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Willi ffli CMS RENEWAL
OF FIRE AT SAN FRANCISCO
FIERCE BLAZE ON WATER FRONT
Hopes That the Conflagration Had Been
Checked Dashed by the Arising of
Gale of Greevt Velocity.
SUFFERING IS BORNE WITH
People Unanimous in Making the Best of the Situation Food
Supply Scanty, but n Sufficient Quantity to
Prevent Absolute Famine.
San Francisco, April 21- Late Fri
day night the fire was raging over
fifty acres of the water front be
tween Bay s'reet and the end of
Melgos and Fisherman's wharf.. To
the eastward it extended down to the
sea wall, but had not reached the
piers, which lie a quarter of a mile
toward the east.
Flames and emoke hid from view
the vessels that lay off shore.. No
water was available except from the
water side, and it was not until
almost dark that the fire department
was able to turn its attention to this
San Francisco. April 21. From con
fidence In the belief that the fire which
for 70 hours bad worked its will on
their fair city had been checked, the
people of San Francisco were plunged
into new despair yesterday afternoon
when ,a wind of high velocity, com
ing from the northwest, blew over the
fire stricken district. Driven by the
wind the flames quickly ncared the
water front, threatening to cut off
communication with ' Oakland and
Gen. Custer at once ordered a squad
ron of men to endeavor to keep back
the fire which, spreading in thi3 di
rection, bid fair to destroy the Union
ferry depot, the only means of egress
from the city.
The Postal Telegraph company was
CLIFF HOUSE, WHICH
This famous resort was located at Point Lotas, facing the Pacific, ad
jacent to the Golden Gate. The rocks opposite are known as seal rocks
and are frequented by the animals for which they are named. The
quake toppled the building into the ocean.
forced to abandon its temporary of
fices in the Ferry building, already
scorched by the flames.
The water front emergency hospital,
confidently believed to be a place of
safety, was in the gravest danger, and
the officers in eharga made hasty prep
arations to move from their quar
ters. The wind was of such velocity that
brick and granite walls, already weak
ened by the earthquake and subse
quent Arc, were falling into the
streets. The gravest fear was that
Market street, the principal avenue of
escape from the city to the ferry,
would he blocked up. ending all possi
bility of egress.
Thought Conflagration Ended.
When daylight appeared on the ruins
Friday hope of saving anything from
Telegraph Hill to Golden Gate
park was slight Fringes of houses
about the base of tho hill, left stand
ing, were attacked by. the conflagra
Would Put Bed Cross in Charge.
Washington, April 2L In order that
the work of telieving the suffering at
San Francisco may be well systema
tized, that every dollar contributed may
be made to-do the most effective serv
ice, the president asks the people of
the United States, those in all cities,
chambers of commerce; boards of
trade, relief committees and individu
als, to express their sympathy in the
most practical way by sending their
contributions to the American Red
Absentees Fear for Families.
Paris. April 21. Many San Francis
cans in this city are hastily returning
to the United States. J. D. Grant.
Wlllara Irwin George Newhall and
Geerge Lent will sail to-day, owing to
'tlie magnitude of their property losses
and fears for the safety of relatives.
Fred Sharon, owner of the Palace and
Grand hotrls. has spent a large sum
in vainly cabling inquiries concerning
Women are in a state of agony con
cerning the fate of their children who
resumed in San Francisco.
THE UTMOST FORTITUDE
tion, which was driven back by a veer
ing wind. Everything on Van Ness
avenue and west seemed doomed, while
the main Are at Octavia street, with
its destroying advance wedges, seemed
too formidable to be stopped. At the
faithermost south line of the burned
district a fitful wind seemed likely to
spread the. flames to the hills and
cacti sand heaps.
But when despair was deepest and
refugees from the remaining part of
the residence district began to drag
their effects into sand hollows. Octavia
street sent the joyful message "Fire
stopped!" Artillery had roared and
dynamite made hoIe3 without avail
where once stood the most beautiful
homes of Nob Hill. But great hopes
were centered in tte efficacy of an in
tervening burned area.
Desolation on Market Street.
Not even the desolation of Market
street and the banking and business
district seemed as terrible as that of
the roads leading from the ferry north
and around the shore of the bay as
far as Fort Mason. Vehicles of all
kinds, including baby carriages that
broke down under abnormal weights,
are strewn along the way. Household
effects, clothing and valuables of all
kinds abandoned by the terror-stricken
owners are where they left them.
Some day the owners may claim them.
FELL INTO THE SEA.
The soldiers permit no looting.
Rear Admiral McCaila, commandant
at the Mare Island navy yard, report
ed that the war ships under construc
tion at the Union Iron works were
not damaged. In his report to Wash
ington the admiral said the loss of life
had been exaggerated.
"No estimate of the loss of life is at
hand." said one of the committee of
safety. "We hope it is not as some
have feared. The fire now practically
is under control, having been checked
west of Van Ness avenue and in the
Mission. North of Russian Hill it is
raging toward the bay. but it will
not spread west. The destitute need
relief. After the living are cared for
the dead will be ennumerated."
Hungry People Aid Firemen.
Thousands of refugees were with
out food and water. In sheer desper
ation they aided the fire and dynamite
men at Van Ness avenue until they
fell in their tracks from exhaustion.
