To position the div’s to the left and so the content will have a scroll you would just need have only overflow turned on for x. e.g overflow-y:hidden; then also make sure the content div is big enough to fit the paragraphs or content inside it. So if you have four paragraphs that have a width of 200px each you would need a box of 808px (assuming you have the borders. Check out the jsfiddle to see. Is this what you were looking for?
@Paulie_D, you can put divs in a list-item under html4.
@lyleboy, you’d need to know the total width of all the floats and give that width (or wider) to their parent and then scroll the overflow on its parent, like this (not tested):