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The Dispatch will continue to publish
All the details of the Johnstown Disaster,
which is famished by a large staff of com--petent
correspondents located at thescene.
HOSTS OF DEAD
Being Carefully Laid to
Rest by Hundreds
of Kindly Hands.
A LIST OF THE LOST
As Far as Can Possibly
be Made at Present,
NAMES OF THOSE FOUND.
The Work of Clearing Away
the Debris Being Very
tLOUD GRIES FOR MONEY.
Workers Must Be Promptly
Paid, to Encourage
Them and Others.
DETAILS OF A BUSY DAI.
6(111 the Call for More Coffins latest Estl
mate of the Fatalities Place the Num
ber at About 4,000 With 2,000 Bodies
1 Recovered President Moxhnm's Won
derful Work More Reports of GbooMsh
and Summary Justice ISTerjbody on the
Scene Compelled to Assist in the Sad
Work The Troops Not Ordered Out
Five Thousand Survivors Appear and
Register at the Bureau of Information.
rrnox oce etatt corbespondzxts.I
Jokxstowx, June 3. Mr. Johnson, the
principal-proprietor of the Johnson Switch
jjjCompany, is backing President Moxham in
Ppjverything he does. He was at the latter's
.hcadquarter's this afternoon, and hisesti-
Searching for Bodies.
mate is that the number of drowned will not
exceed 4,000. He had made a canvass of
the city and surroundings, and estimates
that 2,000 bodies hare already been rescued
from the debris. From the appearance of
things at the present time he does not be
lieve that there are more than 2,000 bodies
remaining unaccounted for.
A Clearing: Being; Made.
The work of clearing away the debris is
progressing Very rapidly along Main street.
which had been choked from Adams street
to the creek, the piles of debris frequently
20 feet deep. A wide path along which
wagons may move has been cleared to the
'tains of the Hurlbert House. In among
'the wide stretches of mnd, so far from
, buildings and rains that there is little dan-
ijger from sparks, piles of rubbish and bro-
ken boards are being burned. Men stand
.' around to feed them and tend them.
As the looser and lighter material is
cleared away, the huge logs and trees that
gave weight to the moving mass come more
clearly into view. Bodies are come across
singly and in groups, and the work of re
moving them goes painfully and persist
An Excellent Move.
Near where the temporary postoffice has
been established, at the head of Main street,
the Information Bureau has put ont a sign
Michael Dick Guarding the Ruins.
requesting citizens of Johnstown to come
and register, so that the friends may know
that they are still among the living. This
was a very necessary measure, and tends to
reduce the confusion caused by persons hur
rving about making inquiries oi one an
nther. Armed guards stand at the head of Main
street, and at pathways to other important
points, and tnfjse who desire to pass must
show their authority".0 do so.
Work is going on viSorouslr at the Penn
sylvania bridge, and a bFge of boards con
nected with ropes bow spV &e stream and
ca the nDnroaeh toX" with Johns-
town. A rope ferry, with two skiffs as
means of conveyance, carried people over
while it was being constructed. General
Hastings rushed the work on it, and aided
to carry timbers while issuing orders on a
dozen different subjects'.
The Conflagration Yet Raging.
The fire engines are rapidly making head
way against the fire that continues to burn
amid the wreck of the houses swept down
against the Pennsylvania bridge. Trains
filled with provisions arriving by the Penn
sylvania are unloaded here, and the work of
Finding a Body fl a Tree JTear ffineveh.
getting them over to the relief headquarters
goes on with rapidity.
