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: 390
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890 DIED IN EFFORTS TO SAVE OTHERS.
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" I, together with many others, was a passenger on the Houston
relief train last Tuesday, and among the number there was
one who should have special mention. This was Miss Lillian
Bleike. I am informed she is the daughter of W. T. Bleike, a
travelling salesman. This young lady was at Brenham when the
news of the storm was reported, and as everything on earth near
and dear to her was on the doomed island, she embarked upon the
first train out.
"Ladies were not permitted upon this train. However, nothing
daunted, she boarded the relief train at Houston, and through
the kindness of those in charge, was permitted to go. At
Lamarque, all had to foot it, and also to assist in clearing the
debris. This, too, she would have done, but was not allowed to do
so, and, like a good soldier, footed it through mud and slush to
Virginia Point, boating it to the city, determined to learn the fate
of the loved and dear ones. I have since learned her family was
saved, and what a happy reunion this must have been. For pluck
and ceolrage, the adventures of this young lady stand among
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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/m1/448/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .