Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, June 07, 1889, Image 1

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i" jt All -the details of the Johnstown Disaster,
5 . which is furnished by a large staff of oom-
petcnt correspondents located at
Opened to More Than
Fifty Per Cent of the Population of Six Thriving Boroughs
.Johnstown, June 6. The work of the
bureau of registration is growing smaller
and smaller daily. The returns of the
names of the survivors are coming in very
slowly, and the clerks in charge say they
are nearly all in
Chief of the Bureau, H. McConaghey,
said to-day that so far they have heard from
15,000 persons as living. This is only
one-half of the population of the six
boroughs, according to the census taken a
few months ago. This with the corpses al
ready recovered would make the 17,000 or
more spoken of as accounted for.
As time goes on and the work of clear
ing away the debris continue, it is gener
ally conceded that the number of bodies
which will never be recovered will probably
reach into the thousands. To-day parts of
bodies have been found, but who they be
longed to, or what they were, could only be
It is not fair to presume that the people
wno have not registered their names are
drowned. A great many of the survivors
have left town, and did not have a chance
to register. Others have gone to the houses
of friends away back in the country, and do
not wish to come to the various registration
districts. The returns of to-day represent
about 3,000 people, and appended are the
names of those registering:
Anderson John S
Ames LewlB and wife
Adams II O
Abler I,
Abler William J
Adams byl
Arorttrlne 4
Allen MlcbaelS
Alters Dr F 4
Arks H 7
Abler AS
Borer Tm and wife
JlrsDad OW
Kits Airs M 3
JMam Frank
IlAh&nan Jonn 3
month Eph 8
Dram Ira
fttirhanan H&rr2
Kenlbrd J H and rsmlly
'Weir David and famtlyJJraUy JIrs John & family
lttkner'Wm& family JJurdllHIohn -
1(0 were H 6 Harry James
Jiates F4 BaerBavI,
Eser Isaiaa Barnes Charles
Baer Ira Bates George
Brltton Mr Barley Mr 3
JtranntnAJ Barley Joseph 4
Barry E A Benson Mrs Jnlla S
Brumbaugh LBandwueBenson Thomas 6
Bnrman J erome 4
Beard Thomas 3
Baxter John B 2
Blner Arch
Bowers Amos 7
Bel tl William 2
Brown James 2
Brown H 4
Boecher Fred
Behmlt and family
Bachler H
Ball Alex 312
Confer Daniel 2
Closson DOS
Clark Thomas S
Campbell Mrs MC
Cohen A and family
Cope W W and family
Cash James
Cash John
Cush Patrick
Cush James
CUban Macule
Campbell J as and family
Carthew Grace
Carel Alex
Cash Thomas
Carvill 7
Cash John
Cash Thomas and family
Carney i'ranV
Carney James and wife Conners James 5
Colbert J 4
Crawford 0
Corner M J
Coffin Jobn and family
Crown Thomas 3
Colbert G 4
Condon J C
Croyd John 6
Cooneys J T 7
Cronln Mrs D 5
Cooper J 7
Callahan John
Donaldson 1
Edwards Henry 4
Easterbrook Alfred 6
1 (triage Edward
Effly George 6
Edwards reward
Emerson G
Emerson D
Edwards Miss Home
Elchensehr 9
Donaldson J W
Edwards JDS
EldHdge Elmer
Effley Lewis 4
Eckel John and wife
Edwards Uattle
Edgar Daniel and wife
Emerson Jessie
Emerson Abe
Evans Miss
Edwards Minnie
Ford OS
Frank OAS
Ferguson WH8
Frank Qalg
Fisher James
Elsher fi
Ford William 9
Fisher Ed
Fltzzlmmermans A3
Flannapran Dom
Felix Homer 6
Fernley George t
Fisher Harry
Flaherty Edward 4
i oisom juiss Bene
Grlmsley Mrs
Golde Conrad 2
Good G B 4
Griffith DaTid 6
Gcrbart Wm 7
Onty Wm and wife
'' GoreThos and wife
Gallagher Mrs Mag 4
Gallagher Mrs B 2
Griffith Evan
Goan Ben
Grogan Davis 1
Gore B W and family
Gastontldy Tony
Hoffman G family
Gochan DaTid
Glass Adam
Gregorys B6
Griffith John 7
Googhmonr H 8 6
Gallagher Mrs Sarah 8
Griffith Hannah
Gerhart Conrad 1
Gong Wm 4
Gray W m 8
Glace Fred K 2
Golde Mrs til
Hawks Kate
Hawks Eebekah
iuitm omi
Hawthorne Wm family Hanslr Mrs family
Herbert Mrs M
Hras Thoa
Halleran Thot 8
Hannen Mrs John 3
Hoffman babe S
-iHarrigan JTS
