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Ths rang:© of tho thermometer at The Times ■oJTleo yesterday wan as follows: 9 A. M.. W>; }2 M., 02; S P. M.. 70; 6 P. M., 63; 8 P. M., «<; 12 lnldnlgfil, C 3; average, 621-6. V0L.516. NO. 61. DNPEECEDENTED STORM Following Heavy Rain for Days Came Extra ordinary Snowfall, Reaching from Canada to Atlanta. DISASTROUS FLOOD INTHE OHIO Water is Already Above Danger Point and Rapidly Rising— Mills Have Been Forced to Close, Residents Are Driven from Their Homes, and All Railroad Traffic Tied Up. ( WASHINGTON. D. C , April 20.-S P. ML— The excessive rains of the past 1 twenty-four to thirty-six hours over the upper Ohio watershed have caused a very rapid and dangerous rise in tho upper Ohio River and its tributaries. In anticipation of a fiacd of decided proportions, warnings were issued this momlne of a thirty-foot stage at Pittsburg during to-nlgHt. and dantrer llne stapes, or over, below Pitlsburg as far as Portsmouth, Ohio. At 4 P. M. the water at Pittsburg was 24.6, 2.6 feet above tho danger line, a ris? ol 7.2 feet since 8 A. M., enfl rising one-half foot an hour. At Park ersburc the stage was ::4.S feet, a rise of seven fret since 8 A. M., and 1.2 feet below the dnnjrer line, and still rising-. At Cincinnati the etase was 85.8 feet, a rise or 4.7 reel sln<-e S a. M., and rising, but still 15 feet Velow the danger line. As it is still raining over the upper Ohio valley, it is Impossible to-night to venture a definite forecast of the exact crest of tho flood wave. It will, how ever, move rapidly down the Ohio River, ar.d stages above the danger Hne win doubtless 1 u- Reached as far as Cincinnati by Sunday night or Monday. Flood warnings have been widely distributed, particularly in the vicinity oi Pittsb ire. "'id reports received to-night Indicate that a great amount of portable property has been removed to places of security. Special reports have been callefl for from the flood district on Sunday morn ing-, when further information will be given and additional warnings issued, if neisessary. The situation below Cincinnati will be carefully watched and prompt and timely warnings will be issued if necessary. (Signed) WILLIS L. MOORE, Chief L'nited States Weather Bureau. PITTSBIjRG THE CENTRE Widespread Storm Precedes Most Disastrous j Roods. (By Associated Pi-ess.) PITTSBURG, PA.. April -o.— This city j is a center of a widespread and a'si-is- , trou& storm. I'ov a radius b£ 150 rnn-.s in 1 Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and West Virginia rain or snow has been railing, almost without Inierfbission for j three days. Mountain streams have be- , come torrents, creeks ar< swollen and out ... their baufcs and the big rivers are oceans of turbid water. Flood records, it is expected, will be broken before the water subsides. Th' financial loss cannot be estimated. j:. :i''.iiii: >n 1 1 the hundreds of thousands and perhaps millions of dollars it will cost to put lanre manufacturing plants in commission again, tens of thousands oi skilled workmen are thrown out of employment and lose their wages just ■ ■ a time when all the iron and steel mills are rushed with orders. Disease I death will follow in the wake of the ! liood. THOUSANDS SUFFERING. To-:i!ghi thousands of people are lying ] in the upper rooms at Uieir water-soaked | l-'.uses witlioGt heat, light or food. Where gas fuel is used the pipes are Hooded and cut off and what coal there may be is under five to ten feet of water. J At SchoonvlUe. the home of the Pressed Steel Car Company, ihc little town ia j completely surrounded by water. The 1 workers and their families constitute a eommunitj of several thousand persons. :; j;.. , ...■ ,|... .. noi quickly subside, the company's store will be unable to meet ..... demand for food of a multitude be leagi ■ red )•; the fi L \v- ... : ; : .-, \v. V:> . fears the most disas- j trous flood I . Its history- The weather- I ■ se say Che river will make :i new high I ;' . C ord at that point. The mountain j streams are gushing down \\\c hill- j ! .. '.. "v" v ■■ res* ••■ ; force. Behind this coaics lh( Rood-tide of the Ohio, fed by -. •.i.";,i. >:>'.. : f:.r. ■:... Allegheny. Heaver and other tributaries. From -55 to 50 feet of water is feared at Wheeling, which means nn immense loss of properly, followed !»• destitution and sickness tor those v : rt able i" bear It LIVES ENDANGERED. In many parts < 1- I ■ nnsylvania and | < Wo probably the heaviest snow storm j , ',• know at this sc is m of the year has been raging for two days. On one railroad In Ohio passenger I -ajjjß a ;o stalled, engines sent to their ••escue become burled in the snow and all jnust wait for a hope r "r speedy milder weather, 'v the meantime the passen gers must depend upon nearby farms ror sufficient food to keep then-, from staxva- j voiiprion. domestic comfort and ! , 1 \ „...» nil • • the mci 'V of thr storm. Sy;r..\. ...,.-■,.:,., b^s , . xnayrei ■ '■ ■ ;■• ■ RhafiUy secrets. IMMENSE LOSS. T,» estimate the financial loss at this ! t , i- simply '■"■ ]l " " '■'•'■• :i -'' v> '^ iat :ip " ,;■.;.,, .. reasonaWc bucss is appalling In ... ,.,.-,... Sn-eet and railroad tracks .,. bulled under tens 61 earth. ah.l ... j cases '•••'• tracks have been movea. 1 o _,i , ■■ . ' .-■' (3 oilier bridges have ! ,.;;, ,;^ ; | away and their picre weak- ; •;-•■ hj= manufacturing plants havw c-if severely- The co«t of repairs In hut j Kjnall |s«t! lii comparison with the deiaj ; .. :; ; . .. ,:^, :^ nrdcTfl with which all the j ' I,: ', 'inercliuntf •'•5' 1 '- losers on pttwkF .-... :« and th lusands have spent , , r, help to remove their sr^ods. hut ,h ' ,;■..,..•, serloaii Item of all will follow :•■ the walce r >f th* floods. Uiat is. the lit ■ ■ houses that arc almoirt ruined and >u r - : 1 •.•■f-i.f. that alniosl Inevitably Bucceeds ; Forecant»r Reefl said at midnlpht that ' 1 • .'.Ki not believe the flood woulo pass l (he thirty-foot st«*re. At that hour ihe • Dbio River ehowed twenty-scv^en foet -.t lh« Daiin Island Dam «" r l rising thr«a Inchen an hour. IM.AN-.S i'iH'T DOWIC. \* New.-.'.^tle. 7';... l.o|i ( iiio Shenanso ■nd NVsi'-unork rjv«rn UvrAaten Bront intr.air* t*t»rop<aty. This afternoon th* L ' v -'-i->.tn^n overflowed nenr the center of the fanufaciuring district and caused th» ' 24 PAGES Shenango Tin Mill, the largest in the world, and tho Baldwin and Graham Stove Foundry to close. A few hours later the big steel mill was also forced to stop work. The Pennsylvania Railroad was this morning badly crippled by a big washout near Rock Point, when several thousand cubic yards of the roadbed let go and slid into the Beaver River. Youghiogheny shaft is again flooded and it is feared the entire workings of the shaft will be drawn out. STATE OF PANIC. One of tho most widespread and dis astrous floods ever known has inundated all the low lands in Southern Ohio and Northwest Virginia, Streams great and small have passed the flood line and are still rising. Pittsburgh is In the center of the storm-stricken district, and the ef fects of the Hood are probably worse in its immediate vicinity. Rain has been lulling Incessantly i;i and for many miles around Pittsiiurg for sixty hours, and all preclpation records are broken. Parker's Landing, up the Allegheny, re ports nearly four inches and Greensboro, on the Monongolia River, over three inches. Down the Ohio, over four inches fell at Ellwood Junction, and about 3 1-2 inches at Beaver. West and north of Pittsburg heavy falls of wet snow are reported. Up the Alle gheny Valley reports come of two feet of snow oil the level at many places. This had the effect of breaking down telegraph wires and crippling railroad service. Mails are either delayed for hours or not arriving at all. Railroad officials can not estimate the cost, but say it will be heavier than ever before in the his tory of railroads running into Pittsburg. SERIOUS LANDSLIDES. Six landslides have occurred on the Pan handle between this city and Steubenville. Two of them serious. The Chartiers Branch is completely submerged and no trains can reach Washington, Pa., over this line. At Jones' Ferry, on the south side, a huge boulder fell on the Pan-Handle tracks, ;md trains had to come into the city over the Ohio connecting bridge, a detour of several miles. Beyond Steuben ville the Pan-Handle tracks are almost burled in snow. The Pittsburg, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railroad is crippled by snow of an un precedentea depth »vest of Orrville, where in the cuts there were drifts iive and six fei?t deep. The telgraph wires were torn down by the wet snow. The Baltimore and Ohio and Pennsylvania roads east are in better condition, being troubled only by small washouts and a few land slides. The Cleveland and Pittsburg is in a. serious condition owing to the loss of a number of bridges, and the Buffalo and Allegheny Valley is almost tied up by landslides. At Valley Camps the tracks arc entirely under water. The wreck trains of all the roads arc at work, bat after the water subsides it wi!i take two or three days to get the roads int;> thoir normal condition: RESIDENTS SKKIC HIGHLANDS. A special from Beaver, Pa., says Rochester, West Brldgewater, Industry and Smith's Ferry are flooded and the residents are moving their household • ■!" feels and supplies to higher ground. The water 13 expected to he as high as in ISS4, which will result in great destruction of property. All \h-.\ glass houses and other manufacturing plants will bo flooded. The following was received to-night from Sfstersyille, r .v. Vn. : "Tho rivr-r Is ri^ins rapidly ;in;l much damage will !><•> done. In the Interior of ih« country all the streams are on a rampage. Mid-Island Creek, tho inrgoFt in the county, has been out or its banks for two days, und has destroyed all prop erty within its reach. The* Ohio River Railroad has not had « train since fester day afternoon, and win :i<n move a wheel for a-cpaple of days yot. Between here and WheeMns a holf-mije landslide has covered the trakk with earth from seven to ten reet deep. The residents are mov ing lrorn the \m\- grounds. The railroad bridge over Brush Creek I is In danger. The big dam south of town is in ;i shaky condition, ati.l graVe f>a-s .<:•• felt jest the immense walls P h-«. way ; in.- .iini holds about twenty million sral :• >:••>- r>!" water. Carnegie,, six miles southwest of Piits l.urK. it; in a Mate of panic. A number of negroes got drunk on liquor being car ried from cellar* Chief of Police Geore* RICHMOND. VA. SUNDAY." APBEL 21. 1901 S. Foster tried to arrest three of them, when they attacked him with razors, cut tinff him severely. Fire bells were rung: and tho citizens turned out and sup pressed tho negroes and arrested three of them. Carnesfie is in the worst condition from flood in its history. The Superior Steel Company. Dunlap Steel Plate Company, Columbia Bridge Company, and the Chartiers Iron and Steel Company are closed, and the plants aro under water. HOUSE WASHED AWAY. Tho damage by storm in Carnegie is es timated at $80,000. The town is in dark ness and the people are freezing. The gas and electricity are shut off and the country is under water. It is reported that the bridge on the Washington Branch, two and a half miles above Carnegie, has gone down. At Heidleberg, a mile from Carnegie, tho two story building of Peter Tice, was washed away. Tice and his wife, the only occupan.ts escaped. Nearby, tho home of Henry Swertz berger was threatened. Swertzbergcr, who is seventy years of age, refused to leave, but was carried out by his son a few minutes before the house was en gulfed. AT WHEELING. River Rising Nine Inches an Hour and Ex- pected to Reach Fifty-five Feet. (By Associated Tress.) "WHEELING, W. VA., April 20.—Pre parations are being made for the worst flood since the memorable one of ISS4, when tho height of the Ohio was fifty-two feet and half of Wheeling was under water. In tho wholesale district hundreds of laborers are moving goods from base ments to upper floors. To-night the river is rising nine inches an hour. • On Wheeling Island one thousand fami lies are moving to upper floors and occu pants of cottages are moving to this side of the river. District Manager C. A. Robinson, of the American Tin-Plate Company, sends an alarming report, instructing the local plants to prepare for lifty to fifty-five feet, which is higher than the great flood of ISS4. SITUATION AT CHARLESTON. Kanawha River Will Reach Forty-Foot Stage. Seeking Safety. (Special Dispatch to The Times.) CHARLESTON, W. VA., April 20.— The Kanawha River will reach the forty-foot stage here, submerging half the city. It is raining and snowing by turns, and re ports from up the river are that there have been big rains. Residents of the lower part of the city aro now set-king places of safety. Merchants are all tak ing goods from warehouses and cellars to high points. Landslides are reported on both tho Chesapeake and Ohio and Kanawha and Michigan Roads, indica tions ara for a big flood. FLOOD IMPENDING. Heavy Rains Followed by Tremendous Snow- fall. (By Associated Press.) CINCINNATI, OHIO, April 20.— Pepuliar weather conditions during the week have culminated in a rain and snow storm of almost unprecedented dimen sions, so distributed that a tremendous riood in the Ohio river is impending. It is too early yet to predict with accuracy the extent of the coming Hood, but all signs point to a stage of water that must bring devastation of a most serious na ture all along the Ohio river and its tributaries in Ohio, West 'Virginia, and Kentucky. Tho condition Is somewhat of a surprise at Cincinnati because while there has been rain almost every day in the week it was not heavy enough to create apprer hension, but above Cincinnati, in Ken tucky and West Virginia Hood rains were falling as early as Wednesday and over a vast extent of the Ohio river valley watershed it was continuous. This heavy rain served to cause a rise in the Ohio river until this morning It was rising all the way from Pittsburg to Louisville. TREMENDOUS SNOWFALL,. Following theso rains came the tre mendous snowfall of last night, which (Continued on Eleventh Page.) DID NOT CHEAT, SAID THE JURY Students of the Medical Coliege of Virginia Cleared After a Long Trial Last Night. The trial of two freshman, charged with cheating on examination, drew nearly every students at the Medical College of Virginia to the big assembly hall last night. The accused students were exonerated. They will not be expelled from the col lege. Whether they will pass the chem istry examination, on which they were accused of cheating, remains to be seen. The papers will not be graded for sever al days. There was no effort made to let the students generally know that the trial of the suspected men was to tako place last night, but by dark it was most gen erally known, and at 8 o'clock nearly every students of the college was in the big amphitheatre. The newspaper men were rigidly excluded, and while the stu dents present were extremely reticent concerning tho proceedings, an accurate report of the trial was easily obtained from various spectators. The two young men, who are not Vir ginian*, were charged with cheating on the chemistry examination a few days ngo. It was charged that they hHd as sisted each other in the preparation of papers:, in flagrant violation of the honor system, which obtains in thp examina tion of all save tho graduating class. Kadi students is bound by the terms of his plcrt?^ neither in givr nor receive as sistunoe on examinations: President Ilartsnok, of (lie freshman class, presided at tho trial. The proceed ings were strictly formal. The students were represented by counsel, who exam- There was also a prosecutor, who rep- At an early stage of tho proceedings a motion was put thot the provision or" the honor system -which provided that the jury to try a student suspected of cheat ing phall he chosrn from among thopo who voted frr the honor system be abro gated. It prevailed by a decisive majority. President Hartsook then drew the jury men from a list of names in a bat. Tiio trinl was secret. Those ensraged fn It, including the president of tlio class, the j;iry. th*> apcused and rounr-rl. the prose cutor and witnesses, retired to the physio logical labratory, where the case was thoroughly probed. Among the witnesses (Continued on Eleventh Pag-e.) LIVELY FIGHTS FOR CONVENTION Massey and Boaz Receive a Large Majority. A SIGNIFICANT VOTE. Disposition to Visit Their Displeasure on Senator Martin. REACTS ON MR. SWANSON. Judge William Gordon Robertson, of Roanoke, Defeats Senator Lyle— R. S. Parks Nomi. nated by Acclamation— Colonel Tabb Unanimous Choice of Elizabeth City and D. C. O'Flaherty Coming from Warren. (Speclcl Dispatch to Tho TimeJ.) CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA., April 20.— The primary election held to-day through out Albemarle county to name delegates to the joint city and county convention, which meets here next Monday to nomi nate two delegates to the Constitutional Convention resulted in an overwhelming victory for Massey and Boaz. Full returns have not been recelvad, but enough have reported to show that Boaz and will control three-fourths of the convention's membership. Of the .lumber of preclucts from which reports have been received there were several which gave largo majorities to Boaz and Massey that were confidently counted on by the friends of the opposition candi dates Perkins and Gordon, and tho re- sult as a whole was a surprise to thos» who managed the latters" canvass. The following precincts have been heard from: For Massey and Boaz— Whitehall, Ivy, North Garden, Carter's Bridge, Kes wick, Stony Point, Hillsboro, Milton, Coyesville, Monticello and the Courthouse. For Perkins— Scottsville, Howardsville, and Owensville. A large vote was polled at the various precincts, showing the in tense interest that was felt all over the county. The result is not without significance. From the beginning of the effort to make the convention a party issue last spring, when the officeholders of the county and city arranged themselves in opposition to such action, it was believed that the same influences would be used against the nomination of the men selected by the advocates of the convention movement, whether rightfully or not. Senator Mar tin, who was opposed to making the convention a. party issue, is believed to have been indirectly responsible for the effort to defeat the nomination of Mas sey and Boaz. and there is now a dis position in certain quarters to defeat the selection of Swanson delegates in this county as a protest against Senator Martin. It is undoubtedly true that the result of this primary to-day w"ill be used as far as possible to the advantage of Mr. Mon tague, who is the only candidate for Gov ernor who favored the convention mave raent at Norfolk. It is being generally commented upon that every ofliceholder in the city and county, with few ex ceptions, opposed Massey and Boaz, and that the same men are nearly all opposed to the nomination of Mr. Montague. Returns received Up to 10:30 give Boaz and Massey 30 delegates out of 4S. These p.dded to the city delegates give them 45 out of 6- delegates in the convention. JOSEPH L. BARHAM Nominated in Southampton on the Second Ballot— Great Good Feeling. (Special Dispatch to The Times.) COURTLAND, VA., April 20.