Early estimates of the death toll of the Johnstown Flood of 1889
It was stated at the office of the Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Uailroad, at an early hour this morning, morning, that the deaths would run up into the thousands rather than- hundreds,-as was at first supposed. From private dispatches received, received, it is said that the stream of human beings that was swept before the angryfloods was something most pitiful to behold. Men, women and children were carried along frantically shrieking for help, but their cries 'availed them nothing. Iiescue was impossible. Husbands were swept past their wives and children were borne rapidly along, going at a terrible speed to certain -death before the eyes ol their terrorized and frantic parents. It was said at the depot that it was impossible to estimate the num ber whose lives were lost in the flood. It will simply be a matter of conjecture for several days as to who were lost or who escaped.