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THE DAILY ARGUS
JOHN W. POTTER.
MONDAT, JtTNK 3, 1889.
W. H. Whlimaa -ronn the Dark
River, After a boar, Fltfol Ulaes
Aa Kveatrol Life lloard.
At midnight last night at his home,
526 Eighteenth street, Mr. W. H. Whit
man breathed his last, after an illness of
two months and a half duration, the ail
raent being heart disease.
William II. Whitman was born at
Fannington, Conn., March 18, 1823.
There were but three children in the fam
ily, bis sister being the wife of Ilenry
Farnam, the great railroad contractor.and
his brother, the Hon. Cuas. Whitman, a
state sonator, In Connecticut. The fam
ily was of the old original Yankee stock
and the subject of this sketch had a lib
eral education and other advantages such
as fitted him for the successful career he
afterwards pursued. In his younger days
he was a man of great physical powers
and he was not long in developing those
excellent busioess qualifications, which
were shown in his after life.
In 1857, at the age of twenlvcight.
Mr. Whitman associated himself in con
tract business with John R. Boyle, now
of Davenport, and came west with Far
nam A Sheffield, contractors for the
Southern Michigan & Northern Indiana
railroad, which was beug built west to
Chicago. It was after the junior member
of this well known firm that the town of
Sheffield in this state took its name.
Messrs. Boyle and Whitman and also
our esteemed townsman, John Warner,
were among the subcontractors for this
great railroad undertaking, and then it
was that Mr. Warner became acquainted
with Mr. Whitman, as well as with
Messrs. Farnam and 3oyle, and from that
time Mr. Whitman and Mr. Warner have
been earnest and fast friends.
The latter part of February, 18.12, and
before the Michigan Southern and
Northern Indiana and any other road was
completed to Chicago, Mr. Farnam, its
contractor, in company with Mr. Jarvis,
his chief engineer, John E. Henry, after
ward a prominent citizen and mayor of
Davenport, but now of Des Moines, Rod
neySherwin, John Warner and W. II
Whitman, left Chicago for Rock Island
in two carriages, the then terminus of the
contemplated Chicago & Rock Island,
now the C, R. I. & P. The party ar
rived here on Sunday.the last day of Feb
ruary, after a six days' drive.
Mr. Farnam immediately let contracts
for some of the most important part of
the work to Messrs. Whitman and War
ner and when the Rock Island road was
built Mr. Whitman became one of its of
ficials, being not only a practical track
builder but an engineer, and he could
run a locomotive as well as any one,
For a number of years he was assistant
superintendent of the Chicago and Rock
After severing his connection with the
railroad he was a considerable period
engaged in various works of contracting,
being associated most of the time with
Mr. Warner, the last important un
dertaking in which these gentlemen were
interested being on the Union Pacific
road In Utah.
In the latter years of his life Mr.
Whitman was honored by his fellow
citizens with the offices of alderman and
supervisor, and in all such positions conn
ducted himself in a manner that won the
confidence and good will of the public.
Mr. Whitman leavrs with bis wife"
wbose maiden name was Alerah A.
Woodruff, three daughters, Mrs. J. S.
Dart, of Norfolk, Neb., and Misses Ann
F. and Clara Whitman of this city. There
were two sons in the family, but all are
Mr. Whitman was widely esteemed by
the community in which be has so many
years resided, and in all his acts and
undertakings and in his every walk
proved himself a man in the truest sense
of the word.
The funeral has not yet been decided
upon, but will probably be held from
Trinity church Wednesday.
A netroroloKlral Freak.
It was nearly high noon today when a
musical feminine voice came rippling
over the wires to the Akocs, asking for
information aa to what the large circle
around the sun indicated. The reporter
up to that moment, was oblivious of the
fact that the sun was shining or that it
was adorned with a circle, but neverthet
lesa be proceeded to investigate the
phenomena. The first thought was Man
sill I Yes, our own Manstll would know
all about it, and to his abode the repor
torial steps were directed.
On the way men, women and children
were seen looking heavenward. Around
the sun's disk could plainly be seen a
halo. None pretended to know what
caused it, but various conjectures were
made aa to what it meant. Many said
that it portended war, as nothing similar
to it had been been since the great civil
strife. Others that it indicated the
end of the world, and the less excited
that an earthquake or cyclone was abou t
to visit'destruction upon us.
But Mansill, the weather sage, dis
pelled all such fanciful illusions and
fears, in few words. lie said.it was a
remarkable phenomena and one that very
rarely occurred. The halo was caused
by the interruption of the electric cur
rents between Venus, Jupiter and the
sun, the first planet passing between the
two latter. Another cause is the con
junction o the moon with Saturn. The
circle might also be produced from the
vapor rising from the earth on account
of the late heavy rains and the coldness
of the atmosphere above the sun. In his
almanac Mr. Mansill locates the principal
disturbing position of the planets for
, June from the 3rd to the 6th, the 12th to
the 18tb, and from the 24th to the 27th.