— Joseph 1... Bavha-a was nominated here or< t")u second o.i'.ict for the Constitutional Con vention from S. i-thampton to-day. The County Convention was composed of one hundred and twenty delegates, and organized with Judge J. B. Prince per manent chairman, and AY. W. White sec retary. Dr. J. F. Bryant, C. C. Vaughan, J. Denson, Pretlow, Joseph t,. Barham, and J. C. Paiker weie put in nomination. Mr. Barham was nominated by a decided niajority. Ihe nominee Is a splendid representa-' tie;.i 'c;. was a gallant Confederate soldier, surrf reeling at Appomattox. He is a safe, painstaking and altogether reliable man. end will come up fully to all the re cr > '.renier ls of the hour. tiis nomination gives universal satisfac tion, anti his election Is assured. There was great good feeling among the dele gates, and party unanimity has been pie servrd. A DEADLOCK. Halifax Democrats Vote Many Times and Ad* journ Without Resnits. (Spccl:i> Dlspati-h to The Times.) SOUTH BOSTON, VA., April 20.— The convention to nominate district officers for Banister met in South Boston this evening. There was gToat unanimity for most of the offices except for supervisor. W. IT. Edmunds, of Houston, and Henry Kasley, of South Boston, v.-ere plnced in nomination, after many ballots. The vote was always six and six. Finally Mr. Ed munds was withdrawn and Major H. A. Edmundspn substituted. Several ballots resulted in a tie. Mr. Easley was dropped and E. B. Ballov. v.-;is placed in nomina tion. More ballots and always six and ?ix was the result. Mr. Ballon was with drawn and K. H. Edmundson substituted. Three ballots and a tie each time. Fin ally the Messrs. Edmundson were with drawn and W. H. Edmunds and Henry Easley were renominated. Many bal lots were taken, always resulting- in a. tie. As night approached the convention, adjourned to meet next "Wednesday morn ing;. There is much likelihood of the deadlock beingr broken when tho convention re assembles. O'Flaherty Nominated, (Sprii.i! Dispatch to Tho Times.) BERRVVIT.LK VA., April 20.-Domo cratic primaries were held this evening throughout Clarke a,nd Warren counties to nominate a candidate for the Consti tutional Convention, in which a great deal of interest was taken and a large vote polled. D. C. O'Flaherty, a member of tho Front Royal Bar, won the nomi nation, polling 648 votes. His opponents, Messrs. A. iloore, Jr., and Win. H. Whit ing. Jr., of this county, polled in the two counties 524 votes and 273 votes, re spectively. In Clarks county, jtfooro polled 463 votes; Whiting, 267, and O'- Flaherty, 12. A MAJORITY OF ONE. A Hot Fight Between Evans and Beverly in Essex and Middlesex. (Special Dispatch to The Tunes.) STORMONT, VA., April 20.—Demo cratic precinct meetin-gs were held in Middlesex and Essex this afternoon to nominate delegates to meet in joint con vention of the two counties* which will meet In Tappahannock Monday, the 22d. Judge A. B. Evans carried all the pre cincts in Middlesex, and Mr. J. H. C. Beverly carried all in Essex. According to the vote In the Presiden tial election in 1900, Essex is entitled to one more deleg-ate than Middlesex, which will nominate Mr. Beverly in tho Tappa hannook Convention by a majority of one. It was a hot contest in both coun ties. The Republicans may put a man in tho field. CHATHAM PRIMARY. The Nomination of Judge Trcdway, Withers and Miller Conceded. (Special Dispatch to The Times.) CHATHAM, VA., April 20.— Chatham District primary was held here this af ternoon to name the thirteen delegates to the County Convention, which con venes hero next Friday. Pittsylvania county and Danville are entitled to four delegates to the Constitutional Conven tion. The primary to-day instructed its delegates to vote for Judge. J. L. Tred way, G. W. Jones and Charles E. Miller. The other six districts of the county also held primaries. News of their several actions has not been received. It is gen erally conceded that Tredway, Eugene Withers and Miller will be nominated Friday. Tho other nominee is doubtful as yet. LOWER ALBEMARLE. Several Precincts Instruct for Boaz and Massie. (Speclfil Dispatch to The Times.) SCOTTSVILLE, VA., April 20.