President Moxham said this afternoon
that money was the one thing greatly
needed. "The great object," he said, "is to
pay these men who are at woik here as soon
as possible, and make them feel that they
are again working for themselves. From
the numerous places inquiries have come
to-day we have made this answer: 'We are
receiving provisions and we
Will Need an Abnndnneo
in addition to what we have, in order to
prevent suffeiing, bnt we desire as soon as
possible to get the life of the place moving
as nearly as possible in regular channels. It
is demoralizing to give people food for noth
ing. "We want to pay them cash for their
services, so that they may purchase their
own food and clothing, and thus feel a cer
tain measure of independence.' "
Postmaster Bauraen is gradually getting
his office into working order. A little mail
matter arrived to-day, and it will now be
gin to come in with increasing volume. All
the mail matter that was in the postoffice
when the ocean of water came down was
washed away. There was a considerable
sum in money and stamps in the safe, andit
is expected this will be all right when it is
Incidents of the Disaster
crowd in so thickly that little notice is
taken of them by those who have been here
for a time, bnt they find willing listeners
among the hosts of people who come and go
to see what is left of the once thriving hol
low. Nine whole families are all that are
known to be left undivided by death of the
2,500 people of Woodvale. Individual
members of families are left, but they are
not numerous. One hnndred persons who
were at work in the flour mill there were
saved from an upper story.
The Debris Dampened by Rain.
The rain that has freely descended the
greater part of the day has imparted a
dampness to the debris'1 that is encouraging
to those who greatly fear fire. The rain
ceased falling at about 4:30 o'clock this
evening, and the sky brightened, rendering
the prospect more cheerful than it had been
There is so much hard work ahead and so
many things to be done, and those in charge
are so pushing and enterprising, that people
have taken heart and the work goes ahead
briskly and willingly. The quick offers of
assistance from' outside, and the rapidity
with which food and clothing have been
hurried into the town is a practical assur
ance of universal sympathy that makes
Qhoult at Work
everyone but those overpowered by total
bereavement take fresh courage. The con
Slen Are Brothers Ter,
is brought home to everyone. Eich and
poor had suffered alike. All jn this respect
are on a common footing; all are made to
feel that they must rise or fall together, and
the hopelessness that first disposed the latter
is fast vanishing.
The tones of clocks, that sounded the
hour from two church steeples, have ceased
to sound so much like knells, even though
the dead are lying around in heaps in places
all over town. Every hour the relief, hos
pital, railway and telegraph service is im
proving, and the results of persistent effort
are becoming more and more apparent.
What at first seemed a hopeless task looks
less hopeless, though the work yet tobedone
seems almost incalculable.
Etcd More Horrible Details
are coming in, In consequence of the intense
deprivation. Dogs and hogs are running
everywhere, devouring waste, and in some
cases the bodies of drowned people show
every indication of their preying upon them.
Near Morrellville several unrecognizable
bodies were found close to the banks, .and
utters u& uuiuijus oi some sana were
numerous about the place. There is still
such scarcity of waste food that there is
every reason to believe the horrible stories.
The dogs are seen in droves and find buried
bodies quick, and then they are found by the
General Hastings explained to-day why
the military had not been called out. He
has no authority, he1 says, to order the mili
tiaon duty until the civil authorities have
exhauted the powers of the posse commit
tatus. The crisis, he is assured, has not been
arrived at. The place is well guarded by
citizens sworn in for the purpose. TJntil re
quested by the Chief Burgess, and for the
reasons stated, General Hastings ,
Conld Not Call Oat the Troops,
and though he thinks the Eighteenth and
Fourteenth' Begiments, or part of each,
might have done good service, they do not
seem to be needed. The civil authorities
have appointed Captain Gsgeby, of the
United States Army, to the command of the
police and guards, General Hastings and
Governor Beaver having requested the
President to detail him for that Bervice
Captain Gageby is one of the witnesses
of the flood, having been in his father-id-law's
honse in Main street when the house
next door to it was carried away. The in
mates of the house escaped to the neighbor
ing roof, and from there witnessed the terri
ble destruction.. Captain Gageby volun
teered his assistance yesterday, and had
charge of the guards in the section adjacent
to the lower end of Main street.
Battery B Does Noble Work.
Battery B, of Pittsburg, although ordered
back by Adjutant General Hastings, ren
dered most wonderful aid in rescuing
bodies. About 25 floaters were picked up
by J. P. Fordney, Sergeant Alfred Clark
and Sergeant Doyle. Among those who
were identified were Matthew Fngan, wife
and two children. A purse containing $100
was found on his person. Lish and Chris
Bennett, two brothers, alone rescued 16
bodies, while a man above Nineveh alone
succeeded in landing over 40.
There is nothing in the report that the
number of coffins was too large, and I per
sonally saw two bodies of unidentified ones
placed in single boxes by an inexperienced
undertaker. In cases of small children
this was, perhaps, permissible, but for
grown men and women of no relationship it
brought forth much comment of protest.
The Rnrlty of Human Charity.
The uncharitable and avaricious ones are
still endeavoring to fill their cellars and
houses with provisions and wearing ap
parel. They absolutely do not need them.
Several of these impostors were called down
yesterday, and, guilty as they were, mur
mured about the impartiality shown certain
ones. In many cases at the distributing
agencies riots, or rather big fights, were
averted by the prompt action of the police.
Notices have been posted up in various
Ail men woo refuse to work must go.
Strangers, idlers and honest men will be given
work at good wages. Fair warning.
Signed.1 Citizens Committee.
At Cooperstown, across the river, there
General D. B, Hasting and Coloneljt'orman
3f. Emilh-tiTCharge of Wrecking Creict.
has been no aid rendered at all, and the
people are in great distress. Only to-day
was assistance given Millerstown, for the
first time since the flood.
Mike Conway's saloon, at Morrellville,
was turned into a temporary general store,
and the crowds quickly congregated to pro
cure provisions. There seemed to be a sur
feit of edibles and a most noticeable
Scarcity of Wearing Apparel
for the women. The men v were more liber
ally looked after in this respect.
The German element in many districts are
suffering in their inability to speak English
and make their wants known. The foreign
people are looked upon with suspicion, from
the fact of Hungarians and Swedes commit
ting the atrocions depredations on the bodies
before noted, and the subsequent lynching
party. The "Hun" women appeal to the
outsider for "workee," but there is no sym
pathy shown for them.
Many priests and Sisters of Charity are
here, including the Mother Superior. They
are doing characteristic good work.
A live woman, almost dead, was extract
ed from the debris at the arch bridge. Ono
of her limbs had to be amputated in order
to rescue her. She was taken to the nearest
temporary hospital, but will probably die.
Her name wasn't'learned.
One incident which further proves the
awful suddenness of the swelled inland
sea's rush was the recovery of a negro near
Morrellville who was wedged between two
rafters, sitting on a chair with a banjo in
Pittsburg Most Generous.
Pittsburg has proven herself most gener
ous, both in personal contributions and
help. There are many ministers here, work
ing like machines in the noble object. Bev.
John Fox, of the North Presbyterian
Church, Allegheny, was a very hearty
worker. He himself resoued many bodies.
An engineer of a freight train of the
Pennsylvania Bailroad is reported as say
ing that on the evening of the flood he sat
on his engine, beyond Johnstown, and sud
denly, with one swoop, the whole Cone
maugh river seemed to be bearing down
upon him. He climbed on a large frame
The Cambria Iron Works,
structure which had struck his engine, and
there he saw go down, pell-mell, from 1,000
to 3,000 persons. The houses were abso
lutely black with men and women; with
One lady, who was standing anxiously by
in Johnstown proper watching the workers,
Lost a Fortune and a Family.
"A day or so ago I was worth ?7G,000,
had a loving husband and ten children, but
now I am a poor, hopeless widow, since the
deluge conquered me andmine."
The scenes in and about the morgues are
utterly indescribable. It was here that the
writer met the mo'st convincing proof of the
terrible powers of destruction, andthehorri-
Continued on, Sixth Page.
PITTSBURG, TUESDAY, JTHSTE 4, 1889.
