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: 476
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476 RELIEF TRAINS AND HOSPITALS.
unavoidable misfortune need ever go long without generous
assistance in any part of the United States, if only the people know
that it is a proper case for their sympathy. And this is true
whether the misfortune be an individual and private or a public
The papers in all parts of the country, without exception,
called the attention of their readers to the destructiveness of the
hurricane in Texas, expressed their profound sympathy with the
sufferers and urged instant relief measures. There never was a
more general manifestation of popular solicitude, or a readier or
more widespread response to an appeal for assistance.
And yet this is the American rule in such cases. The
humblest and the highest give and give quickly. Nothing is too
good for the unfortunate when it is known that their misfortune
could not be warded off and that they are left utterly helpless.
It makes us love our country better'when we find it has such
a people within its borders. We regain the confidence in mankind
which may have been shattered in sordid every day business. We
feel that down in the heart, the good impulses remain, and that
only something a little out of the ordinary is necessary to reveal
(to slightly paraphrase Goldsmith) that
To relieve the wretched is our pride,
And e'en our failings lead to virtue's side.
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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/m1/534/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .