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THE JOHNSTOWN HORROR

By Electric Telegraph—Goprßioiu ] [Per Press Association.]

NEW YORK, Jcne 5. Up to date 5,000 bodies have been rescued.

A regiment of soldiers is engaged in burying the dead, who are interred hundreds at a time.

Ful'y 55,000 persons resided within the area that has been flooded. In Johnstown registry offices for the survivors have been established, and already 9,000 names have been recorded there.

Oat of one family of twenty-nine there is only one living, and another solitary representative of a family buried fourteen of his relatives. Many families are entirely wiped out. The procession carrying coffins extended fully two miles. One survivor floated twenty-three miles astride of a telegraph post before he was rescued.

The debris was so impacted against Johnstown bridge that it had to be set fire to with petroleum and the bridge destroyed by dynamite. The air for miles around is tainted, and Pittsburg is suffering from poisoned water. In Johnstown the etreetß surrounding the principal square are so bare that not even a brick has been left to mark the Bpot where stood some of the chief buildings of the place. To indicate the force of the flood it is mentioned that some railway locomotives were carried a distance of ten miles.

Relief trains are despatched daily to the stricken districts.

Subscriptions In aid of the survivors are being freely received in raost of the towns of the Union, in London, and elsewhere.

A SHOCKING CALAMITY. NEW YORK, Jcne 5,

The floating debris carried away the bridge at Williams Point, on the Susquehanna River, drowning!] fifty of the people who crowded the bridge to watch the effects of the flood.

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THE JOHNSTOWN HORROR, Issue 7926, 6 June 1889

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THE JOHNSTOWN HORROR Issue 7926, 6 June 1889

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