Begun, and the Sad
ALL YERDIGTS ALIKE.
The Deceased Came to Their
Death by Drowning,
BY THE BREAK OF THE DAM
EEOJl A STAJT COBBXSPONDIST.l
JoHNSipwu', June 3. Inquests were
held at Morrellville on dead bodies which
have been identified. 'Squire Ambrose
Gathering Bodies Along the Railroad.
stated that it was possible that some mis
take had been made. The names are:
MISS FISHER, Cambria City. -
MRS. TOCHARSH and child.
GEORGE MTJLLEB. ,
CHRIST ORAIG and child: J ,.
MRS. JOHN POLK.
MISSM.DOLAN,Millvale. ' -
HENRY TRTJMPHEY, Cinder stnt Johns-'
JOHNPOLK-and child. ""
DAVID DECKBON. ,. . Sf
FRANK KELAND. .
EMMA FISHER. -NIEBUSEMSf
LIZZIE KEENER. , ' - i. !f
AUGUST iiUlEKY. -'i "' tf'l:
utiyi. xnuiiii. Vyonemaugnoorougn.
MARYM-PURSE, clerk, JohnstoiJn.
SIXTEEN CHILDREN, unknown.
UNKNOWN WOMAN, with silvecwatcb.
GIRL, TWO BOYS anJBIX CHILDREN, un-
MARY EMS, Cambria City.
GEORGE BOWSER, JjaurelHlU.
CHILD OF CHARLES STRAUS.
AUGUST HINES' WIFE, Fairfield avenue,
UNKNOWN, Altoona man. .
UNKNOWN WOMAN, Altoona.
DEWIS STEWES. N
UNKNOWN WOMAN. . ,
SARAH REESE. ; '
JOHN LAMBRISKY. " '.
H. D. VITNER.
CALIFORNIA TOM DAVia
MRa MARGARETT HARRK. ,
WILLIE. MAGGIE. WINNUS, SARAH and
BELLA MAY STERN.
DAVID D. BEES' WIFE.
The other dead found at Johnstown were
MRa R. R. EDWABDS.
TILLIB BEATMAN, Conemaugh borough.
(The Seatman family, except the father, are
CHAa OSWALD and his two daughters. They
were found near Sheridan station.
Eev. E. W. Jones is missing.
While the inquests were being held at
Morrellville, the little office of 'Squire Am
brose was crowded all day long with anxious
people, listening to the testimony, At
Ninevah inquests were held on 169 bodies.
The coroner's jury is entitled to a fee of
$8 CO in each case.
The verdicts were the same in every case,
being cautiously worded, that the deceased
came to death by drowning, and that the
flood was probably caused by the breaking
of a dam. Israel.
THE IDENTIFIED DEAD,
Latest List of1 the Additional Bodies Recov
ered From tho Rains A Number of
Prominent Names Appear Among
1FEOH A STAPF COEMSP01TDKKT.
Johnstown, June 3. The following
bodies have been identified, in addition to
those already sent:
CATHARINE MYERS, LIZZIE, ANNIE,
STELLA. CHARLIE, JOHN and PHHJJP
JOHN CLARK and family of eight.
EDWARD BEOKLEY. ' ''..
ANN WALKER. - ; -
TWO CHILDREN of Widow Hoffman.
HUFF FAMILY, four in all
SHERIFF JOHN RYAN.
J. M, SHOEMAKER.
A Street Scene in Johnstown.
MRa GREENWALT and child.
MARY and HANORD O'CONNELL.
CHARLES BNORIT and three ohildrenr
J. S. COX, Philadelphia.
GEORGE RANDOLPH, Beaver Falls.
MBS. W. W. JONEa
MRS. JACOB WILD.
CHARLES A. MARSHALL.
MRa A. M. JAMES.
MR LYTLE, Pittsburg.
MRS. M.L, DAVIS.
MRS. JOHN STROM.
MRS. FRANK GALLAHEB.
THOMAS J. MATHEWa '
MRS. MARY D.REEa
MRS. MARY L. DAVIS,
MISS AMELIA ROBE
MRa MARTHA ALEXANDER.
BASE of John Henderson.
MR. ana MRS. JOHN J. ALEXANDER.
MRS. JOHN P. LINTON and daughter.
SADIE BLANK (purse found on her contain
ing 7i cents).
MRS. BUNYON and two children.
DAVID SWEENY, HolHdajsburg.
MRa PATRICK KANE. '
CHARLES MUIR." . t ' ,
i 'SQUIRE EDWARD O'NEtL, wife and two
FRANK DAVIS, SteubenvUle.
B. KETCHLEY, Johnstown Point, also a child
J,A.LITTLE,Sewickley. Body sent home to
At the Relief Train.
FRANK WEEKS, bartender.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY H. G.ROSS, decap
itated. W. K. HUMPHREY,
A BENNHOFE and his son Arthur B., Johns
MRS. D. J. WALDRON.
MRa E. M. PARSONa
MRS. LEACH, mother of the County Superin
tendent of Schools.
MISS MARGARET TRES8.
MISS MOLLIE BURKHART.
MISS MOLLIE JAMES.
FRANK DAVIS, of No. 603 South Fourth
street, SteubenvUle, O.
MRS. ALICE KENN A nee Christy, formerly
MRS. MARGARET STOPHEL.
MRS. MARIA LUCAS, colored.
PATRICK FAGAN, wife and two grown
DR. L. T. BEAM.
JOHN D. BUCHANAN.
MRS. JOHN W.JAME3.
CHARLES BENKE. ' '
MRa GEORGE ALT.
JOSEPH SLICK. r
NO EIOTS rESMBDAT.
There Has Been No Trouble of the Kind
nt Johnstown Lately.
Sensational rumors havo beet published in
Pittsburg to the effect that there were several
riots in Johnstown yesterday. The Dispatch
is positively assured by its staff correspondents
that nothing of the kind occurred.
Tho Cambria to Rebnlld at Once.
rSPECUL TELEOBAM TO THB DISFATCIM
Johnstowk, June 8. The following just re
ceived: 1o H. Dsrllnjrton. President Westmoreland and
Cambria Matural Uas Company;
Cambria officials expected to arrive from Phila
delphia to-day. They have informed their princi
pals here that they will rebuild at once. Good
order being established in all parts of town. Oar
men all oa hand and In good snap.
W. B. Stzxlx, Huperlntendent.
-s. r - ir
A BMW IB.
One Man's Heroic Effort
to Save the Fated
NOBODY IS TO BLAME
Storm After Storm In the
Mountains Made the Catas
A VERITABLE PAUL REVERE
t IFEOJI A STAVT COHBESPONBENT.
South Foek, June 3. The name of the
Hero of South Fork is John G. Parke. He
it was who first saw the danger that threat
ened the entire Conemaugh valley by the
bursting of the dam and took all possible
precautions to prevent a catastrophe.
Early Friday morning Mr. Parke, who Is
a young Philadelphian and an excellent
civil engineer, discovered that the fast
increasing waters of the lake wonld either
have to have an additional outlet immedi
ately or that the dam proper would give
way and swallow up the entire population of
Johnstown and vicinity.
A Desperate Effort.
Hastily securing a force of 30 Italians he
set to work to prepare another sluice, In
half an hour his purpose had been accom
plished, but still the water continued to
Up and up it came at the rate of 6, 7, 8
and 10 inches an hour.
Something had to be done, and that
Souse on the West Penn Tracks.
quickly, too. Giving orders to his men to
cut another outlet, Mr. Parke jumped into
the saddlerandjwith "his horse, stnrtedfet ar
breakneck speed toward the villa below."
Another Paul Rerere.
As he rode he warned the people on every
hand of their danger. Soon hundreds of
families were fleeing to the hills for safety.
