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SOMERSET, PA., TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 1880.
ltWl-C J. tn-venm
riSSTOWH WIPED OUT OP
E HALFNOT TOLD
;n. 1000 TO 10,000
!, Women and Children Find
KVKS KOR THE DEAD.
ishcd by the Citizens.
0 HUNGARIANS SHOT
Two More Hanged for Tilfer
iii or fron the Dead.
C ity a Vst C iariel It ou V Three
atiiDitrett Iltxlleti In One Hchool llonxe.
BliitHltt-d. SapMfMf1 to N I ml-r the
t-n-s tf Ilri Fean of an F.pldemi'
rrr'y I (imMHl, a llmtle Are Ile-
vll (miiilirunn the Itiver (Irtlered to
fcskr from the lr All Bodle of
rron and Animals.
Tiii i;u. June 3. "Die news from
-t'.un is heartrending in the ex--,
and instead of tho dis'tatchet
nawraiiM. 11 is tne very optx
It is a difficult matter at this writ-.pin-
the total numlx-r drowned,
t i,- safe to say that the mimlx? will
into tl' thousands instead of tli(
nil, as at first predicted, and it
!!.ilc many (lavs Ix-fore the w'kiU
t can lie made public. A I' day
jv iiiiil to-day the people of thit
w going to and fro to leara thi
' i-arti'-ulars, many f them having
res cither visiting at Johnstown 01
uitiuly located there. When th
fiist reached here that thieves wort
!y plying their avocation the storm
iignution lin ike out, and in a short
the plice force, sent out on Satur-
- followed on Sunday by several
u,it-.of soldiers, who were sulwe
ly culled tijn, left for tlie scene at
i. Adjutant (ieneral Hastings it
netowu and ordered the Pittsburg
r to reirt for duty,
scripliuiis for the sufferers were re
1 at all the licwspnjx-r ofticcs and
il.f" Al.-out fllSMWO in cash.
clothing and eatables, have lien
'il. A storm of indignation wa
Sunday afternoon when it was
J that tlie Ijiw and Order society
l tu allow the manager of Harris'
elusive a jierforiiianco in aid of
.fferer. "My Partner" company
d their ttcrvic.es.
itions were taken up in all the
s yesterday in aid of the suf
Tln tot il amount raised is not
.Imt a handsome sum was realized.
DOWN TO HARD WORK.
r Maiiiln AMtUt In the lleovvry ol
udim and llenil.rlns Other A III.
T own, June 3. The srvnj be-
ks -riiti.i. Thousands of tdht-
'lid anxious friends are Rathered
i!ie wns ksl city, and hundreil9
rkiT. are husy taking out Unliisi,
me ilehris and c;iring for the wants
Hi:tit loti men work. si like lieav-tlu-
railro ad track, and at 8 o'clock
v morning the first train iascl
nl froai Sans Hollow to Johns
It was n-ceiwd all along the line
li'i r.-. and slmuU of joy from the
Is i if Mitferers, who were waiting
liai k eait.T to ol .tain the suv
Mitaai.-.! in (In- relief trains, thret
' h lay in Nan,; Hollow all nieht
.'tc.et lliroiii;h. Tlie first train
"ir the dm instructed track was
nt out hy the fitintiK of I'itts
nd iuanne, hy the Americus club
a;tam A. J. Ijoein was in
ai'ly as i-t. 1 l.v Little Ja. k. chief
iiiiimussioii department, AJ. Kd-C.sil.-s
1, eely, Harry English.
'I'-r oi-l,l. W'll H.tsl and fliers,
m hroivM glad news and much '
nhef to hundreds of starving
aii'l iliildreii. The"(i(Ml thank
t- i-iioii-h t,i touch the heart of
I ti.si cynic.
lUiljliing Hi.. 11,4.
Himarian element .is attracting
iiK-ilil irt of the attention here.
' -nty four hours or more they have
-."l.l;n- Inh carnival anion? the
'"'I committing d. predatioin of
'-t horrible nature. The houses
"Rtlie floodi-d district w.-re ran
an I dcva-tatisl. ( onues were
clo:hin?, i,f jewelry and
"'III Cast- Women'-, llt-rnn
?T to Ms-lire tli.-tiN,K ...i.:..i.
