Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, June 10, 1889, Page 2, Image 2
iTHE PITTSBURG- DISPATCH, 'MONDAY, JUNE 10, 1889. 4 years old, accompanied by 25 cents in cash, saying: "Here is 25 cents 'which I want to go to the sufferers at Johnstown, not to feed the soldiers." The Chicago Men's Opinion. The members of the committee from Chi cago who came to Pittsburg to investigate the condition of the sufferers at Johnstown returned to this city last night, and are stopping at the Anderson. The committee consists of City Controller W. J. Onohaw, chairman, and Messrs. Ballard and Bend. Colonel Bend, in speaking of the matter to a Dispatch reporter last night, said: "We found the condition of things at Johnstown worse than we had pictured or imagined. "We are convinced that words cannot de scribe or imagination conceive the magni tude of the calamity. "We were particularlyimpressed with the work done by the Pittsburg committee, and believe thoroughly, as -we have telegraphed to Chicago, that a better committee could sot have been formed in any city in the country. They are men of large hearts and great intellects, and are doing all that can possibly be donebyanycommitteeappointed for such a humane and charitable purpose. "Of necessity, of course, the work of the distribution of the relief cannot assume the sympathetic order will no doubt be inaug urated in a few days when things will be in a more tangible shape. The difficulties to be overcome at Johnstown are almost iden tical with those experienced by ns, after our great fire in 1871. although this calamity Is For More Frlshtful. as regards loss of life. The feeling in Chicago is one of the deepest sympathy with the people of Johnstown. Perhaps our people are moved more by the recol lection of our own calamity, when wereceived most generous aid from the people of this State as well as the rest of the couniry. Thus far our contributions have come from the business men, but that sum will be considerably augmented by by popular subscriptions, as the masses of our people are all anxious to contribute. Terrible and deplorable as the disaster is, the cloud has a silver lining, through which we see such exhibitions of fraternal feeling throughout the land. It is not only sympathy that inspires the people on an oc casion like this, but patriotism. Race, re ligions and all other lines are obliterated, and the people of the entire country become united in one common sentiment ot gener ous humanity. In a word, In cases like this we see exhibited the best side of human nature." The committee will leave for Chicago to day. Contrlbntions Received Yesterday. Last night a committee from Logansport, Ind., came in, bringing with them $500 in cash and a carload of clothing and pro visions. They will go up to Johnstown to day. In addition to this $500, Treasurer Thompson received $25 from Lake City Xodge, L O. O. 3?., of Lake City, Iowa. The Standard Oil Company has sent in 75 barrels of oil for use at Johnstown. Last night Dr. J. B. Thompson, who has charge ot the State Board ol Health, pre pared 100 drums of carbolic acid, 100 cases ot bromine, so barrels ot isuuen s disin fectant and 2,550 barrels of chloride of lime. Dr. Bullen will take these goods this morn ing to Johnstown. William Flinn telegraphed to R. G. Gil lespie, of the Philadelphia Company, last night for six or eight good foremen! The Philadelphia Company will send them this morning. Harry S. Paul, of the Americus Republi can Club, went up yesterday and relieved A. J. Logan, who has had charge of affairs in Morrellville, and who was called home by pressing affairs. A letter was received from J. D. Test, of Sharon, Pa , last night, offering to take a girl of 11 to 13 years to raise. He gave the Bev. C E. Locke as a reference. The ap plication will be turned over to the Chil dren's Aid Societv. The way Ohio worked for the Johnstown sufferers is shown by a circular that came in a bundle from Havmar, O., last night. The circular was headed "Mayor's Proclama tion," and one paragraph read: , "An appeal for help comes to us from Pennsylvania. The disaster that has over whelmed her people in the calamity that has befallen Johnstown and neighboring villages, calls for help from all. Let ns do what we can. Remember that in our time of trouble Pennsylvania responded nobly." Awnltlnc iho Conlerence. At the Chamber ot Commerce little was done yesterday. All was expectancy in re gard to the conference at Johnstown, as all future action depended on its result Great progress in the work at Johnstown was reported by Mr. George A. Kelly, who had returned. He reported that a system of ration tickets was being put in force on the plan of meal tickets, the man coming for rations getting them and having his ticket punched for the number of days they were for, mak ing it impossible for a man to duplicate rations for a certain day if he had once ob tained them, as Lis ticket would telL In the afternoon two representatives of the American Mechanics of the Southside visited the committee to come to some satisfactory arrangement in re card to their supplies. At tiresent thev have representatives at Johnstown, but have trouble working independently of the Central Committee. The committeemen ad vised them to put their supplies into the General Committee's hands, but they re insed to do so. THE WOMEN'S WOEK. Headquarters of the Belief Society Kept Open All Day Yesterday. The work of the Ladies' Belief Committee was carried on at the Second Presbyterian Church as usual yesterday. The Sunday school exercises wc e abandoned for the day and the front doors leading to the schoolroom were locked, and all who had business with the Be lief Committee were admitted at the side en trance. The church services were conducted as usual. In the committee room but little work was done besides caring for the refugees who were received on Saturday, inquiries were made during the morning for three persons, sup posed to have been lost. The committee learned, however, that the ones in question were in this city alive, and directed the inquir ing friends where to find them. In the rush of business, however, the committee forgot the names of the people. At 8 o'clock in the morning Frank Reynolds and wife, of Harrisburg, asked for aid. They were detained at Johnstown by the flood and arcontlieirway to Chicago. Jessie Proctor, also of Johnstown, was taken care of by friends on the Southside. John J. Lewis and child, Margaret, came in at 1:45 r. M. and wish to be sent to Wilkesbarre. Donations still continue to pour in, many boxes of clothing and other articles being received yesterday which arrived from distant points Saturday night. MISS BRYAN'S BODI FOUXD. The Valley of the Conemaugh Continues to Yield Up Its Dead. Searchers among the ruins in Johnstown suc ceeded in recovering and identifying tho re mains of Miss Bryan, ot Philadelphia, the traveling companion of Miss Jennie Paulson on tbe melancholy journey wbich ended in a horrible death of both young ladies in the flood. The body was brought to this city from Johnstown last night by