V. 8. Signal Owes, I
Davenport, Iowa, June 1. (
For the next 24 hours for Illinois, light
rains, stationary temperature.
Fourteen dry lota on four yeara time,
with tlx per cent per annum, to any one
wishing to build this summer.
Htato'a Attaraer O'SIara Slakta-.
Grievous news came from Mercy hos
pital, at Davenport, this morning. It
was that State's Attorney Patrick O'Mara
ia sinking rapidly and is probably in a
dying condition. Rev. Father Thomas
Mackin and a number of members of the
count bar immediately drove over to
Davenport. A telephone message late
this afternoon brought nothing encourag
ing about Mr. O'Mara's condition.
Bewars of Olnunsnts for Catarrh that Contain
as mercury will surely destroy the sense
of smell and completely derange the
whole system when entering it through
the mucus surfaces. Such articles should
never be used except on prescriptions
from reputable physicians, as the damage
they will do are ten fold to the good you
can possibly derive from tbem. Hall's
Catarrh Cure, manufactured by F. J.
Cheney & Co., Toledo, O., contains no
mercury, and is taken Internally, and
acts directly upon the blood and mucus
surfaces of the system. In buying Hall's
Catarrh Cure, be sure you get the genu
nine; it is taken internally and made in
Toledo, Ohio, by F. J. Cheney & Co.
sHTSold by druggists. Price 75 cents
NATIONAL CAPITAL INUNDATED.
The Potomac Floods the Low Ground and
Tart or "the Avenue."
Washington City, June 3. The rise of
the Fotomac river here and the flooding of
the city distracted attention locally from the
Johnstown horror. When yesterday morn
ing broke the water had formed a big branch
of the river, running through the city be
tween Pennsylvania avenue and the high
ground on which the Smithsonian institute,
the agricultural deiartnient building and the
bureau of engraving and printing are situ
ated. Through the dark hours of early morn
ing men in small boats and on hastily con
structed rafts floated backward and forward
through the flooded district '
Encroaching on Pennsylvania Avenue.
At daybreak the water bad flooded Penn
sylvania avenue in several places and it was
still rising. The cellars of all the stores on
both sides of the avenue and tliestreets south
of it were flooded and a great deal of dam
age was done to perishable property.
Difficult Street Car Traveling.
The first 8 1 reft car that started across from
the south to the north side of the city plowed
its way through several feet of water and
the passengers were obliged to perch on the
backs of seals to protect their feet and legs.
After that experience the cars were stopped
at the edge of the flood and passengers wbo
did not care to go around the obstruction
paid boatmen or drivers of high bung wag
ons for transportation across.
The Flood Beat the Record.
High water mark was reached about noon.
From that time the water receded gradually
The point reached by the flood was three
feet, six inches higher than the highest re
corded flood mark. All Washington was
driving up and down the river yesterday
The President Views the Seen.
The president came out for a time in the
White House carriage, accompanied by Mr,
McKee and "Baby" McKee. and drove
around the circle behind the White House,
where the water was not very deep.
The President at Work All Bunday.
Washington City, June 3. The president
did not attend church yesterday, but was
busy all day arranging with Governor Beaver
by telegraph for tbe relief of the stricken dis
tricts in Pennsylvania.
Notes of the Deluge.
Fredericksburg, Va., June 3. The floods
have damaged the canal very seriously and
many brioges have been swept away.
Baltimore, June a At Taneytown .Mrs.
Charles McFadtlen and Miss Maggie Moore
were drowned Saturday while attempting to
ford a stream during the flood.
Richmond, Vh., June a The water sub
sided yesterday afternoon after covering
large tracts of the city.
Peterhbcro, Vn,, June 3. The loss by
the floods here is estimate at $100,000. The
Appomatnx was higher than for forty
years. The lower part of the city was
Richmonii, Va., June a This city is al
most completely isolated and part of it sub
merged. Railways suffer severely.
I1ohnki.!.svili.k, N. V., June 3 The flood
has carried away several bridges here and
played havoc with railway property.
Welijiviij.k, N. Y., June 3. This
town is experiencing the worst flood in its
history. The river is full of buildings,
bridges, and farm stock, and the farmers
have suffered enormously.
Sunbury, Ph., Juno 3. A hihsnf twenty
five lives is reported at Williamsport. Here
the water has submerged part of the city.
ELM IRA, N. Y., June 3. The water here is
up in the city and it is reported that eleven
lives have been lost in this vicinity.
Coburg, Ont, June a A waterspout
burst a few miles from this city yesterday,
deluging the whole country and flooding the
cellars of the city. The loss to farmers and
others will reach $250,000.
Baltimore, June a Maryland suffered
severely from the storm's ravages. More
than $I,0l)0,iKM) worth of property has been
destroyed and over a hnlf-dozen lives lost.
(iladntone Not to Conie to See Vs.
London, June a The Daily News is re
quested to announce that owing to causes be
yond his powers to resist, Mr. Gladstone is
unable to visit America.
ROOPS CALLED FOR AGAIN.
Tnrbulcnt Strikers at Spring Valley, 111.,
Make the Militia Necessary.
Pprino Valley, Ills., June a The Spring
Valley Coal company, which has been idle
for the past mouth on account of tho strike,
resumed operations Saturday. During
the afternoon a large crowd of Belgians
and Italians gathered alxiut the shaft
armed with clubs, stones, and firearms and
waited for the miners to come out. The
sheriff sent for re-enforcementi, and twenty
five men arrived soon after dark. At 9
o'clock the situation was so threaten
ing thnt the sheriff telegraphed the
governor for troops and three companies
of militia arrived on the ground yesterday
morning. Firing is reported to have taken
yesterday, but the details are meagre.
IN THE SPORTING ARENA.
Becord or the National Game Struggles
on the Turf.
Chicago, June 3. Notwithstanding' Chi
cago's poor luck at base ball last week the
Anson combination still holds fifth place,
that fact being due to the more than bard
luck of the tail-enders. But the one-time
pennant winners stand very poorly in the
per cent, column, being more than 100 points
below New York and Cleveland, which are
tied for third place. The different aggrega
tions show the following records at the close
of the playing Sunday:
National League. Played Won. Lost. Pr. et.
Boston 27 21 6 .7T7
Philadelphia so l 11 .ess
New York so 17 in .see
Cleveland - so 17 IS .see
Chicago .HI 13 17 .483
rituburg- v no 12 IS .400
Indianapolis in 20 .838
Washington 25 7 is .20
Western. Won. LoU.P.c.1 American. Won. Lost P.O.
at. Paul... 2t ft .827 St. Louis.. 28 12 .700
Omaha lo .(MieiHrooklTU.. 21 15 JW8
Hlnux City m 12 .I2, Athletiu... 10 IS MS
ltenver 12 11 .42HiClncinnaU 21 is Asa
Mln'apolla 12 16 -421 Runs. City l is .613
Detdttoinesll IS 4tt Baltimore. 17 IS aha
St. Joseph. 0 18 .838 Columbus. IS 22 .403
Milwaukee 7 21 soiLouisvUle a so jio
Saturday's scores for League clubs were as
follows: At Washington City New York
6, Washington 9; at Boston Philadelphia 2,
Boston 7; no other games played.
American association: At Columbus
Louisville 3, Columbus 8; at Baltimore (first
game) Kansas City 4, Baltimore 5; (second
game) Kansas City 8, Baltimore 9; at Phil
adelphia Cincinnati 4, Athletic 8; Brook-Iyn-St
Louis gams postponed rain. Bun
day: At Columbus (first game) Louisville 4,
Columbus 16; (second gams) Louisville 3,
Columbus 12; at Brooklyn 8t Louis 3,
Brooklyn 1; at Gloucester, N. J. Athletic
4, Cincinnati 3.
They Fairly Litter the Valley of
FIFTEEN HUNDRED DEAD BODIES,
Than One Day's Work of the Search
era at the Annihilated City
Ill Drifts and Slit Full of the Ghastly
Work of the Unprecedented Calami
ty Dreadful Sights Intone the
Wreckage of Homes.
I irat Reports Failed to Tell the Frightful
Story of Death and Desolation A Funeral
Pyre in Which Probably More Than a Thou
sand Bodies Were Reduced to Ashes A Ca
tastrophe That Language Is Too Feeble to
Describe-The Victims Buried as Fast as
Identified The Famishing and Destitute
Survivors Hardly Worse Oh Than Their Lost
Kindred and Neighbors-Ghouls Robbing the
Bodies and Meeting Their Reward in the
Quick Justice of the Citizens A Doomed
Railway Train and Some of Those Saved
from Destruction Terrible Details of the
Havoc of the Deluge.
Pittsburg, June 3. In the presence of a
ctlamity like that which on Friday last
s re wed the valley of the Conemaugh with
ti bruised, bleeding, and mangled bodies of
hundreds of all ages and conditions from the
infant in arms to the gray headed man
kind stands appalled, stunned and crushed
oerwhe'med with the manifestation of the
tremendous and awful energy of nature
v. hen she exerts her strength; and of his ut-
t t incapacity to control or confine her
A Triumph of Engineering.
The dam, the bursting of which wrought
such dreadful havoc on life and property,
w as a structure to the building of which all
the skill and resources of the engineer's pro-
ftssion had been brought It was of solid
n asonry, built in a chasm rock-founded and
fl ir.ked. It thickness at the base was 380
fcet and at the top thirty-five feat Men
hose lives have been spent in calculating
h jw to safely dam np the waters had pro-
n Minced it as safe as the everlasting bills.
Ii. was regularly and frequently inspected,
a id every precaution that the skill of man
could devise was used to make assurance
Rase of the Waters.