"xm.hiI. One iiiis.ralilt- wreU U
- cau.-ht in the a. t of mutilating
' a- chas. ,1 l,y u crowd of riti
' 1 wle n -apturI was promptly
"I'toatileph A ,'01;
...liecrs re-ued huu l r..re he
id. ii:u li to the disgust of manv
! IHiMiie. wli.w- (...ti,,,.. l. 'l
been o:ra-eJ by the desecration of their
dtx-e.uHj r.-latioaa. Shortly afWr mid
night an attempt wai made to rob the
f irst National Umk, all of whii h. with
the exception of the vaults, had been
The Numlier of lefl.
It is still iniHsible to ivo : ny accu
rate idea of the nuinUr of the dead.
NoUxty places tne estimate lower than
4,000, however, and reliable information
tends to show that it will ryrn-h twice
that. The relief cuniinitk-es are well
settled and iloing bi,; work. Tiie press
relief committee and tiiat of the Ma
sonic order, which were Uk- first on the
ground, reached Pang Il'illoar at 1
o'clock md pushed oil over almost ilu-
pa.sal,le roudi to KeariLsviile, where a
receiving depot was established at tli
house of Ah-xand T Kennedy, president
of the Johnstown council.
I'Klhetic Inclileiit. '
Pathetic incident! are growing in
nuinU r daiiv. A slurdv r.-.uer went
to one of the partially kuIuiit hI build
ins to rescue a woman. He h i I a fair'y
pood boat and was a kih1 oarsm ui, Imt
the current w.n t v-tnin-; fur him and
iiewasswepi d iwn stre am. He manned
to cct t'i worn in Ian l".l on a ro if , luit
he was thrown into tliestream mid swept
down under the bridge. He caii,'h:, a
rock and hi 1 1 on for dear hie lor almost
Ihrn' li'-iirs, wli -n lie w.u rescued with
t'ol. Norman M. Stnith of I'itttbiir
attempt si to irossi-n the 1ok- bridge
tliat ha-I l'.n improvised to carry Js
pie over the channel, when he slipjied
and full into tie river at th-j Bwi.t -st
xint. He had heavy clothin ; and ru'u
ber boots on, but he was a sturdy swim
m r. and finally readied shore without
assist ince. lyu lhill'.never and liari j
1-aiifferof 1'itLiburg start-d on horse
back from the Meich uiti' hol.d oti Fri
day nfU-rniMm just aft"-r the wuU-r Mm
menced to rise. They have not ln
heard from since and are supposed t
have Usen lost.
Working Wltliout Hrmnnenitlou.
Alxmt nisn yesterday a man standing
on the e Vst side of the river called ovei
to a friend on the ot!i--r side: "Hello,
Jack: lost any friends?" Jack did mil
reply in wor.ls: he merely held up tin
five finders of his riht hand. He hae.
lost a wife and four little ones, yet In
was working incessantl y to relieve tht
sutlerinj; of others. This ii tin npirit
which i-rvles ihe survivors, one ami
all. 1'ersonal pief is lo t sit;lit of in tht
p-neral feeling of koj nn.l necessity.
There isn't tune for anything but work.
Kven the wotneo seem to realize, am;
there is surprisini;ly little public expree
sion of pri I, although hearts are so sad
ih-ned and weighed down that they r
nlneiHt iiumlxsj. EverylxNly seems U
feel that it is not only a duty, but a priv
ilege, to work for others. The bontmar
worked incessantly rescuing -i -pie am
carryin(r them from one side of the rivel
to the other siiiveiy refn sl lciiiuiiera
tion from any of tlie residenLs of tht
town. Visitors could pay, but othert
In one case a wealthy gentleman in
sisted on hia taking - for resuini
himself, wile mil tlaiighter from tin
flood. Tlie Ixmtman re.'used it josi
tively, and at the end of the Ion - day.
when almost dead from sUi-rlmm.ui ef
forts, he was only IH wt-althier thai
w hen be startd.
To llreak Ihe Ciorge.
AtSoVlock Sunday afternoon acotiph
of huiulrvil nouiids of dynamite arrivtsi
at the bridge and was carefully stowei
away. It is to be used in breaking tht
gorge of bouses, etc., ulmve. the bridgt
and getting the debris started Minn tin
river, lietween 1.. "(00 ami a.icw Usliei
are n:iliubtexlly burietl in the debris.
From the river side it ia said huu lreih
of legs and arms can lie vn among tin
logs, but the fire prevents their l-ciin,
reached, and the only thing that re
mains to do is to blast the mass am:
start it down stream. To-day will Is
the most horrible day yet. as people an
commencing to realize their irrerabli
losses, and many are breaking down
1 here is still a vast amount of work t.
I- ilt me. and worker are needed. Then
are already far too many uight-sccrs ant
rr-.miL.ent t'ltlrent Urovnnl.
Perha the day lias revenlisl no mm
startling fact than that sewralof tin
wealthiest and ino-t eminent t itiw nsol
Johnston n wen- drowned, with their en-tin-
families. The first is James Jlc
Millcn. one of the vice presidents of tin
gnat Cumbria iron works. He waf
about fill years of age, and has long l"r
a resident of the city. His residence w.e
the handsomest and mot richly
fiiniishtsl in Johnstown. It was utterly
demolished. 1 le was a w idower and hat
living with him a widowed d.iuglitci
find lier children. All went down tht
Hood with the bouse and have not bes-c
heard of since. His fortune was esti
mated at over a million.
John Fulton, general manager of tht
Cambria iron works, was the second ol
this group. He is said to ! positively
drowned, with wife and children. Nt
more popular man lived in Cambria
countv than he.
Howard J. Roberts, cashier of the First
National bank, and John Hiix-rt. a
lianker, were also drowned. All of th
family of women and broken-hearteti
men. trudging across the mountain in
the Impp'of reaching Florence or Boli
var, to find tlieir missing ones, dead or
A Srvne of OetuiUtlon.
It was high noon when, descending
tlie eastern slojie. Morrelville was set n in
the distance. That is one of the subur
ban wants of Johnstown. It was not 6,
pretty view. Ordinarily it would havt i
lieen an arena of hiXU, wavy in theii i
nltem.iting lines of pine, fir and hemlock
iM.ughs, that wreathed the white, trim
bouses of Morrelville around alut, but j
the clouds dropis-d their inUt of luelan-1
iio!y upon the landscape.
There was something aliout it all that ,
even a mile away impressed one with 8:
si-nse of indiscriliable sadness. Drawing
nearer the. reixirter hailed a stalwart fel
low who was listlcsily carrying a bundle
of clf-Tliea onrter hts arm. lie kindly
gave the tie ircd Information nnd then
tho rotiortor askesl him if lie knew ol
any canialtira. The same Eense of sad
ness that tho clouds overhead inspired
ii'imi - iiihii s answer:
mi ;nt ten yt.u ol my own, he re
plied. "Jlv name is Gabriel Fleck. My
boy. f.ged l'i years, my wife's mother anil
my tliree si.sUrs-in-la w were nil dmwned
tiefort my eves. lint tltere is still a
merciful Cod in heaven, for He has.
spared me mv wile."
A vs leie Fuuiilv tVIH-d Out.
Jti!ii ll. Jones, a former xliceman,
spurted a horse in theojijxjsite tlut-ction.
Something inspired me to X-ak to him,
too. Mv inquiry brought luu k this pit
eous cry : "1 and a little son are ail who
an- alive of a family of I I. I saw most
of tli.-in go down."
It was slid a iiar?T of a mile to Mor
relville. lint here was the next testi
mony, heard from n garden gate: "A
friend of mine, V. S. Weaver, a prom
inent t onleetioiier, was saved by us:
but Iwi-ntv of his nearest relatives are
Pi Morrelville at la-.t. "Yn;i want
new;, do you.'" remarked a :ile-faced
yon: g woman. "IJo th'-re to YoungV
live: v stal-le and bx-k ujistairs." 1 did
so. There, in a long turn of a h ill. wen
groepe.l t-onc- eighty xs;iie men.
women and children. Tiiev were wound
el fi'oni liaules wi.h the liebris, or sick
fromex:xe. Fnn were lying twn,
otii -rs sat up, while a few lini-xsl nlxiui.
A singl.' country siirgotm !a!retl among
them. It was an improvise 1 ho;iital to
ma'ce a city tbv-tor nwp.
Over in-Johl Mown proper it wat found
that aiiofher h i-pital Icul uet-n forme. I in
ti.e Parks oera house. Thirty-three
homeless persons were liousk'd there,
tine of th '-se, rilward Fisher, a young
nun, tried U commit suicide three time
during the previous night. Ix-cause ol
grief over ths drowning of his parent
THE WORST 15 TRUE.