Mr. Frcyvogle, and taken to the undertaking establishment if D. J. Boyle, of Webster avenue, where it will be held pending the arrival of relatives from Philadelphia. Home for Johnstown Sufferers. Tbe Executive Committee of the Knights and Ladles of Honor Relief Corps have made arrangements and founded a temporary home for Johnstown sufferers. Tho home is located at 121 Webster avenue, where all persons or organizations are requested to send the dis- ressed they maybe able to supportjirrespectlve of class or creed. Donations will be received at tbe office of the Executive Committee in the Eisner and Phillips building until further notice. i ATREMENDOUSTASK President Roberts, of the Pennsylvania Railroad, at Johnstown. OFFICIALS MASSED THERE The Damage to the Itond Appalled Superin tendent Pitcalrn Ever? Contractor In Ohio and Pennsylvania Who Can be Ob tained Will bo Given Work-Millions of Dollars Lost by Delay. Although the Pennsylvania Railroad people laid an embargo unon the passage of trains over the main line eastward yesterday, an en gine and a luxuriously-appointed palace car managed to elude the general order, for the very good reason that President Roberts him self was on board. The special train slipped into the Union depot yard over the Allegheny Valley tracks at 8 o'clock yesterday morning, and was switched on to the main line without a minute's delay, and departed eastward as quietly as it came, bound for Johnstown. The Pennsy President was traveling incog, but a Dispatch reporter succeeded in baffling the mysterious trainmen and obtaining a clear idea of the causes that prompted President Roberts' sudden journey from Philadelphia. It v as in response to an urgent telegram sent on Saturday flight to Philadelphia by Superin tendent Pitcalrn, which was so strongly worded as to leave Mr. Roberts no alternative but to come, and come at once. With him in the special car were General Manager C. E. Pugh and W. J. Latta. officials of the road. The spe cial ram to New Florence, where it was side tracked and a carriage was takenand the long drive over the mountains to Woodvale, several miles beyond Johnstown, was begun. These tactics were adorned to nrerent anv of the eople at or near Johnstown from having any nowledce of the Massing of Pennsylvania Officials at the scene of devastation wrought by the flood. The President and his companions were met by Messrs. Pitcalrn and M'Crea, and a very important consultation occupied the re mainder of the day and lasted far into the night. It is well known that Superintendent Pit calrn has let no grass grow under his feet since the stoppage of traffic beyond Johnstown. Fif teen thousand men have been gathered at Johnstown, and trainloads of timber and stone have been forwarded with the utmost dispatch to the scene. All the local officials have been working unremittingly, and since the Alleghe ny Light Companv succeeded in throwing light on the scene last Thuisday night the laborers nave oeen worKiug day ana night, xne Dig bridge at Buttermilk Gap has been rebuilt and trestled in parts, and a few miles of road re laid. To his astonishment. Superintendent Pitcalrn found, however, that he had barely made a commencement. The magnitude of the job appalled him. Presi dent Roberts was Informed by telegraph that the situation was such as to call for his immediate presence, and he replied, saying he would come without delay. At the same time he directed Mr. Pitcalrn to summon all tho contractors In Ohio and Indiana who could be secured, and to telegraph right and left for men and materials in addition to all heretofore secured. It is likely that 5,000 more men will be at work by to-morrow, and it is believed that several weeks will elapse before the main line is open, even with the herculean energies now at work and the large additional force to be put on. It Is a Serious Question. It is no wonder that Superintendent PItcairn stood aghast at the prospect. The exigency Is extraordinary, ana is rendered doubly serious by the topography of the toad between Johns town and Altoona. it is not like rebuilding seven ruined bridges and laying track upon level ground. The inaccessibility of the road intensifies the difficulties, and the destruction of the roadbed is the most serious blow of all. Years have been expanded in rendering the roadbed solid, and it reconstruction along precipitous edges of the mountains will take time. Every foot of the roadway iiaa to ue pus in oraer so as to enable materials to be transported to the scene as fast as wanted. Even after the temporary work has been completed a large force of men will be at work for months before the former "limited time" can be attained with safety. In Johnstown itself there is an infinite amount of work to be done. Although the stouc viaduct that breasted the flood is appar ently all right and is being used for construc tion train transportation, a Pennsylvania road engineer says tho bridge must be rebuilt event ually, as it has been permanently weakened by the tremendous strain it withstood. Manufacturers Kicking. The Cambria Iron Company, the Gautier Steel Company, the Johnstown Steel Rail Company, and the immense manufacturing in terests in the vicinity of Conemaugh have noti fied President Roberts that they look to the Pennsylvania Railroad for immediate trans portation of new machinery and a renewal at the earliest moment possible of switch rela tions with the main line, as contracts involving not thousands but millions of dollars depend absolutely upon the Pennsylvania Railroad for luinument, both in shipment ot materials and finished work. No time is being lost by the manufacturers, and resumption of their work must be antedated by the railroad. Some idea of the gravity of the situation has dawned unon the officials, and there is going to be the great est hustlinir on record in the Conemaufrh val ley within the next few days. Substantial Work Advocated. It has been Superintendent Pitcairn's advice that permanent and substantial work be done at once on all the switch connections by an adequate forco of men, as it woum prove the cheapest in the end. The switch yard at Cone maugh was a marvel of engineering skill, and other connections with manufacturing concerns were almost equally complicated. So complete has been the destruction that there is more work off the main line than is comprised in that necessary to operate passenger traffic It is hinted that vigorous admonitions directed at the Pennsylvania line have been expressed all along tho line and especially in Pittsburg. The call is for haste and lots of it, and President Roberts has grasped the situation after some hesitation and not a little doubt as to the real extent of the disaster. It is fairly presumable that his optimistic hopes of an Immediate resumption have been dis pelled by the actual idea he received of the tremendous amount of damage. His precau tions in the way ot concealment of his visit to Johnstown, and tho causes therefor, seem to indicate that the head of the "greatest cor poration in the world" is considerably exercised over the condition