— At the primary held here this afternoon Jackson Beal, .Tno. S. Martin and Z. F. Jonea were elected delegates to attend the convention in CharlotFesvillo to elect delegates to the Constlutional Convention. They go unin structed. The delegates from Porter Precinct go instructed for ißoaz and Massie. The Howardsville delegation goes uninstructed. The North Garden delegates go instructed for Boaz and Massie. Essex for Beverly. (Special Dispatch to The Times.) TA/PPAHANNOOK, VA., April 20.— The primary held in Essex to-day resulted in a walkover for Beverly. The lower dis trict was hotly contested, but resulted in a majority for Beverly. The central district was carried with a sweep, the result being ITS for Beverly; twenty-five for Evans. The upper district, Beverly's home, was solid; eighty-two for Beverly, nothing for Evans. This nominates Beverly. An Independent. (Special Dispatch to Tho Times.) ■FEDDEiRICKSBURG. VA., April 20.— A letter from King George states that Dr. V. O. Caruthers. a prominent physician of that county, will be an independent can didate for the Constitutional Convention from King George and Stafford counties. Judge Charles H. Ashton, of King George, who had been prominently men tioned for the Democratic nomination be fore Stafford county, which has a majori ty of delegates, endorsed Mr. Thomas .T. Mqncure; of the latter county, is now quite sick, and his namo will probably not be presented when the convention meets. Mr. Moncure will be the nominee. The Republicans will hold a convention within the next week and determine what (Continued on Eleventh Page.) POLAR BEAR THIS SUNDAY Popularity of the Times' Menagerie. Ali the Children Want the Animals and Cages. A bear, and a bis polar bear at that, is the selection of the Sunday Times for tho menagerie which thousands of Rich mond children have started to collect ■with that zeal and earnestness which grown-up folks have forgotten about and can't appreciate, and which is such a nat ural and necessary feature of the inno cent artlessness of childhood that the little folks have never thought of explain ing to their elders its whys and where fores. This special polar bear may be the one .Lieutenant Peary is looking for this "morning some where near the north pole for his dinner. Or it may be the polar bear that is looking for the arctic ex plorer in the hope of dining on him. On this point The Times cannot speak au thoritatively, as its special correspondent 'with the Peary expedition has been out of reach of a telegraph station for some days. However this may be, the thousands of children who were plea.sed and delighted with their cages of monkeys last Sunday, will want the polar bear today. And there will be thousands moro who will start their menageries with the polar bear. For the benefit of the latter, The Times will probably bav'o another cage of somo other sort of monkeys some Sun day before long, so that those who start with, to-day may secure the full menag erie. Tho desire of tho Sunday Times to se cure something for the special pleasure and amusement of the little folks has been appreciated and received in a stylo entirely beyond anticipation. The chil dren are delighted. The menagerie has taken like wildfire. And in thousands of Richmond homes the monkey cage has been guarded and protected this past week from papas and mammas and nurses— how stupid and careless they are —by little folks who would as soon have seen harm or injury come to the family Bible or the statues of the household gods. The Sunday Times hopes to be able- to answer the large number of requests for the cages, received from its out-of-town ■ subscribers, by effecting .satisfactory, ar rangements for the mailing of the sheets ! to its mall subscribers. It wjints the children— all . the children— to enjoy them^ and just as soon, as possible the cages will be sent to every subscriber of the Sunday Time* PRICE THBEE CENTS THE MONTGOMERY WIFE POISONING Vaden Cruelly Treated the Woman. PHYSICIANS PUZZLED. Mysterious Phenomena Require Analyses to Clear Them. FEELING AGAINST VADEN STRONG When He Found He Had to Go to Jail He - Broke Down and Cried— Vaden Was Piying Attentions to Another Woman and at One Time ' Shot at His Wife-Bad Reputation. (Special Dispatch to The Times.) CIIRISTIANSBURG, VA., April 20.