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Torrent Dashes Down the Elkhorn
Valley in West Virginia, Caus
ing Death and Ruin.
FROM 300 TO 400 PERSONS DROWNED.
Property Loss Will Amount to Sev
eraV^iniion DollarsMining Towns
Entirely Swept AwayTle Great
i Mass of Water Swept Everything
Roanoke, Va., June 24.From 300
to 100 persons are thought to be
drowned in a flood which swept
through the Elkhorn valley trom En
nit Y\. Ya., to Vivian, in the same
state, between the hours of nine
o'clock and 11 jebterday morning1.
In the \alley is located the celebrated
Pocahontas, coal fields. Nearly all
the machinery and buildings are
Keystone Wiped Oat.
The mining and railroad town of
Keystone was practically swept
away and the little town of Vivian
nearly destroyed. North Pork Junc
tion and other small towns suffered
in like manner. Thirty miles of the
Columbus division of the Norfolk &
Western railroad were washed away.
Millions in Property Loss.
The property loss will run into the
tens of millions, but it will be many
days before the real extent of the
loss to life and property can be
ascertained. The entire valley has
been de\astated and the loss to the
Pocahontas coal region is enormous.
The railwaj loss is also heavy, for
the track and roadbed washed away
was probably the most expensive
piece of engineering work in the
country for its. length. The roadbed
was almost carved out of solid rock,
and onl\ last year $1,000,000 was
spent in betterments.
Rains Pile Up Torrent.
It had been raining hard for sev
eral dajs in the Elkhorn region, and
the hundreds of small mountain
creeks were swollen to their full ca
pacity and pouring their waters into
the Elkhoin river. The storm in
creased in \iolence every minute and
finallj culminated in a cloudburst
which precipitated a great volume of
water into the Elkhorn valley, al
ready flooded to the danger point by
the rains, ot the preceding 48 hours.
Sweeps All Before It.
The oreat mass of water started
down the \alley with a roar that was
heard above the storm. It swept
evei\ thing betore ittrees, -tele
graph poles, huge bowlders, whole
buildings, railroad ties, steel rails,
box cars and coal sheds. Into the
mass ot tangled wreckage of the
flood were swept helpless men, wom
en and children, caught in its path,
and as all were swept along in the
iury ot the storm they went to their
death with none to hear their last
cries, for help.
Buildings Float Away.
The valley was peopled almost en
tirely with miners, and their fam
ilies. Th"ir frail cabins and cot
tages offered no resistance to the
impact of the flood and the buildings
were tossed upon the front of the
great wave which was rushing down
the valle.v. There was no chance for
escape for the unfortunate people,
caught without warning.
A Great Gorge.
The flood began to make its ter
rible force felt at Ennis, and it ex
tended the entire length of the val
ley to Vivian. 35 miles.
The Elkhorn valley at this point
is a great gorge, cutting its way
thiough the mountain range. It is a
mile wide at one place and then it
narrows, to a width of only 300 feet.
At its narrowest point its rocky
walls rise to a height of from 700 to
1,000 feet. It was through this gorge
that the storm tore its way. The
great wave of water which fcwept
everj thing before it wrought its de
struction in a few minutes. In 20
minutes it was all over but the deso
Keystone Greatest Sufferer.
The litle town of Keystone, with a
population of about 500, seems the
greatest sufferer, practically the en
tire town being washed away. This
town is the principal one in the Poca
hontas coal fields and is located near
It is not known how far back into
the mountains the storm extended,
and it will be days, and perhaps
weeks, before all the storm-stricken
country is heard from. The flood has
not only damaged the Elkhorn val
ley, but great damage is also report
ed to have resulted in the Clinch Val
ley section, which extends south
from Graham, Va.
Killed by an Assassin.
Yokohama, June 22.Hoshi Toru,
former Japanese ambassador to the
United States, member of the min
istry of Marquis Ito, and president of
the lower house of parliament, was
assassinated at Tokyo. The motive
for the crime is not known, but it is
supposed that it was for political rea
Lynching in North Carolina.
La Grange, N. C, June 20. D. B.