affairs. Employes' Wages Delayed. It looks as if the Pennsylvania Railroad em ployes of the Pittsburg division, would have to undergo bonie delay in the receipt of the month's wages falling due on June 13th. It has been semi-officially given out that delay would ccriamiy arise in getting tne "cnecK-roIl" through from Altoona to this citv. A large amount of money will be involved in the delay and several thousand employes win he some what inconvenienced. QUIET AT THE DEPOTS. But Few Persons Applied for Pnssago to Johnstown and All Were Refused. The publication of tbe fact that positively no trains would be run on either road to Johns town all day yesterday, had the effect of keep ing awav from the depots thousands of useless sightseers who would otherwise have besieged the ticket offices. Those who did put in an appearance were informed that under no cir cumstances could they get east of Bolivar, and the-prospect of a walk of 20 miles each way was eitber not very encouraging or their desire to sec Johnstown had diminished nrcatly, as they decided not to go. But very few people, how ever, essayed to go out to the stricken city. The efforts put forth by the railroad officials and the persistent anneals of the newsnaners. have norno good fruit; sightseers are daily be coming less in number. Tbe people are begin ning to recognize tbe fact that only goo! hard workers are needed at Johnstown, and people who have no business there are in tbe way, and only succeed In hampering the work of those who are trying to do good. The only three trains that went to Johnstown yesterday were relief trains laden with provis ions, and were sent out over the Pennsylvania Railroad. One left at 9 o'clock in the morning, another early in the afternoon, and another at 9 o'clock last night. No passengers will be taken east of Bolivar during the week, except those who are provided with the proper passes from tbe Citizens' Com mittee. The crowds at the Baltimore and Ohio depot were smaller yesterday than on any other day since the flood. All day long the station wore a deserted appearance, and tho only persons visible most of the time were employes of the road. TJNDEETAKERS' TCAB. Twenty-One of tho Pltlsburcera Who Side With Mr. Flanncry Return to Johnstown Statements From Both Sides. Twenty-one undertakers from Pittsburg and surrounding towns reported for duty to James J. Flannery yesterday morning, and were by him sent to Johnstown. They were instructed to establish a morgue at Kernville and report tor further orders after that had been done to Dictator Scott. Of the entire 21 there was not a man who sided with AV. H. Devore, and without excep tion they denied every charge mado by the Grant street funeral director. "Even if there had been such drunkenness as Mr. Devore alleged." said one of them, "I can't imagine how he could have discovered it. He wasn't with us one-third of the time, and while we were working in the morgues he was calmly sleeping on a feather bed up in a fine residence on Prospect Hill. True, be embalmed a corpse or two while we were embalming hundred&bnt his labors were not arduous in the least. How he got around Dr. Lee, of the State Board of Health can easily be imagined. He probably introduced himself to the Doctor as the Chair man of the Pittsbnnr undertakers, and as such he was shown all possible honor for the work done by our people entitled them to no little credit, and Dr. Lee doubtless knew It," Undertaker Devore's Side. At Mr. Devore's establishment, where the writer called to get that gentleman's side of the unpleasant controversy now on, it was learned that Mr. Devore had not been home since last Sunday, and that it was not known when he would return. Frank Calhoun, who was in charge of the place, said that so far as he could see petty jealousy was at the bottom of all the troubles. Mr. Devore, he said, was selected as Chairman of the Undertakers' Com mittee on the road up to Johnstown, Mr. Flan nery's brother making the motion which elected him. "After that, however." saidMr. Calhoun, "a lot of those shirt tail undertakers, I mean by that the men who really never learned the business, and who don't know whether to in sert embalming fluid in an artery or not, be came envious of his position and made a kick. That's all there is in or of it." "Do you mean to say that there were under takers at Johnstown who didn't understand how to dress a corpse?" "Certainly I do. Why, the only body that was shipped here at all, reports to the contrary notwithstanding, was embalmed in the most faulty manner imaginable, and we had no little trouble in getting it in proper shape for shipment to Ohio, as per instructions received by us from friends of the deceased." Mr. Flannery was called upon late In the evening. He was exceedingly averse to talk ing, and said that anything Mr. Devore might have said was probably said in the heat ot passion, and hence in a measure excusable. He denied, however, that the work of the undertakers had been anything Dut first class, and in addition praised all who had volunteered their services. All Worked Manfully. "Everybody worked manfully," said Mr. Flannery. "and everybody will continue to work manfully until the end has been reached." "It is said Mr. Devore was elected Chairman of the Undertakers' Committee on the road up to Johnstown T" suggested the writer. "isone was." came tne rcpiy, -out; re was as temporary Chairman, for that day only. I had been elected permanent Chairman long before that, and the only reason that I did not go up was a desire on my part to stay here and secure carriages gratis for tho transportation of the sufferers to and from the depots." MOUNTAINS OF MAIL. The Pittsburg Postoulce Clerks Overworked The Enforced Rest of a Few Days Being Atoned for With a Vengeance. The temporary holiday given the Pittsburg postoffice employes for a few days last week on account of the entire cessation of Eastern mails was the precursor of the liveliest season of work that ever fell to the lot of Uncle Sam's industrious mailing contingent. At midnight last night, after four days and nights of contin uous hustling, the mailing department of the postoffice got the decks clear of accumulation and the force went home to enjoy a well-earned rest. Double turn has been prevailing, and the 14 clerks looked as begrimed and wearied after their Sunday job as do the members of the va rious relief committees at Johnstown. While the pious Postmaster General who doesn't want any more working on Sunday in his de partment was teaching his Sunday-school class in the city of Brotherly Love, the perspiration was rolling from the mail clerks as they attacked a mountain of mailsacks and sorted mail for all points East and West. The air was filled with packages of belated letters and newspapers which were being shied into the open months of capacious mailbags with an accuracy of aim which would put a small boy and his ""pea-shooter to the blush. Early yesterday morning two trains on the B. fc O., and one on the Valley Road came in bringing an immense amountof mail. Wagon loads were