The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 502
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502 GREAT STORMS AND VAST DESTRUCTION.
AROSE LIKE A PHOENIX.
"But the city, although cast downv, was not discouraged. -L
began to rebuild itself, and by ChristIlas of that year almost every
trace of the awful calamity had disappeared. The question naturally
arises why a population which had received such an awful
warning of its exposed condition should not abandon what in a
military term would be called an untenable position. The answer
is obvious. They had something left tliere. Even the island,
although distorted and out of shape, was still there and theirs,
and they had nothing elsewhere, nor means to go to another place.
"So, with hopeful philosophy they rebuilt their city, restored
its commerce and, encouraged with such empty precepts as
'Better luck next time, ' Lightning never strikes twice in the same
place,' went forward to meet their next blow, in I893, when another
hurricane visited them. It was not so terrible in its effect, but
differed only in degree. The late severe storm gives further
emphatic warning, more terrible and heart-breaking in its losses of
life and vaster in its destruction of property. But they will, of
course, rebuild their city and seek to establish protective barriers
of breakwaters and seawalls to maintain it ifi existence. In all
likelihood they will succeed, for the history of these efforts is of
final security after trial and loss, and the firm resolution of man
rises over every obstacle.
ASLEEP OVER A VOLCANO.
"Perhaps the persistency of the people who dwell on the slopes
at the foot of Mount Vesuvius offers the most striking illustration
of disregard of danger against which no human provision can be
,made. With a volcano boiling on the verge of eruptions that are
forever imminent they pasture their flocks and press their grapes,
careless of the menace which familiarity ha:; taught them to despise.
The whole kingdom of Naples is marked by the same disregard
of natural and uncontrollable danger. The statement is
accepted by the encyclopedias that in seventy-five years-from
1783 to I857-the kingdom lost iII,ooo inhabitants by the effects
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