were lost at
"A great deal of the loss of life has been due to flimsiness of
many houses put up here in recent years for rent. The lesson
which Galveston has received is a terrible one, but it will lead to
safer and better buildings. It is true that some good buildings
were wrecked by the jamming of wreckage from flimsy buildings,
but the fact that we have many buildings standing unharmed,
proves that we can build enduring structures.
"I have given my attention since coming home to the restoration
of the Gulf City compress and other property in which I
am interested. We are going right ahead, with greater determination,
to increase our business and to build up the city."
" I am glad to see you alive " is the greeting with which a
Galvestonian now meets his fellow-citizen on the rubbish blocked
streets of the once proud city by the Texas coast. Those who
have not been here can not realize what it is to a man to meet a
friend alive, or to find a relative who since Saturday has been
missing from the huddled few remaining who are gathered in
some desolated, wrecked and wind torn building, which but a week
ago was a happy home of happy people.
When a drama has ,inished, the curtain falls, and as the
orchestra plays some popular air the audience makes its way to
the street, talking for a few moments of the characters and the
scenes, but shutting out from mind, with the falling of'the curtain,
the happiness and the pain which' was depicted by moving char-,
Here’s what’s next.
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