Frank Timoney Lebanon Daily News Dam Burst

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Frank Timoney Lebanon Daily News Dam Burst - i Oause a Harvest of Death in Two Hew York...
i Oause a Harvest of Death in Two Hew York Towns. EIGHT LIVES PBOBABLY LOST. Five Dodles Recovered »nd Three Others Mlsslnjc-Oue of tho Victims Was Rescued From the Johnstown Flood, aud Married Iler Rescuer. Foughkeepsie, N. Y., July 15.—The two large reservoirs !n the Fishkill ! mountains which supplied- water to th-t . towns DL Matteawan and Fishkill | burst their walls at 2 o'clock yester- I day morning, and the water that was released swept through the Duchess valley, causing ruin and death. Five bodies have been taken from the wreckage left in the wake of the flood, _nd there are known to be two and i probably three more lying somewhere | beneath the piled up debris, which is j all that remains of three houses that . were swept away by the mighty tor- ! rent. The names of those whose bodies j have been recovered, as officially given out by Coroner H. B. Bevier, of Mat- teawan, are: Mrs. John Conroy, aged 36, wife of the engineer in Timoney's brick yard. Her body was badly bruised by contact with trees and wreckage, and was covered with mud. Mrs. Mary Ferry, aged 38 years, a widow. Her body was in the worst condition o£ all the victims, being covered with mud and bruises. William Ferry, aged 9 years, son of Mrs. Ferry. The body was in good condition, except for bruises about the head. John Sruka, a Hungarian, 28 years old. Philameua Deluka, an Italian girl, 6 years old. The body was unmutllated. The missing are: John Conroy, aged 2 years, a son of Engineer Conroy: Julia Conroy, aged 6 years, a daughter of Engineer Conroy; an unknown Hungarian, whose brother declares that he was drowned. There were two floods. The first was not disastrous, but alarmed the inhabitants, most of whom left their houses. A short time later the second dam burst, pouring the flood down the mountain, carrying with H a great mass of debris, parts of buildingQr etc. This struck the buildings in the rear of Timoney's brick yard. One was a boarding house, conducted by Patrick Murphy. This building contained five families. A short distance from the Murphy boarding house was a building occupied by about 25 laborers, mostly Slavs, with a few Italians. From these two buildings the victims were taken. The body of Mrs. Mary Ferry was recovered yesterday afternoon, dug from mud and debris 10 feet deep. Thirty- five men worked all day in the ruins. Mrs. Conroy, one of the lost, before her marriage lived at Johnstown, Pa., where the great flood occurred several years ago. She was rescued there by John Conroy, who afterwards married her. There are three of the Timoney brick yards. Two of them are badly damaged. The north one, managed by Frank Timoney, Jr., is a total loss. The flood swept directly over the valley, carrying away everything but the sheds. The brlckmaking plant, wagons, carts, etc., were swept across the railroad track into the river. • At the northern yard were 60 arches of "green" brick, 45,000 in each arch. The water softened these, and let the whole down in a mass of clay. A 12- arch kiln was burning. The flood put put the fire and partially ruined the brick. Most of the ruins have been searched over, and It is possible that some bodies have been swept into the river. The water still runs through the yard, which is covered to a depth of several feet with gravel, mud, trunks of trees, parts of wagons and like material, finding its way thence through a culvert into the river. The three buildings in which the laborers had quarters were totallv wrecked. There is hardly a piece of wood two feet long anywhere. In the ravine there are great rocks, some of them weighing five to ten tons each, rolled down the mountain by the torrent. One rock, weighing ten tons at least, lies on the site of Murphv's boarding house. It Is supposed to be the one that knocked the house off its foundation. Frank Mc'iinnis, a 15- year-old boy, a machine tender In Timoney's vards. was on the piazza of Murphy's house. He says the house broke in two. The flood carried the first half, with him clinging to it, down towards Hammond & Freeman's yards, which ad.loin Timoney's. He went under several times, but managed, to swim, and was at length pulled out in an unconscious condition by Charles White, a fellow workman. He had not a stitch of clothing on when rescued. His body was badly bruised, and he has a great ci:t on the face from the right eye across the mouth to the chin. When he recovered consciousness, half crazed, bo started for the water again, but was heM back. The Montreal express train arrived at the scene about three minutes after the accident, and was flagged through the efforts of M. H. Reilly. an employe of Timoney's, who boarded at Murphy's. He thought nothing of the heavy rain storm until he heard somebody on the piazza, about 1:30, speak of the reservoir on the hill. After making Inquiries he apprehended danger, and went down to the track. Soon after- v.-ard he heard a tremendous roar In the mountain, and then the crash of the buildings swept away. A freight train had just passed that portion of tho track and stopped below, having struck a rock that had rolled down the mountain. Tli-.'ny hurried down the track and told the flagman that the roadbed was rovorod by the flood and he had bettor nag the express, whirh he did. Reilly lingered around until the flood had partially subsided. Then he saw something white In the rubbish, and, reaching down, pulled out the body of a little Italian girl. John T. Lundy. of Matteawan, one of Timoney's employes, rescued Patrick Murphy and four little boys. He waded out to a building and carried them one by one to a place of safety. This was directly after the first wave. They had no more than got to the bank before the house was swept away. As soon as the excitement attendant upon the awful catastrophe had sub- tided the thoughts and conversation of the hundreds of people who had gathered at \he scene and of the residents of the twin villages of Fishkill Landing and Matteawan turned to the question of responsibility for the dls aster. Morgan H. Hoyt, a member of the coroner's jury, said: "I believe that the Fishkill and Matteawan Water company will be held for criminal negligence. One of the dams at least has been notoriously unsound ever since II was built, ten years ago, and has been leaking all the time. The dam -was one half feet above the water and three and a half below, and built of cobblestones. People have been predicting its collapse ever since I have lived here." Similar expressions could be heard all around the village. Americans Gain Their Point. Tangier, Morocco, July 15.—The difficulty arising over the disinclination ol the authorities of Morocco against Americans in refusing to permit them to employ native help, a privilege allowed Europeans, has been settled, and the United States warships San Francisco and Raleigh, which recently arrived here to support the protest of United States Consul General Burke against this discrimination, sailed to(lay for New York, via Enrtand. CONCESNWG coal United what 1S95 f France^ compared United 1892, Gs the the 0</ price the 1894, Belgium the output production the those coal the other that might native of cup the hat Pete umber

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  1. Lebanon Daily News,
  2. 15 Jul 1897, Thu,
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