The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 504
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604 GREAT STORMS AND VAST DESTRUCTION.
the associations of commerce and social life has been such that the
survivors can count the missing and recognize such of the dead as
may be found, how wild must be the estimate placed upon such
cataclysms as that in Southeastern Bengal and the Niegen Islands,
where on October 31, 1876, in a cyclone, 215,000 people re said
to have perished.
CARELESS ABOUT ALL DANGER.
"But even there, where such a loss would imply the sacrifice
of one in every four persons inhabiting the territory so awfully
stricken, the people still pursue their daily avocations, toil and
rest, love, hate, mourn and die with thd composure and ease of
mind that prevail in Philadelphia or New York, where no shadow
of storm is known to hover and where no devastating earthquake
or fiery volcano lurks for victims. But, of course, these awful
figures have very little relation to the actual losses. In the storm
in Bengal Sir Richard Temple, who had charge of the crown relief,
did not find that 20,000 lives were lost and that probably not more
tlhan ro,ooo died of the falinle which tile loss of the crops insured.
In the potato famine in Ireland, in I846 and 1847, the loss of life
was named at I20,000 by those wlio charged the whole business to
English misrule and was named at from 8,000 to 20,000 by the
royal commissioners entrusted with the distribution of the /Io,ooo,ooo
of Parliamentary grant for the relief of the famished land.
LAWS REGULATING STORMS.
"So the loss in battles always begins to be told in numbers that
occasionally would require more than the combined forces of the
two armies to supply. The first reports of Shiloh or Pittsburg
Landing, in the early days of the Civil War, is a case in point.
Had we fought on at the rate given then the country would not
have had a male person in its population a year before the date of
Appomattox. So that we can hope every day will reduce the number,
although it cannot lessen the horror otherwise, of the visitation
the death angel has made in the Lone Star State.
"It is interesting to study the law of storms which take on
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