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'SUNDAY JUNE 2, 1889.
THE PITTSBURG "DISPATCH,
From Testeraay's 3-P. E Edition.
EEYEALED TO SIGHT.
The Morning Scenes in the Vicinity of
the Great Disaster.
TYOEE OF THE FIERY ELEMENT.
The Flames Add to the Horrors of the
PITIFUL STORIES OF THE EESCUED
rTBOM A STJLTF COItKESPONDEKT.
Debet, JuneL 2:30 p.m. The half about
the awful flood and loss of life at Johnstown
has not been told; indeed, one cannot exag
gerate the glare of the scene, and the Blow
subsiding of the water bring to light scenes
most horrible. It is estimated by reliable
railroad men engaged in the work of pull
ing out dead bodies that not less than
6,000 people have perished. Of all the
fearful occurrences the most terrible was the
fire in which Supervisor Hayes, of the
Pennsylvania road, estimated that from
1,000 to 2,000 unfortunate beings were
burned to death. The sight was so heart
rending that brave men turned pale and
sickened. Over 300 frame houses were
jammed together in a heap, 10 feet high,
against the massive viaduct of the Pennsyl
vania road. At Johnstown all thehouses were
destroyed and the majoriiy of the inmates
were crushed to death before the terrible
Are began. Men, women and children,
with their limbs pinioned between the
timbers, their life blood slowly ebbing
away, begged piteously for relief. One un
fortunate woman asked a man on the
bank for God's sake to cut her
legs o A man was caught
by the arm and he pleaded piteously
for a knife to sever the member. Others
were literally all smashed and squeezed to
death beneath the grinding timbers and
surging waters, some were pressed deep into
the water, and the flood soon ended their
misery. But to add to the horror of this
scene, a fire broke out in the mass of timbers
and no bodyescaped. .Flames soon devoured
the people, and nothing now remains but
the charred and scattered remains floating
somewhere on the water. Supervisor Hays
stood on the bank watching the fire, Dower
less to render the victims any assistance.
The cries of suffering and pain only doubled
the horror of the great disaster. Long
after dark the flames of fire shot
high above the burning mass of lumber.
lighting up the vast flood of rushing waters
on all sides. "The city of Johnstown is an
nihilated," said Supervisor Hayes. "I
have jnst come from there, and there is
scarcely a frame house left in the town.
There is only one frame bouse standing
in Cambria City. Every house is said
to have been washed away in
Conemaugh and Horrellville. These cir
cumstances are reported all along the river
between the Allegheny river and Johns
town. Bead bodies are being picked up.
The train master, E. Pitcairn, has been
working manfully pulling out dead bodies
at Nineva'h. In a 10 acre field 75
bodies were taken out within a half mile of j
each of other. Of this number only five
were men the balance were women and
children. Many beautiful young girls, re
fined in feaUrrts'&nd handsomelr dressed.
vwere found fhd women and young mothers
wiuivse-nair matteu with roots and leaves
are constantly being removed. The wreck
ing crew who took out these bodies
are confident that ISO bodies are lying
buried in the sand and under the debris.
SOME PEIGHTFUI. DISCOVEBIES.
On those lowlying bottom-lands some of the
bodies were horribly mangled and the
features twisted and contorted as if
they died in the most excruciating
agony, and others are found lying in
stretched out with calm faces. Many a
tear was dropped by the men as they worked
away removing the bodies. An old lady
with fine gray hair was picked up alive,
although every bone in her body was
Judging from the number of women and
children found in the swamps of Nineah
the female portion of the population suffered
Mr. O'Connor was at Sanghollow when
the flood began. He remained there through
the afternoon and night, and he .states
that there was a fatal tree on an
island, against which a number of
floaters were dashed and instantly killed.
Their bodies were almost tied in a knot,'
doubled over the tree by the force of the
current. Mr. O'Connor states that the first
man who came down had his brains knocked
cut against this obstruction. In fact, those
who hit the tree met the same fate and were
instantly killed under the pile of driftwood
He could give no estimate of the num-
"berlostat this pojnt, but he makes the
saw such an awful spectacle. In this city
the poor people in the raging
flood cried out in tremor for aid
that never came. Gladly would the
brave men standing upon the banks have
helped them out, but this was impossible.