Three Tlmnuuil rotllnx ieesletl at Ons In
AtlttUUin to tlie Thousands Al
Johns tows, June 3. There is a fam
ine among the dead. Tho 1-Vr.K) surviv
ors of tho fitxxl who- are suffering foi
fixxl ;ind clothing fin.l their trouble!
have a ghiLstly counterpart. There are
no co.'lins hero to bury th tie n 1. Tlie
last colliii wxs tise-l ye.terdav afternoon.
Time-.' tlionand more at least will tx
needed. Therefore, to the public appeal
for assistance may be added the words:
'.Send us cotlins by the trainload. for wt
need them as bad as we do brcail."
The AVater Subsiding.
J( ihn-stOwn, J uue 9. Tlie water is mi Is
siding, giving a chance to see tin: condi
tion. The damage is even greater that
estimate I. There is not a score of house
in Johnstown projier standing on theii
foundation, and not one of them of any
value. Nearly a hundred Iioum are
standing scattered where the water left
them. The debris is piled twenty feet
high. Tlu Concmaugh cut a swath
through the business portion of the town
forty nxls wide, leaving no ventage of t
building or stric t in its lath. The busi
ne.ss strts-ts cannot lie found, nnd tht
biwii loot -Us like a mud-cov.-ixHl tiehL
The Ints or Life
isestimabHl by conservative police ofli
cers well acijnatiUsl with th facts at
not less than 7.0(H) to H.noO. Johntowr
x-ope seiMn to lie annihilatetl. and you
would not sts- .V'HI inhabitants in towr
all day. The people s em paralyxe.l.
Hundreds of ptsiple from other town
are helping tti get Uxlies out. Tlie scent
at the bridge is horrible beyond disscrip
tion. The Ix-d of the river for a third ol
a mile is a solid mass of debris, two
thirds burned over. The people in it
were heard calling for help up to t
o't lock Sunday morning.
Two Pittsburg lire engines a-e now
playing on the fire. Many bumed
Ixxiie-s are U lie seen in th." lire. Tht'
scene is terrible. The portion of tht
tow n that contained the aristocratic resi
difes 13 entirely wi)icd out. Not I
vestag.' of tlieir residences remain. Hut
a very few of their Ixjtlies have Itecr
till iiu; " Finisj.
Tlie rob! d ries wt re simply frightful.
Last night llurigarians pitrole.l the rail
road, holding up many who passed. All
day yesterday they" were nibiiiiig Ixxlics
cut linger.' off to get rings nnd taking
everything of value from thelxxlies.
Fx Mayor iic!i is teiorttsl to havt
shot two Hungarians while at the work
two more were b.ingisl by the iufuriattvj
The city is a
Vast Charnel Ilnnse,
and Ixxlies nre Ix'ing found all the time
The school bouse has het-ii turned into a
niorgu . Th nt' hundred bodii-s are Jying
side liy side in thn school house, ant
hundreds more at other places.
Thousands are supixistsl to be tindci
the acres of debris and great fears of an I
epidemic are cutertaiucil. I indie are
already leginiiing to dtcomxisc and twt !
tlavs of hot sun will make the comlilior i
.;. - t..r:-i!.l.. Tie, luir.l if '
health, by ollicial orders, h is dins tesj
sherilTs of all ctitintie on the river U
take from the water all lodieof persons
and animal s.
Steel Work. Annihilated.
The steel works nlxive Johnstown art
annihilated, not a brick nor piece of ma
chinery remaining. Nearly every build
ing of the Cambria iron works has walli
crashed in, machinery intact, but cov
ens! with a foot of mini and many feet
of debris. The loss of the company it
e.stimat.-d at from rive to six millions.
All the prominent men cnanected with
the works nre dead. Will the town be
rebuilt '! No one knows, but in all pnils
ability it will not. It looks impossible.
The railroads have a large force of men
working on the tra-ks, but cant get
trains through for days.
The liapidlty of the Water.
An eve-wilness said tl water we j
three feet deep in the streets. Hundnsii ;
had come to see Uie tloxxl.when sutldenlv j
the rush came, and soon the water was a 1
seething mass of bioken houses and
nnejcinip rjeonie. i da nimnt .-.ma
faster than a horse could run and escape
was Impofwible. Everything was carried
wiore ii. in eigni minutes the destruc
tion was completed and the water thirty
feet deep. Everything that could float
had living freight IMearl' every nerson
had a child, and in a luuf hour not 8
child was to be seen.
Long train loads of supplies arc Merc
and sullicient for immediate necessities.
AOO Tent rrom Ohio
have arrived. Help will he needed fot
weeks, as thousands are without ftxxl
nnd no way to secure it. The railroad
conipiny is carryui-j all supplies and
The lreldent ArraiHsInK for Kt-llef.
Washington, June 3. Tlie president
did not attend church yestenlay, but waf
busy all day arranging with (ioveinot
JJeavcr by t degraph for the relief of the
stricken districts in Pennsylvania.
Miss Clara ll.irton has cone to Harris-
burg to silx-i vise the work of the Hed
Cross stx iety in relieving the dL.tress ut
Jolnist n, i'a.
Kicht I.Ives lst at ltiirM-r's Kerrr.
ItAl.TlMoitK, Jdne Eight lives are
reixirteil lost at Harix-r's Ferry. Main
bridges in that valley are gone, port
Viat is tlixt lisl. The Chi-sapc.-ike and
Ohio canal is so badly damaged that it
will never ht iistsl again. Fleven lives
are known t have Ixt-n lost Maryland.
Mine ITa.llv 1'I.mmIiI.
Xf-W I'.nui-, 1. 1 . 'S -T- .
.'xi. x a(,..o-.o. i .i.,du!ii-,i. j en mines,
employing U.IHH) men, will In indctimte-K-
wloif .i.oe.i .,1 ..r tl I .
this valley, (he puiuiis Ix'ing under
u. ...... M...i .1 .i.. n.. .ii
- .in i anu iiir: una llllst.v IJiM.iea.
1 X eiiftilis; Sympathy.
London, June 3. Ail the newsiwuxM
contain leaders deploring the disaster at
Johnstown, and sympathizing with
Shower... slightly warm -r, southerly
PIEND3 IN HUMAN FORM.
Wrrtehea Caught rinmlerlng ami Mutilat
Ing Ihr Ieatl Four of Tliem Are
Ilriveu Into the Iliver
ai d Drown. -
Johnstown, June 31 Tlie way of the
trau-grcsMir in the desolated valley of
the totu'inaugli is hard, mdeeil. Each
hour reveals some new and horrible
rtory of guttering and outrage, and every
succeeding hour brings news of swift
and merited punishment meted out to
the lietiils who have dared to desecrate
the stilf and mangled corses in the city
of the dead, and torture the already half-
crazed victims of the crudest of modem
catastn phies. As the roads to the lands
round alxmt are opened biles of almost
indescribable horror come to light, and
deeds of the vilest nature x;rpetrated in
the darkness of the night are reixirted.
Just as the shadows began to fall upon
the earth Saturday evening a party of
thirteen Hungarians was notied
stealthily picking their way along the
banks of the Concmaugh toward Sang
Hollow. Suspicious of their purpose,
several fanners armed themselves and
started in pursuit.
- i'lnuilerin; the leail.
Soon taeir innj horrible fears were
realized. The Hungarians were out foi
plunder. Lying ujxnt the shore they
came Uxm the dead and mangl.sl lxjdy
of a woman, upon whoso person there
were a number of trinkets of jewelry
and two diamond rings. In tlieir etfort
to secure the plunder the Hungarians
got into a Kiiabble, during which one of
their uuinbt-r severed tlie finger upon
which were the rings nnd started on a
run with his fearful prize.
The revolting nature of the deed sc
wrought upon the pursuing farmers,
who by this time were close at Iv nd,
that they gave immediate chase. Some
of the Hungarians showed light, but,
being outnumbered were compelled tc
flee for their lives. Nine of the brutef
escaped, but four were literally driven
into the surging river and to their death.
The iuhtinian monstt'r whose atrocious
act has lxsn described was among the
numlx-r of involuntary suicides.
Another incident of even greater mo
ment has just been brought tti notice.
At H:30 o'clock an old railroader, who
had walked from Sang Hollow, stepxsl
tip to a numlx-r of men who were con
gregated on the platform of the station
at Curranville and said:
ete-citnce in swift,
"Centlemcn. had I a shot gun with mt
a half an hour ago, I would now lx- a
murderer, yet with no fear of ever hav
ing to stilfer for my crime. Two miles
below here I watclietl tbTeo men going
along the banks stilling jewels from the
dead wives ami daughters of men who
liave Ix-cn robbed of all they hold dear
He had no sooner finished the last
sentence than live burly men, with looks
of terrible tlet 'rni:n ition written on their
faces, were on their way to the scene of
plunder, one with a coil of rope over hit
shoulder and another with a revolver in
his h ind. In twenty minutes, so it is re
lated, they had overt;, ken two of tlieir
victims, who were then in the act of
cutting pieces from the ears, and finger?
fix mi the hands of ths Ixxlies of two dead
women. With revolver leveled at tli
scotindn-lj the leader of the poKse
"Tlintw up vour hands or I'll blow
your heads olf.
Two Villain I.ynehed.
With blanched faces and trembling
forms they olxyed the order nnd begged
for mercy. They were- sean hed. ami as
their rxlckets were emptied of their
plunder, the indignation' of the crowd
mtenstiisl. and when the blixijy finger
of an infant, cncircledwith two tiny
gold rings, was found" in the leader's
pi-ckets aery went up to lynch them.
Without ii moment's delay roxs were
thrown around their necks, and they
were dangling to the limits of a tree, in
the branches of w hich, an hour lcfore,
was dancled the bodies of a dead father
ami son. After an expiration of helf an
hour the ropes were cut and the Ixxlies
lowered and carried to a pile of rocks in
the forest on the lull above. It is hinted
that an Allegheny county official was one
of the most pmminent actors in this
tragedy of justifiable homicide.
THE NINEVEH MORGUE.
Over a Hundred Dead B din Laid Out In
the Planing HI ill.
Nineveh. June 3. Tlie scene in Theo
dore Nunnmaker's nlaninir mill at Nine
veh, w lie re seventy-tliree Ixxlies are
lying stretched out coltl in death, is
simply appalling. One can get no idea
of tlie fearful work of the waters until
hi has seen these ptxir, mangled, lx-spat-tcred
bodies. On the Indiana side of the
river at tins place about seventy-five
more btmies nre laid out In tho low
Nineveh flats a number of other bodies
can be seen, but so far they have not
been recovered. Anns are nrotrudin
above the water ami sand, but tin Ixxlies
are in such uangemus places that they
can t lx? secured without cn-at tieril
The water has suicided somewhat, but
tlie current in the stream i.-j still strong
The wrecking train collected fifteen
Ixxlicj between ll-rry aiel Nineveh.
They were taken to the planing imli am
placed in rows aUmt the establishment
No one can have any idea what tht
ixviies lixiKttl ii lit until lie li. is seen them.
Some of them bad tlieir skulls kiux-kcd
in as if some brute had hit them uilha
bludgeon. I ine looking women
Hud I gty (.ashex.
on their checks, and Ihe dcliMtc hand
wen scratched and torn as if they hail
ix-ett uraggeti iiinxigli a tinar natch.
Their face were swollen and distorted:
mouths were drawn out of sh;ix. and
the evclialls were in somein- tauces tilli-d
with mud. as were also the curs. Their
slender garments were Ixxiraggled with
leaves, weeds and grass, mixed with
mutt, the little children arranged in
rows looked for nil the world like lanre
Chinese dolls with their nxintl bloated
facei and bltxxly skins. Many of the
bodies were covered with Ll.sxl, and
bruised horribly. They were tossed
alxmt, bulb-ted by the currents and
dashed ngainst rocks and debris untd
they were scarcely recognizable by
When the waters subsided somewhat
Hit Ixxlies were left lying in the mud
and grass along the shores where they
are l-eing picked up us fast as they can
Close olesei".is going along in the
trains can see lots of Ixxlies partially cov
ered witn grass ami arittwixxj. in .some
I'Lices the debris is piled up as high as a
house, and it is supposed bodies are ly-
uig uiitier inese musses.
Every whereon theshoresof the stream
the bushes anil trees have caught vari
ous nrticle8 of clothinsr. At one rmint. a
lady's chip hat ornamented the to;) of a
young birch, and clothes enough, ragged
and torn, can be picked up to complete
any gentleman s or lady a wantropo.
THE FLOOD AT ELMIRA.
Murh Ilainaffe to lCailroatU and Other
lI-o;erty Thirteen Uvea ICeported
Loftt at Coralug.
ELM1KA. Y., June 3. The watr
here was from a ftxit to foot and a half
higher than ever before known. Sun
day afternoon two Ixxlies tloattxi down
the river. A rtxf iiixm which three ixr-
sons were clinging is said to have passed
lv Uie city last niglit. liie ixxty or a
female liiiby was washed ashore in the
kiwer ixirtion of the city.