Hone Mrs 3
Horn John family
Hummel Mrs 31
tHawkins Wm 5
Howard LG 12
Haws Bobt
Hannaben Mrs 6
Hohen Fred
Hltand Mrs 1
Uoten WllllamS
HoganF P
Hoffman Edith
Holland Francis 6
Harshburger fcamael S
Jllckel John 2
Hays Tn os
Hannen John 4
Herrlnrton Mrs B 4
Helsel U alter
HappeWH family
Hamelton Jas
Harris Harry7
Hershberker J
Hamilton H
Herdman K
Henderson Maggie 3
Uartman J 7
Hlgson John 7
Hohn Albert
Horner H F and family
Honpt Edith
Hunter J HS
Hoove T J
Hutchison L C
Harris Albert
Harding H 4
Harford Ed ward
tussaocrgKi xr ai j
Hoffman C H ft
Hobbs Charles 6
JarFM James Wm
James Ben D JonesJliS
Jones Morris and family James I) W and family
James James Jones John E 7
Johns Stein Jenkins JobnT
Jenkins Kate D Jenkins Jos 8
Jenkins David 3 Jones John S
.Tlllrn Cath 3
Jones Thos J 7
Jackson Wm
Johns John and family
Jones Enoch 7
Klpp August 4
KelferJ W
" KisnerJCS
X. .
Kerr is James
.,7arson Anrnst
pI,ongJon7 ,
Ix)ngPaJnnel 4
JLavertr S
iLjsettJohn and family ,Llsi J amis 4
0J.elrhJohn 4
lEewls Mrs A 8
Lewis Miss M
Llff Fred 2
Lloyd B
"S Lewis Jennie
, "SfLewMKate
SLewls Carrie
ld imuiin
the scene.
Thirty Thousand People,
nair ot wnom
Mondaetrlndy Michael Jlnllln Fatrick St faa
MurphvRose Martin Jas
McKce Sheridan Murray Frank J
McDoaldJBS McOoloyne 10
McOlnnlsi McCaneJohnS
McCune Kobert 4 McGulre
McDcrmltt Mary & Alice McCoy Augustine t
McHenry Wm E McCabe Thomas
McCune Mrs Ann
1 11!-1
(TDonnell Sirs 5 O'Brien John 3
O'Donnell F Oakes Eira 5
O'Brien Morgan O' Brlen Bridget
O'Brien Mary O'Donnell Hannan t
O'Donnell Jotin 4 OwCntMoahS
O'Grady Kobert 6 O'Toole Mrs T 12
Overholtz John Ott Edward 4
Overdorf 8 Ortenan James
Owens Daniel Oglavle Thomas
O'Connor US Otto S 5
FfroesAnd4 Fershtng Ber J H 8
Prltchard Paul J B 7
Parsons Dan Fentz J W 2
Prlngd Paul 3 People Aug
Pringle Mrs K 4 Pfefi 4
Patterson Marshall 4 Price Man d
Price Conrad Parks Chas 3
Pershing Mrs Mc PfroerMrsS
Palmer J H
EocsGeo7 Evan M. 5 .
Rosenbanm Jno 4 Khlnbolt Jno 8
Eager Jas KUeyB U
Btevens Tobias and wife StraweWH4
btaekhouse Dr J Splnger John 7
beymore Wm S bharkey John 4
Schwann J E bhuey M E 10
binilhUeoS 8tCUlrBT3
Stewart John Stewart Wm
btrong Andrew 2 bterns Wm
btulzman Geo Sweeney Thos
Saylor Geo Strayer Emannel
Stanton G Smith John S 3
Smith John Sloan Margaret 7
bloane Philip 8 Swank M I
Bcnlly Cha j Schaffer W T 5
Tate APS Thomas WH2
Thomas G J and wife Thomas Sarah
Thomas and family 1 omb Dr
Toner John Toms Mrr
TrevenlanW'm 3nomleyEobt
WUburDr4 Wonderly Ed 11
Wright and wire WrlzhtJO
Weir Mrs E M 1 Wel J C and wife
Weir J P and wife Warren Samnel9
Willowar Mrs Isabel 2 Wise Ed
Wert Geo 5 Watcher John 7
Walters Wm Walters Kato
Wilson fiobt E . Wldtnan Mrs M
WUuelmGeo W llhelm Adam 3
M Isc Adam 7 Wild August 7
Way John and family Watlzy Lentod
Warren and family Wheat Jas
Warren Katie Wilson T
WlleoxWnU Wilcox Jas and wife
Woodruff LD Wilson Howard
The Dispatch's accurate list is posted
daily at all the agencies for the benefit of
both inquirers and the clerks, who are saved
the trouble of referring to the manuscripts
to answer questions. Ur. H. McConaghey,
of Pittsburg, is woiking assiduously in this
Simpson, mcswigax, Katxe.
List of Bodies Identlfled at KernvIIIe and
rFSOK A ETA1T c6BBZsrosnar.i
The following is the list of dead in Kernville
Morpie up to date.
OTTO COOPER (colored).
MR& E. BRENNAN, dauehter of B. E. Knne.
James Murphy received nine bodies at the
Presbyterian Church, as follows:
the last of nine.
UNKNOWN WOMAN, licht complexion, 250
pounds, gray hair, 50 years old,
YOUNG MAN, UNKNOWN, hlcyclist, 18
years old. wore Wcycle olive suit, Anger ring,
marked E. L. H.
LITTLE GIBL, 11 years old.
SMALL BOY, 8 years old, nicely dressed.
Fourteen bodies were brought Into the Fourth
ward school to-day so far, as follows:
LITTLE GIRL baby, found In Miss Brown's
WOMAN,-snpposed to be Margaret L. Davis.
One Lodse Can Find But Six jffembers Oat
of 98 That Were.
rraou A statt conRESPONDijrr.l
Johnstown, June 6. The various se
cret societies have lost many of their mem
bers. According to the latest estimate the
Jr. O. XT. A M. Cambria, Mo. 785, lost 12:
Alma, 323, lost 8; Corona, 9991 only found.
6 'ititit abfs Vat o-f-90.1 'Tkk lodge'
t$fot lOTprorjg
was decimated. The Odd Fellows have lost
25 men. Johnstown Council, Nb. 85, lost 4,
and one is missing from No. 72.
An embalmer just came in and reported
that 4 more bodies were found and put in
the Fourth ward school The supply of
embalming fluids is exhausted, and the
stench is becoming so bad the men cannot
stand it. Israel.
Many Suffer for Want of Food and Clothing
Whoso Frldo Won't Let Them Slako
Their Wants Known Good
Work of Dr. Field.
rrnoii A staff cokuxsfondent.i
Johnstown1, June 6. Rev. Dr. Field,
rector 6f St. Clement's Episcopal Church,
of Philadelphia, who has been here as chap
lain of the Bed Cross Society, will leave for
home to-morrow morning, and will return
herein a few days to continue his work of
charity. Dr. Field has been going the
rounds of the suffering poor, and says there
is great distress among them.' He states
that the suffering of some of the families is
Dr. Field arrived here yesterday morn
ing, in company with 25 surgeons, from
Philadelphia, and Miss Clara Barton, the
lay President of the White Cross Society.
The surgeons are working under the leader
ship of Dr. O'Neill, the eminent specialist
of the Quaker City. They have established
their headquarters aita Kernville, and are
Doing Considerable Work
assisting the physicians from Pittsburg and
other places. In conversation with your
correspondent to-day Dr. Field said:
"The only way to alleviate the distress of
these poor people is to go around and visit
eacn ramiiy. x nave oeen traveling arouna
visiting them since yesterday morning, and
it is almost impossible to picture their suf
ferings. I have found families almost starr
ing, having nothing to eat in the house, and
too proud to let their condition become
known. Last night I knew of a number of
families that were without any bed clothing,
and they suffered from exposure. I found
one family that was absolutely without any
blankets or food, and you can imagine what
they suffered. They quietly endured their
sufferings, though, and I tried to assist
them. I understand that the supply of ra
tions is giving out, and the supply depots
are out of meat, bread and clothing. Unless
they get some more their suffering will be
The Rations Very Short.
This morning there was a great amount of
suffering among the people, on account of,
short rations. The various relief commit
tees ran out of provisions yesterday after
noon, and many people had to be turned
away without getting what they wanted.
This morning Mayor Scott received a tele
gram to the effect that 6,900 loaves of bread-,
29 barrels of cooked hams and a large sup
ply of ground coffee had been shipped.
They arrived here about noon and were dis
tributed to the people.
At one of the supply stations there was
a string of women and children with baskets,
waiting to be served, that would stretch
from Grant street to the foot bf Fifth ave
nue. Many of them were almost famished
for something to eit, -and 4ae many fervent
expressions of thankfulness as they received
their share of the rations brought tears to
the eyes of those serving them. By the
time the present supplies run out it is ex
pected that more will be received from other
sources. McSwioan.
The Buckeye Governor Wants to Keep the
Ohio Elver Water rare Governor
Bearer Endeavor to Quiet
HI Apprehensions.
Columbus, June 6. Allen O. Myers
sent a telegram to Governor Foraker from
Pittsburg to-day stating that dead animals
above Pittsburg were being floated into the
Ohio, and suggesting that an appeal from
him might stop it. The Governor held a
consultation with the State Board of Health
in regard to the matter, which resulted in
the Secretary of the board sending out an
address to the people of Ohio, suggesting
that all who live along the Ohio valley boil
thf river water which they use for domestic
' Governor Foraker also sent a telegram to
Governor Beaver in regard to the report,
and the latter made the following reply:
Habbisbubq, June 6.
To Hon. J. B. Foraler:
Have had organized force In counties of
Allegheny, Westmoreland and Indiana, along
the Allegheny, Kislclminetas and Conemaugh
rivers, removing all deajl bodies from streams
for three days. I cannot believe it possible
that the report made to you is correct. Pitts
burg has had boats on the river removing all
offal so as to protect ourselves from the danger
which Is common to all cities and towns along
the Ohio and Its tributaries. You may be as
sured that everything possible will be done to
protect our neighbors as well as ourselves from
the danger of pestilence. Our State Board of
Health has been on the ground from the start,
through its offlcers.aud somo of its members.
William McCreery, Chairman, Pittsburg, can
give yon reliable Information as to the Alle
gheny above Pittsburg.
ISlgned James A. Beayee, Governor.
Still 1,000 Bodies) Thought to be In the
Bnlna of KernvIIIe.
Johnstown, June 6. J. Lipptrt,
George Richards, Fred Ziznmer and John
Murphy, of the Allegheny corps, made a
tour of Kernville to-day, inspecting the
sanitary condition of the town. They re
port that the sanitary condition of all the
houses is bad. Four persons were found
sick. There is no morgue in the town.
"What is needed most to-morrow is disin
fectants and men to clear up the ruins. The
inspectors say that the people cannot clear
the place themselves.
Eer. Beal estimates that there, are still
1,000 bodies in the ruins at Kernville.
The First Case In a Suburb of Johnstown
Reported Very Promptly.
Johnstown, June 6. Dr. Bibbet last
night reported one case of typhoid fever ont
of town. A man from South Fork reports
that they have plenty to eat and clothes to
wear in that town. J. K. Taggart, of Lei
eenring, sent up 100 tents this morning.
The Methodist and Presbyterian Churches
unquestionably saved a great many lives.
The Methodist Church is a fine stone struct
ure about the center of the town. The
church checked the force of the torrent and
divided the stream. The Presbyterian
Uharcfa also acted as a bulwark. Both ot
tkweb'oildtegs are standing, butdamaged
m? .RS. .., tryit
ill Til
f he Thriving Manufac
turing Borough of
Almost Completely Destroyed
by .the Awful
Johnstown, June C "Woodvale, the
bustling little borough which lay east of
Johnstown, with its tall maple trees on both
sides of the Pennsylvania railroad, has been
almost wiped out of existence. The flood
that carried off the greater portion ot the
town blasted the higi anticipations of the
residents that the borough would soon be
come a thriving little industrial city, Eer
manufacturing plants gave employment to
the majority ot the 2,500 residents of the
place, bnt the flood has killed them. The
toilers living in the borough will have to
move away and secure employment else
where, as the backbone of the place has been
To-day it was announced to the residents
of the place that th e Jonnson Steel Compa
ny, better known as the Johnson Steel Street
Bailway Company, had decided to move
their dismantled works from Woodvale to
Moxham, on the other side of Kernville.
The Company have .a steel plant at that
place and think it will facilitate matters t6
have their Woodvale interests at the same
place as the steel mill. They accordingly
gave notice to their employes that this would
be done.
The News Came Like a Shock
to the residents of the place, as a great ma
jority of them worked in the mills. With
the announcement came a force of men, who
began work, erecting tents and quarters for
laborers, who will clear away the debris
and take out the machinery for shipment to
Moxham. Mr. ITahe, an official of the com
pany, was on tjie ground to-day superin
tending the work of olearing up. To your
correspondent he said: '
"The company has decided that it will
not rebuild the mills here, but will move
the machinery and rebuild at Moxham. We
lost about $200,000, as nearly as can be esti
mated, but will rebuild at Moxham as toon
as we can possibly do so. Our greatest loss
was the draughting department; We lost
about 590,000 worth, of drawings that can
hardly be-replaced. . tley. were the aeeV
mulation of 'four years, and we will now
have to begin at the bottom again. We
also lost $21,000 in cold cash, which was
stored in an ordinary fire-proof safe. Our
safe had beentaken away just a few days
previous, and the money was placed is it
on Friday at noon.
Heavy Loss of One Firm.
We had intended paying our employes
the day following, and that is the way the
money happened to be in the office. With
our mill at Moxham wewilltryto catch up to
the place where we left off. We had orders
on our books that called for completion
within the next month. The orders are
worth 150,000. What will be done about
them I do not know. The Johnson Steel
Company is composed of Kentuckians. A.
J. Moxham, of this place, is the President,
They make a specialty Of street railway
materials. The mill has been running day
and night for several years."
If a hand could reach out of the sky
and take in its grasp 321 houses and pull
them out of sight the task could not be done
more effectually than was done by the flood
of last Friday. There were 295 houses out
of the 324 washed away. Those remaining
are on the hillside, where the flood could
npt get at them, and if it had reached them
there is not the slightest doubt but that they
would have suffered with the rest. There is
a great amonnt of suffering in the borough.
Most of the little houses are packed with
people almost as tight as the gorge above
the Pennsylvania Railroad bridge.
Suffering From Lack of Food.
In some of the houses 25 and 30 people are
living, while in none of them are less than
three families. The people are also in actu
al need of food and clothing. The residents
say they cannot get anything from the
Johnstown Belief Committee, and the facil
ities for getting supplies into the borough
in large quantities are very meager. A sup
ply depot has been established in the town
above the woolen mill, but up to 5 o'clock
to-day the people stated that they had not
been given any relief. They are very sore
at the treatment they have received at the
other relief stations, and say they have to
take what the people at Johnstown and
Conemaugh do not want. The Belief Com
mittee in the latter places tell them to go to
the Woodvale committee, while the latter
have been unable to get anything across the
The people who own thf houses not
washed away say they cannot be expected to
feed their neighbors all the time. At George
Hood's bouse there ara nearly 30 people.
All the provisions ran out, and the women
and children suffered from the want of food.
Some of the men found a boxcar lying along
the hillside that had been washed down the
Pennsylvania tracks, loaded with flour, and
broke into it.
Saved FroM Aetnnl Starvation.
They secured a large number of barrels,
which were divided up &mongthe people,
and the latter were kept from starving. By
the removal of the Johnson Steel Company's
plant the only thing left in the borough is
the Woodvale Woolen Mill and a small
flouring mill alongside of it. The former
is badly wrecked, and it will require a
.great deal of money to repair the damage.
The woolen mill gave employment to
about ISO boys and girls. On account of
the river being so badly swollen the mill
was shut down Thursday night. It was
feared that the employes would be in danger
if the river rose too high, and they were
told not to report for duty Friday. Being
industrious they demurred against being
left idle for such a small cause, but
they afterwards found out that their lives
were saved by,ly lag offt If i? yary probable
..that "ike kjBftjorlty of them weald have :er
dewikd -tiy''bTva'6t Wik.TUB to
also true of the Johnson Steel Company's
mftls. ,Mr. Moxham, 'tho President, ordered
tho mill shut down-Friday .noon, and told
.the men to go home to their families. There
Were only three men fn the mill when the
deluge canie.