In the fancied security of this splendid
work the people of Johnstown and the other
d sola ted places lived, little thinking of the
di-eadful doom that but awaited its time to
burst upon them. Friday afternoon was the
tl ne. In a moment, without warning, ex
ec pt the awful roar of the coming destruc
ti .jo, thousands of men, women, and children
ware swept into a torrent that, after hurling
tt em about, the sport of the mad waters for
a time, sucked tbem under or cast them on
tie banks bleeding, mangled corpses.
No Lack of Heroism.
In the midst of this carnival of death the
heroic in human nature is the only bright-
nias that relieves the black shadow. To
et uraerate the instances would require col
umns. Mother love in particular shone out
V omen went to death to save their
little ones, or rather than accept life and
leave them; wives rejected rescue without
thjlr husbands, husbands without their
wives. Brothers and sisters died together
rather than that one should be saved that the
ot ler might live. Fathers looked the grim
teiTor in the face undaunted for their chil
drau'ssake. Men with no interest except the
prjmptings of humanity, braved the roaring
witters to sa ve the perishing.
An Unparalleled Catastrophe.
Language is inadequate to convey even a
coiception of the awfulness of this catastro
phe. It stands unparalleled in the history of
th. country. It will be one of the historic
diiasters. How many were lost? God knows.
The estimates range from 5,000 to 15,000.
There were hundreds probably thousands
wbo will never know other burial save what
thu waters gave them.
1 1 was a tremendously impressive lesson of
thu uncertainty of life, of the weakness and
poerty of human skill. The magnitude of
thi i horror is not yet known; it grows with
ea:h succeeding day.
The Kind of Sympathy Wanted.
And the fate of the survivors is hardly less
de ilorable than that of the lost Naked and
an -hungered, they appeal to the hearts of
tin lr countrymen for help in this hour of
calamity. Widows and orphans abound.
Tb ay are destitute and starving. Their all,
be it little or great, has been swallowed up in
thct tremendous cataclysm that destroyed
their kindred and their neighbors. The re
spc nse should be ready and prompt. Let the
nat ion look to it that it is.
Fifteen Hundred Bodies Recovered.
Harkibuuro, Pa., June 3. Adjt Gen.
Hastings, who is at Johnstown, telegraphs
Governor Beaver that 1,500 bodies have been
recovered and that a large number of per
sons who were either drowned or burned to
dee th are yet missing.
JOHNSTOWN REACHED AT LAST.
The Valley or Death and the Horrors Die
clos, 1 to the Relief Party.
lTTTSBUKO.June 3. Th first force of res
cuers and press representatives, who have
been making every effort for several days to
gain an entrance into the valley in which
wai located the city of Johnstown, accom
plished their purpose just as the light of y es
ter lay morning's sun broke over the moun
tain tops surrounding the place of dessola
tioii. The news received in this city during
the day confirms in almost every detail all of
the gravest fears, statements and conjectures
that have been entertained. All reports re
ceived agree that the city is literally a ruin,
the description of which is simply ' impos
sible. Towns Annihilated.
The towns of Woodville and Conemaugh
borstigh, above Johnstown, are swept as
olstrlyoff the face of the earth as if they
had never had an existence. Of Wnodville's
population of 1,500 souls barely half a dozen
havj been accounted for.
The Wreck of the Railway.
From Johnstown to Mineral Point tower
the Pennsylvania roadbed has been complete
ly s ept away. For a distance of one-fourth
of a mile the road is uninjured, then comes
ano -her complete wreck to a point above
South Fork. Twenty -seven Pennsylvania
rait tad locomotives and an unknown num
ber of both freight cars and passenger
coat bee are lying in the river bed under the
deb; 'is of Johnstown at the stone bridge.
A Ghastly Work Beg-an.
T ie work of exhuming the dead at Johns
town has only begun, but already more than
100 bodies have been carried out of the rains.
Eta -en car-loads of finished coffins and thirty
and s-takers arrived during the day and the
wort of interment which began yesterday
afternoon will rapidly progress under the
dire ;tion of a specially organised force of
men. . .
Nineveh Is a Charnel House.
N nereh will hereafter be knows as the city
of tl dead, for at this point the Conemaugh
THE rROOK tBI3LOT
has given np a large portion of its dead.
When the waters re ceded from the fields and
bottom lands over which it had flowed, the
stiff, staring, and naked, bruised and man
gled bodies of men, women and children,
from the aged to the infant, lying in the soft
mud, was a most horrible scene, making
heartsick those who witnessed it
The Faces of the Dead. '
Nunemacher's planing mill was used as a
temporary morgue, and it was there that the
blood-stained, swollen, and disfigured re
mains were first placed for protection and
identification, if such thing were possible.
Some of the faces were wreathed in dimpled
smiles; upon others death stamped looks of
agony and horror, that spoke the inexpressi
ble language of the soul while struggling
with death. Most of the bodies recovered at
this place were Roman Catholic, and around
their necks bung emblems of their religion.
The attire and features of a majority showed
them to be of the lowly class, yet there were
many bearing evidence ot culture, refine
ment, and prosperity.
Corpses Are Everywhere.