. . . .. . .
tne fcrie railway iimige was anciioreti
m its place by two trains of loaded
freight cars. The water rose to the cars,
which, with the bridge, acted as a dam
and forced tho water hack through the
city on the north side of the Chemug
river, where the principal business
htm -es are located. The water covered
the streets to a depth of three feet, and
the basementa of the stores were ui' kly
flooded, causing thousands of dollars'
damage. The only possibly way of en
tering the Kathburne House, the princi
pal hotel of the city, was by boats, which
were rowed directly into the hotel
On the south side - of the river the
waters were held in check for several
hours by the ten-foot railroad embank
ment, but hundreds of families were
Iriven into the uiiixr stories of their
houses. Late in the evening 2,l 1 feet of
the embankment was forced aw.iv, and
the water carried the railroad tracks
and everything else before it. A lumliei
yanl in the depths of tht rii-hiug water
was swept away. Xunv horses were
drowned, and thn-e couples on the flal
were rescued by police and liroin.'n.
1 hns? MII.-m or Track tione.
Tlie Erie passenger tram, which had
Ix-cn her.1 since Saturday morning, went
west to Ituiralo late Sunday afternoon
over the Lnckawanna road. On tht: big
flats, twelve miles west of here, three
miles of tracks were washed away, and
at Corning the I ritlge acns.s the riyer if
gone. The Erie express that arrived
here on Saturday altemixm was hell
here by the tltxjd. Pint of the Delaware,
Lackawanna and Western railroad
bridge aenx-s the river at Waverly hat
gone, and the nid uses the Erie tracks
Irom here to Ilinghampton.
Ou the northern central branch of th
Pennsylvania system the westbound ex
pnss train tliat -left here Friday night it
stalled between Minnequa and Canton.
There are gr.-at washouts each side of the
track and railroad men say the road will
not be open for a week. The damage to
pnlerty in this city ami vicinity it
estimated at $.I0,U0I). Tliecrojis through
out the Chemung Valley are almost
totally destroyed. The Cones-iue Valley
is also retxrted to have suffered terribly.
The Falilmxik railroad has lost two
bridges nnd their track is badly washed
out Ix-twctn Knoxville and Westfield.
Thirteen lives are said to have been
lost at Corning.
23 Line Loxt at llllnmxport.
Scnbcrv. Pa June 3. The city in
flootletb The water reached the top of
the river embankments early Sunday
morning, and at 7:l Stroke into tht
Third and Fifth wards, compelling tire
inhabitants to take to the upper stariec
of their houses. The water readied a
point within tight inches of tlie great
flood of lMio. At noon the watcjr bt-inip
to recede. AU railroad nnd wagon
bridges between here and Williamsport
are down. Tliree men who came down
from Williamsport in a boat tvtxirt the
loss of twenty-live liva at that place.
Governor Hill Uum w Proclamation.
AtBANT. N. Y. , June 3. Hovernoi
nill issued a proclamation calling thf
attention of the people of New York
to the disaster which has Ixfallen the
inhabitants of a large section of Penn
sylvania, and invoking tlie efforts ol
citizens and organizations toward reliev
ing the coiueiiuent distress.
Iailnher Yanlrt Swept Away.
I-tNCASTER, Pa., Juno 3. Tlie lumber
yanls at Marietta have all been swept
away. The Sustpiehanna is still rising.
Marietta's streets untl all tiie rolling and
planing mills are partly submerged. Two
men on a raft werecarrievl over the dam
at Columbia yesterday and drowned. The
Pennsylvania eiinal at Columbia is bad
ly damaged. The Pennsylvania railroad
bridge is still intact. A' great quantity
of logs have passed the bridge, and are
goigcd at Turkey Hill, below tho town.
Itlext Flood in forty Years.
Pnrrr.sm iiii, June 3. It is nearly
forty yens -.ince Petersburg hd its last
big llixxl. It tx-f urnxl on March !. ItCil,
but it was nothing in comparison with
what has Ixt-n experienced the last few
days. '1 he liolftit rains sent thcAppo
motix on I ixun. The earliest damage
was frt-in the bursting of the receiving
reservoir nt the water works. The whole
lower nrt of the city is under water.