Awful Wreck of Railroad Property.
Two of them were washed away. One
had his ribs broken and will probably die.
A pontoon bridge across the Conemaugh is
being constructed to-day for the use of the
people in Woodvale. Near the bridge is
about 100 yards of railroad track turned
completely upside down. The rails are
spiked td the ties just as securely as they
Were the day they were put in. The tracks
were carried from Woodvale clear across the
river and landed with the ties downward in
East Conemaugh borough.
On the hillside above the woolen mill are
scattered any number of freight cars, ca
booses, tenders, etc. A train of cabooses
coupled together, standing on their wheels
on the hillside in the midst of high maple
trees, is an unique conception, but such is
the sight to be witnessed. How the Penn
sylvania Ballroad will get their cars and
engines out of the trees and up from the bed
of the river nobody can tell, Tor a long
time it has been the boast of the male por
tion of Woodvale that it was the only bor
ough in the State, of 2,500 people, that did
not have a church or a saloon within its
borders. McSwioan.
Tho .Johnson Steel Company's CUIcl
Drnnchtsmnn'a Btrneslo for Life
He Jompcd From His Horso
to a Telegraph Pole,
bat In Tain. ,
JOHHSiomr, June 6. A horse, supposed
to be the one upon which Bobert Wicker-
sham was riding when the flood overtook
him and he climbed a telegraph pole, was
found upon the premises of a farmer back
of Woodvale this morning. The horse had
apparently been in the woods for several
.days, and was almost starved. Upon his
back was a saddle, which was supposed to
'be owned by Mr. Wlckersham. The farmer
will keep the horse until called for.
Mr. Wlckersham was the chief draughts
man at the Johnson Steel Company's works.
He was a general favorite with -everybody
connected with the company, and his death
is sincerely mourned by his former associ
ates. On Friday afternoon he was out
riding with a friend above Woodvale. He
was coming down the river and was nearly
opposite the bridge to cross over to Cone
maugh when the flood came. He was
Warned to Get Oat of the War
by seeing people running and hearing the
swirl of the angry waters behind him, as
they rushed down to catch up the town In a
wild embrace. The gentleman turned on
his horse, and seeing the water tried to get
out of the way. His friend, who was ahead
of him, spurred his horse forward and got
over the bridge before the flood struck it. It
has been reported that he escaped, while
others say he was drowned with his horse.
The latter had to ford part of the swollen
river to get . across with his rider on his
'back. '
1 Wlckersham was too far behind his friend
to get away. Seeing that he could not make
the bridge in time, he ran his horse to the
'nearest telegraph pole, and jumping off he
ascended it. He struok his horse to make
him gallop off, and that was the last seen of
the animal until to-day.
Rot a Place of Safety.
Wickersham was seen to climb up the
pole until he reached the cross-arms, where
he rested. He apparently thought he was
safe, and yelled to a number of people to
run up the hill out of the water's reach.
In a few minutes the pole "sagged" and
tipped over. Wickersham still clung to it
and the pole began to drop lower and lower.
All of a sudden the pole gave a lurch and
fell into the water. Wickersham disap
peared from view and was seen no more.
The people living in the row of frame houses
on the hillside opposite saw him as he' went
down. McSwioak.
Heirless Property That Most be Looked
After by the Stnte.
Johnstown, June 6. As the people
slowly begin to sensibly realize the awful
calamity, and in many cases hope has
been gfven up, the ones saved are en
deavoring to better themselves and to pro
tect, if possible, their property remaining.
In many instances whole families were
wiped out by the aquatio avalanche, and
the question now arises: "To whom does
their property, real and personal, belong."
Legally it falls to the next nearest heirs,
but there were property owners lost who
have not any relations here, and the danger
of bogus heirs asserting themselves is ap
parent. Endless litigation will follow in the wake
of this catastrophe, unless the State legis
lature steps in and issnes some sort of a limi
tation act. The plans of the city when it
was incorporated as a borough are in the
vaults of the Begister's office at Ebensburg,
and no doubt many deeds are recorded, also
proving the ownership, but with all this it
is thought there will still be legal and il
legal claims to devastated districts.
Every State Tnvltcd to Assist In Establish
ing Agencies for Supplies.
Johnstown, June 6. The Belief Com
mittee is to be made national in its scope.
Action to that effect was taken this after
noon at the meeting of the Financial ' Com
mittee of the local relief organization. The
plan was proposed by parties high in au
thority and has been given official sanction
by the committee in the following resolu
tion: The survivors of the flood are now, and most
he for some time, wholly dependent upon issnes
to them of food and clothing, as there are no
goods here, except those brought by the Relief
Committee, and no place in which commerce
can be carrie'd on. The agencies for making
each destribntlons should receive grave consid
eration. It la the nnanimons consent of the
committee that another committee should be
appointed for this purpose, composed in part of
citizens in this locality and of members ap
pointed by the Governors of the States, or by
chambers of commerce of the cities f r6m which
contributions have been received, or In such
other way as win give this agency a national
character, and assure the country that its most
generous charity will be judiciously and fully
applied to the relief of the victims of our un
precedented calamity.
The committee that took this action was
jeempesedof Jakes HcM111b. Gyrus Elder.
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Twenty-Five Bodies at
a Time Are Being
To Be Got Out at Wood
vale, With Pennsy's
rrnoir a staff cOBnzsroirDxirr.i
Johnstown, June 6. Dr. Groff 's men
reported to-night that East Conemaugh,
Franklin borough, Woodvale, Morrell
ville, Cambria City and Mineral Point all
need food and clothing. The corps didn't
report anything about the sanitary condi
tion. Dr. Fussell reports that he found a
big dam .formed in Woodvale. There was
one horse in it, which was removed and
burned. The doctor thinks this dam is full
of dead bodies, and he advises that the dam
be drained. He thinks it can be done in
four hours if the railroad people will allow
him to cut an opening under the railroad.
Special Agent W. H. Kennedy, of the
State Board of Health, made a tour of the
town. He reported that the stench on
Main street is becoming horrible. There
must be many bodies undeV the debris.
Twenty-Five Bodies Together.
At Grandview Cemetery they are burying
the bodies 25 in a trench. The location of
each body, with the name and description,
is marked with a board. Where the dead
have friends a few follow the bodies to the
grave, but the average of followers is not
more than two. Ho services are held and
the bodies are lowered into the trenches
without any ceremony.
Mr. Kennedy found a boy alive in one of
his tours. The little fellow was nearly ex
hausted for want of food and drink, bnt he
will live. Mr. Kennedy also says that the
debris is being removed rapidly. Dr. Car
rington, another inspector, spent most of
the day about the Pennsylvania depot.
He disinfeoted the bodies of some horses
that could not be burned without destroy
ing what is left of the town. He burned
er jt truckloads or wet and dirty clothing,
taken off the bodies, and a few horses and
old hides. Some dead horses were found
that are too deep to reach.
Dr. Sweet, of the Bedford Street Hos
pital, reported that four men were hurt
while tearing down houses; some of them
are seriously injured. The hospital is fast
being puLinto first-class prder. The first
few days ofth&'flood a number of amputa
tions were made on persons badly injured.
To Prevent a Pestilence.
Dr. Benjamin Lee, executive head of the
State Board of Health, left for Pittsburg
this afternoon to establish his headquarters
at that place. He will be in direct com
munication with the Sanitary Corps here,
and will issue orders to them by wire, in
dicating what he wishes done.
His object in establishing headquarters in
Pittsburg is to assure, the people of that
city and vicinity that there is no danger
from disease spreading on account of the
water in the Conemaugh, Kiskiminetas and
Allegheny rivers being polluted with disease-spreading
Word has been received here that the
residents of Allegheny county ore very
much alarmed on this account, and have
asked the local health authorities to take
steps in the matter. Dr. Lee stated this
morning that there was no occasion for
alarm. He said the State Board would
take all precautionary measures and pre
vent sickness spreading among the people.
A Stenmer Going Up.
The State Board of Health has chartered
a small steamboat to start from Pittsburg
and come up the Allegheny as far as possi
ble, and clean out the stream of any rnbbish
that has accumulated along the banks. It
has been found that' this is the cause of a
great amount of disease among the people,
where such stuff has accumulated, and the
board will exercise all its power and all the
money it has at command to do the work.
It is also expected, of course, that a num
ber of dead bodies will be discovered. Hun
dreds of horses, cows, dogs, etc., were swept
away with the human beings, and where
they are now lying is a mystery. A great
many of them were washed down the river
and are probably lying concealed on the
banks, where their offensive odors might
poison the air and cause contagion.
Orders have been issued by the Sanitary
Corps here to cause all the dead horses,
cows, dogs, etc., lying abont the city to be
burned, and thus kill the germs of disease.
Poshing the Pennsr.
Dr. Lee had a consultation this morning
with the Pennsylvania railroad officials,
and requested them to put more men at
work removing the pile of debris from
above their bridge. The officials of the
company stated they were doing the best
they could, but would put more men on, if
they could get them.
Fires have been lighted all around the
moss of debris for the purpose of killing
germs of disease arising from the putrefying
flesh and rubbish. The odpr that arises is
unbearable, and, in some places, it is so
bad that the workmen were seriously af
flicted with nausea.
A wholesale plan of disinfection was in
augurated this morning by the Allegheny
Medical Belief Committee. They began at
the upper end of Kernville, and inspected
every house in the'borough. They placed
disinfectants in the houses and about the
premises, to prevent any contagion that
may arise as a result of the flood. Other
medical corps will take possession of the
other boroughs and give them a thorough
cleaning out Israel,
The Scores of Fatherless and Motherless
Find Iran Friends In Need.
Johnstown-, June 6. The Penn Chil
dren's Aid Society is represented here by
Mrs. H. N. Hinckley and Miss C.Hancock,
of Philadelphia. They arrived to-day, and
have establishea headquarters at jno. w
.' j . -r,c . ' i .