— John Henry Vaden, who is now in jail here charged with poisoning his wife on April 6th, Is a white man about thirty five years old, a native of this county and with pretty bad reputation./ It is reported that he stola an ox at Lafayette several years ago and left the country to escapo punishment, going to Georgia, where he married a Miss Green, his dead wife. CRUEL TO HIS WIFE. He returned a few years ago and has been very cruel to her since living here, at one time shooting at her when she was re turning from the spring, the bullet pars ing through a bucket on her arm. The neighbors say he has been paying attentions to another woman for some time, which is the cause of his brutal treatment to his wife. She leaves four children, the oldest being ten. BROKE DOWN AND CRIED, He showed total indifference during the inquest, and it was only after he found he had to go to jail did he break down and weep bittc-riy. Sheriff Martin arrested him Thursday and put him in jail last night. The feeling against him is very strong, although the death is yet a great mj-stary. He will bo held without bail until the stomach is analyzed, when the physicians say they feel sure strychnine or like pois on will bo discovered. The total indiffer ence about her death, together with his contradictory statements and his cruel treatment of her, caused the Common wealth's attorney to have the inquest held, with the result told In Saturday's Times. NO DOCTOR CALLED IN No physician called io see her before or after death and the case was not reported until after her burial, and then several days intervened before evidence to justity the inquest was furnished. The physicians say the evidence of the witnesses and symptoms would go to show that she was poisoned with strych nine and was actually dead wheu buried, yet the condition, poison and other phe nomena of the body, would seem to show that she was In a collapsed state, which makes the mystery only greater and which can only be cleared by the chemical analysis of tho stomach, if then. MYSTKRIOI'S CASK Doctors Rangley and tinkous, who made the post-mortem examination, say the caso is without a parallel in their ex perience and reading. Dr. Rangley says he will write it up for the leading medical journals of the country, honing thereby to get a full decision a;ul some light on it. INJURIES PROVE FATAL J. W. Tyler Died Last Night at the Old Do- minion Hospital. Mr. J. W. Tyler, the yonng man who was injured by a fall from a scaffold on a. building 1 near Twenty-second and Mar shall Streets on the 27th of last month, died last night at the Old Dominion Hos pital at 11 o'clock. In the fall he received severe injuries — an arm and !eg broken and a compound fracture of the skull— which at the time seemed more than he_ could survive. Since the accident he had been at the hospital, but at no time was there enter tained any hope of his recovery. Mr. Tyler was twenty-three years of age, was a carpenter by trade, and at the time of his fall was in the employ of Mr. James B. Fox. He was a brother of Mrs. B. T. Dougias, of Xo. 521 North Seventh Street, with whom he made his home. This fall, which resulted in his death, was the second he had had with most serious results. Nearly two years ago, under much the same circumstances, he fell forty feet from a scaffold, badly fracturing his skull, from which he was for a month contined to the hospital. Mr. Tyler was a most popular young man, and a member of the Carpenters' Union. The funeral arrangements have not been made. FOR A NEW HOTEL Allan Lot Will Probably Be Bought for That Purpose. There is a strong probability of a hotel being erected on the Allan lot at Fifth and Main Streets. Messrs. J. Thompson Brown & Co. have received an offer for the property. A memher of tho firm said last night that negotiations were "r.isrresstnsr satis factorily, but ho would not give the name of the party making the offer. He is. however, not a resident of Richmond. It was admitted that tho ground was want ed for hotel purposes. TWO BIG COMBINATIONS. One to Make Steam Engines and the Other Mining Machinery. (By Assoviatfxl !»;■«•**.) NEW YORK, Acril 20.— Announcement from Milwaukee of the prospective alli ance of the Pennsylvania Iron Works Company with a group of kind-ed cor porations ia regarded here as indicative of the formation of two large combina tions—one of the builders of steam en gines, the other oC • makers of minincr machinery. The. steam engine combination is fhe larger of the two. and it is stated that if it is formed it will be known a3 the Amer ican Steam Engine Company, and will b» capitalized for $30.000.00 a coldar fn maiera portion Sunday; trfn^ uhlftinr to Wgi» northwesterly. Monday *XortlSpoUna^G«n«r«ai7 fair Santo except rain ore northeast coast; brlak to high northwesterly winds. Monday IMP. warmer fn Interior. FLOODS SWEEP THE SOUTHWEST Streams Higher Than in Twenty-Three Years. HOMES SWEPT AWAY Residents Along New River Cora* pelled to Seek High Ground. TELEGRAPH LINES ARE DOWN. Portions of New River Division of Norfolk and Western Submerged— Car of Tele graph Supplies to Go From Richmond To-Day— The Upper James Is Also Hlgb. The most destructive floods known tan Southwest Virginia, since 1573 hay» de stroyed thousands of