Directly across the river in Indiana county
there are 315 bodies reported tying in the
open air unattended to. The officials of In
diana county sent word that they would at
tend to the recovery of these bodies during
the day. The probabilities are that a large
majority of the victims will never be identi
fied, and will fill nameless graves.
In the Ruins of Johnstown.
During the day several persons succeeded
in making a tour of what is left of Johns
town. On the upper floor of the club bouse,
the best preserved building standing, five
bodies are lying, unidentified, one a woman
of fine appearance. Here and there bodies
can be seen st icking in the ruins. There is
no doubt but what, wild as the estimates of
the loss of life and damage to property have
been, it is even larger than there is yet any
A Frightful Crematory.
More than 2,000 residences lie in the con
fused mass of burning debris lodged above
stone bridge at the lower end of the town.
The ruins are reeking with the smell of de
caying bodies. Near the edge of the ruins
the decaying body of a stout colored woman
is lyiner, like the uncovered remains of an
animal. Six blackened skulls, from which
the flesh had been burned, can be seen pro
truding from the wreckage just above the
east ehd of the bridge. They are close to
Extent of the Desolated District.
The flooded districts include the entire val
ley of the Conemaugh river from South Forks
to Blairsville, about 32 miles. Several town
from 6,000 to 8,000 population were entirely
I HE SEARCH FOR THE DEAD.
Ninety-Nine Ter Cent. Crushed in the
Ruins Progress of the Work.
Johnstown, Pa., June 3. The recovery
of bodies took up the time of thousands all
Sunday. The theory now is that most of
those killed by the torrent are buried beneath
the debris, and the events of the day's work
in the ruins in a large degree justifies this i
sumption. Six bodies were taken out of one
pile of rubbish not eight feet square yester
day morning. The truth is that bodies are
almost as plentiful as logs, only the swirl of
the waters put the bodiee under and the logs
and boards on top in the general stacking up
ol the animate and inanimate.
Killed by the Crashing Debris.
The rigidty of arms, standing out at right
angles to the bloated and bruised bodies,
shows that death in 99 out of 100 cases took
place amid the ruins; that is, after the wreck
of houses had closed over them. Dr. D. G.
Foster is of the opinion that most of the vic
tims were kiiled by com ing in violent con
tact with objects in the river, and not by
drowning. Three hundred bodies have been
recovered up to this writing.
Fifty Dead lu One Street.
Later. The eastern end of Main street,
tnrougn wmon me waters tore most madly
and destructively, and in which they left
their legacy of wrecked houses, fallen tree
and dead bodies in a greater degree than in
any other portion of the city, has been
cleared and the remains of over fifty taken
out of the portion cleared. All over the
town the searchers have been equally suc
cessful Awaiting Identification.
As sooiwas a body is found it is placed on
a litter and sent to the morgue where it is
washed and placed on a board for several
hours to await identification. The morgue
is the Fourth ward school house, and it has
been surrounded all day by a crowd of sever
al tuousana people, ai nrst me crowd was
disposed to stop those bearing the stretchers,
uncover the remaius and view them.
The Rescuers Unmanned.
But t!:ir. was fouud to b prolific not only
of delay, but also scenes of agony that not
even the bearers could endure nor the thou
sands stand up under. Now a litter is
guarded by a file of soldiers with fixed bay
onets in charge of a sergeant, and the people
are forced aside until the morgue is reached.
List of Identified Victims.
The authorities have published the full
list of identifications so far as follows:
Charles F. Butler, assistant treasurer of the
Cambria Iron works; Emil Young and
George llandolf, Beaver Falls, Pa. ; Harvey
Barber, Jonas Murtha, Conemaugh ; J. G.
Cox, Philadelphia; Mrs. A. W. Jones, Por
ter Miller, Elmer Binkley, a D. Eldridge,
Mrs. Mary Barbour, Mrs. George Wood
ward, Jacob Wild and his wife and child,
Kate Sinhart, Roliert Baldwin, P. McNally.
Frank Dimond, William Penrod, P. MoAu
bury, John Sterner, W. L. Davis, Mrs. Dei-
fraunce, the two Misses Deifraunoe, Ellen
Harrington, Charles A. Marshall, John
Burns, John Andrews, C. H. Wilson, Mrs.
A. M. Jones, M. Little (of Sewickley), the
tnree Hisses Hamilton, Charles Wilson, John
Andrews and Mrs. O'Connull. These repre
sent only a small portion of the bodies sent
to the morgue.
The Deadly Work Well Done.
It is astonishing to find how small a num
ber of injured are in the f-Hty. Few sur
vived. It was death or nothing with the de
mon flood. It is true that not a few escaped,
nut tuey got oil almost unhurt
THE INCREASING HORROR.
A Tast Funeral Tyre Wholesale Crema
tion of Itodles.
