The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 497
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Storms of Great Violence Around Galveston-Wrecked
Cities and Vast Destruction of PropertyAppalling
Sacrifice of Life.
A CLOSE observer and correspondent who is familiar with
every part of Texas and is capable of sizing up the situation,
writes as follows concerning the disaster which has
left Galveston a scene of death and ruin:
" At first glance it would seem that the population of Galveston
had been endowed by a thoughtlessness which invites the
calamities it has suffered. Three times in twenty-five years storms
of great violence have swept over the island on which it occupies
a position exposed to every energy of the elements, and on the two
occasions whose history is complete the survivors rebuilt their city,
as they probably will do again, and the storm broke upon it, as
most likely it will once more, with death and destruction in its blast.
" Apart from the deep sympathy which one feels for the people
the situation may awaken a philosophic inquiry whose consideration
is of less importance than the interest the subject
awakens and which is reinforced by parallel cases in the history of
disaster since the world began, and I propose to show in a few
great cases how the citizens of Galveston are only repeating history
when, even as they gather their dead, they plan a new city whose
foundation shall be enduring and which shall stand defiant and
permanent, a triumph of man over antagonistic nature and a civic
crown of glory to their efforts. It is no ignoble purpose.
THE DYKES OF HOLLAND.
" The sturdy Dutchmen who threw their dykes across the sea,
the Sicilians who terraced Aetna's lava sides with vineyards, the
people of San Francisco who rebuilt their city when it was cast
down by earthquakes until at last they found a structural design
that would resist the seismic influence that hold the Pacific coast
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/555/: accessed April 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .