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INDIAN WtARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXA1S.
his critical condition. Those of high and low station,
rich and poor, displayed an abiding sorrow at the
announcement that the life-tide of Charles Fowler
was ebbing away and that his death was but a
question of a few short hours. The universal
sentiment expressed was that 'in the death of
Charles Fowler Galveston will lose one of her best
and noblest citizens,' and when the sad news came
last night that all was over it fell like a pall upon
the busy streets."
That paper said editorially: "The mortal remains
of Capt. Charles Fowler were yesterday consigned
to the earth, whence they came. In the
death of Capt. Fowler this city has lost one of her
1est and most useful citizens. * * Trained
to the sea, with its dangers and vicissitudes, he was
ever ready in emergency and always manly and
brave in act. Yet how loving and kindly in all the
relations of life. To the general public he discharged
his full duty
to his immediate family all
that mortal man could do. The tribute paid to his
memory yesterday by the citizens of Galveston was
worthy of his character. Among the many who
accompanied his remains to their last resting-place
were those of every degree and station in life
professional man, the merchant, the civic authority
and official, the laborer, the domestic. It was not
an outpouring of popular curiosity, but a real trib-.
tte to worth and manhood. The man who worked
for his daily wages upon the docks was as sincerely
grief-stricken as the man of wealth who may have
considered Capt. Fowler his more immediate companion
or his coadjutor in public affairs. The
tribute was beautiful in itself and pleasant to think
over, because it demonstrates that human nature
has a fine touch of grandeur after all in its recognition
and appreciation of the manly virtues. The
spotless integrity and loving kindness of Charles
Fowler's nature drew from the hearts of the people
of Galveston yesterday as fine a poem as ever poet
At a called meeting of the city council held
5March 20th, 1891, Mayor R. L. Fulton submitted a
message in which he pronounced an eloquent eulogiuln
upon the deceased, and upon motion that
body adopted the following resolutions:"Whereas,
Galveston has just lost by death one
of her most eminent, patriotic and distinguished
citizens in the person of Capt. Charles Fowler, who
for a great number of years has been prominently
identified with the city government as alderman,
member of the Board of Health, chairman of the
Committee on Finance and Revenue, and member
of many other useful committees, where at all times
he manifested the utmost zeal for the public welfare,
great ability as a financier, enterprise, energy, a
spirit of progress in keeping with the times, and a
moral and physical courage which enabled him to
stamp his convictions on his associates and thus
give to the city of his love the full benefit of his
wise counsels, legislative and executive ability and
"Whereas, He never hesitated to expend his
time, energy and great abilities for the benefit of his
fellow citizens; therefore, be it
"Resolved, By the city council of the city of
Galveston, that on no more melancholy and regrettable
an occasion was this council ever before
" Resolved, Further, That on Saturday, the 21st
inst., the day of his interment, as a mark of
respect, all the city offices be closed; that the
different branches or departments of the city
government attend the funeral; that the city hall
and council chamber be draped in appropriate
emblems of mourning and respect for the loss of
this good and useful private citizen and public
officer. Be it also
" Resolved, That his chair in the municipal chamber
be left unoccupied during the remainder of the
municipal term, this council pledging itself to his
constituents the same careful attention to their
interests, and that these resolutions be spread upon
the minutes and copies be furnished the members
of his immediate family, and that the (laily papers
be requested to publish same. Be it also
" Resolved, That this council does hereby request
the business houses of this city to close (luring the
funeral to-morrow, Saturday, March 21st."
Who would not lead such a life of modest usefulness?
Who would not leave such a memory
behind him when he passes from the scenes of life?
The cynic and the idler may well draw lessons of
profit from this brief chronicle and those who seek
for happiness, if not honor, in dubious ways,
should lay speedily to heart the truth that: " It is
only noble to be good," and that there is no happiness
aside from duty.
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/199/: accessed April 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .