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, J?" . The Dispatch will continue to publish
f AH the details of the Johnstown Disaster,
which is furnished by a large staff of com
petent correspondents located at the scene.
Is the Awful Total of
the Latest Estimate
IN THE GREAT FLOOD.
Of These the Bodies of 3,200
Have Already Been
10,000 UNDER THE DEBRIS
And No Hope of Recovering Any
of Them, as They Must
A DAY AMID THE RUINS.
iSeieral of tlie Sad Tales
That Haven't Yet
SOME SICKEmG SIGHTS.
A Graphic Fen Picture of the Johnstown of
To-Day How the Day I. Spent by the
Survivors, Guards and Relief Corps
Sightseers Not n Good Working Class
ot Feoplo Beautiful Girl. Found
Among the Dead General Hastings
i Making Slany Friends Hen Beyond the
Age When Tears Flow How Hearts Are
Hardened to Horrible Sights Even Kel
atiTca Appear Apathetic
The latest estimate of the number of bodies
buried beneath the rnins at the stone bridge
is by Superintendent Patton, of the Balti
more and Ohio railroad. Mr. Patton says
he thinks at the least calculation there are
from 8,000 to 10,000 human beings and
16,000 dumb animals sleeping in the smold
ering debris. These figures, added to the 3,200
bodies already recovered and those sot yet
fopd, would bring the awful total up to at
yesvaxTOm5aas.Ic - t - - JchaifcK7 - l
a Dispatch correspondent came across a
little knot of workmen engaged in burying
the dead. In one immense tomb twelve
coffins were lowered. They were the re
mains of a few of the unknown dead whose
identity will never be known in this life.
fFEOM A STAFF COBBESPOlfDEXT.J
Johnstown, June 4. "When the mighty
rush of waters tore down the Conemaugh
Valley 40 feet high, the people on the hill
sides witnessed an awful sight The death
dealing agent was mad with rage, and the
wails of infants, cries of women, the terror
of men, crashing houses, lessened not the
fearful velocity of the raging wind. Its
ears were deaf to the feelings of humanity,
and nothing but death and ruin followed
in its track. In ten minutes it was all
over the valley, had spent its intense
energy, and then came the reaction.
The Turn of the Flood.
Checked at the Pennsylvania viaduct,
tohich stood like adamant against the
mighty strength of the flood, the angry
waters poured over the country and up the
Valley creek, carrying houses miles from
their foundations. The heavy engines on
the Pennsylvania were picked up and
wafted like chips. The blackened and
rusty tender of a locomotive can be seen now
at the bridge. On the Baltimore and Ohio
side heavy freight cars, loaded down with
iron and steel, were twisted and torn of! the
,1 "Where flowers and green trees were to be
seen a few days before, there now lies on the
sod a mass of debris, caught among a mix
ture of almost every article to be enumer
ated under the sun.
A Day In the Johnstown Rains.
Mr. J. B. Youngson and Colonel Hill are
caring for the people and workmen on the
Baltimore and Ohio road, or in that part of
the town. They have thousands of during
cups and boilers to make coffee. Early in
the morning the men can be seen climbing
out of the cars where they have tried to
sleep, sitting up all night Fires are re
kindled at once, for there is no lack of wood,
and soon the foaming coffee is handed
nronnd. Old soldiers in the place are re
minded by the scene of the bloody days of
the Bebellion, and their minds go back in
retrospective view to tile previous war times.
Some ot the 61c kenlng Sights.
The weather was :ool on Sunday and
Monday in this rem tant of a mountain
town, but still there is an awfnl stench.
There are so many de: d horses that have
been neglected in preference for human
corpses, and their bo ies are fast decom
posing. If the sightseers on the ground
would go to work son of these decaying
bodies could be removed and buried, bnt
they won't work, and thankful are the peo
ple of Johnstown that tlley are not thieves.
The morbid curiosity to Isee the dead under
the pretense of searching for friends is con
stantly guarded against. 1
3&e majority of the bodies recovered are
nude, but they are put into coffins at once,
and only the head and breast can be seen
through the glass. There are
A H amber of Beautiful Girls
and children among the corpses. I stood
yesterday and looked at the face of a hand
some young lady who is supposed to have
been in the day express. Her features are
well outlined, and her face had been most
lovely. The general expression indicated
that she had been vivacious in her day, and
full of life. Her tongue was wedged be
tween the lips and teeth, and could not be
pushed back. The lady was not bloated,
but bruised horribly. But this is only one
The scene in the Fourth "Ward School is
revolting. The bodies are lying on tables
covered with mud and slime. The stuff
drips to the fir, and the people wading
around in it have converted the filth into
General Hastings' Great Henrt.
General Hastings spent considerable
time at the school house directing the men.
The bighearted General could not have
been kinder. The poor people have learned
to love this man, and his generous deeds
will not be forgotten. "When he speaks,
even when he calls aloud to the men, there
is pity and sympathy in his tones, and the
people know it.
All day, all night the embalmers' from
Pittsburg have been working with the
bodies. It is sickening to see a long rent
made in the abdomen or in the limbs,
where the embalming fluids are put into
the bodies, but one soon gets used to the
bloody sights. Men have gotten beyond
the age when tears flow. They are too
weary and terrified to weep. In fact, those
who have lost friends and relatives appear
to be apathetic, but deep down in their
hearts there is an aching pain that can
never be healed.
Iioss of Property the Least.
People have lost everything. The work
of years has been carried away, bnt the loss
of property is nothing. It is the dead that
can never be replaced.
The intense excitement keeps up every
body. Men have been working steady since
Friday night, and they are beginning to
look haggard. Tbey lie down on the sand
and in their tents, bnt they can't sleep.
Their brains are in a constant whirl, and
the thumping of the apparatus works on
like the ticking of a clock. When the night
comes on they pray for the day, and when
daylight is here they are not contented. -The
people do not know what they want
Such scenes have never occurred in Penn
sylvania before. Some of the men, crazed
at the loss of children and wives, are im
bibing deeply. I saw one poor such man
to-day. His brain was
Mad From tho Whisky
he had drank, and his two brothers, who
also had lost everything, were straggling to
hold him. His yells "were fearful, and he
threw down his derby hat and trod it to
pieces. No attempt was made to arrest
him. The Pittsburg officers understood the
situation, and they gently assisted the
brothers to take bim to a place'of safety:
I saw Dr. Smith, of the Gantier Works,
trying to lift the body of John Diebertonto
a wagon. The wife and mother were lying
in coffins on the ground. A crowd of mor
bid people were standing near by, looking
at their mill. "Some of you men help me,""
said Dr. Smith, but they paid no attention
to his request Then all the fire in his soul
was. deeply stirred, and begot frantic
Deeply Stirred by Anger.
- rI have money,
he cried, "lots of it in
Ohio. I will go there and leave these peo
ple. Oh, if we only had men here who
"You are right, Dr. Smith," said The
"Did you ever see me when I wasn't
right?" he answered, bnt some helpers ar
rived about this time, and tried to calm
him. The bodies of the baker and his fam
ily were soon loaded up, and the fiery and
indignant Mr. Smith fell better.
While working under high pressure, and
nervous, I was stopped to-day by a guard,
who would not recognize a pass from Gen
eral Hastings. He asked me to walk back
a mile to see the Sheriff. I could not help
speaking sharply to the man, but in an in
stant I regretted it He was a man
Doing His Duty,
who had lost his own family. "What man
could not admire such devotion to principle
under such a dire calamity?
I could go on grinding out little details
of the kind I have been relating by the yard.
The reporters have become such hardened
people that to see one body pulled out is
nothing at all. The boys are continuallv
'looking for bigger items than this. The
sympathy o! people here is universal.
The calamity has been so general that the
sufferers feel that everybody has been treat
ed alike. Grouped together, the sorrows of
each other assist in keeping up the strength
and courage of all. In the excitement and
hurry of the present
Loss of Friends Is Forgottenj
but the time will come, when it is all over,
and the busy world gradually drifts back
to business, forgetful that such a town as
Johnstown ever existed, then it is that the
sufferers will realize what they have lost
Hearts then -will be fnll of grief nnd de
spair, and the time for sympathy will be at
Michael'Martin was one of those on the
hillside when the water was plowing
-through the town. The spectacle was ap
palling. Women on the hills were shriek
ing and wringing their hands in fact, peo
ple beyond reach of the flood made more
noise than the unfortunate creatures strug
gling in the water. The latter, in trying to
save themselves, hadn't time to cry and
shriek. Michael Martin said:
What Michael Martin Snw.
"I was on the hillside and watched the
flood. You ask me what it looked like. I
can't tell. I sever saw such a scene before
and never expect to again. On one of the
first houses that struck the bridge there was
standing a woman wearing a white shawl.
When the house struck the bridge she
threw uj) her hands and fell back into the
water. A little boy and girl came floating
down on a raft from South Fork. The
water turned the raft toward the Kernville
hill, and as soon as it struck the bank he
jumped -;n the hill, dragging his little
sister with him. Both were saved. I saw
three men and three women on the roof of a
house. When they were passing the Cam
bria Iron works the men jumped off and
The Women Were Lost.
"Mr. Overbeck left his family in McMil
lan's row an d swam to the clubhouse.
Then he tried to swim to Monell's residence
and was drowned. His family was saved.
At the corner of the company store a man
called for help for two days, but no one
could reach him. The voice finally ceased,
and I suppose he died. Bose Clark was
fastened in trie debris at the bridge. Her
coolness was remarkable, and she was more
calm than the people trying to get her out
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She begged them to out her leg off. One
man worked six hours before she was re
leased. She had an arm .and leg broken.
I saw three men strike the bridge and go
down. "William Walter was saved. He
was anchored on Main street, and he saw
Two Hundred People In the Water.
He believes two-thirds of them were
drowned. A frightened woman clung to a
bush near him. Her long hair stood straight
out About 20 people were holding on to
trees in the neighborhood, but most of them
John Bees, a policeman, got ont on the
roof of his honse. In a second afterward
the building fell in on his wife and drowned
her. She waved a kiss to her husband and
then died. Two servant girls were bnrned
in the Catholic priest's house. The church
also was consumed. Pat Lovell lost two
children. His house is still lying near the
depot, having caught on as old foundation
there. He stayed for 24 hours and pushed
the debris away with a pole. The Weaver
and Caswell families got out on the roof of
their double house and all were saved.
There were 14 of them. Isbael.
UBDER MAETIAL LAW.
The Ruins of Johnstown In the Hands of
the Militia No One Allowed On, tho
Streets at Night Several Pil
ferers Arrested and
ITBOH JL STAFF COBBXSPOjrDINT. J
Johnstown, June 4. The town is now
in the hands of the militia and the deputy
sheriffs, and it's safe to say that Johnstown
never had more protectors of the peace with
in her borders than she has at present The
sheriff has issued a proclamation, and all
persons who don't observe it will get a taste
of martial law. The proclamation issued
to-day by Sheriff J. P. Steineman is as fol
lows: The hand of Providence has fallen heavily
upon the citizens of Johnstown and vicinity.
The survivors of the disaster are in need of
food, shelter and clothing. There is a disorder
ly element of foreigners seeking opportunity
to commit acts of vandalism. Now, therefore,
I. the High Sheriff of Cambria county, do
issue this, my proclamation, calling npon all
good citizens of the county to assist in pre
serving the peace and alleviating the wants of
the suffering survivors. After nightfall all
citizens will keep off the streets of Johnstown
and neighboring boronghs. I have called on
the Governor to send troops here to assist in
preserving peace if necessary.
No Mercy Shown to Pillagers.
The deputy sheriffs and the police officers
of the town were given orders not to allow
any one to pass through the lines of the city
proper. The deputies were armed with
guns, and the men given to understand that
no mercy was to be shown pillagers, by
whom the city is now overrun. The depu
ties stated that they would shoot anybody
on sight who was found in the honses of the
drowned people. This had the effect of mak
ing Johnstown a very quiet place to-night.
The Fourteenth Begiment, which was posted
at different parts, was not called on to quell
A great many people who lived in Johns
town, and who bad business over near Cam
bria City to-night, protested against the
order prohibiting them from passing
through the lines. There was no help for
it, however, and they had to remain on this
side all night
One of the Hardships.
One man who said he wanted to get to his
wife and family, from whom he had been
separated since Friday, and by whom he
was mourned as dead, tried to pass through
the lines, but failed. He then made a de
tour of the vicinity and approached Johns
town from the southern end. Whether he
succeeded in waking his family up and joy-,
fully surprising them in the middle of the
night, may be conjectured. Another man
was shot at by the guard, but he wasn't hit
Lieutenant Leggett, ot the Fifth Begi
ment, N. G. P., of Johnstown, with a
squad of 30 men, took possession of the
debris gorge, early this morning, and suc
ceeded in saving a number of people's val
uables from being stolen. His men arrested
seven men who had picked up articles of
silverware, etc The men were released for
the first offense, and warned not to go down
on the debris again.
One of the new guards shot at a man who
refused to move away from the place where
he was searching. The shot did not take
effect, bnt the man didn't give the guard an
opportunity to get another crack at him.
TEN THOUSAND PEE1SEED.
Tho Estimate of an Eyewitness, Who Had
nn Awful Experience.
IFBOICl 6TAFF COBBESFOirDErT.J
Johnstown, June 4. Frank Flick,
Superintendent of the-Calumet Iron Com
pany, of Chicago, and Silas McCloud, a
prominent merchant of that city, were
among the guests at the Hurlburt House at
the time of the flood. In a conversation
with the writer this morning, Mr. Flick
gave an accorlnt of his experience at once
graphic and terrible
"Ten thousand people beyond a doubt J
succumbed to the ravages of the flood," said
Mr. Flick, "and instead of the accounts sent
out by the papers being exaggerated they
were the very reverse. I was on the streets
of Johnstown 10 minntes before the flood in
all its fury burst upon the city. Twenty
thousand people had heard the fearful warn
ing -that the dam was about to burst and
were fleeing to the mountains for safety.
That more than half of them could have
escaped to the higher ground before the
water submerged the Talley seems to me
an absolute impossibility. For this reason
lam inclined to belieye with Adjutant
General Hastings that 10,000 lives have
"Why, sir, there were fully 2,500 people
fled with us, and yet when we reached a
place of safety not more than 500 could be
seen within a radius or a mile, nor would
one-third of this number have been among
the saved had it not been for the heroic
work of an old river man who dragged
scores of people out of the waters near the
base of the hill by means of a rope which
he threw in and pulled out a score of times
freighted with half dead human beings,
himself in imminent danger of succumbing
to theinfuriated and demoniacal waves,beat
ing about him on every side
"After we had reached the land in safety,
we made our way to a forest amid the hills
where an immense blazing fire was built
Divesting ourselves of our water-soaked
raiment, in the costume of onr first
parents, we stood about and shivered until
our clothes had been thoroughly dried. Then
we donned them and did all in our power
to relieve our fellow sufferers." (
The America. Clnb'i Good Work.
tFBOlt A STAFF COBBXSFOXSEXT.J
Johnstown, June . H. W. English said
that the Americas Clnb had 40 men at Johns
town. Tbe clnb has sent ont already ten cars.
They shipped a carload of cooked meat over
the Baltimore and Ohio. Theolubls sending
ont cars every daj.
PITTSBURG-. "WEDNESDAY, JUNE' 5, 1889.
Six Ghouls Captured in
the Act of Robbing
THEY ARE ARRESTED;
And an Angry Mob Attempts.
to Try Them by Lynch
ALL ARE LODGED IN JAIL
rmOM A STAFF CORRESPONDENT.
Johnstown, June 4. Another dastardly
deed has been committed by a horde of un
godly foreigners, who were caught in the act
of robbing dead people in the cemetery of
The first rumors of grave robbing were
murmured around different places this after
noon, and Lieutenant Leggett, of Company
H, Filth Begiment, N. G. P., was immedi
ately ordered to investigate the matter.
Just at the moment when the doughty little
officer had his men in line to march off to'
the cemetery, a woman came running along
the Pennsylvania Bailroad crying so bit
terly that the outbursts of her grief would
have aroused the sympathy of a stone.
I was standing on the Pennsylvania Bail
road bridge when the woman, whose name
I afterward found to be Mrs. Horner, came
running along. As soon as she saw Lieu
tenant Leggett she ran toward him. "For
God's sake, Captain," she said. "There
are some fellows robbing my husband's
body in his grave. Please" do come and
Created a Genuine Sensation.
The word created a sensation among the
crowd, which plainly indicated that every
body felt like lynching the inhuman brntes.
Lieutenant McBoberts and Lieutenant Leg
gett and a number of Pittsburg policemen
at once ran toward Morrellville, followed.by
a crowd of people. I slowly followed the
people, with Mrs. Horner.
"They buried my husband 'this after
noon," she told me going along the road,
"and I was at his, grave for a few minutes
after, when the men came up. They rudely
pushed me aside, and I began to remon
strate with them. They told me that they
bad the authority to do whatever they
In the meantime we reached the ceme
tery, and at the entrance of the gate I saw
six men, closely guarded by a number of
policemen, but an angry crowd was con
stantly and closely behind them, and
All Kinds of Menaces
were uttered by the people. "Lynch the
fellows," "Heme's a lamp post," '"Hang,
them," "Striyg them up," such and efen
stronger expressions were heard all around,
bnt the police succeeded in keeping every
body at bay until they crossed the pontoon
The news of the arrest of the six men had
rapidly spread everywhere, and when the
men arrived at the bridge there were a lot
of men awaiting the officers and their pris
oners. Unfortunately for the situation the
men had to go over the bridge in pairs, and
the officers could not keep the crowd away
from the grave robbers. The men let the
officers heading the posse pass over the
bridge, and then a man with a revolver in
his hand jumped forward, cutting the
''Now you die, yon grave robbers!" he
shouted, and at the same time
Bo Fulled the Trigger,
but his pistol missed fire, and before he
could shoot again the officers had turned
around, and they once more regained the
It was a desperate moment and quick
action was required on the part of the po
lice. Hurriedly they hustled their men
through the crowd, pushing them with their
maces until they at last succeeded to get
them into the tent of General Hastings.
From here they were placed in the hands of
the Johnstown police, to be lodged in the
temporary jail fixed up for that purpose.
The angry crowd continued to follow, but
they were thwarted in their efforts.
STEUNG UP BY THE MCE.
Another ot the Worse Than Beastly Hun
garians Meet. His Fate.
IFBOH A STAFF COBBESFOHDXNT.
Johnstown, June 4. The exhibitions
of lawlessness that have taken place have
been told in the columns of The Dis
patch, and some of them appear elsewhere
this morning, i One startling case is reported
to-night from Sheridan station, five miles
below Johnstown. Lewis Hogan, an at
tendant at the Bedford Street Hospital, is
authority for it A Hungarian was caught
maltreating a corpse, and was at once Strang
up by the neck by an infuriated crowd, and
riddled with bullets, ihe authority for the
story was a participant in the vengeance
wreaked on the fiend.
This is an extreme case, but it indicates to
what lengths things might go if not held
with a firm, hand. The persons who come to
prey on -the town are numerous, and would
be more so if there was any laxity in pun
ishing them. Simpson.
MRS. GENEEAL IEW WALLACE
Said to Hivo Been Drowned on Board of
tho Fatal Limited.
OTtOM A STAFF COBEESPOOTJEKT.
Johnstown, June 4. This afternoon I
met Brainard Bovison, of Indianapolis, a
prominent iron man of that city, and
a friend of President Harrison. He states
that Mrs. Lew Wallace, the wife of the au
thor of "Ben Hur," was in the fatal limited
that was washed away. She is certainly
dead. General Wallace is in Washington,
and is greatly alarmed about his wife. Mr.
Bovison was in seaVch of Mollie'Bichards.
The body of her sister Carrie was reoWercd
on Monday. 1L ' v4-
The young ladies are daughters of Mr.
Richards, of the Hecla Copper Compaliy on
Lake Superior. TheylefttheirhomeinlYpsi
lanti last week to visit some of their friends
in the Cambria Iron Company. They ap
rived here on. Wednesday, in time) to 'be
caught and killed in the flood. Thfcy- were
in the Hurlburt House when the torrent
washed them away. Mr. Bovisbn, their
uncle, is almost distracted;
THE LIST STILL GROWS.
.Over 3,200 Dead 'Bodfes Handled at the
Morgues A Farther List orThoso Iden
tified Sad Errands of Survivors.'
rrnou a staff corresponhext.i
Johnstown, June 4. The list of dead
bodies handled at the different morgues up
to G o'clock to-day nuinbers over 3,200.
Each hour swells the list, and it is expected
that by to-morrow "the nnmber will reach
4,000 corpses. The scenes at the morgues
to-day were about the same as those wit
nessed yesterday and Sunday. There were
few startling incidents. One man who was
at the morgue on Fourth street said
that he was in search of his affi
anced wife, who had just come to this
country from Europe She arrived in this
city Monday week last, and was stopping
with a lady friend on Main sTreet The
young man stated his name was Gustave
Ulrick, and he had arranged to be married
to the lady next Sunday. He had corn
completed all his arrangements, but the
Jflood of Friday dashed his hopes to the
6uuuu uy urowmag uuf Bweeuienre.
Jtirl was 20 years of age and her parents
live in Germany. She has no relatives.in this
country. The yonng man was crazed with
grief, and could not control his emotion.
At the Pennsylvania Bailroad morgue an
bid woman, who was probably 70 years of
age, was looking for some trace of her son
with whom she lived in Woodvale. Her
husband and three other sons died within
the past two years, and the one she was look
ing for was her only support He was home
with her on Friday afternoon. "When the
Storm came up she was swept away with the
house, but was picked up at a point below
Lockport. Her son affectionately bade her
good-by '. when the waters swept the house
' At the Fourth street charnel house 41
bodies were received up to four o'clock.
The names of those who were identified are:
30HN COBTAJN. who was the agent of P. 1).
Nickerton & Co.
JOHN EOALE. . "
J. C. WEAKLAND.
CAPTAIH J. A MORROW, of Mt Savage,
D. W. LAYTON.
A LADY supposed to be Mrs, Murphy.
C. P. ST. JOHN.
The undertakers at the Pennsylvania
Bailroad morgue handled the bodies of the
following persons, who were identified:
HAUTIE H. SMITH, ol Osborne, O.
CATHERINE and PATRICK MYERS.
J. S. BUCHANAN.
JOSEPH POTTER; Sn.
MRS. MARY KEEDY.
MRS. ROSE ZELLER.
MRS. AGNES MCDOWELL.
SAMUEL E. HAULKAMP.
"here were about 50 who were not identi
3ed. ' " - "
At St. Columbus morgne 17 bodies were re
ceived. Those Identified were
EMMA NIXON, grand-daughter of A. J.
Haws, one of the prominent millionaires of
MRS. HENRY KRATZER.
MRS. EDWARD HOWE, of Railroad street.
whohad546onherpergon. She is the mother
of tbe ex-treasurer of Cambria county,
Thomas E. Haws.
MRS. LAMBERT, of Chestnut street
J. WEISSE AND SON.
Some of the people recovered at Nineveh
E. J. MELDRIN, Blackllck station.
MRS. FRANK FLECKENSTEIN.
MRS. JOHN HEMHAM.
CHARLES BO YOE.
W. J. Gilmore and his brother Abraham
are the only survivors of a family of nine
persons. The names of the lost are:
ANTHONY A GHiMORE.
A L. GILMORE.
W. H. GILMORE.
MRS. PROSSERnee GILMORE.
FRANCES FIELD, her niece.
The following additional people are re--ported
as being lost:
MRS. MOSES OWEN AND SDX CHUr
DREN, 53 Conemaugh street Johnstown.
CHARLES DELANEY AND MOTHER,
DR. H. W. MARBURG, father-in-law of
Lieutenant Leggett 122 Market street
MR. AND MRS. HINES AND TWO CHIL
DREN. THE FINK FAMTLY, Conemaugh street.
It is authoritatively reported that 20 mem
bers of Company H, Fifth Begiment, are
drowned. Among those known to have
PRIVATE W. N. NORN.
ROBERT MrLLER, formerly a resident of
Jersey City and who worked at the Cambria
mill, is one of the latest reported dead. He is
said to have lost his wife and two children.
ELIZABETH BURKHART, mother of
Roberjc Miller, is reported among the drowned;
also her son Charles.
At Nineveh morgue it was reported that
nearly 300 additional bodies had been re
ceived. Very few of them were identified
on account of the features being unrecog
nizable. At Kernville and the Millville
morgues there were about a dozen more-re
ceived. Upon the hill where the bodies
were being interred five of them have been
lying on the ground since yesterday await
ing identification by friends. The coffins
were placed out upon the ground and no one
left to guard them from the destroying
hands of vandals. The bodies, when sot
identified, are interred in ground owned by
the Cambria Iron Company and under the
latter's direction. McSwioan.
THE DEBRIS MUST BE BURNED.
No Other Way .to Get Kid of Six Acres of
tFBOlt A STAFF CORRESPONDENT.!
Johnstown, June 4. Dynamite had
little effect on the gorge where so many vic
tim Jof the flood are burned to death. Per
sons with sensitive nostrils declared to-day
that a stench was already arising from it,
and it has almost been decided that the six
acres of debris must be bnrned. There
seems to tie no other way to get rid of it
SCOTT IS CIF
The Pittsburg Goionei
is Now in Entire
MR. MOXHAM RESIGNS
The State Board of Health is
Looking After the Sani
A WARNING ORDER ISSUED.
rFBOM A STAFF COEBESF01TDEXT.J
'Johnstown, June 4. Colonel James B.
Scott, of the Pittsburg Chamber of Com
merce, is now in command of the town.
President Moxhan. resigned and Colonel
Scott was unanimously chosen for the place
at a meeting held this afternoon. There
were some local jealousies, but the real
reason for the Moxham resignation was the
fact that the business oi the Johnson Switch
Company is demanding 'his immediate at
tention. It is the desire of the company to start
their works as soon as possible, and Mr.
Moxham's presence is necessary to the ex
pedition of business. Because of the local
jealousies it was deemed better to have an
outsider at the head of affairs. General
Hastings was warmly supported by some,
but wonld not permit his name to be used
and the choice of the meeting centered on
Mr. Scott, who has been doing the excellent
work at Morrelville.
There were many warm words for Pitts
burg during the progress of the meeting.
Her services in behalf of the sufferers are
great, and "are recognized by everyone in
Johnstown. There are more Pittsbnrgers
here than any others. The Chamber of
Commerce is the backbone of the relief
movement, and Pittsbnrgers and those from
that vicinity are in charge everywhere. It
was in recognition of this that a Pittsburg
man and a member of the Chamber of Com
merce was chosen to take charge of tbe
government of the devastated city and its
General Hastings pledged the same ac
tive snpport to Mr. Scott that he has given
Mr. Moxham, and others did the same, ac
companying it with the statemont that Gov
ernor Beaver has in his possession $250,000'
that is subject to the orders of the local
committee. Mr. Moxham remained with
Mr. Scott for some time after the meeting,
explaining to -him the machinery of the
existing government, and a meeting of the,
chairmen of the various committees was
calledjnto consultation with the new dic
tator. The First Command.
All committees and officers are continued
virtually as they have existed until further
notice. As soon as Mr. Scott was elected he
announced that those who can assist are
asked to stay and those who cannot assist
must go. "All right," exclaimed Captain
Jones, jumping up with a good natured
smile on his countenance, "I'll take the
next train," but the new autocrat quickly
replied, "twill first exercise my power as
dictator, by ordering you to take your seat."
Captain Jones satown.
The Sheriff's proclamation, the arrival of
the Fourteenth Begiment, and the election
of Mr. Scott have placed things on an en
tirely different footing. Though martial
law has existed in name it has not existed in
fact. The guard have beeen lax and people
have gone about with a great deal of free
dom, and quite necessarily the sheep with
the goats. Mr. Moxham has done every
thing within the power of a man with the
material at hand. There will be different
material now in charge and the lawless ele
ment will be held in check from now on.
Thanks for Mr. Moxham.
Mr. Moxham's efforts have been heartily
appreciated, and on retiring to-day the local
gentlemen in attendance on the meeting
voted him, on behalf of the citizens of the
vicinity, their hearty thanks. Mr. Moxham
responded by saying he had done nothing
that would would not have been done by
anybody who was half a man, and he re
quested all who had served under him to
continue at their posts under Mr. Scott un
til he could make his own arrangements.
The Secretary of the State Board ol Health
is of the opinion that the bodies taken out of
the rivers after to-morrow cannot be held
for identification, but must be buried at
once. He has fears for the health of places
on the streams below here, and to-day issued
the following proclamation:
The State Board of Health of Pennsylvania
has satined itself that tbe waters of tbe Cone
maugh, Allegheny and Ohio rivers must becomo
contaminated as a result of tbe recent disas
trous flood at Johnstown. I therefore earnestly
urge all persons who are obliged to depend
upon these streams for their water to use no
water for household purposes that has not been
previously boiled. By order of the board,
Secretary and Executive Officer.
Work of the Sanitary Board.
The sanitary corps has secured a place for
a depot of supplies not far from the general
headquarters, and it is at the latter place
that Dr. Lee will make his own headquar
ters. Dr. Matthews, of Johnstown, is at
the head of the local sanitary corps, and it
is supposed will be continued in that capac
ity by the new dictator, as the gentleman at
the head of the local government is now
termed. Dr. Matthews is assisted by an
other local physician and a corps often
The depot being a building that had been
badly wrecked by the flood at first had to be
prepared for occupancy. To-morrow the
work of distributing disinfectants will be
commenced. The city will be districted for
efficient work. Dr. Baker, of Pittsburg,
and 13 sanitary police, are here, but were
put to work as guards. To-morrow Dr. Lee
will have them under his command.
"There are other people who can do the
guard duty just as well," he said. "These
men are needed here for other purposes of
greater importance. Johnstown has so
regular health officer and I suppose for the
present I must act in that capacity. No
Transport Bodies From Here
without a certificate from the health offi
cer and I will have the necessary printed
forms here to-morrow. Thai bodies in the
debris musf be in very bad shape by this
time. A few warm days would produce a
condition of things that would spread pesti
lence far and wide It will be necessary
probably as early as to-morrow or the day
after to inter bodies as fast as they are recov
ered. This is necessarily hard on the rela
tives. In fact it is terrible but the living
must not h7crificed for the dead. The
stateofarjofejsctis indicated in the
fact tha6TH.a very strong
odorattheVte.; "j f tte
company store buiH7ZLi7"DngfSwrsL a
premonition of things thai'50
Dr. Lee has received the folhs5
gram from Burgeon General Hanfisgn:
"This bureau is ready to render any aid in
its power If yon desire it. I have ordered Dr.
Carrington from Pittsburg and he will con
fer with you. You may retain him for a
few days if you need his services."
A DRUNKEN MOB
Attacks Prominent Citizens of Cambria,
Shooting One and Nearly Drowning
Another, Mistaking Them
FEOSI A STAFF COERESPONDEXT.J
Johnstown, June 4. About 9 o'clock:
last night a gang of men broke into a
freight car, loaded with whisky, which was
standing on a siding at Bolivar, and stole
several barrels of the "red 'eye." They
rolled one of them down toward Bolivar
bridge and there tapped it by knocking out
the bung dn'd they then proceeded to get
gloriously drunk on the whisky, and in a
few minutes were ripe for any deviltry.
Upon seeing a gang of men down on the riv
er bank they immediately started toward
them. One of the drunken men shouted:
"There are some Huns down there rob
bing corpses. Let's give them a ducking in
He had no sooner said this than one of
his companions drew a revolver from bis
pocket and flourishing it in the air, started for
the supposed Huns. The latter were unaware
of tbe crowd coming down upon them, and the
first they knew of it was when they heard a
shot abont 50 yards from where they were- The
men looked up In surprise, and one of them
ducked his head-as he heard the bullet whist
ling past his ear. The
Drunken Hoodlnms Began to YeH
at the supposed robbers, anifthe man with the
pistol fired another shot. This time tho ball
took effect in the shoulder of. one of the men,
who nttered a piercing yell of pain as be felt
the sting of the bullet. One of his companions
by this time had drawn a revolver and returned
the fire of the man on the bank. In a few sec
onds the drunken" individuals were almost upon
the searchers, who did not scare worth a cent.
The former then saw that the men were not
Huns, bnt as they thought they were robbers,
it made little difference to them, and they pro
ceeded to carry ont their threat to throw them
In the river.
The little crowd of searchers naturally ob
jected to the cold bath in view of the fact that
two of them had been In the river for abont two
hours Friday afternogn. One of the drunken
men grabbed hold of a searcher and attempted
to throw him off the mess debris upon which
they were standing. -Aright then ensued be
tween both' parties. Several shots were ex
changed by tbe men with the revolvers, bnt
with the exception of the man who received the
bullet In the shoulder, no shots took effect.
One of tbe attacking party was by some means
precipitated into the river, and before he could
be rescued by his companions be waa swept
away by the current. Another of the Intoxi
cated citizens was thrown into the water, but
ho managed to catch upon the debris, and was
pulled out of the water. It was then discov
ered that the men who, had been attacked
of Cambria City and Mlllvalle. Two of the
men bad lost their whole families, while an
other succeeded in saving none but his wife
Thebodles of several of the latter's children had
been found near where the men were searching,
and it was supposed that others might be found
at the same place. The man wbo received the
bullet in bis shoulder lived in Cambria and was
taken to a house in Bolivar, where it was sup
posed a physician could be found. The man
wbo had done tbe shooting was sober by this
time and wanted to carry bis victim on bis back
where he conid be treated properly. Upon as
cending me oank trie wnissy was discovered,
and with one accord the men attacked the bar
rel again, bnt in a different manner from the
first attack. Several of them got large stoner.
After knocking: the head In they allowed tbe
liquor to run out, and afterward started the
barrel rolling down the hill into the river.
It has since been ascertained that the man
who was shot was Thomas Tempora, whose
house was swept away with his whole family.
He was almost crazed at his loss, and the bullet
in the shoulder will prevent him from search
ing for tbe bodies. Nobody knew who the
shooter was. McSwioan.
STILL DIGGING OUT TE DEAD.
Two Hundred More Bodies Found at Nine
veh and Several at Other Paints.
rFEOM A STAFF CORRESPONDENT.!
Johnstown, June 4. Bodies are still
being recovered between New Florence and
Johnstown. Solar as could be learned no
corpses have been fonnd at Derry, Bolivar
or Blairsville. The people in these places
are still searching, but the mud and debris
is so deep that nothing of any account can
be done. At Sheridan station a piano was
lifted up and three bodies were found under
it At Morrelville some boys digging in
the sand unearthed another corpse. About
15 were recovered at this place altogether.
Coroner Ambrose holds inquests on the
bodied as soon as recovered. Eight bodies
were recovered at Lacolle, 30 were found at
New Florence on Sunday, 14 on Saturday
and there were three found on Monday.
None were iound to-day. One of the bodies
at New Florence was recognized as Bopp, a
saloonkeeper of Johnstown.
Mr. Brainerd Bovison said that H. P.
Wasson, a prominent drygoods merchant of
Indianapolis, was on the day express which
was washed away. At least nothing has
been heard of him since he left He states
also that a public meeting was held in
Indianapolis on Monday and $3,000 was
subscribed at once. This amount has been
swelled to $10,000.
At Nineveh nine more bodies were found.
One was recognized as Miss Harney, of
Greensburg. About 258 bodies are now
lying ia this place Coroner Hammer is
there and he holds inquests as the bodies are
found. I met the coroner's clerk with the
names of 200 of the dead. I tried in every
possible manner to get the list, but without
avail. The4.S0 per body in the business
was more important than to have these
names scattered broadcast The young man
snouiu nave a- tin mco-j. ior devotion to
SIGHTSEERS IN 7HE WAT.
The Militia Disperse Thent by Threats of
t FROM A STAFF COBBESIT1NDENT.1
Johnstown, June 4. Tfc Vsy has been
prolific of incidents of more iul ordinary
interest The work of blsstlrrg the debris
from about the stone bridge was greatly in
terfered with by the immense numbers of
curiosity seekers who throngect the bridge
About 3 o'clock Lieutenant Leggett com
manding a squad of the Fifth Begiment,
National Guards of Pennsylvania,, marched
upon the bridge, and drawing hia men in
line, ordered everybody bni the militia
men from the bridge ou p&m of Instant
Such a scattering as followed has not
been witnessed here since the. disaster ee-curred.
01 any kind can beet ba
satisfied by advertise ia
the colnmni of The Di-
Many of Them Brought
to Pittsburg for
SCENES IN A CHURCH.
The Second Presbyterian
Temple Made a Place
IMPOSTERS WERE THERE.
Childless Married People Seek
ing for Children They
A RIOT IS EVADED HERE
TrouWe Oier the Departure
of laborers to Clear
Up the Dehris.
THIS CITY LOSES S500m
A Graphic Story Told by a Passenger of tha
Wreck of the Day Express A Wall of.
Water Fifty Feet High Sweeps Down the
Valley Two Old Ladles Drowned The
Fourteenth Begiment, Sent to theFIooded
District to Preserve Order, bat It Mm.
ters Less Than Three Hundred Men
More Troops May be Needed Yet.
"Five hundred refngees from Johnsiowa
are expected to arrive in Pittsburg to-night
Without 'bomes or money, many without
father or mother, sister or brother, and
hungry for food," was the message deliv
ered late yesterday forenoon by the General
Belief Committee to the ladies at tha
Chamber of Commerce No instructions
were necessary. If noble, brave and tender
hearted can be applied to the men of Pitts
burg, whoalmost as one man have rushed
to the aid of suffering humanity; if stolid,
men who have not wept for years will weep
for unknown dead, and caress with almost
filial devotion one who has-sulTered at
others have, what words can do justice to
the mothers of these same men, the women
The Women Were Heady.
They were unfaltering tongues that made
the reply, "We shall be ready," they
willing hand3 that went to work to fulfill
the promise. It seemed as though all tho
pent-up emotions, the charity and com
passion of a lifetime were displayed. Mes
sengers were sent to all parts of the city.
Into the fashionable homes of the East End,'
to Allegheny, to Mt "Washington and all
parts of the city. Soon the ladie3 came, ISO
of them, all prepared.
A Harbor of Refnge.
The Second Presbyterian Church. Penn
avenue and Seventh street was chosen for
the reception of the refugees. Tables were
improvised eight of them with accommo
dations for 400. On them was set cakes,
bananas, oranges, with a tincup, knife;
fork and spoon at each place. In an impro
vised kitchen were the solid and more sub
stantial foods and the dainties for the sick;
With their aprons on ready for work were
colored cooks. In the hall were cases upon
cases of bread, bundles of clothing and
The Committees In Charge.
The ladies at once formed themselves into
various committees, and went to work with,
a business-like spirit to provide ior tha
reception of the unfortunate people. The
Executive or Central Committee was formed
first, and consisted of Mrs. H. C. Campbell,
chairman, Mrs. W. McCreery and Mrs. Q.
The Dining Boom Committee consisted of
Mrs. E. A. Grapp, and Mesdames Burt,
Bonnet, Leifcher, J. T. Patterson, Tanner,
McDowell, Millon, Lenhart, N. Patterson,
Hamilton, Long and Jemison.
The members of the Supply Committee
were Mrs. J. B. Herron, Chairman, and
Mesdames A. P. Burchfield, William
Emery, John McCreery, Joseph MoNaugb
ton, John Young, P. Beyner, A. W". Book
and Sellers McKee.
The Directory Committee was composed
of Mrs. George A. Kelly, Chairman, Mrs.
Allen Kerr, Mhs Maggie Park, Miss May
Swift Mrs. Sarah Scott Mrs. Boba Brown
and Miss Margaret Clark.
The Clothing Committee consisted of Mrs.
Donnell, Chairman, Miss McCreery, Mrs.
Gorman, Mrs. J. Irwin, Mrs. A. Alston,
Mrs. A. H. Wallace, Mrs. Wylie Steven
.son, Mrs. Lee H. Mason.
Where They Will Go.
Arrangements were then made for theV
reception of the homeless, with the follow
Helping Hand, 175 Federal street AUetteny.i
Home for Friendless, Washington street,
Allegheny, 60 persons.
Boys Home Anderson street 12 persona.
Christian Home, 133 Locust street 6 persons. '
Emmanuel Church, Allegheny avenue and
North. 30 persons.
Allegheny General Hospital, Stockton ave
nue, id persons.
Colored Orphans' Home Walnut street, Alle
gheny, 20 persons.
Home for Children, 96 Washington street. '
Pittsburg. SO persons. t
Orphans' Asylum. Ridge aad Grant streets.
Allegheny, 15 persons. -r -t
Homoeopathic Hospital, Fourth avesno, 3S
H I 3I ,cAi jSL