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490 THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD.

in a small frame house near, and, by lying close together, sardine fashion, seven or eight of them could sleep on the floor at once. As soon as the night men got up the day men took their places. That was the best bed any of them had for ten days after the flood. The office for that time remained in the oil shed without any improvement in the facilities. The Pittsburg managers of the Western Union seemed to have been completely paralyzed by the extent of the damage done to their wires by the flood. There was no reason why a decent office and comfortable quarters should not have been provided in Johnstown within three days, while they could almost have built a new line from Pittsburg in the time they took to fix up the old one. Higher officials from the company from Chicago and other cities finally arrived and took charge of matters. The lines were then quickly extended across the river and into a room that was cleaned out in the office building of the Cambria Iron Company. The oil shed was then abandoned, and the operators installed in comfortable chairs at real desks.
    After the first couple of days Manager Munson, an old Western Union man, had charge of things in Johnstown during the day, but the bulk of the work, so far as press matter was concerned, continued to fall on Chief Edwards and his night gang, which was made up most of the


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