More than one brave man risked his life in
trying to save those in the flood.
Every hour details of some heroic action
floaters displayed remarkable courage
and gave their chances for rescue to
friends with them. Sons stood back
for mothers, and were lost, while the pa
Tents were taken out. Many a dear boy
went down to a watery grave that a sister or
father might be saved. Such instances oi
elf sacrifice in the face of fearful danger
were numerous and it shows con
clusively that the herpes are not
all dead. TJp to the present hour
itis reliably reported that in the lower
part of Johnstown the only buildings stand
ing are the companj store, the big brick
schoolhousc and Dowell's residence. The
frame houses have disappeared and nothing
remains but the stone foundations or a piece
The following facts are authentic
and were lurnished by E. Pit
cairn and the Messrs. Berry, of
the wrecking crew, who were on the ground
and sa-r the scenes. People can estimate
tb; loree of the water when it carried heavy
""locomotives down the mountain side and
turned them upside down on their backs,
where they are now lying. Long trains of
cars have been derailed and carried great
distances from the railroad. The first
sight that greeted the men at
.Xineveh this morning was a beautiful J
Drunette lying crushed and mangled under
the pondrous wheels of a gondola car. Her
clothes were torn into shreds and the body
was stark naked. Dr. Berry said be never
saw such intense pain pictured on a face be
fore. The heavy car was resting on the
lower limbs, and her life must
have soon been canshed out The poorgirl's
features were refined, and her gentle appear
ance indicated that she came from a wealthy
family. At this time of writing, it is
impossible to secure ' any names.
HUNDREDS OF DISTRESSING STORIES.
Every person one meets along the road
has coma horrible tale of 'drowned
and dead bodies recovered. The scenes
along the railroad between Deny and Johns
town are indescribable. Everybody is ex
cited and the farmers can be seen at the
railroad crossings discussing the situation.
Belief commissions are b;ing formed and
moving toward the stricken city, but they
cannot get any further than Sang Hollow.
The wires are still down, though the "West
ern Union are making a desperate effort to
get to work.
One thousand people or more were buried
and crushed in the great fire. The flats be
low Conemaugh are full of cars with many
dead bodies lying under them. At Sang
Hollow a man named Duncan sat on
the roof of a house and saw his father and
mother die in the attic below him. The
poor fellow was powerless, to help, and he
stood there ringing his hands and tearing
his hair. A man was seen clinging to a
tree, covered with blood. He was lost with
the others. Israel.
Twentj-NIne on a Floating Island All Lou
A Little Gives Box War for Hli
Mother to Grasp the Rope
Scenes that Brought Many
a DIanly Tear.
trEOH X. STAJT CORBERFOHDIXT..J
DEBBE, June 1 2J50 P. M.
Incidents can be collected by the score.
Every person met has some new and horri
ble detail to relate. Eeporters are scurry
ing back and forth between the telegraph
offices on engines, wreck trains and the few
passenger trains running. Many of the
boys have been up all night. The sights
are so sickening and horrifying that none
but the strongest men can stand it to see
A short time ago the bodies of three men
and a woman were picked up above Cone
maugh furnace. Two dead girls were found
between Nineveh and New Flor
ence yesterday. J. D. Berry counted
29 fearful people floating past Nine
veh on what to him looked like
a big island, but was probably a large raft.
No word has been received from any of
An old man, with long gray beard, and a
babe in his arms, was seen floating by. Pol
lowing him came a "beautiful girl with
her long hair hanging down her back.
She was standing on a small
raft. "When she saw the men on the shore
she threw out her arms and screamed for
help. In her excitement she lost her bal
ance and disappeared beneath the flood
with long, loud shrieks of dispair. It is
such scenes that the people and railroaders
have been seeing along the banks of the
A PATHETIC APPEAL.