Every bridge but one spanning the river,
including the Atlantic coast line trestle,
is swept away and all railroad communi
cation north and south is siisxnded and
will pmlKibly remain so for a day or two.
No accurate estimate of the loss by the
Hood can be made, but it is not exagger
ated if placed at jllKUMX'.
A Vast ( liarual Filled.
PiTTSBt iio. June 4. J. J. Buchnnnan
returntsd from Johnstown kite last even
ing. To a reixirter he said: '"The paxrs
fail to tell the awfulncss of the disaster.
The whole Concmaugh valley is one
vast charnel field. The air is polluted
with festering Ixxlies. From Sang Hol
low up the valley to Joungstown the
telegraph poles and trees are lunging
full of dangling luxipskirts. pieces of
garmen's, hats, all bloody and horrible to
lixifc iix.!i." Along bank of laid corpses
lying with their arms and legs contorted
and often doubled over trees,'
"Six million dollars will not cover the
losstotheCanil ria Iri ninipany, Jiillicns
more fail to give r.n estimate of the total
loss. Fully one-third of the population
and more than that of its wealth of
Johnstown is swept away. Tlie paxrs
nre not high enough in tlieir estimates."
"It is supjxised that the houses caught
fire from a car of lime being tipped over
on them as they piled up at the railroad
biidge, and tho scene of their burning
was enough to make one's hair turn
"The whole present population has
timed themselves into undertakers.
The bodies are being shoveled into rough
Foxes ami tags put on them. Many of
them are marked wrong in the hurry,
but time is money and strength.
'The p- opleHre hungry. 1 have had
nothing but coffi-e and bread since I left
Pittsburg. The last ick of flour in the
stores has Ixt n sold. The people are
weak. Ttxj much provisions cannot be
An.iover, Itellxvllle, Ilorneflnvild and
Bradford lunndated antl Mueh
ll&ui age Itrported.
Oanas.ei:a';a, N. Y.. Juno 3. Tlie
freshet was the most destructive ever
known here. A considerable portion of
this village was inundated at 'J o'clock
on Saturiiay morning. The Main street
iron bridge was lifted and carried forty
rods down stream.,. It is almost com
pletely wrecked. An ordinary-sized
river ran down Main street. Stock was
rescued with difficulty. Everywhere the
damage is very great. The water reached
its highest xint at 4 p. ni.
Several Bridae Swept Away.
Hornf.li.svillf.. N. Y.. June 3. Ser
eral bridges on the outskirts of the city
are gotie. The high wafers are impas
sable. The ruilroaiis will suffer, par
ticularly the Erie whose property in the
vicinity of the shojis is completely su't
mergisj. work being totally abandoned.
Many wasliouts are reported on the
different sections of the Erie. Not a
train has arrived or deimrted to-day.
tine l.-n lrnwne,L
Wf.I.I.ivti.IE. N. V.. June 3. The
heavy rains of yesterday raised (Teck-i
into livt rs ami rivers int- lakes all
through this section. Never in he ex
perience of the oitlest inhaUtar Is has
Wcilsvilk lx-en visited witii such a
destructive tlixxl. Psitti ends of the
town have been submerged, water in
many instances standing cl- ar to the
nxifs of houses. Farms on tha flats
along Dye creek antl the Genesee river
for miles around nre under three to ten
feet of water. Buildings, bridges, farm
ing implements antl live stit:k have lx-en
going down the river nil da v. Several
Imd washouts "occurred on all the rail
ways. No trains have arrived here since
midnight. Etlward Fuetterer was
drowned this morning.
Railroad Trnrkx Washed Away.
Andover, N. Y.. June 3. A terrible
rainstorm visited this section early on
Satunlay morning. All the streams
were swollen faralxvehighwatermarks, .
antl fields and roads were overflowed.
No less than a dozen bridges in this
town were carried away, and newly
planted crops arc utterly mined. The
water continued to rise rapidly until 4
o'clock. At that hour the two dams at
the ponds above the village gave way
and the water rushed madly down into
the village. Nearly every street in the
village was overflowed anil in many
cases occupants of houses were driven to
tlie upjx-r floors for safety. Owen s largo
tannery was flooded and ruined.
Almost every rod of railroad track was
covered, ami much of it will have to be
rebuilt. 1 be track at some points is
covered fifteen feet with earth, and
trains cannot run for two or three days.
Much lumlx-r. many small huildinirs and
other property has been carried away.
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