Johnstown, Ph., June 3. The magn itude
of the horror increases with the hours. It is
believed that not leas than 2,000 of the
drowned found lodgment Iteneath the mass of
debris in the triangle of ground that the Con
emaugh cut out of the bank between the river
proper and the Pennsylvania railroad bridge
There was the greatest funeral pyre in his
tory. The victims were not upon it, but
were parts of its horrible constitution. Whole
houses were washed iuto the apex of the tri
angte. Hen-coops, pig-styes, stables, the
refuse of the gutter, the contents of the sew
ers, whole lumber yards, boom upon boom
of logs, composed the mass.
A Darning Sacrifice.
Whn the upsetting of a cook-stove ig
nited the mass and the work of cremation
begau it was a costly sacMfice to the demon
of the flood, being a literal breast of fire.
The smoke arose in a huge, funnel-shaped
cloud, and at times it changed to the form
of an hour glass. At night the flames would
light np this misty remnant of mortality.
Ashes and Calcined Human Bones.
It was with a feclinz of absolute loath in?
that all people hereabout yesterday morn
ing awoke to And nothing but a mass of
ashes, calcined human bones, stoves, old iron,
and other approximately tndestructable mat-
tcts irom Which only a light-blue vapor was
Immediate Burial Necessary.
The work of burying the dead began yes
terday morning and was kept np till late last
evening. The braising of the bodies by logs
and trees and other debris, and exposure in
the water, tended to hasten decomposition,
which had set in, rendering interment in
stantly necessary. Bodies are buried as rap
idly aa they are identified. The work of un
dertakers in embalming the dead has rendered
It possible to keep all those embalmed two or
three days longer, but this is onlj desirable in
cases where indentification is dubious and no
claimants appear at alL
- Putting the Cars to a Rad Use.
The cars sent out from Pittsburg with pro
visions for the living, were hastily cleared
yesterday in order to contain the bodies of
the dead intended for interment in suburban
cemeteries and in graveyards bandy to the
city. Formality is dispensed with. In some
instances only the undertaker and his as
sistants are present, and in others only one
or two members of the family of the dead.
The Debris Still Burning.
The massive accumulation of debris ex
tending from 800 to 1.000 feet along the south
shore of the Conemaugh and immediately
above the bridge is now in complete posses
sion of the flames, and will be until the ar
rival of further relief from Pittsburg fire de
partment is received, so that another pang is
added to those who had hoped to rescue the
remains of friends and relatives from the de
bris. Not Enough Living to Bury the Dead.
At Wood vale the dead bodies of hundreds
are lying in the debris relatively as numer
ously as they are in Johnstown. At Cone
maugh the same condition of things prevails.
The scarcity of the living at both places
makes the recovery of bodies very slow
A Heroine Dies at Her Post.
Msr. Ogle, the manager of the Western
Union Telegraph office at Johnstown, died at
ber post. iShe sent messages until swept
from her instrument After she had warned
every station of the coming torrent, she
wired South Fork : "This is my last mes
sage," and they were her last words on
Of 67 Only lO Left.
At the Hurlbut hotel here the afternoon of
the disaster there were fifty-seven people.
They were in the house when the mountain
of waters came down upon it They had but
time to give good-bye to each other. Ten
only were saved.
SHORT WORK WITH MISCREANTS.
Robbers of the Dead Quickly Strung Vp
Their Atrocious Work.
Johnstown, Pa. June 3. A nartv of
searchers saw two men robbing the body of a
woman yesterday. The thieves were caught
In one of their pocketa was found a lady's
ear, entire, sliced from the head with a sharp
Knire. in tho ear lobe was a sparkling
diamond ring. The captors placed ropes
arouna me necks oi the villains and strung
them up to the nearest tree until they were
dead. They then cut them down and buried
Further investigation of the contents of
the pockets of the fiends brought forth
large quantities of jewelry and the muti
lated finger of a little girl on which was a
gold band ring.
Another Scoundrel Shot.
In the afternoon C. Le Dick, ex-Mayor of
Johnstown, and several other gentlemen,
while patrolling that part of the city known
as "The Point," discovered a party of Huns
looting the bouses and robbing the bodies of
the dead. The party had no guns with them,
but Mr. Dick leveled bis revolver at one of
the plunderers and shot him dead. Ha fell
into the river, and no further attention was
paid to nis remains. The city is guarded by
over 300 special officers.
Driven into the Water and Drowned.
At 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon a posse of
farmers surrounded a gang of Hungarians
who were robbing the dead, and succeeded
after a lively battle with clubs and stones, in
driving three of them into the middle of the
stream, where they sank beneath the waves
to rise no more.
SAVED FROM A WRECKED TRAIN.
List of Western Peoftle Who Were on a
Pittsburg, June 3. The following is a
list or tae western passengers who are known
to be safe on the two sections of train No. 8
which was wrecked at Conemaugh Friday
night, and of which three Pullman sleeping
cars and a parlor car were burued: H. C.
Grocb, Sharon, Mich. ; Daniel Humphries,
Indianapolis; Mrs. Clara Dewitt and child,
Dennison Ind. ; Mrs. Maggie E. Mulaheny,
Indiana; Mrs. Ella Garber, Aurora, Ills.;
Mrs. Gussie Cook and child, Denuison, Ind. ;
Mrs. Fanny Murphy and child, Dennison,
Ind. ; Mrs. G. W. Sankey and child, Chicago;
C. E. McClure, Chicago.
The following list of names were raraiuA.1
by telegraph direct from Bedford, Pa. Bed-
lora got them from Cessna, Pa., by tele
phone; Cessna received tbem over the tele
phone from Martinslmn- the lnttxr nlor
having a telegraph wire to Altoona. The
list docs not comprise all of tho$e on the day
express, as some are known to lie still at
Conemaugh, and in view of the devious" route
by which tbe names reached here their abso
lute correctness cannot lie relied upon: Mrs.
C. H. Leopard, Carrie R. Archer, Malone,
la. ; W. E. Winslow. Chicago; W. S. Mellon,
Gertrude Mellon, Milwaukee; Mrs. McBrady,
Chicago; It Spanger, Illinois; William
Hawkins, Illinois: Mrs. Nelson foolored),
Milwaukee; Mrs. E. W. Halford and daugh
ter, Washington City; Annie Hamilton,
Minneapolis; R. H. Ilunuey, James B. Ran
William Henry Smith, general manager of
theJAssociated Press, New York, is also safe,
while Mrs. J. W. Brady, of Chicago, is re
ported drowned. There are a number of
people whose homes are not known.
Mrs. Secretary Halford Safe.
Indianapolis, June 3. A dispatch re
ceived in this city last night from Private
Secretary Halford states that he has been in
formed by the general superintendent of the
Pennsylvania road that they have just estab
lished communication with Altoona, and
that Mrs. aud Miss Halford are there in
Frank Hatton Among the Saved.
Washington City, June 3. Mrs. Frank
Hatton has received a telegram saying that
her husband is among the saved.
NO MONEY, BUT LOTS OF PLUCK.
Johnstown Business Men Will tart Afresh
A Change in the River.
Johnstown, JuneS. Vice President and
Director James McMillan, of the Cambria
Iron company, says their loss has been incal
culable, and while it has entered into their
revenues they are not daunted nor discour-
agea, but will at once begin the work of
clearing up the ruins of their mills prepara
tory to rebutting and repairing their works.
They will also immediately rebuild the Gau
iier iron works, which was obliterated by
the flood. This is the disDosition r nil thu
others. A dozen of the business men said
yesterday: "l rue pluck survives. Our pock
ets are light, but if nothing more happens all
af us will be in business again. "
Must Build on a New Rite.
Tbe central portion of Johnstown is as
eompletoly obliterated as if it never had
foundations. The river has made its bed
upon the sites of tbe dwellings and a vast
area of sand, mud, gravel and furrowed
ground marks the old channel. It is doubt
ful if it is possible ever to reclaim what was
once the business portion of the city. The
river will have to be returned to its old bed
in order to do this, and that is an engineer
ing (pat hardly possible. The loss of the
Cambria Iron company is put as high as
WORK FOR THE CHARITABLE.
Bread for the Famishing; Needed and
Johnstown, Pa.. June 3. Conemaugh,
Woodville, Kernville, Cambria' City and
other surrounding towns in the flooded dis
trict are as badly off as Johnstown. At Con
emaugh the inhabitants of the lower-lying
portion of the town have been literally wiped
out of existence.
At Woodville the percentage of death ia
even greater than at Johnstown. Kernville
has only a house or two as a monument to
its former respectable proportions.
Cambria City is not even a ghost of its for
mer self, while along tbe line of the torrent
tbe isolated houses of hundreds are without
occupants. The relief provisions for Johns
town must be extended to these other places
as rapidly as railroad transportation facilities
can be furnished.
A special train of twelve cars loaded with
provisions for the sufferers has just ar
. Measure tor Relief.
Chicago, June & The destitution conse-
quent upon the great Pennsylvania disaster
ice Curtain Stretchers !
OUT OS raUMNflFRAMe-
Will $ave you Money, Time and Labor.
Evekv iiousEKEEPea Should Uavs Oms.
u.y lady cuo operate them.
For Sale By
is receiving attentiou in many places. Pitts-
uurg nas raiseu atx.ut l.j,U(W. The govern
ors of Ohio and New York have issued proc
lamations calling on the people for assistance.
President Harrison and the tiretary of war
are considering relief measures, but tbe war
department has no tents. Other governors
have taken action. A meeting is called in
this city for to-day to organize relief. Gov.
Foraker has sent 500 lenls, and will send
i.ouu ii necessary.
INCIDENTS OF THE CALAMITY
Gathered from Along the Flood Swept Re
gion Heart-Sirkening Scenes.
Pittsburg, June 3. It. is the universal
declaration of all who were witnesses of the
scenes anywhere along tha Conemaugh val
ley down to where the mad flood was' con
fined to the banks of the river, or spread
itself out, harmless at least to human life
over the low lands, that the horrors of Fri
day afternoon and evening cannot be over
drawn. A Family or Five Drowned.
