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THE JOHNS TOWN DISASTER

By Electric Tklkobaph—CorvßifliiT.] [Pun Prkss Association, J

NEW YORK, Jink 4,

Twenty foreigners, who were detected robbing the dead at Johnstown, were lynched by the mob. Seven others, tinder Sre of revolvers, were driven bad: into the flood until they were drowned. Two thousand bodies are being slowly cremated on the railway bridge at Johnstown, which caught fire from the burning debris piled against it. It is now estimated that from 10,000 to 15,000 lives were lost in Johnstown alone. In many instances the people committed Buieide. The estimated loss is 40,000,000d01. Bands of foreigners are stripping and robbing all the valuables from those who lost their lives in the Johnstown floods, and are also murdering wholesale the injured. Several Hungarians who were found to be connected with the outrages, and cutting the fingers and ears off the corpses in order to gain possession of jewellery, have been lynched. [Special to Press Association. J NEW YORK, June 4. The Bite on which the town of Johnstown stood presents the appearance of a lake with water 40ft deep. A large body of military has been despatched to the scene of disaster to protect the wounded, A fund in aid of the sufferers has been opened. The flood is subsiding. The Pennsylvania Railway Company estimate their loss at 15,000,000d01. Several thousand people have been rendered homeless, and it is feared that a pestilence may break out. [The great reservoir disaster in Pennsylvania reported by cable recalls a similar disaster which occurred near Sheffield, England, on March 11, 18G4, when a new embankment constructed for the Sheffield Water Supply Company at Bradford broke down, and let out a body of water 95ft deep from a reservoir seventy-eight acres in extent. The destruction of life and property by this flood was unprecedented in England. Sheffield and the country fourteen miles around were inundated—mills, houses aud hamlets swept away ; 250 lives were lost, and the damage to property was estimated at L 327.000. Nearly L 53.000 was subscribed within twelve months to help the sufferers. The American catastrophe was vastly more distressing and destructive. The reservoir was an enormous one—three miles long and a mile and a-half in width.— 'Timaru Herald.']

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THE JOHNS TOWN DISASTER, Issue 7925, 5 June 1889

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THE JOHNS TOWN DISASTER Issue 7925, 5 June 1889

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