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THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD. 465

sheltered by the Wood, Morrell & Co.'s general store, which was partially destroyed, but which broke the force of the current.
    A newspaper correspondent made this entry under the date of June 17th:
    “The Relief Committee have decided to erect a hundred portable houses to shelter the survivors as soon as the buildings can be received from Chicago. The houses will be twelve by twenty-six feet, and will be large enough to accommodate six persons each. Each house will be furnished with a stove and utensils, six chairs, two beds and bedclothes, two spring mattresses, one pair pillows, two pairs of sheets for each bed, woolen blankets, a bureau, a table, and table-ware to set it. In fact, a family will be given everything necessary to go to housekeeping, and told to go ahead and paddle their own canoe. The object is to start the town on toward a rise from the ruins, but as the town is yet in chaos, it is impossible to make permanent arrangements. The grade of the town may be raised. If a man cannot find his own ground now, he can set his house up anywhere, and move it on to his land when it is found under the debris. If the houses give satisfaction, the Committee will not stop at buying a thousand of them, and building up the town. In conjunction with this move at building up the ruined city, General Hastings has purchased an immense


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