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Title: The story of Johnstown : its early settlement, rise and progress, industrial growth, and appalling flood on May 31st, 1889
Year: 1890 (1890s)
Authors: McLaurin, J. J. (John James), 1841- 4n
Publisher: Harrisburg, Pa. : J.M. Place
Contributing Library: Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
Digitizing Sponsor: Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
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r ihe perturbed waves.Loud-crashins, terrible, a sound that madeEither shore tremble, as if of a windImpetuous, from con!lictin.rr vapor- sprung.That gainst some forest drivinic all hi> MuchtPlucks oti the brandies, beats them do«n andAfar; then, onward passing, proudly sweepsHis whirlwind rai;.-.—Dante. vancfd.a dozen ranie E\ENTY-THKEE lives and a million dollarsin propcrtx had been sacririct.d to the devoiir-insf Moloch. Far trom appeasing him. thiscosth orteriuL; merely whetted his ravenousappetite. The caiminatincr hnrror was tocome at Johnstown and it^ suburbs. Thehand takers, the e\-e dims and the heart throbspainfully over tlie t;rievous desolation. FromEast Conemauuh and Franklin, renewing; itsenerg\- at e\erv >itp. the tlood swooped upon;? .. Woodvale. The valley narrowed and the water reared its trowniiiL; cre-t lii-:her asitad- inL, the earth bare in its viutlictive passion. .An iron bridt^e am! dwellint;s. which dared dijpute its ri^ht ot \va\-, were contempt-s
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84 THE STORY OF JOIJXSTOllX. uoiisly brushed aside. Nothing was ton small to escape its notice or too largefor it to attack. Locomotives turned sdincrsaults, and liouses played leap-frog in the bosom ot the merciless current, \vhicli churned them into batterediron and splintered wood to stre-.s its trail with wreckage. IIa\oc ruled thelioiir and chaos was monarcli of the daw Three lunuhcd jileasant houK-. sheltered the eleven hundred residents ofWood^•alc, bordering Franklin on the south and spreading o\-er the tlats fromConemaugh Creek to a commanding liill on the northwest. ^faple avenue, tlieprincipal thoroughfare, was lined ^vith pretty Imnies and Lra\ersed bystreetcars. An iron briilge on the northern end communicated with East Cone-maugh. On this bridge Burgess bloward C. E\ans, 1 )r. l)uncan ami a half-dozen neighbors were discussing the hiL;h ^\ater. which had led to the closingof the local factories at noon. The roar of the tlnod tearing tlow n the creekarrested their attCU
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