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AEBIVEIN JOHNSTOWN AND BEPOBT POE WOEK. THE RELIEF FLAK All Deserving Persons to be Promptly Supplied. CLEARING THE WRECKAGE The Great Heaps of Debris Destroyed by Burning. SEARCH FOR THE DEAD Ooes Steadily On—Many More Bodies Found and Identified—The Authorities Deny the Sensational Stories Circulated—Belief Still Coming In. Doctors Doing Noble Work—The "Want of Coal—Pneumonia and Measles Prevalent—Estimating the Total Missing. The City to be Rebuilt, JOHNSTOWN, June 6.—The work of clearing the streets of the wreckage continues. About 5,000 laborers are working from early morning until late at -hia morgue which have not been identified, eight women and two men. Bev. A. P. Diller and Family tost. The congregation of St. Mark's Protestant Episcopal church lost 27 out of a membership of 150. The rector, Rev. A. P. Diller, wife and two children, were drowned and the bodies have not yet been found. The church was a large brick building, with stone trimmings, and was valued at $25,000. The entire structure and a part of the foundation were swept away. Doctors Doing Noble Work. The prevalence of pneumonia, caused »j exposure, is assuming alarming proportions. The large corps of physicians have all they can do in attending to the patients at Cambria City, Johnstown proper, Woodvale and all the suburbs. Not less than 300 surgical cases have been treated at the P-rnbria hospital. Five hundred patients n alljvere received. This is in charge of a corps of doctors from Altoona, namely, Drs. Buck, the first on the ground; Smith, Jacob, Spanogle, Arney, W. S. Ross, Bruner and Sellers, the latter in charge of the dispensary. They have done and are doing noble work. Measles are afflicting the children of Prospect hill and Minersville in alarming proportions. There are a few cases of real typhoid in Minersville. All Business Suspended. Strangers coming to this place fresh from comparative comfort are first struck by the utter absence of business of all kinds and the absence of the minor luxuries of life. There is absolutely nothing for sale in the city but labor, and that is at a premium. A Pittsburg man who had reason to write to Ms friends in the city was kept hustling for an hour to obtain the necessary pen and ink and paper for which he for' bodies, but thought it was only shreds of worthless cloth they were looking at Finally somebody poked at the rags with a stick, and a swirl in the current brought a 2-year-old babe to the surface. The drift of opinion among intelligent men, physicians, engineers and railroad men, is that from 1,000 to 1,500 of the bodies will never be found. Thought He Was Crazy. A letter carrier named Patrick Hannan states that on the day of the disaster he rushed around informing the people of their danger, but residents of the city heard so much about floods for years that they yelled "chestnuts," "rats" and other epithets at him and said he was GATHERING UP THE DEAD. just a little crazy. He ran to the hillside and just got up there in time to see the flood coming. He says it came like a cloud, and from what he knows of the town he is satisfied that at least 8,000 persons perished. The man who received the first definite warning that the South Fork dam was a

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  1. The Indiana Weekly Messenger,
  2. 05 Jun 1889, Wed,
  3. Page 11

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