At Sang Hollow one of the most touching
incidents was tbe drowning of a father,
mother and thi-ee children. They came down
on a roof, and jut opposite the town the
roof, struck a pile of drift and went to pieces.
All five went down in the mad current A
moment later two heads were seen above the
water, and then two hands clutching at the
roof. That was the last seen of that fam
ily. With Her Rahe in Her Arms.
One corpse was that of a mother;-for al
though cold in deatb, she clasped a young
male babe, apparently not more than 1 year
old, tightly in her arms. Tbe little one was
huddled close up to its mother's face, w bo,
when she realized their terrible fate, had evi
dently raised her babe to her lips to imprint
upon its little lips the last motherly kiss it
was to receive in this world. The sight was
a pathetic one and turned many a stout man
Burned, Crushed and Mangled.
One woman went down on a raft with
both eyes lying out on her cheeks. She was
dead, having been crushed among tho tim
bers. Men and women with arms broken,
blood streaming down over their faces and
their bodies cut, bruised and bleeding, were
a frequent sight.
Two Pitiable Speetarles.
Two little children, about 5 years old, with
their little hands clasped together, went
down, and following thecu was a lone woman
kneeling in the attitude of prayer. Her face
was turned heavenward and her bauds
clasped. She seemed resigned to her fate.
Destruction of the Train.
Conductor S. E. Bell, w ho was in charge
of the dy express on Friday, turned up yes
terday and confirmed the reported destruc
tion of his train by the avalanche of water,
as reported. He says there is no doubt but
that a number of persons were carried down
to their death when the train was washed
from the track. Some, however, heeded the
warning in time to escape to the mountain
side. Mr. Lou T. Dallmyer, a passenger
on the express, said yesterday that (Secretary
Halford's wife and daughter were both with
him and escaped to the mountain side in
Firty-Four Oat or Two Families.
Pittsburg, June S. Frank Sohaeffer, of
Meyran avenue, this city, received a tele
gram yesterday from his son Frnnk in Johns
town, reporting tbe deHth of Fr.-ink's brother
an I twenty .other relat ives oi lli family
three brothers-in-law im.l their families.
Ex-Deputy Revenue Colla tor Samuel Haw
thorn, of Allegheny, received information
I ist evening that four brothers, t wo sisters,
-nd seventeen nephews and nie.-vs had per
ished in tbe flood at Johnstowa.
The Whole Telegraph Carp-.. Ded.
Johnstown, Fa., June 3. It has just
transpired that the whole corps of Western
Union telegraph operators was lost Friday
evening. Among thorn were Mrs. Ogle,
manager, who for tweuty-fi ve years has acted
as receiver of Associated Press reports at
this plae, and her daughter Minnie, also
well known ; also Misses Gorman and Wat
kins and three messenger boys who were un
able to escape from the building.
Swept Away Forty Persons.
Pittsburg, June 3. J. O. Gill and thirty
five men who had started in a ssran tn cm
np the mountain at Johnstown, were all
uruwneu oy ine reservoir lorrent which over
took them. Gus McHugh, an engineer on
the Pennsylvania railroad, was sleeping in
his house at Conemaugh when the torrent
rushed down the valley. His wife was away
from home. AIcHugh and four children
TrooiM Ordered to Johnstown.
Pittsburg, June 3. Governor Beaver has
ordered out the Tenth regiment of tbe state
guards for service at Johnstown. This step
is necessitated by the descent of bands of
wreckers, who feed like vultures upon catas
trophes of the kind. The wrei 'Iters hnv
flocked from all parts of the country iu such
numners that military defense is becoming
eut-u uour mors imperatively necessary.
The Iestitute Survivors.
Latrobk, Pa., June 3. Trainmen, who
arnvea nere irom (Sang Hollow Saturday
niirbt. stated that tha mania who w.r. fnrtn.
nate enough to escape with their lives are
encamped on uie hills around Johnstown.
Women and children are wrapped in
blankets, tablecloths and everything imagina
ble that will keep tbem warm.
Loss of Life at Harper's Ferry.
Baltimore, June 3. Eight lives are re
ported lost at Harper's Ferry. Many bridges
in .that valley are gone. Port Deposit is
flooded. The Chesapeake and Ohio canal is
so badly damaged that it will never be used
again. Eleven lives are known to have bean
lost in Maryland.
Where to Write for the Death Roll.
Latrobk, Fa., June S. A committee was
appointed yesterday to ascertain and make a
record of all persons dead and living, so that
the inquiries of friends may be answered.
Sympathy from England.
London, June 8. All the papers contain
leaders deploring the disaster at Johnstown,
and sympathising with America.
Humors run riot ia tbe blood at this
seaaon. Hood a Barsaparula expels
every imparity and vitalizes and enriches
The coal dealer sometimes, bv mistake,
gires tig cart driver weigh.
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He will make a great effort to perpetuate the good name of this
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1. 1 . ......
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HIS PRICES AEE LOW.
Manufacturer of and Dealer in all kinds of
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