Beaching South Fork station he tele
graphed the warning to Johnstown. Two
men there started out upon horsebaok
through the city crying: "The dam; the
dam is about to burst; flee for your lives."
Some heeded the note of alarm to others
it was like the wolf they had heard it be
fore. To-nigh't they either lie amid the still
smoking ruins, in the fetid waters of the
Conemaugh or in the crndely constructed
coffins and rough boxes to be found on every
Nobody Can be Blamed.
I had a conversation with Mr. Parke this
afternoon, just after the gentleman returned
from a walk in to Johnstown and return,
from whence he notified his friends that he
was still in the land of the living.
"No blame can be attached to anyone,"
said he, "for. this greatest of horrors. It
was a calamity that could not be averted.
For several days prior to the bursting of the
dam storm after storm swept o'er the moun
tains and overflowed every ereek and rivu
let. "The waters from these varied sources
gradually flowed into the lake, which
finally was not able to stand the pressure
forced upon ii
An IneTltable Consequence
"On Friday morning I realized the danger
that was threatened, and although from
that time until 3 o'clock every human
effort was made to prevent a flood, they
were all of no avail. When I at last found
that the dam was bound to go, I started out
to tell the people, and by 12 o'clock every
body in the Conemaugh valley knew, or
should have known, of their imminent dan
ger. "Three hours later my gravest fears were
more than realized.
It Simply Moved Away.
"It is an erroneous idea, however, that
the dam burst. It simply moved away.
The water gradually ate into the embank
ment until there was nothing left but a frail
bulwark: of wood. This finally split asun
der, and sent the waters hurling down the
mountain, carrying death and destruction in
their wake." Cohnelly.
A Bridge Swept Awny nt Wllllaraiport and
From SO to SO People Drowned All
That Section of Conntry Dev
astnted by Flood.
ISPICUIi TILEOBAM TO TBI DISPATCH.1
Lewisbueo, Pa., June 3. The flood on
the west branch of the Susquehanna is un
precedented. It is now four feet above the
high water mark of 1863 at this place. Fire
spans of the railroad bridge were swept
away. The gasworks, water works and mills
are flooded out. The losses at this place
will reach ?75,000. Every bridge on the
river from Sunhnry to Clearfield was washed
Williamsport and Lock Haven have been
great sufferers. Both booms and nine
tenths of all the sawed lumber, aggregating
millions, Were lost. Between 50 and 80 peo
ple, who were on the Market street bridge
at Williamsport watching the flood, were
swept away and drowned.
At Milton the water was five feet high in
the street. Every town is isolated 'from
every other. No depots opened, no post
ofiices and but one railroad wire.
A dispatch from Harrisburg says: One of
the messages received by the Governor states
that, according to the report of a postal
clerk named Howley, 600 lives were lost at
Williamsport and many houses were swept
away. There seems to be nothing in the
story, as Mayor Forman in his official re
port says no houses were swept away and
mentions nothing of loss of life.
Major DI&.WAK'Qyf he inhuman Rob
licrs Ono m .oito Been
IFEOM A STATT COBBX3QT h? Jf
Johnstown, June 3. CharlL Dick,
Mayor of Johnstown, is the lion of the day,
and his summary-action in disposing of the
Huns whom he detected in the act of rob
bing dead ones of their valuables was
The Burning Pile of Drift.
heartily commended. It is said that he
shot and killed a- negro to-day down the
river, and also wounded a Hun, for muti
lating the dead. Another case of pluck
was that of Henry Lincoln, a youth of 18,
who caught some human ghouls preying
upon the bodies, for the intrinsic value of
their personal possessions. He, single
handed, with forcible language, defied two
hardy Huns "doing" the bodies, and said if
they dared to present themselves again he
would riddle them with bullets. He even
dared them to speak.
The weather and exposure is especially
hard on delicate women. Charles Dick,
formerly spoken of, lost a wife and six
children, the former being found.