AdMM sW. 'I Ihey received aeest
freaa a Jokakwa aiatlwan for a cMM for I
adoption, and are looking up the orphans
and, homeless children. They found nine
orphans in the house next to where they
are located, and Ave half orphans in the
house. Jfesjrere all orphaned by the
flood. J?t5Tned of a lady on the
FranklftSkjng care of 24
children nQt35l-,'-Sjood-
Mrs. Hinckleyhafoyfige for
seven years. Miss HaotwflErata-
tion of long standing. She wa3tTo in
the late war.
The ladles received telegrams from Eev.
Morgan 'Dix, New York, who will take 75
children. Mrs. Pearson, of Indianapolis,
wants one child; Mrs. Campbell of the same
place will take one, and Prof. Charles
Micqe, of New York, will find place for
four. SniPSOH'.
People Who Have Johnstown Interests Will
Cross the Lines.
Johnstown, June 6. Since the Sheriff
of the county issued the order that no pas
sengers should arrive here unless possessing
a pass from authority, there has been un
bounded dissatisfaction and trouble. At
Bolivar is the farthest point to which the
Pennsylvania Bailroad will sell tickets
unless the Citizens' Committee pass is
flashed. Notwithstanding that deputy
sheriffs and other authorities are there to
prevent this order being violated, anxious
ones elude them and get here, just the same.
Many who have friends andfamilies among
them neglected to observe this order or were
not aware of its existence and had to walk
18 miles. To tired women this seems rather
hard. Discrimination was shown in a few
cases so far as to the passengers having
tickets for intermediate points between Bol
ivar and this point Warning is given,
however, that they will be ejected if the
order is not obeyed. Kaxne.
He Wouldn't, for the World, Cat Johnstown
Off Without a Cent.
Johnstown, June 6. Manager J. B.
Scott said this evening that he was in favor
of paying the men Saturday evening. The
Finance Committee, however, does not think
it is wise; but their action will be sub
ject to Mr. Scott's decision. Daring the
day Governor Beaver telegraphed that he
had 250,000 at his disposal. He wanted to
know how much to send to Johnstown, so
that he could give some of it to Williams
port and Lock Haven.
The consultation was held over the wires.
The people in Johnstown don't want the
earth. At a late hour the Governor had
not commenced to consult Iseael.
People Who Still Talk About the Responsi
bility of the Owners of tho Reser
voir TUcy TMuk the Catastrophe
Blight Have Been Avoided.
New Yoek, June 6. The Bun will say to
morrow: Thp feeling against the Pittsburg
association that owns the lake and dam that
caused the calamity grows more Intense the
more the troth about the dam becomes known.
The SunXdlsclosure of the fact that the dam
was simply a heap of dirt, with loose stone
facingMnstead of astructnre of solid masonry,
and that the waste gates had been
closed up by the association, which was printed
this morning, made a sensation here and
threatens to bring the matter to a head. Crim
inal proceedings are freely talked of, but It is
thonght it will be difficult to sustain a case
even in courts as prejudiced as those of Cam
bria county will be against the dam owners.
The men are rich and responsible, however,and
the liability of civil action is generally believed
to be complete. If they should be held liable
in civil suits for damages it is probable that
many, if not all of them, will be financially
ruined. There is an abundance of evidence
that the owners were frequently warned by old
residents In the neighborhood of the dam that
it was becoming weaker and getting into a more
dangerous condition all the time.
One fact alone, as to the dam, ought to con
vict the dam owners of negligence sufficient to
make them responsible in aamages. The stone
face that went up each side of the dam was not
continued across the top in order to maintain a
wagon road there. The top of the dirt heap
had merely been leveled off and left in its na
tural condition. It was a moral certainty that
if the water ever rose so high as to go over the
top of the dam, it would wash it out. With
the water washing over the dirt top of the dam,
the rock facing would amount to no more, as a
source of strength, than a sheeting of card
board. To have covered the dam with a sub
stantial course of stone capping, arched
or in some other way. arranged to oner as little
resistance as possible to the passage of the
water, would have spoiled the wagon road, but
it might have saved the dam.
Twice ns Many Females as Hales Perished
The Weak Went First, and Were
Drowned With Their Arms Cling
ing to Their Babes.
Johnstown, June 6. One of the peculiar
things a stranger notices In Johnstown is the
comparatively small number of women seen in
the place. Of the throngs who march about
the streets searching for dead friends there is
not one woman to ten men. Occasionally
a little group of two or three women with sad
faces will pick their way about, looking for the
morgues. There are a few Sisters of Charity,
their black robes the only instance in which
the conventional badze of monrninz is seen
upon tho street In tho Darts of the town not
totally destroyed, the usual nnmberof women
are seen in the houses and yards.
But as a rule women are a rarity in Johnstown
now. This is not a natural peculiarity of Johns
town, nor a mere coincidence, but a fact with a
dreadful reason behind it. There are so many
more men than women among the living in
Johns t oi. n now because there are so many more
women than men among the dead. Of the
bodies recovered there are at least two women
for every man, besides the fact that their
natural weakness made them an easier prey to
the flood. The hour at which the disaster
came was one at whlch.the women would most
likely be in. their homes and the men at work
in the open air, or in factory yards, from which
escape was easy.
Children also are rarely seen about the town,
and for a similar reason, they are ad dead.
There is never a group of the dead discovered
that does not contain from one to three or four
children for every grown person. Generally
the children are in the arms of the grown per
sons, and of ten little toys and trinkets clasped
in their bands Indicate that the children
were caught up while at play and carried as
far as possible toward safety.