driven into the little blind conrt be tween the postoffice proper and city hall, and the sacks were stacked as high as the ceiling but gradually melted away as the energetic clerks worked with a will as they were assured that the end was in sight. Among the mail of yesterday was that contained in car 31 of the postal service which was laid up in Altoona over a week since. One of the postoffice officials stated that the magnitude of the work done at the Pittsburg postoffice during the flooa crisis had not .been appreciated by the public In tbe first place the discontinuance or the regular postal car service meant that all mall from the East was pimply bundled into sacks, sent by roundabout lines and marked "Pittsburg Dis." This meant that every sack of mail so marked had to be opened, sorted and resent from Pittsburg to points West and northwest, the entire through mail thus coming within tho Pittsburg juris diction. Another thing that made the work more difficult was that the newspaper mail had been handled so roughly that addresses had be come illegible. Letter mail was, of course, ah right, as it was tied up in small packages. No better work has ever been done in a crisis in the history of the American mail service. DE8BETEDBIYEBS, But Few Persons Wntcbed tho Flow of the Waters Yesterday The Health Boats Nat Re turned Vet. The scene along the banks of the Allegheny river yesterday were in striktng contrast with those of the same day one week ago. Then thousands of people thronged the bridges and wharves on both sides watching the floating mass of debris passing by, eagerly scanning every piece of a house or a log for the remains of some poor victim who had gone down in the flood of Friday. Yesterday the watchers num bered only tens where they had num bered thousands: the bridges were deserted save for the usual throng of Sunday promen aders,while;tho once pueturbed waters were al most cruel in their calmness. There was hardly a ripple of a wave to sup-gest the fury of one short week ago, nor a block of wood to snow tne wreck that naa been wrought. The health boats sent out to patrol the Alle gheny and Ohio rivers had not returned up to a late hour last night and are not expected back before this evening. TAKE HEED OF IT. A Lesson Drawn From iho Calamity In the Conemnngh Valley. At the Union Park Chapel, Allegheny, the Rev. J. H. Barnett gave a discourse to his au dience last night upon the subject: "The Val ley of Death. Impressions, Facts and Lessons Gathered on the Spot." The speaker gave his audience a very vivid description of the scenes in tbe devastated city, and at the close of his remarks he went on to say: 'Does it not seem very remarkable to you, that in this great age of electricity, railroads, telegraph, telephono and even church bells the people were not apprised of tho advancing danger! Well, they were, but they did not heed the warning. It was the old story of cry ing wolf too often. "It is the same in our Christian life. The people say: 'Oh. we have heard that story about Christ so often!' "Mark you, my friends, that such will not be the case with you. The question of eternal life and salvation is always put to you, now take heed on it and do not disregard it." MAI WBECE JAMES. A Child Named In Commemoration of tho Johnstown Disaster. Evin Arthur James is the name of one of the Johnstown refugees, who. with his wife and family of fifre children, is stopping with Mr. Davy Jones in North Braddock. Before the deluge tbe James family consisted of seven children, but two of them perished. The youngest of those yet remaining is a little in fant girl three weeks old, and at the time of the flood had not yet been named. On Saturday its parents gave tbe little crea ture a name and called it May Wreck James, which alone will tell the sad story, without repetition, that the awful wreck to life and property in the Conemaugh Valley occurred on tho last of May, The child was being dressed by its mother when the flood came and was swept from ber embrace. I( was rescued several miles down the river the next morning, after having been on tbe water tbe entire night with nothing about it but a bandage, THE FLOODJ TEXT, Drawing Pulpit Lessons From the Great Calamity. WHAT DOES IT TEACH? Seven of the Local Cleriry Answer the Ques tion for the Benefit of Their Hearers Views of Rev. Messrs, Pnrvcs, Burnett, Felton, Leak, Reld, McCrory and Boyd Tho Last Named Censures tho Kail road. "The Lord sitteth upon the flood. Tea, the Lord sitteth king forever." It was from this text that Rev. George T. Purves, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, preached yesterday a sermon entitled, "Lessons from the Flood." The text was, in the speaker's opinion, the earliest description of a thunderstorm. The poet takes us to Mr. Lebanon, and describes the sublimity and the devastation of a mount ain storm. Moreover, he does not merely de scribe nature, but regards nature as the servant of God, and sees in its awful forces symbols of of the power and authority of the deity. The words of the text had been brought to tbe speaker's mind by the Johnstown disaster. It would be sad if such a calamity did not make its impression upon all minds and hearts. He did not pretend to understand it. God was his own interpreter, but he did know that "God sitteth upon the floods," and he felt that some good might come from tbe catastrophe, if by means of it we could get clearer ideas of life and duty. The first lesson that he would draw from the flood was a commentary upon the weakness of human life. We need to be aroused by great events to realize how slender a hold we have on life. What perils surround ns. We may build great cities, but they are liable in a twinkling to be swept away. Human life is like a candle that is soon snuffed out. The second lesson from the flood was in the revelation it gave of what was best and noblest in human life. Communities, like individuals, get their best lessons from their sorrows. Class barriers are broken down, and in the presence of a great calamity rich and poor, high and low, stand side by side and hand in hand. Sympathy, fraternity and human love come like lights in this darkness. The third lesson was that God was the sov ereign arbiter of men's lives and fortunes. There is no alternative between recognizing this and blank atheism. If we take atheism and say there is no God, we take none of the bitterness from the calamity, the wan faces of the dead still stare at us, homes are still deso late, and we have taken away all the conso lation of religion. There remain no flowers of hope to strew npon the nameless graves. The fourth and last lesson was that there re mained one possession indestructible to man. Houses and railroads may go, fortunes be swept away, but the inner character remains. That he carries with him into eternity and the inner life of the Christian is beyond the reach of all storms and tempests. PHILOSOPHY AND LESSONS. Rev. Dr. Felton's Discourse at the Christ M. E. Church Last Night. A very methodical and systematically ar ranged lecture was the discourse of the Rev. Dr. Felton at the Christ M. E. Church on Penn avenue last night on the theme: "The Philos ophy and Lessons of the Johnstown Disaster." The reverend speaker took his Scriptural text from the tenth verse of the twenty-ninth Psalm: "The Lord ridoth upon the floods and is king for evermore." "The events of the last few days," the speaker commenced, "developed two thinra. the wonderful destruction of human life and property and the wonderful response of sym pathy ana assistance oi men. in contemplat ing this great catastrophe there are two classes oi tninkers. i ne one Deueves that such a ca lamity could not have transpired within the province of a God. who is'all powerful and good and hence he says: 'There is no God.' The other thinker says that it is perfectly reconcilable with the idea of God, goodness and law." The speaker then claimed that these events, properly considered, prove the existence of God and government by reference to facts, and that such effects are in harmony with great laws generally known. Then he eave illustra tions from the effects of the laws of force and gravity, the laws of decay and recuperation. ; "God," he continued, "governs our relations to all these laws and forces by tbe law of Intel ligence, and when we put ourselves in harmony with His laws and utilize them they produce for our good, but when we put ourselves Into antagonism to them we are destroyed." This closed the philosophic treatment of the subject, and the lessons the speaker drew from bis text were that man must not disregard God's natural laws in his relation to them and his utilization of them. Man has made great progress in the past in the control of forces of nature to bis interest, which is proved by tho decrease of human deaths. Atuhe close of his discourse the Rev. Dr. Felton said; "In the face,of such calamities men become brethern. Want is the request and Christian Impulse is the supply." THE LAW OF NATUBB. Its Forces Brought About tho Great Disas ter at Johnstown. Tho Great Calamity" was the title which the Rev. T. J. Leak, of the North Avenue M.E. Church, Allegheny, had chosen for his sermon last night. Applying to the text from Luke xiii., t, he said: "There are events in the history of our race which startlers to the very depth of our na tures. We have all read the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. We have read of the outpour ing of the lava from the mountain of Vesuvius and the destruction of Herculaneum and Pom peii. Wo have read of the great floods and famines in China. But never has a disaster of such magnitude been brought so close before us as the one which occurred last week. iu.How many questions crowd themselvesupon our minds when we conceive such a thing as the calamity at Johnstown? There is at first the question of our relation to God and His relation to the disaster. Some people say it is tho fulfillment of a prophesy. Others say it is the penalty for tbe sinfulness of tho people But l do not look upon it in that light. T do not think that moral sin will ever be punished by great physical disasters. Neither do I think it came upon us to teach us a great lesson. Because, do we understand the lessonf No! Well what good is a lesson to us which we cannot grasp? "I believe it is simply the Jesuit of the work ings of the laws of nature. The Lord put those laws into force at the beginning of the world and he does not interfere with them unless in verv extreme cases. In those cases ho has made known to us the reason of his interfer ence." THE PENNSYLVANIA COMPANY Blamed In Some Measure for tho Disaster by a Braddock Frencber. Rev. Dr. T. N. Boyle, of the Methodist Epis copal Church in Braddock, preached last night on the topic ''Some Lessons on the Johnstown Disaster." He quoted the sayings of some who were inclined to put the blame of the dis aster on Providence, and asked the question, "Did God build the dam?1' His argument was that Providence had nothing whatever to do with it. He said if It had there would be no consistency in swearing in a jury to make an effort to put the responsi bility on some person else. Rev. Boyle held that according to natural laws and the extra work that had been pnt on the dam, it could only stand so mnch pressure and in consequenco of this being more than it was prepared to bear had given way, causing its volumes of water to pour out, sweeping death and destruction before it. He held that tbe Pennsylvania Company were in a measure responsible, as they should have let go its contents when they bad no further use for it. He said that what tbe people wanted Congress to do now was to establish a depart ment of public satety for the National Govern ment, that it could come to the rescue and make provision for the people in cases of this kind, THE PEOPLE'S DDTY. The Revi W. J. Reld, D. D Explains tbe Time for the Dnly's Exercise. At the First United Presbyterian Church the Rev. W. J. Reld, D. D., took his subject for a sermon npon the Johnstown disaster from the text of Isaiah xxvi., 20: Come my people enter thou into thy cham bers and shut thy doors about thee. Hide thy self as it were for a little moment until the in dignation be overpast. The theme of the discourse illustrated tbe duty of the people of God in time of a calamity. This duty the reverend orator stated consisted in being separated from the world, coming into u communion with God and being earnest m de votions, . The second point of the discourse dealt with the time in which it becomes necessary for the people of God to perform thetr duty, and the speaker then said that everybody had to do his duty at all times, but especially in times of calamity. He then dwelt upon the event of a public calamity where the duty of the people toward God and fellow citizens should Do even more free to exercise itself, and at last he stated that a man owes a duty to himself in personal affliction-when the church is cold. THINGS PUT DNDEB BAN. Rev. J. T. McCrory Dwells on Warnings and Consequences of Neglect. Rev. J. T. McCrory, of the Third United Presbyterlau Church, yesterday took for his subject in the morning, "Genuine Christianity and its Spirit as Brought Out Dy the Recent Dreadful Calamity," and in the evening, "The Voice of Warning Unheeded, and tbe Conse quences." He took for a text in the evening, EaekieL xxxiii, 7-9: Ho thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watch man unto the house or Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and have them from me. When I say nnto the wicked, O wicked man, them shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn tbe wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die In his Islqnlty, but his blood will I re quire at thine hand. Nevertheless. If thon warn the wicked or his way to turn from it; If he do not turn from his way. he shall die in his Iniquity; but thou hast de livered thy soul. Rev. Mr. McCrory did not treat the question in the style that would Indicate that those on whom the Tower of Siloam fell were worse than their neighbors, but seized tho occasion to stir up his hearers to a sense of the all-presence of