Some Lost Ones Found Alive.
Mayor Dick has been especially energetic
in his action and arduous labor. John Grace
to-day gathered in three women, who were
very scantily dressed and had fallen in the
water away up the stream. They were sup
plied with necessary clothing. Such is the
excitement and frenzied fever of the people
that it is with great difficulty the identifica
tion of victims is perfected.
Many mistakes have been made by
acquaintances and close relations, and in
some cases the names of victims have been
placed on coffins when they still were alive.
In this connection T. Crowley suffered. He
rushed his family to a high place and re
turned to the rescuing scene. His name ap
peared in the list of the lost, causing much
needless anxiety. The recovery of bodies is
progressing as rapidly as could be expected
considering the vastness of the debris which
covers np a whole county.
A Pltisbaro- Man Missing.
Tour correspondent aided in recovering
and identifying the remains ofgknathan T.
Corbin, a commercial man of 12 South
Fourth street, Philadelphia. By his'tlapers
and order books his name and address were
learned. He was one of the ill-fated guests
at the Hurlburt House. Three dollars and
fifty cents and a silver watch and a satchel
were found with him.
A Chronicle Telegraph solicitor was also
a guest' at the Hurlburt House last night,
and nothing has been heardTof him.
The list of lost ones as first published was
conjecturally .abortive, and many hearts are
made joyous by the happy greetings of for
cibly separated families, atui. the utter
impracticabilityjoi an early reunion. Friends
are turning up by scores, and the people,
although appalled, are clinging to the hope
of meeting their friends again. Anxiety
and hope, however, are about on an equal
footing. The list of names so far is admit
tedly incomplete, but- this was due to the
frenzied spirits of the folks interested. They
are unnerved. Kaxne.
SAL0038 ARE-SHUT UP.
Orders Issued That Johnstown Drinking
Place be Kept Closed.
FHOM A STAJT CORKESFOHDEKT.
Johnstown, June 3. Exhausted nature
necessarily follows such an intense strain as
that which the workers here have been sub
jected to, and stimulants are in great
demand. President Moxam, of the Citizens'
Committee, in order to prevent any drunk
enness, notified all the saloons to close to
day. This order was obeyed only partially,
and side doors and "hush shops were coin
Not a te.vr men were seen reeling drunk,
but' these were perhaps those who had every
thing swept away and took drink to arti
ficially lessen their distress. Kaixe.
A MIRACULOUS ESCAPE.
A Lady SO Years Old Found AHro In the
Attle of a Wrecked Honse.
tTBOM A STAFI COBRESrOUMST.
Johnstown, June 3. The mother of
John Fredericks, formerly of Braddock,was
rescued from a building this forenoon. She
is 80 years age and was in the attio of the
house since the disaster of Friday after
noon. The house cad been washed from
Vine street to Union, a distance of 200 feet,
and was there overturned. Dr. J. C. Sheri
dan discovered by some means that she was
there and hurried a number of men to the
spot. They worked with a will and soon
had her out. She was taken to the hospital
on the hill and the physicians there say she
is doing well and will survive the shock.
It was reported late this evening that
another woman had been taken from the
wreck of a building, but the report couldn't
be confirmed. The day's search for surviv
ors and the dead ended this evening with
the finding of six corpses in a bunch at the
Point. The number found up to noon
makes a total of about 2,000, and many
others were found during the afternoon.
The corpses now taken out are being em
balmed. There are about a dozen doctors
here from Pittsburg, and others from La
trobe, Cumberland, Ebensburg and Greens
burg. People from as far West as Chicago are
here to-day looking for friends. The first
people from east of Altoona arrived here
this afternoon. They were newspaper men.
Bepresentatives of the New York Sun and
Harper's Weekly were the first Eastern
reporters on the ground. Three other New
York newspaper men arrived. The latter
drove here from Wheeling. Six newspaper
men got in this afternoon. They drove 105
miles by wayofChambersburg and had to
carry their carriages over many rough
places. There is one man, here from a Chi
cago paper. SrMPsoN.
