THE JOHNSTOWN HORROR
RUSHING TO THEIR FATES.
IMMENSE DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY. UNPARALLELED LOSS OF LIFE*, (By Electric Telegraph,—Copyright.) [Peb Press Association. | NEW YORK, Jure 3. The residents of Johnstown did not take heed of the warning given them to take refuge on the high lands, and while they laughed at having escaped from danger, they were overwhelmed by the flood waters. It appears that hundreds of houses toppled off their foundations and floated down the seething torrent, dashing together until they wore destroyed. INie terrorstricken inmates were heard above the storm to shriek for help, which it was impossible to give them. Fears of the safety of the reservoir had been felt for over a year. The damage done by the flood is estimated at 25,000,000d0l (over L 6,000,000 sterling). The Southwork mineral works were completely washed away. Connemaugh, Woodville, Cambria City, Morrellville, and Sheridan were destroyed, scarcely a building in any of these places being left standing. Most of the inhabitants were drowned.
For a radius of twelve miles around Johnstown, every township or village, railway, telegraph, mill, or house has been destroyed.
Two thousand coffins have been sent to Johnstown for the interment of the victims.
The flood in the Connemaugh district is receding, and the weather is now clearing. Every river draining the Alleghany watershed is raging in torrents. Many of the collieries are flooded.
The railway bridges across the Potomac at Harper Ferry were saved by loading them with engines.
The floods overflowed Washington and Richmond.
The bridges at Pittsburg and Appomattox were carried away.
Relief is being energetically organised a) over the Union,
Two trains on the Pennsylvania Railway Company’s line were swept away, and the passengers drowned. Johnstown is now piled up with debris and crowded with refugees. During the height of the flood every minute saw a floating house, crowded with victims, dashed to pieces.
The railway officials compute that fully 1,500 persons were roasted to death when the piled-up houses took fire.
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THE JOHNSTOWN HORROR, Evening Star, Issue 7924, 4 June 1889
THE JOHNSTOWN HORROR Evening Star, Issue 7924, 4 June 1889
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