death In all forms and in all places. He said the Bible was full of warnings. Warnings to those who make calculations that ignore the infinite power of God; warnings against de- penuence on mere numan agencies to protect against damages: specific warning to parents, to teachers and preachers and to Christians, against the neglect of their vows, etc.; warn ings to the young against forms of evil, gam bling, dancing, theater-going, drinking and bad literature, and finally, warning to all against putting off preparation for meeting God. In reference to the last clause, the speaker asked how many people in Johnstown deliber ately put off preparation for .meeting God until it was too late. Death comes without warning, not only on the street, in the street cars as weii as- in tne imminent deadly breach, bat in the household and under a clear sky. The text seems to give the minister consider able latitude In the character of watchman. At the morning service about 3300 were raised tor the relief of tho Johnstown suf ferers. CHILDEEN IN GREAT DEMAND. Benevolent Societies Very Anxious to Re ceive Johnstown Orphans. IFBOIt A 6TA1T CORRESPONDENT. Johnstown, June0. "There Is great rivalry among benevolent societies all over the coun try to see how many Johnstown children they can collect," said Miss Hancock, of the Child ren's Aid Society of Pennsylvania to-night. "Nine children were taken to Philadelphia to day to the Northern Homo for the Friendless by Miss Walk. I think it is a great mistake to remove the little ones from Johnstown, unless they have no friends. The various benevolent societies are wild on the subject, and they will take Johnstown children for the advertisement when they would not accept others. Our work here is not to remove the children, but to care for them until tbe remnants of the families can be gathered together. Wo havd been discuss ing all day what to do with a boy who has an uncle. I claiir it is a mistake to take him away from his friends. 'The name of every child that is placed in homes or in families is recorded on a slip that is placed in a fireproof safe. We make out a complete recprd so that the child and friends in tbe future will know where it came from. I regret that the benevolent societies are trying to glorify themselves. We are constantly re ceiving supplies of food dainties, clothing, etc, end as fast as we get them wo, distribute the articles wnere tney win ao tne most good, we have plenty of applications for children all over the country." Kev. Mr. uornet ana Dr. w. F. sawyer win receive children at the Red Cross headquarters for Scranton. Mrs. Alston, Miss Lysle, Mrs. Hutchins, Mr. Orr and Miss Wilcox, repre senting tbe Children's Aid Society of Pitts burg, have been in the city for two days looking for children. They sent two orphans to Pitts burg this afternoon. Isbael. DOCTORS DON'T HITCH. Another of Those Mooted Disagreements! at a Terr Bad Time. rnr associated press. 1 Johnstown, June 9. It leaked out to-day that there had been a tremendous row among city doctors. When tbe ball was first Issued it seems that Doctors Dickson and J. Guy Mc Candless took charge of all physicians who re ported to the Chamber of Commerce. They, it is claimed, got a number of young students and inexperienced doctors and brought them here. Experienced city physicians, who were jiot of their school, were told, it is claimed, that they were not needed. Br. Bickson and his brother physicians came here, It is said, under tbe expectation that many operations would be performed. When they arrived and found such was not the case they returned to the city, remaining only two hours in Johnstown. Others followed them, until there were no physicians to attend pa tients until Philadelphia doctors arrived. They have now returned borne. A Pittsburg physician said this afternoon that if it were not for the doctors here from other points in tbe State this city would be in a bad way. Pittsburg experienced physicians will not come, claiming that they have been snubbed when their services were first offered. A lively scene took place at the Union depot last aunuay wnen tne volunteer pnysicians were refused. THE SALOONS AEE CLOSED, Bat It is Impossible to Punish Anyone Who Opens His Bar. Johnstown, June 9. Chief of Police Hart arrested a hotel keeper named Myers last even ing for selling liquor. He was taken to the guardhouse and remained there for the night. This morning he was released. Nothing was done to him, as no law covers his case. He has a hotel and a licensed bar. For this reason he can sell within tbe camp. He was so badly frightened that it is not likely be will attempt to open his saloon. If he does, Chief Hart will have nis license revoked ny tne uounty Judge. Saloon Keeper Watkins was compelled to close his saloon last night. He remained closed to-day. The selling ot liquor is not done openly, but is on the same plan as the numer ous city "speak-easies." There is but little drunkenness among the men, as liquor is not to be had very easily. Express companies will not ship it from the city to private individuals, and it is a difficult matter to get it shipped to parties in authority. MILES OP EAILE0AD TEACKS GONE. Three Weeks at Lenst Before tho Pennsyl vania Road Is Restored. Johnstown. June 9. Mr. W. M. Ferguson walked down from South Fork to-day, follow ing the line of the Pennsylvania road. He said that all the Tailroad tracks from South Fork to the viaduct were swept away. The old via duct is gone. A part of the road known as the Deep Cut is half filled with earth and sand, and the tracks are lost. A mile and a half ot tracks from Mineral Point to the cut is lost, A trestlework is being built where tbe Deep Cat bridge once stood. From the viaduct to the South Fork, he said, was six miles. It will be three weeks before the road will be open for travel, and months before it will be restored to its former stability. CAUGET IN THE TEEI ACT. Four Bleu Arrested Wlillo Bobbing tho Wreck of n Store. Johnstown, June 9. Four men were ar rested this morning by Chief Hart for robbing. They were found in the ruins acting as working men. Chief Hart suspected them anddetaileda man to watch them. Tbe detective caught them in the act of robbing a store and instantly placed them under arrest. They were placed under guard and then driven out of town, with a warning that if they returned tbey would be severely dealt with. One of the men was from Philadelphia, one from Pittsburgand two from Johnstown. Their names were not taken by Chief Hart Secretory Burke Sick. John J. Burke, the Secretary and stenograph er of tho General Relief Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, is quite ill, being broken down as a result of the extremely severe and protracted work of the past ten days. Dr. Mayer, wbo is attending him, had serious douDts at first regarding his condition, but now thinks he will pull through. A Wcll-Knowd Traveling Man. Johnstown, June 9. The body of Slras Schick, one of the best known traveling men in tbe country, was found in tbe ruins of the Hurlbert Hpnse. He was in tbe employ of the Beading Stove Companv. Jesse Orr. Presi dent of the company, was immediately notified. THE CITTWILL PAY Policemen and Firemen Who Went to Johnstown. RED. TAPE LAID ASIDE. Tho Speak Easle Did a Lively Business Yesterday, Although Two Were Raided and All Drunken People on the Streets Were Arrested Heavy Forfeits Re quired of the Visitors. Speaking of the police of Pittsburg (and the firemen, too, for that matter) who have been on duty at Johnstown since tbe flood of Friday week, the question has frequently been asked whether they would be paid bythe Relief Com mittee or the city for their services. An effort was made last night to find J. O. Brown, Chief of tbe Department of Public Safety, in order to see about tbe matter, but that gentleman was not at borne. Controller E. S. Morrow was encountered, however, and when spoken to said: "The city will pay all its em ployes who have been on duty at Johnstown, to be sure. Would Not Hesitate. "For my part, I shouldn't hesitate a moment to pass a pay roll with their names npon it. This calamity overrides all law, in that its ne cessities must be met promptly and without cavil. Chief Brown met me last Monday and remarked that he should have consulted me before sending the boys up, but I told him that at such a time it was unncessary to consult any body." The "Speak Easlcs" Were Banning. The proprietor of a Pittsbure "speak easy" resembled the fabled green bay tree yesterday, inasmuch as ho flourished. Fear of Judge White and the next year's License Court was sufficient cause to keep the doors of the regu lar saloons locked as tight as wax, but these combined elements of terror had no effect whatever on the genial gentlemen who, having been refused tbe right to sell malt ana vinous liquors, followed the example of the private: who, upon being informed that it was not within his power to place a General in the guard house, immediately proceeded to show his contempt for military discipline by landlntr bis superior officer high and dry within tbe military bastile. The hot weather combined with tbe fact that everybody was afraid to drink hydrant water resulted in hundreds and bnndreds of thirsty men skirmishing around in search of a friendly side door. And in most cases they found it. too. The officials of tbe law, when asked if they had received any instructions not to pay attention to tbe "speak easies" so long as they were orderly and were made almost a necessity bythe existing circumstances, replied that they had not Tbe Ofilcors Were Active. But the officers were active in a measure, nevertheless. At Central station yesterday morning Captain Dan Silvus made a little speech to the day relief just before they went out lor duty. Said he: "X want Chief Brown's order in regard to Sunday drunks carried out to the letter to-day. It's not necessary for a man to be so drunk that he lies in the gutter before he is a subject for arrest, but if you see a man staggering along the street or sleeping in a hall or doorway run him in." This order bad the desired effect, and by 4 o'clock 12 drunks had been taken in by Truby Shall, having been picked up along Shingiss street, Old and Second avenues and Water street, showing that "speak easies" were open. Inspector McKelvy, Special Officer Kelly and several other officers on the Southside raided two "speak easies" yesterday morning about 10 o'clock. Theyfirstwenttothe place of Bar ney Scanlon. on Manor street, bntwaen Rnnth Eighth and Ninth streets, whore the proprietor and five men were arrested. A visit was then made to the place of Patrick Labelle, at tbe corner of Manor and South Ninth streets, where Mr. Labelle and eight other men were arrested. All were locked up in the Twenty-eighth ward station house, where they gave fictitious names. Later in the day some of the visitors were released on forfeits of S30 apiece, but the proprietors were both retained for a hearing this morning. A FORTUNATE BE0THEEH00D. The Slnsona Find Their LossesDIncnSmaMer Thnn They nt First Supposed. fFBOM A 6TAJT COREXSFOKDENT.l Johnstown, June 9. Mr. James McKean is looking after the interests of the Masons. They had an organization of 250 here, and at first it was reported they had lost 100 men, but Mr. McKean says there will not be half that nnmber. The deputies are taking a census, and they will not be able to report before to day. The Masons are fortunate. Their brothers have contributed stacks of money, and the order will start them np in business and put them in as good shape as they were before. Mr. McKean felt sure that some of them would be better oil than before the flood. Building Inspector Frank was here to-day, but not in an official capacity. He thinks most of tbe buildings left are badly. wrecked and will have to be torn down. Some of them, he says, might be moved to new foundations. Israel. DRIFT PILES IN THE OHIO. West Virginia. Henltb Officers Firing- Ac cumulations as They Find Them. Wheeling, W. Va,, June 9. This morning Dr. George I. Garrison, member of the State Board of Healtb, accompanied by a committee of Councilmen.went up tbe Ohio about 20 miles above this city, on an inspection trip. On tbe up trip a number of large drift piles were lo cated, notably those at the bead of Wheeling Island, at Burlington, Ohio, at the Sisters Islands and at Beach Bottom, Brooke county, W. Va. Some of these masses of debris, all appar ently from Johnstown and surrounding bor oughs, were very large, and in two instances there was a terrible odor of decomposing flesh. On tbe down trip several of the accumulations were fired and will be destroyed. Tbe expedi tion was at the instance of tbe Obio and Penn sylvania State Boards of Health. Aids for Dr. Grofl". Johnstown, June 9.-Dr. Carrington, of the United States Marines, and Dr. C. 0. Probst, Secretary of the Ohio State Board of Healtb, arrived in Johnstown to-day and called upon Dr. Groff. They then made a tour of inspec tion with Governor Beaver. They propose to help Dr. Groff in his sanitary labor. Rakers' Shops to be Opened. Johnstown, June 9. A force of 75 men cleaned out three baker shops in the ruins this afternoon. A nnmber of bakers will be sent from Pittsburg, and as soon as tbe ovens are cleaned tbey are to commence to bake bread. Flour is plentiful, and the bread will bo sold. MENTION IN BEIEP Of Services Over tbe Dead, AIJ for tbe Liv ing and Efforts nt Kestornlion. Bbanch 21, of tbe Irish Land League, of Manchester, at a meeting yesterday donated 320 to tbe flood sufferers. The Bingham Street M. E. Church of the Southside contributed $43 50 to the flood fund at the morning service yesterday. CfNClNNATl banks have sent $7,200 from banks, $3,000from secret societies and $55,000 in general contributions, making a total of 65,200 up to date. The German-Austrian Association met yes terday afternoon in tbelr ball, 925 Liberty street. Tbesnrd of S75 was voted to the relief fund for the Johnstown sufferers. The representatives of the G. A. R. Post Re lict Committee wbo went to Johnstown will report on the situation at a meeting to be held at 2 P. 31. to-morrow in Post 162 