At Lacolle, during the night, the wreck
ing crew beard children crying in the brush
in the neighborhood. The brave fellows
waded into the mud and water as far as they
dared; but, in the darkness, they could
not be rescued. The poor little things
were too far out in the stream, and it won't
be long tefore some kind person will pull
their tiny bodies out of the mud and return
them to their homes, if they can be identi
fied. All through the night, anywhere
along the Conemaugh, people listening
on the railroad could hear floaters
moaning and crying, and occasionally some
one could be heard singing or praying. Be
low were the roaring waters, and the voices
mingling with the noise or the flood struck
terror into more than one heart.
Foreman "Wyand saved a mother and
child at Lacolle. This man saw 18
people die in one spot together at this place.
The flood sucked them under and they were
A young boy just from school took a rope
and swam out into the stream at Johnstown.
He succeeded in saving a mother and her
daughter. Twice he entered the flood with
his rope, and each time was rewarded. The
railroad officials are so well pleased with
the young fellow that they intend to look
The wrecking crew found little infants
torn to pieces. The limbs were severed from
the body in some cases, and many of them
looked as if they had been put through a
A mother and her little son were floating
past Sang Hollow. A rope was thrown out
to them; but there was a chance for only one
of them to be saved. The little boyg'rabbed
the rope; but he turned to his mother and
gave it to iter. The woman was
pulled through the water to the
banks to see her son disappear
around a bend in the river. Fortunately,
he too was,rescued at New Florence, and
mother and son were rcnnited.
ANOTHER BOX'S HEROISM.
A mother, son and daughter were float
ing down on a raft. A rope was held out,
and the boy caught it; but when
he saw his mother and sister behind him
he let go. They drifted down below Boli
var, where they were stopped by a tree in
the stream. In a few minutes the county
bridge, a short distance above, was swept
away. The structure swooped down upon
them and killed the three outright.
In some places when the water subsided
there were so many bodies collected that
the ground looked like a great battlefield.
Just below Nineveh, John Hesker was
rescued. He lost his wife and five children.
The wrecking train picked him up along
the road, and gats him something to eat.
He tried to swallow the food,
but he could not. He said that his
home was about the last one
in Cambria City to be carried away. There
he said there was not a building left except
a row on the hill.
The lumber dams in the mountains were
broken and the mass of stuff in the swift
current acted like a battering ram. The
force of boards raised many of the frame,
structures almost in an instant.
This morning some of the wrecking
men waded into the mud and drew
out from a clump of bushes a
young mother about 20 years old.
Her arms were clasped tight on her breast,
as it she had been clutching a babe; but
God only knows where that baby's body is
S. H. Thompson, trainmaster at Pitts
burg, during the night walked from Blairs
ville to Bolivar. He heard repeated cries
for help; but alas! no mortal ,man could
help the suffering and dying.
Steve Glacis was rescued at Nineveh.
His wife and three children were drowned.
More than once during the night men
ventured among the thick bnshes and the
meadow grass, seeking for people. They
were guided by the cries; but very few were
saved. The men had to turn back. Steve
Glucis' wife and three children were asleep
when the flood came. In an instant the
house was turned up, and they were gone.
FB0M 5,000 TO 6,000.
'The Estimated Number of Deaths at 3
O'CIock Sntnrday Afternoon Indie-
nation. Expressed Against the
Owners of the Inke.
rTBOM A STAIT C0EBXSP02TO8ST.
Debet, June 1. Some of the latest re
ports from Johnstown say that seven houses
are still standing, but the chances are that
hardly one is there. TJp to this writing it
is estimated that 6,000 people were lost, and
that Johnstown, Conemaugh, Horrellville,
and the other suburban towns have been
washed from the face of the earth.
The region above Johnstown is yet to be
heard.from, but in the mountains the same
scenes of desolation are reported. Colonel
TJnger is at Sonth Pork, but nobody seems
to know anything about him. J. T. Delo
sier, an engineer, was at Sang Hollow all
day Friday and during the night. He left
there at 9 o'clock this morning. About
320 this morning, he says, the mass of
houses at the bridge was still burning. The
brave men rescued from the burning build
ings about 300 people, all that could be
located by tneir cries.
