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Clara Barton letters from Johnstown after the 1889 flood
Clara Barton Asks for Supplies. The following message has been received here from Johnstown, Pa. : To A. S. Solomons, vice president. National Red Cross, Washington: Please ship at once three hospital tents with CORNER SiAIN AND CLINTON STREETS. (Ruins of Ilurlburt House on Right.) flies and fittings complete and twenty-five twenty-five twenty-five cots. We have three hospitals which need supplies. Directeu by the state board of health to take charge of infectious diseases. One hospital established established for this. Have half a hundred persons at work. We know of no conflict of authority with any one here, nor have I heard of any. It probably exists in the newspapers, which none of us have the time to read. Clara Barton, President, National Red Cross. Letters from Clara Barton. A. 8. Solomons, vice president of the Na tional Red Cross association, has received a letter from Miss Clara Barton, who went to Johnstown with the Red Cross party from this city, in which she says, under date of June 6: rne i-miaaeipnia i-miaaeipnia i-miaaeipnia ttea uross touowed us in two hours. They have a splendid corps of phy sicians and helpers, and together we are estab lishing our headquarters aud hospitals. The ac counts which you read are probably not over rated; indeed, I do not know how they could be. Distraction ana death are everywnere. The piles of rubbish are full of human bodies. Yesterday three were taKeu out still alive, supplies are ar riving iu goodly quantity and being distributed by the various committees in such manner as you would expect. It has rained almost incessantly until today; water and mud and broken buildings and dead animals are everywhere. Under date of June 7 Miss Barton wrote We are fairly at systematic work. Ran our cars into the stationary track and pitched our tents today, a fine camp and splendid work. We have put up two isolated hospital tents today for disease that might prove contagious, We have a force of nearly fifty, and it is difficult to find one with a moment of leisure. All the various committees and the military authorities are in perfect accord with us, and tender every facility and aid. The way is now getting open for mail and telegrams, and as tlio waitiug messages come in i am niinost snowed under. The desti tution is absolute; there is no half way; all gone. We have pretty good supplies of clothing, but it melts away rapidly. We have less of bedding:. and it will be needed, especially as the familief try once more to do for themselves. Groceries and provisions are most welcome, and household articles are all gone, and the people seem toe dazed to realize their loss, either of property oi friends they will wake up to this later. to E. I