copyright 1890; Edgewood Publishing Company; hardbound; fair/good condition with one page torn through (p. 159); no dust jacket.
"Through the Johnstown flood.
By a survivor. A thrilling, truthful, and official history of the most appalling calamity of modern times.
Prepared in response to a request of the leading citizens of Johnstown and many of the foremost men of the nation, by Rev. David J. Beale ..."
The Johnstown Flood -
The Johnstown Flood (locally, the Great Flood of 1889) occurred on May 31, 1889, after the catastrophic failure of the South Fork Dam, located on the south fork of the Little Conemaugh River, 14 miles (23 km) upstream of the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The dam broke after several days of extremely heavy rainfall, releasing 14.55 million cubic meters of water. With a volumetric flow rate that temporarily equaled the average flow rate of the Mississippi River, the flood killed more than 2,200 people and accounted for $17 million of damage (about $484 million in 2019 dollars).
The American Red Cross, led by Clara Barton and with 50 volunteers, undertook a major disaster relief effort. Support for victims came from all over the United States and 18 foreign countries. After the flood, survivors suffered a series of legal defeats in their attempts to recover damages from the dam's owners. Public indignation at that failure prompted the development in American law changing a fault-based regime to one of strict liability.