This morning Mr. Dolosier pulled the.
bodies of four women and one man out of
the sand at Sang Hollow. He also found
near the same place the body of an old lady
and a young girl about 18 years old. He
also helped to rescue, Friday afternoon, 12
people between the two towns. At Sang
Hollow Mr. Delosier counted 85 persons
floating by. The last he saw last night was
a father, mother and three children drowned.
They were on a roof, when a mass of drift
wood struck them and carried them under.
Two 'forms appeared for a moment clinging
to the roof, when they sank to the bottom.
Mr. Delosier thinks that 5,000 people were
drowned and killed. He estimates the
depth of the water at 40 feet
Great indignation is felt against the
stockholders of the South Fork lake. When
the dam was first made people protested
against its construction; to csnfinea body of
water one mile wide, four miles long and 60
feet deep is no easy task, and fears have
often been expressed that such a catastrophe
would happen some day. It is even as
serted that an attempt will be made to com
pel the stockholders to foot the damages,
and it this should be done they will be
Mr. E. Pitcairn. with his wreckine crew. .
is busy-engaged collecting the bodies. TJp.
to this time he Has gatnerea to ooaies. mi.
Pitcairn expects the people of Pittsburg to
furnish the coffins. Nothing can be ob
tained in Johnstown. ,
Every local train coming this way is
full of anxious people bound for Johnstown,
questions are numerous, but little definite
information can be given..
horsfokd's acid phosphate,
A Nerve Food and Tonic
The most effective yet discovered.
Just received from the Anheuser Busch
St Louis Brewery, a large supply of their
celebrated Bud weiser Beer, in both quarts
and pints. For sale at G. "W. Schmidt's,
Nos. 95 and 97 Fifth ave., city.
You will find the most complete line of
imported cigars at wm. J. Friday's, 633
Dress Goods! Dress Goods!
Immense bargains in embroidered robes,
combination suits, French cashmeres, serges,
henriettas, challis, mohairs and plaids, at
H. J. Lynch's, 438 and 440 Market street
Diamonds at a bargain. A few more
left at the Jewelry Bazaar of Henry Terhey
den, 530 Smithfield st Mffsa
Great "Western GunWorks removed to
706 Smithfield street
Royal Worcester Exhibition.
The largest collection of Bbyitl 'Worcester
and Doulton Pottery ever shown by any
-single retail house in the United States is
now on exhibition at E. P. Bpberts & Sons'
storey corner Fifth avenue and Market
street. They show a multitude of new
shapes and decorations, with all the beauty
and grace this ware is celebrated for. frosu
A Gold Mine,
Histed, the famous young photographer,
has found a gold mine in the photograph
business. Everybody goes to him for fine
photos. E. Histed,
Popular Gallery, 41 Fifth ave.
All the leading champagnes, both foreign
and domestic, for sale by "Win. J. Friday,
633, Smithfield street. , "Wf Sn
Sundav Afternoon and Night
1 JOJE 2.
BENEFIT OF THE
Chapman A Seller's Co. in Bartley Cimpbell's
mHE IMPERIAL CLOT'S '
BUMMER NIGHT RECEPTION
Will he held at Imperial Hall, corner of Sev
enth avenue and New Grant street, next Thurs
day night, June 6, and every Thursday night, as
usual, during the summer season. This is the
coolest place in the city, and the dances are
well attended. You are invited. Admission 60c.
Music by the Mozart and Royal Italian Or
MRS. MATTIEP. KREKEL,of Kansas City,
will deliver a tree lecture to-night at Imperial
Hall, cor. Seventh ave. and New Grant street.
Mrs. Krekel Is the widow of the late Judge
Arnold Krekel and is widely known as one of
the most brilliant lecturers of the day, je2-72
THE IMPERIAL CLUB WILL GIVE A
series of picnics during the summer season
AT WINDSOR PARK
On Saturday afternoon and evening, com
mencing Saturday, June 8.
Invitations can be bad by calling; at the hall,
corner Seventh avenue and New Grant street.
Music by the Mozart and Royal Italian Or
chestras. . je2-73
TO EUROPE ALL THE POPULAR
steamers sailing this and next month are
rapidly filling tip. Apply for berths without
delay. Tickets, drafts and letters of credit at
N. Y. rates. MAX SCHAMBERG & CO., 527
Smithfield st myll-wsu
Fair white hands.
- Soft healthful skin.
'PEARS' TUB tori English
GUSK Y'S .-. GREAT .
GIVEN AWAY FREE WITH EVERY PURCHASE
MAN'S SUIT, TO THE AMOUNT OF $10
A ticket entitling the bearer to admittance to-any Championship Ball Game played
OUR STEADY AIM IS TO SATISFY BUYERS,
- . ,
Not only by alluring bargains, but by the satisfaction that comes in goods that wear and stand the tests of actual use. We aim to satisfy all classes
of buyers and our stock theref ore includes the variety of grades which have correspondingly varied prices. We desire to be known for cheapness,
but we handle no cheap goods; that is to say we-give, eyen in lowest priced grades, the very best article the markets offer for the money. No firm in
the whole of the United States undersells us on reliable goods no firm in this city can or does sell at as low prices as we do. Our reputation for
being the people's favorite dealers in Western Pennsylvania is world-wide, hence the anxiety of all the leading manufacturers to obtain our orders.
Altho' we are a full quarter of a century old yet we have no old time methods of doing business, save and' except that of adhering strictly to old time
We have brought our long business experience and knowledge of local tastes to the selection of the vast stock and assortment of goods we offer
and with a result which we know will be as gratifying to our customers as to ourselves. The extent of our stock is 'so great and the variety offered
in styles and materials is so wide that we think we can satisfy every intending purchaser.
In Dress Suits we are-showing the finest line of new styles' in the market.
In Business Suits nothing can equal our' bargains. Come to us for fit, style, quality and
We have seasonable bargains in Furnishing Goods and we save dollars to every customer. - '. ,
You should bring your Boys for serviceable and elegant Suits, for we are giving just what mothers" most desire for
appearance and service at wonderfully low prices. v
In Shirks we have everything in the variouslines, all marked down to bed-rock figures.
One of the great features of- our store is our extraordinarily large stock df Hats of all kinds. " ,
Our store is undoubtedly the best place in the city to buy any kind of Footwear. ,
In Men's and Boys' Pants and "Working Suits we're offering irresistible inducements.
IN EVERY CASE DO WE GIVE THE GREATEST POSSIBLE VALUE FOR THE LOWEST POSSIBLE PRICE,
Guaranteeing everything purchased in our store not only to give the greatest possible satisfaction but also to be fully
qent lower in price than same quality goods are obtainable elsewhere for, and we stand ready at all times to refund
expended on all purchases not provingsatisfactory. .
COMMENCING MONDAY, JUNE 8,
EVERY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT.
The great melodrama,
Streets of If ew.York.
GREATEST FIRE SCENE
Next week N. S. WOOD. jel-61
Arrived at Last,
over p. R. a,
THE GREAT CENTENNIAL MIRROR,
THE LARGEST IN THE WORLD.
Took First Prize at Philadelphia Centennial
Band Box Cafe,
25 UNION STREET,
my25-78 PITTSBURG. PA
PITTSBURG CLUB THEATER!
THURSDAY EVENING, JUNE 6, 'SB.
. SONG RECITAL,
to he given by
MR. CHAS. DAVIS CARTER
AND HIS ADVANCED PUPILS.
To be assisted by the Orpheus Male Chorns,
20 Voices, the Haydn Quartet and Mr. Beve
ridge Webster. Pianist
TICKETS, ONE DOLLAR.
For sale at all music stores. Je2-ll
LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES.
Only Three Games until June 19.
MONDAY, JUNE 3, TUESDAY, JUNE 4,
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5.
Games at 4 p. m. Admission, 60 Cents,
Train Irom Union Depot at 3.40 P. if.
Something Nver Before Heard of. A Full Division, of all Profits for the
; ' - Month of June.