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Possibilities of Pesti
lence in Pittsburg
After the Flood.
BOIL AND FILTER IT.
Is What Prominent Phys
icians Say of the
VIEWS OF SIGNIFICANCE,
Tending to Show That
RELIEF IS STILL AN ISSUE,
Though Bearer Hesitates
When Eien the Presi
dent Looks to Him.
THE IEGISLATUKE AT HUL
No More Troops lor the Scene of Snflerlnjt
The Washington Infantry Comes Home
Others, Disgusted With Johnstown's
Treatment, Leave Them In the Lurch .
More Thrilling Stories Bishop Pholao's
Very Interesting Statement IlotT the
Fnnds Aro Becelred and Disbursed by
Treasurer Thompson A Boat Sent Up
the Allegheny to Clear Away Objection'
The end is not yet. Pittsburg, with her
thousands of lives, is threatened. There isj
a real possibility here of epidemic disease
or pestilence. It seems that it was not
enonph that water and fire should sweep
fronrHe face of the earth thousands of
huma&fbeings and millions of wealth.
ThetffiT destroyed now threaten to
be "Sbo destroyers. Their bodies
Jie ia unnatural graves all along the sources'
oi ajiegneuynveiv Ana greater- 2ere;i
be sure, have been cast on sbre, and are
now being buried; but myriads are still in
deep pools, lodged in driftwood, buried in
the sand, and who knows but many are
lying, even now, near the Brilliant station
water works, our source ef supply?
To add to this, for each body that has
been washed away can be reckoned, if not
counted, almost equally numberless cess
pools, vaults and untold sources of disease.
The mountain sides have also been swept of
dangerous, disease-breeding carcasses of
Pittsburg has no other source of wate
supply but these same washings from the
Fears of Epidemic
Everybody here begins to be afraid of an
epidemic. The question is, what shall we
do to prevent harm from drinking the water?
Is there a possibility of an epidemic, and
how long before the water will be pure?
The Dispatch desires in this connec
tion merely to give the news and to quote
from men qualified to speak. The corn
mittee at Johnstown have telegraphed to
Washington for a sanitary corps, and the
State Board of Health were prompt in an
ticipating the danger by telegraphing or
ders for a posse to commence clearing the
To ascertain just what cause there was
for alarm, or the reverse, The Dispatch
last night interviewed several professional
gentlemen best posted on sanitary affairs.
With all there was grave fear of the possi
bilities; but, from a study of the situation,
exprers the opinion that the outlook is fa
vorable to an escape from an epidemic, bfit
The Next Ten Days Will Tell.
Colonel T. P. Boberts, Chief Engineer of
the Monongahela Navigation Company, has
made a study of water supply, and last week
read a paper before the State Sanitary Con
vention on "The Future of Our Elver as
Sources of Water Supply." In 1679 he' in
vestigated the cause of epidemic in tho
Southside, and made a report to the city
Board of Health. When seen by a Dis
patch reporter last night, he said:
"I think the action of the State Board of
Health was very wise in arranging to have
a steamer and crew go up the Allegheny
river to break up the drift piles, and re
move the bodies of men and animals from
beneath them. There would, of course, be
great danger to the public health from the
putrefaction of so much material. But I
am inclined to think that the worst danger
to health from the river water is past.
"It is no doubt true that there were hun
dreds of cess-pools in Johnstown and vicin
ity which were scoured out and their con
tents mixed with the river floods. The ma
terial from such sources is far more to be
dreaded than anything else in the form of a
contamination. The wrecked buildings,
etc., from Johnstown passed this city chiefly
between the hours of 9 A. M. and 3 p. m.
last Saturday,, and of course it was during
those hours that the material contributed
from the vaults also passed.
The Tery Wont Yet.
"In all my experience and observation of
the rivers here I never knew them to be so,
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