Half. THE remains of Mrs. Brady, wife of 'Squire Brady, of Johnstown, who died at Mercy Hos pital, have been removed to the vault of St Mary's Cemetery, pending interment at Wood vale, near Johnstown. Funekal services wero held yesterday afternoon at tbe morgue by the Great West ern Lodge of tbe Knights of Pythias over the remains of Aleck Kecke, one of the flood victims, who died at Mercy Hospital Saturday. AiioNQtho saved at Johnstown, not included in any published lists, were John W. English, wife and child, formerly of Milroy, Mifflin county. John Johnson. wife and seven children were lost only one child, a boy 8 years oldr oeing saveu. Owing to the recent calamity which has brought great sorrow to an honored member of the faculty of the Pennsylvania College, the invitations issued for the reception Tuesday evening, Jane 11, are recalled. By Obdeb'Of The Paculty. Pennsylvania Railroad's Trains "Will be run via A. V. K. E. to Driftwood and Philadelphia and Erie R. B. to accom odate passengers for Harrisburg. Fhiladel-phio,-2Jew York, Baltimore, Washington and eastern points. Trains leave Union station at 8 A. ii. and 7:15 p. m. Freight far the East. The Allegheny Valley Railroad is pre pared to lorward promptly shipments of freight for New York, Boston and New England points. A Generoa Offer. New Yobk, June 6, 1889. Dr. Benjamin Lee. Secretary State Board of Health, .Philadelphia, Pa.: We should be glad to donate a quantity of sodium hypochlorites for Johnstown. This is the most powerful disinfectant in the market. Please advise ns how to ship it Reed & Caeneick. Natural mineral Waters. Apollinaris Water, quarts and pints. Tauus Water, quarts. Nieder Selser, quarts. Congress Water, quarts and pints.1 -Ha thorn Waters, pints. G. W. Schmxdt, 95 and 97 Fifth ave. What tbe Bakers Bar. There is an old saying that the proof of the pudding lies in tbe eating. The best proof of the excellence of the famous "Iron City Brand" of flour, made by Whitmyre & Co., the sterling millers, lies in the fact that the bakers of Allegheny county are gradu ally adopting its nse on account of its solid qualities. Give it a trial. If you have not smoked the La Perla del" Pumar Key West Cigar you have lost a treat. Sold 3 for 25c. G. W. Schmidt, Nos. 95 and 97 Pifth Ave. Pennsylvania Railroad's Trains Will be run via A. V. E. R. to Driftwood and Philadelphia and Erie R. R. to accom odate passengers for Harrisburg, Philadel phia, New York, Baltimore, Washington and eastern points. Trains leave Union station at 8 A. 31 and 7:15 p. si. 50c to 25c. A large lot of summer dress goods; fine goods; were 50c now 25c; this is a rare bar gain. AETHTTB, SCnONDELMYEB & CO., MThs 68 and 70 Ohio St., Allegheny. Ladles' Salt Pnrlor. Have the best selection of hot weather suits in city for street, house and seaside wear. Latest styles and prices guaranteed. Parcels & Jones, mwp 29 Filth ave. Six Colors, New Shades, In the Silk Warp Cashmeres at 50 Cents. A larger assortment in the 75 cent quality. These are nnequaled dress goods values. JOS. HOBNE & CO.'S Penn Avenue Stores. Oter 200 varieties of Imported Key West and Domestic Cigars from 52 to 540 per 100. G. W. Schmidt, Nos. 95 and 97 Kfth Ave. B.&B. This morning the most extraordinary dress goods offer ever made. 15,000 yards 51 and 51 25 goods ait 50 cents. Boggs & Buhl. Paper Hangings. We have a beautiful line of gold paper at 10c a bolt; new patterns. Aethtte, Schoudelmyeb & Co., MThs 68 and 70 Ohio st., Allegheny. Elegant cabinet photos, any style, 51 50 per doz. Panel picture with each doz. cabi nets. Lies' Populab Gaxleet, 10 and 12 bixtn St. SUMWT Smoke the best. La Perla del Fumar clear Havana Ke v West .Clears. Sold 3 for 25c. by G. W. Sehmidt,Nos. 95 and 97Tifth Ave. ' Kemnant Dat Attend our remnant sales on Friday for a bargain. MWTSU HUGTJS & HaCKE. Johnstown Photographs, Taken Saturday, June 1, showing flood at height. Jos. Eichbaum & Co , 48 Filth avenue. English Checks 42-in. wide all-wool English suitings that have been selling at 51 now 50c a yd. HrjrjTJS & Hacke. MWFSU Ftnest black dollar milanese silk gloves rednbed to 50c. Rosenbauji & Co. ACOTJGH IS THE FIRST WHISPERING of approaching disease. Tickling throats develop into coughs. Coughs lead to the great enemy consumption. A stitch in time often saves life itself. KIDD'S COUGH SYRUP. TOR COUGHS, COLDS, SORE THROAT, INFLUENZA and HOARSENESS. -ITI3- PLEASANT AND ABSOLUTELY SAFE FOR CHILDREN. PRICE, 23 CENTS. FOR SALE BY ALL DRUGGISTS. PREPARED BY FLEMING BROa, PITTSsBURG, PA. arwT LOOK HERE! 25c TJNLAUNDR1ED SHIRTa FLANNEL SHIRTS, 85c, WITH POCKET. UMBRELLAS, 60c, 62c, 75c, $1, 81 25, $1 50 and 2. T. T. T. THDMPBDN BROTHERS, 109 Federal Street, Allegheny. I .JelO-xwr NEW ' AD VEB,TTSE3tENTS. S- iJDS. HDRNE. -i ED.'B PENN AVENUE STORES.. June the great summer goods buying time. To keep up our steadily increasing trade wo call attention to some special pmrchases that aro worth coming hero to buy. Read about them they are In the Dress Goods Depart ment. Tho 8llk for summer wear is just as good value as you will find in the Dress Goods, and everyone is delighted with our last large purchases of Printed India Silks that we are selling at 65c and 75o a yard. The quality tells, and the patterns no old styles. The Colored Surah Silks that we are selling at 50cand7So are the delight of everyone that sees them. More bargains in the Black Silk Department this week that you want to see, especially in the way of Black India Silks, Black Suran Silks, Black Silk Grenadines and some remark able Black Gros Grain Silks and Black Satin Rhadames the quality at the prices make them wonders. Over in the Wash Dres3 Goods stock you find new styles in Satines, fresh as newly baked bread, and our display. of Scotch and American Ginghams is four to one lareer than any assortment you can find. Prices are low. This is our closing up month. Come now. Yon will never buy Skirting Embroideries for as little as at this moment in our Embroid ery Department new Roods, bought chiin. 'f -Si n T Then the Lace counter has still got a big lot ot special low price goods, in medium and flounce widths, in cream, white and black Laces, while the stock of BlackNets is vary large. Muslfn Underwear 25c garments to finest. New styles ..in Dressing Sacques. Merino, Gauze, Balbriggan and Pure Silk Underwear, ribbed and plain, for ladies and children many bargains. Our low prices on Dress Goods Include the finer qualities. This great cleaning un sale in this Dress Goods Department is full of extra ordinary values the Silk Warp Colored Cashmeres at EOc, Mohair Mixtures at 35c and 40c, The French Cballis at 25c and 40c The French Dress Patterns at $i and 13, The $25 French Dress Patterns at S12. The SI 25 quality Colored Silk Warp Hea ettas at 75c The all-wool Debeiges at 30c, 40c and 60c. The CO-lnch all-wool Suitings at 40c, The S2 French Silk Jacquard Stripes at 80c The Colored all-wool French Albatross at && This will be a busy month if you are wide awake and will take time to see all thebarg&tsj . tbat are here. JDS. HDRNE i CD. 'B PFJNN AVENUE STORES. 1 ,lKi in'.