History of the Johnstown Flood: Including All the Fearful Record, the Breaking of the South Fork Dam, the Sweeping Out of the Conemaugh Valley, the Overthrow of Johnstown ... : with Full Accounts Also of the Destruction on the Susquehanna and Juniata Rivers, and the Bald Eagle Creek (Google eBook)

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Edgewood Publishing Company, 1889 - Floods - 518 pages
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Page 43 - Fell every loosened beam, And like a dam the mighty wreck Lay right athwart the stream ; And a long shout of triumph Rose from the walls of Rome As to the highest turret-tops Was splashed the yellow foam.
Page 97 - To race with the flood and take the road In front of the terrible swath it mowed. For miles it thundered and crashed behind, But he looked ahead with a steadfast mind ; " They must be warned !
Page 276 - June 4. — State Grand Commander Weissert telegraphed $250 to the Pennsylvania Department yesterday. Detroit, June 4. — The relief fund already reaches nearly $1000. Ex-Governor Alger and Senator James McMillan have each telegraphed $500 to the scene of the disaster. Chicago, June 4. — A meeting of business men was held this morning to collect subscriptions. Several large subscriptions, including one of $1000 by Marshall Field & Co., were received. The committees expect to raise $50,000 within...
Page 245 - Nineveh in awful numbers, was another scene to-day — that of a young officer of the National Guard in full uniform and a poor deputy sheriff, who had lost home, wife, children and all, clinched like madmen and struggling for the former's revolver. If the officer of the Guard had won, there might have been a tragedy, for he was drunk. The homeless deputy sheriff with his wife and babies swept to death past the place where they struggled was sober and in the right. The officer of the National Guard...
Page 260 - Funds contributed in aid of the sufferers can be deposited with Drexel & Co., Philadelphia ; Jacob C. Bomberger, banker, Harrisburg, or William R. Thompson & Co., bankers, Pittsburg. All money contributed will be used carefully and judiciously. Present wants are fairly met. "A large force will be employed at once to remove the debris and bury the dead, so as to avoid disease and epidemic. " The people of the Commonwealth and others whose unselfish generosity is hereby heartily appreciated and acknowledged...
Page 83 - A few gentlemen and some ladies and children quietly seated themselves, apparently contented. One gentleman, who was ill, had his berth made up and retired, although advised not to do so. " Soon the cry came that the water in the reservoir had broken down the barrier and was sweeping down the valley. Instantly there was a panic and a rush for the mountain side. Children were carried and women assisted by a few who kept cool heads. It was a race for life. There was seen the black head of the flood,...
Page 98 - A Paul Revere lies somewhere among the dead. Who he is is now known, and his ride will be famous in history. Mounted on a grand, big bay horse, he came riding down the pike which passes through Conemaugh to Johnstown, like some angel of wrath of old, shouting his warning : " Run for your lives to the hills ! Run to the hills !
Page 97 - The sound of the galloping horse-hoofs near; They watch the trend of the vale, and see The rider who thunders so menacingly, With waving arms and warning scream To the home-filled banks of the valley stream. He draws no rein, but he shakes the street With a shout and the ring of the galloping feet, And this the cry that he flings to the wind — "To the hills for your lives! The flood is behind!
Page 52 - The stream of human beings that was swept before the angry floods was something most pitiful to behold. Men, women and children were carried along frantically shrieking for help, but their cries availed them nothing. Rescue was impossible. Husbands were swept past their wives, and children were borne along, at a terrible speed, to certain death, before the eyes of their terrorized and frantic parents. Houses, outbuildings, trees and barns were carried on the | angry flood of waters as so much chaff.
Page 138 - I saw one thousand bodies burn. It reminded me of a lot of flies on fly-paper struggling to get away, with no hope and no chance to save them. I have no idea that had the bridge been blown up the loss of life would have been any less. They would have floated a little further with the same certain death. Then, again, it was impossible for any one to have reached the bridge in order to blow it up, for the waters came so fast that no one could have done it.

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