Johnstown when rebuilt will be a city of
many widowers and few children. In turning
a school nouse into a morgue tne autnonnes
probably did a wiser thing than they thought.
It will be a long time before the school house
will be needed for its original purpose.
Will Contribute Liberally to the Aid of the
Flood Victims.
CHICAGO, Jase 6. William G. Morris, Su
preme Trustee and Acting Councillor of the
Order of Chosen Friends, issued the following
To the Councils, Officers and Members:
Fbiends The dreadful calamity of flood and
fire at Johnstown, in which thousands hare lost
their lives, appeals to every lover of the race
for assistance. Recognizing the principles
upon which the Order of Chosen Friends is
founded, we ask every member to practice its
watchwords now by donating liberally to the
relief and succor of qur unfortunate country
men. Let your contributions be collected by
councils and forwarded to Mayor Dewltt C.
Cregier, of Chicago, to be sent to the proper
authorities for distribution. Act quickly,
Friends, in this great emergency.
Heir Hampshire's Legislative Action.
uoircoBD, n. n June a. tm jjegBiawre i
toyapproiiriaied s,m tot tbVCowwMwtft
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CONCORD, IT. H., June a. The Lerfsiatfcre
Is the titla of the Firt and Only American
Novel written by Wilkle Collins, and pub
lished COMPLETE la next Sunday's DISPATCH.
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More Laborers Can be
Used Than Was First
$1,500,000 and 10,000 Paid
Workmen, the Calculation
of Contractors,
Three of the Wounded Suf- - 1
ferers in Pittsburg Hos
pitals Die.
Contributions of Cash, Cloth
ing and Food Still Com
ing in to Headquarters.
Masons and Knights of the Mystla Chain
Will Help Build Bouses What Colonel
T. P. Roberts and aiaxMoorbead Know
of the Building of the Great Dam An
other Boat Fatrol of the Tflver to Be
Made So Far 3.600 Codas Have Been
Sent From Pittsburg The. Life Insur
ance Loss Not Great Effects on Prohi
bition. The Belief Committee of the Chamber of
Commerce bad a startling realization yes
terday of the tremendous amonnt of work
that is necessary to be dono yet before tho
flooded district will be cleaned up. When
a message came that 10,000 laborer were
needed at Johnstown, and would be needed
for weeks, and that they must be paid, it
staggered the committeemen, as it meant an
extraordinary outlay for wages alone, not
including the cost of provisions and other
This word came in shape of the tawing
telegram from William Flinn:
A Physical Impossibility.
It Is tho judgment of myself, Evan Jones
and the practical men here that it would take
10,000 men a month to clear up this town. It
seems to me a physical impossibility. The vol
unteer workmen are leaving rapidly. We must
have BOO men to fill the vacancy. Yon should
send four or fire competent to be put in charge
ot financial matters, as expenses will be enor
mous. Also give us a commissary here on the
ground. When we make requisitions for sup
plies we should find them here on account of
the uncertainty of trains. Provisions for
horses and men should be sent in large quanti
ties. Mr. McCreery's placid brow corrugated,
and he said the pay roll was now $100,000 a
week, for the services of 7,500 men, and
work must stop if donations did.
An Important Mission.
Mr. Evan Jones arrived in Pittsburg
from Johnstown yesterday. He had a
highly important mission to perform,
namely, to enlighten Pittsbnrgers on the
real needs of Johnstown and the situation.
To a Dispatch reporter he said: "There
are one or two things which must he under
stood at once abont the situation at Johns
town. The work Captain "W. E. Jones and
William Flinn have undertaken, namely,
to clean the town of debris and
remove the bodies of human beings
and animals, is going- to cost a
great deal more than most people have any
idea of. At the' very lowest estimate just
the removal of the wreckage and the bodies '
not including the cleaning up of the .
cellars and house lots mind you will cost
from half a million to three-quarters of a
million of dollars. There are now over
5,000 men employed in this work, and most
of them at $2 per diem. There ought to he
10,000 men and there will be probably in a
few days, and it is easy to see how the daily
pay roll will absorb from flO.000 to $25,009.
Plttsborgers Mast Persevere.
"It won't do for Pittsburgers or our
friends elsewhere to rest content with the
subscriptions now in. An immense sum is
needed to avert a frightful plague, not only
in Johnstown, bnt in the,snrronnding coun
try, including Pittsburg. The money ought
to be sent at once to the Chamber of Com
merce Committee. Governor Beaver is
greatly impeding the work at Johnstown by-,
asking people to send him money at Harris
burg The money ought to be sent to Pitts
burg direct.
"In a very short time all the laborers at
Johnstown will be hired men, for the volua-"
teers speedily grow tired of the hard work "
and either clamor for pay or want to go-
home. Paid labor is decidedly more reliav .
Die in every way mu lumuira. avuev vs
. t J 4j. ..i... .ha... (nMMmaTHi1 JBN
again that The Dispatch cannot put the
call for money too strongly. And the money
should not come via Governor Beaver -or
anybody else, bnt straight to Pittsburg.;'
A Committee Appeal. ." "
In view of the information received fron
Mr. Plinn and Mr. Jones, the Chamber'
Commerce Belief Committee last'sightse
oat the following bulletin t tlittsbA
papers and through theAsaeriatedJPrew
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