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THE FLOODS IN AMERICA

+ =■ FURTHER DETAILS (PEB PREBB iSSOOIATIOW ) c ' (Received Jane 5, 10 p m.) New Yobx, June 4 The Oheaapeake-Ohio Canal and 20 miles of the Ooburn-Lewiebarg Railway have been completely destroyed by the reoent flood. ■ (Received Jane 6, 12.38 am.) 1 Nbw Yobe. Jane 5. Pour thousands corpses of persons i who perished m the £onemaugh cat asi trophe have been recovered. A regiment of soldiers has been told off to i inter the victims and hundreds are i buried daily. , Fully 50,000 people resided m the area which was flooded but the re- ' gistry offices which have been 1 opened "at Johnstown to record t the survivors only show that 9000 t- escaped. Out of a family of t twenty-nine only one member escaped. I Another person buried fourteen rer latives. Many families are extinct. The procession carrying coffins extended over two miles. One man who > managed to escape floated for twentys three miles astride a telegraph post. s The debris impacted at Johnstown 5 bridge, will be burnt with petroleum or i destroyed by dynamite. f l The air for miles round the devas--1 tated region is tainted with the stench arising from the decomposing bodies of the human beings and domestic 1 animals who were victims of the 5 disaster, and Petersburgh is suffering ■* from its water supply being poisoned 8 through the same cause. 8 Some locomotives which were washed t off the lines were carried ten nriles by 1 the forpe of t^e water. 8 Relief trains are arriving m the de- » vastated district daily, and money is > being subscribed inthe various American > towns and m London for the relief of the survivors. Floating debris carried away the >r bridge over the Susquehanaat Williams c Point, and fjfty person^ who were on . the bridge at the time. watering the d flooded river, were drowned, (Received Jane 6, 119 p.tn) Sydney, Jane 6. The Mayor of Sydney has cabled to * the President of the United States exa pressing bis sympathy m the disaster occiiioqed by the floods at Johns, town •

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THE FLOODS IN AMERICA, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2144, 6 June 1889

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THE FLOODS IN AMERICA Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2144, 6 June 1889

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