dollars' worth, of_ property. The Norfolk and Western Railway track near Radford, on the New Rive* Division, is submerged for a great dis tance, and a great deal of the Western Union lines have been destroyed. Many buildings have been washed away, and fine farms inundated. There was a heavy snow storm through out the southwestern, portion of the State yesterday, ajid high winds prevailed everywhere-. At Bristol the snow lay to the depth of four inches. The James River is at flood stage at various points, but so far as learned, no> serious damage has been. done. Th« gauge at Lynchburg showed twelve feet at midnight and the water was rUlna slowly. The gauge at Columbia at mid night showed ltf'/j and stationary. It there was a heavy rainfall on the head waters of the Rlviinna. it la probabla there will be a bis rise in the- river at Richmond. Colonel J. B. Tree, of this city, district superintendent of the Western L'nlon. had an Atlantic Coast Line baggage car load ed last night with material to repair breaks in the telegraph line on NtfW River. The car will be attached to- the Cannon Bail this morning and turned over to the Norfolk and Western at Petersburg. NEW RIVER ON RAMPAGE. Heavy Damage in Radford and to Norfolk and Western Tracks. (.Spet-iat Dinpati.-h to The Times.) EAST RADFORD, VA., April CO.— Th« greatest rainfall last night since 187 S. New River is twenty-five feet up and is a raging flood with tangled masses oi trees, strawricks, hayricks, logs, and lumber going down stream. Damage dona city is considerable, and cannot yet be determined. The Norfolk and Western double track in covered to the top of the rail at the great bend one and a ha!f miles east of Kast Hadford Depot. The till and ballast of track r.ext to the river is washing ;.way. rendering it unsafe. All trains are run on the east track. Twenty pole 3of the Western Union are washed down, and all wires for half a mile are under water. ICE FACTORY WRECKED 1 . Captain V,'. T. Baldwin's large roller Tour mill i.s submerged to the top of the window of the lower story. The wagon bridge across Connelly's Run gave way this morning, washed down Water Street. and. striking the Crystal Ice Factory building, knocked it off its foundation, 'lhe engines arid heavy machinery held it from ttoating off. The ■ building now lie 3on its side in twenty feet oi water. Several dwellings on Water Street were flooded to a depth of eighi feet. No lives were lost, and household effects were gotten out. The pumping station of the Norfolk and Western Railway ia urowned out, only tank of witter supply on hand. The Rad ford Electric Plant's tine dam on Little River is swept away. FARMERS UjSE HEAVIES". The farmers of. New River Valley have sustained thousands of dollars loss to> wheat lields. grass, fencing and newly ploughed land. To add to the genera! de gression and discomfort, th^re has been ;l high gale of Winding snow steadily blowing all day, the thermometer stand ing at thirty-four. The water gause reg istered twenty-tive feet two inches above low water at six this morning, when tfi tr.egan to fall. The flood of ISTS was thirty -two. HEAVY SNOW STORM Fell Upon Peach and Plum Trees in Fui' Bloom- Rivers High. (Special Dispatch to Tho Times.) BRISTOL, TE.VX., April Following last night's heavy rainfall, mow ha 3 cuv ered the ground here and at points in Southwest Virginia to a depyi of from .our to twelve inches. Snow was falling throughout the (Jny. but much of it melted away. The snow fell upon peach ;_nd ptiim trees in full aioom. &nrt has probably brought damage to early vpgetablea I^ast night's rainfall has caused de •itrucilye tlpods in the rivers. The Colston and Clinch rivers have risen to a heljrh'c of fifteen feet and are sweeping fences and othT property away. Th« south-boun'l mail trains on th* Norfolk and AVestern v/ert> <It>tay»d by hiich water, which .s.ibmerged :iacks for several miles to a c>pth of several i-izt, and in places r.ear Atkins. Va. A fowling Storm. Dispatch in Th* Tim?s.) ATKINS, VA.. Aprii 2b.— Rain, felt l:sr» ri pl>rfect torreisrS from 11 o'clock yester day morning until after 12 last night. After niidnls^t tho wlml s «i?te«l to th» west and it began to «now. cnntin:iins without abatement r.ntlt -t o"cloc!c thw afternoon. Snow is now ten lr.che» deep an-1 the thermometer falling and a stronff northwesterly w't-.d blowing. AVatera ar» higher th.nn for years. Much damage is beins tlor.e to early planted crops. Heavy Rains at Wytheviile. fSjwcial Dispatch to Th» Tloaw.) ■WYTHKVII..I.E. V"A.. April ».— Th» h«*avy rains of the last two days hay» . greatiy swollen' the atrearoa- New River has been rising: since yesterday morntnc , and much property has b«en lo«t- 8om« • - .. (Continued on El«v«ath P«*»>