To every purchaser on time or for cash, Of all sums,of S25 00 and upward, a monthly commutation
ticket to all points not exceeding 6 miles from the city;' on all cars crossing the Sixth Street Bridge, a 50 Trip
Ticket, This includes Union Line Cars, crossing both Point Bridges. A 50 Trip Book, on Citizens' Traction
Railway, Penn avenue, good on both branches beyond the forks of the road. On Pittsburg Traction Railway,
Fifth avenue, a 50 Trip Book. On Central Passenger Railway, "VVylie avenue, a 100 Trip Book, and on all
lines not. issuing Trip Tickets or Books we will give a discount in proportion to a 50 Trip Ticket
All carpets sold during the month will be Made and Laid FREE OF CHARGE. Now to all CASH
PURCHASERS other than Carpets, not wishing to purchase to the above amount, we will give a 20 Per
Cent Reduction. And to all time purchasers, not including carpets and less than the amount above stated,
we will give a discount of 10 Per Cent.
While every one is complaining about business being dull, we are as busy as bees, simply because' tfie
public appreciate our manner of doing business and patronize us. 'A saving, to themselves of one-half the
profit, besides getting good reliable goods. . - . -
Whoever Heard of such
But such shall be our offer for
Let Those who Desire GENUINE BARGAINS Take Heed. Our Stock
of BEDROOM FURNITURE was Never so Complete. Suits
Ranging in Price from $22 to $250. Every
Our Parlor Furniture Department is Brimful of the Choicest Designs in Art Work, made, remember,
by us. Every Piece of Furniture Turned Out of this Department is OUR OWN MAKE and warranted. More
than ioo Different Styles of coverings to Select from. In this Department, also, is the Largest Selection of Fancy
Wood and Marble Top Tables to be seen in any two houses in the city. Odd Pieces of Parlor Goods ia
Every Variety and Style. Parlor Suits in. Hair Cloth and Plushes from $35 to $300.
THE HANDSOMEST CARPET. DEPARTMENT
In Pittsburg, Showing an Endless Variety of Moquettes, Velvets, B"ody and Tapestry Brussels, Extra Super
and Extra Super C. C, Ingrains art Squares, Daghastan, Moquette, Velvet, Tapestryand Smyrna Rugs and
Mats, Oil Cloths and Linoleums in Every Quality, together with the Rare Bargains Offered by us. ' We have
made a Heavy Reduction on all Lace, Chenille, Turcoman and Silk Curtains. Genuine Irish Point Lace
Curtains for $6 50 Per Pajir, a Rare Bargain in itself seldom offered. We must have trade in this Depart
ment, come what wilL If would-be Competitors do not wish to get hurt let them stand from under. The
Largest Line of Springs and'Mattresses carried by any house here to select from. Too much attention can
not be given this Department '
Our Stoves and Ranges are made by such well-known firms as Graff, Hugus & Co., and Bradley & Co.,
and Bissell. Can anyone dispute the reliability of either of the above named firms? We think not. Re
member we give a positive guarantee that they are exceptionally good bakers.
OUR SUMMER SPECIALTIES are ICE CHESTS, from f 4 to $28, and REFRIGERATORS, from
From 5 to 45. The bargains in this Department must be seen to be appreciated. We carry the Finest
Line of Baby Carriages in the city. Competitors are out of the race. Our Davis "New High Arm" Vertical
Feed Sewing Machine is not peddled from door to door. It sells on its merits. The public have us to thank
for the breaking up of the"pernicious habit of hawking machines from door to door, and being annoyed by
persistent machine peddlers. We have the best machine in the world and stand ready to back our assertion
for any amount against any machine the country produces. Just think what a 20 Per Cent Re duction on a
Sewing Machine amounts to; quite a profit is it not?
Remember the Bargain Makers. Original'Pioneers of Low Prices.
Take your choice and buy for CASH or CREDIT. You get a bargain fust the same. All treated alike.
HOPPER BROS. & CO.,
. 307 "WOOD STHEIET.- 307.
Remember that all the Above Bargains Hold Good only for Purchases During
the Month of June.
an. Offer Before.
Dividing Its Profits with the Public.
the month of June.
- . STORE
at Recreation ' Park this season.
low price.. ,
of a Business House
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