Jones, the negro preacher who, it is
alleged, attempted to commit an as
sault on Mrs. Noah Davis, near La
Grange, was taken from the guard
house here Tuesday night and lynched.
Minister Conger Honored.
Medford, Mass., June 20.Tuft's
college Wednesday conferred the
honorary degree of doctor of laws
upon Edwin H. Conger, United States
minister to China. tf ltr
A TRAGIC DEATH.
Adalbert S. Hay, -Ex-Consul to Preto
ria, Killed at New Haven by
Falling from a Window.
New Haven, Conn., June 24.Adel-
bert Stone Hay, former consul of the
United States at Pretoria, South Af
rica and eldiest son of Secretary of
State John Hay, fell from a window
in the third story of the New Haven
house in this city shortly before 2:30
o'clock Sunday morning and was in
stantly killed. The dead man was a
graduate of Yale, of the class of '98,
and his death occurred on the eve of
ADEL.BERT S. HAY.
the university commencement, which
brought him here Saturday, and in
which, by virtue of his class office, the
young man would have been one of
the leaders. The terrible tragedy has
cast a gloom over the whole city and
will undoubtedly be felt throughout
the day which heretofore has been so
brilliant and full of happiness for Yale
and her sons.
raft Made Civil and Chaffee Military
Governor of PhilippinesCailles
Surrenders with His Force.
Washington, June 22.Secretary
Root Friday issued the order of the
president establishing civil govern
ment in the Philippines. The order
relieves the military governor of the
Philippines from the performance of
civil duties on and after July 4, but
declares that his authority will be ex
arcised as heretofore in those districts
which the insurrection still exists.
Mr. William H. Taft, president of the
Philippine commission, is appointed
civil governor and will exercise execu
tive authority in all civil affairs in
the government of the Philippines
heretofore exercised in such affairs
by the military governor.
Washington, June 24.Following
the order issued Friday making Judge
Taft civil governor of the Philippines,
an order has been issued naming Gen.
Chaffee as military governor of the
Santa Cruz, Province of Laguna,
Luzon Island, June 24.Gen. Cailles
surrendered here to-day with 650
men and 500 rifles. Oaths of alle
giance to the United States were ad
ministered to the former insurgents.
Manila, June 24.In consequence
of the surrender of Gen. Cailles, all
the insurgent prisoners on Luzon is
land will be released.
Pro-Boer Meeting in London Says
Boers Should Be Independent
Surrender of Botha Reported.
London, June 20.At a pro-Boer
meeting in this city, attended by thou
sands, resolutions were adopted de
manding that the government make
peace with the Boers by offering them
London, June 22.Though the news
comes only from one source and
through a daily which has not been
always reliable in its reports on the
Boer war, the belief prevails here that
Gen. Louis Botha has surrendered.
Cradock, Cape Colony, June 24.In
an engagement at Waterkloof June
20 the British lost eight men killed
and two mortally wounded, and had
four men seriously wounded. In ad
dition 66 men of the Cape (colonial)
mounted rifles were captured.
Four Burned to Death.
Rogers, Tex., June 22.Mrs. Miley
Calhoun and her three children were
burned to death Friday by the explo
sion of a kerosene can with which Mrs.
Calhoun was filling a lamp. One of the
children struck a match, causing the
explosion. Mr. Calhoun was also bad
Drowned In Pail of Milk.
Sioux City, la., June 21.A twenty
months' old child, member of a fam
ily named Neese, living near Plank
ington, S. D., while playing on a
bench, fell off into a pail containing
about two inches of milk and was
Washington, June 21. Secretary
Root has received a letter from Gov
ernor General Wood containing the of
ficial announcement of the adoption of
the Piatt amendm&nt by the Cuban
Storm Does Damage.
Lincoln, 111., June 24.A storm
swept over this (Logan) county, do
ing damage amounting to hundreds
of thousands of dollars. At Lincoln
public buildings were unroofed and
business houses wrecked.
City of Mexico, June 20.An im
mense number of American dollars
have been coined in a secret mint in
Chihuahua and circulated in the Unit
A Record Broken.
Alice, Tex., June 21.The first bale
of cotton of the 1901 crop leaves here
to-day. It is claimed this breaks the
world's record for early cotton by four
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