President Contributes S 1,000.
Washington. April 2L The check of
Theodore Roosevelt for $1,000 has gone
to Charles Hallam Keep, assistant sec
retary of the treasury department and
treasurer of the National Red Cross
association. Senator Knox's check for
$500 followed closely.
The president believes that as far
as possible the outpouring of the na
tion's aid should go to the Amercan
! Red Cross as the organization best fit
ted to undertake the needed' relief
work in San Francisco.
Santa Cms Loses $200,000.
Oakland, CaL. April 2L A corre
spondent arrived here from Santa
Cruz, having come over the Santa
Cruz mountains by horse. The dam
age to buildings in Santa Crux Is es
timated at $200,000.
A terrible landslide occurred on
Loma Prieta mountain. Nine men
were burled at the Hinckley Creek
mill, Loma Prieta Lumber company.
Watsonville sustained heavy damage
to buildings, the Pajaro Valley bank,
the Porter "building and tte high
school being damaged.
Finally they were cheered bf military
regulations for their anccor. Bakeries
were started in the ruins, great masses
of half-charred wood from the -homes
of millionaires being used to fat the
ovens. Oakland bakeries were worked
overtime and every available boat was
iressed Into service to bring the sup
plies over the bay. More bread and
ilenty of milk for the weak and sick
ly children and women refugees was
Five hundred thousand pounds of
canned beef in the warehouses of
Swift Co. at South San Francisco
were moved into the refugee camps.
Face Horror with Fortitude.
Homeless and starving the people of
San Francisco are facing the awful ca
lamity with a spirit of fortitude which
must command the admiration of the
United States Mint.
world. There are no evidences of
weakness among the crowds moving
back leluctantly upon each advance oi
the flames, which continue to sweep
toward the ocean. Conquered for the
moment, but undaunted, the braver
exhibited by men, women and children
in the face of overwhelming disaster
is that of a race destined to arise
stronger than ever out of the ruins
which surround it
There is little left of the great
American metropolis by the Golden
Gate. Shorn of its many glories, ltt
palaces and vast commercial empori
ums leveled to the earth. it3 wide area
of homes in ashes, it will rise again
in still greater magnificence, a monu
ment to the courage and indomitable
spirit shown by its inhabitants in the
present awful emergency.
Can't Save Residence District.
There seems little hope of saving
the choicest residence section, lying
west and north of Van Ness avenue
The men of the fire department, who
have done splendid work, are making
strenuous efforts to check the devour
ing flames, but without avail. Owing
to the tremendous heat structures fot
some distance from the fire are as dry
as tinder and they seem to disappear
like a flash the minute the flame
The hills and beaches of San Fran
cisco look like an immense tented city.
For miles through the park and along
the beaches from Ingleside to the sea
wall at North Beach the homeless are
camped in tents, makeshifts rigged up
from a few sticks of wood and a
blanket or a sheet. A few of the more
fortunate, with better transportation
facilities than were afforded the ma
jority of the victims of the catas
trophe, managed to pile tents on vehi
cles and are therefore more comforta
Looks Like Camp Ground.
Golden Gate Park and the Pan
handle look like one vast camping
ground. It is said that fully 100.000 i
persons, rich and poor, sought refuge I
in Golden Gate park alone. Fully
200.000 more homeless ones located at
the other places of refuge.
Portsmouth square has served many
notable and some sensational uses,
but none more so, probably, than that
to which it was put when It became
for the time being a public morgue.
Between 20 and 30 corpses were laid
-lde by side upon the trodden grass
for lack of a more suitable place.
It is said that when the flames
threatened to reach the square the
lead, mostly unknown, were removed
to Columbia square, where they were
buried when danger threatened that
. Forced to Bury Dead.
Out at the Presidio soldiers pressed
To Replace Federal Buildings.
Washington, April 21. When the
senate met Friday Mr. Scott present
ed and asked immediate attention for
a resolution callng upon the secretary
of the treasury to prepare for the sen
ate an estimate of the cost of replacing
the ruined federal buildings in San
Francisco. The resolution was adopt
ed. It suggests that the estimate be
for steel frames. Mr. Hepburn sug
gested the necessity of making imme
diate provision for the United States
court in San Francisco.
Blow to Fruit Markets.
Chicago,- April 2L Chicago fruit
markets will feel in the immediate fu
ture the effects of the earthquake in
California. The loss is expected to
reach huge figures.
Millions of cans of those California
products are believed to have been in
the immense warehouses which have
been destroyed by the flames.
Several Chicago merchants am said
to have had on the docks of San Fran
cisco nt tte time of the earthquake
large quantities of goods for shipment
to tte far
into' service' all. men who came, war
and forced them to labor at burying
the dead. So thick were the corpses
piled up that they were becoming a
menace, and the order was issued to
bury them at any cost The soldiers
were needed for other work, and at the
point of rifles citizens were compelled
to take to the task of burial. Some ob
jected at first, but the troops stood no
trifling, and every man who came in
reach was forced to labor at least one
. hour. Rich men .who had never done
much work' stood by the side of work
men digging trenches in the sand foi
those who fell in the awful calamity.
At the present writing many remain
unburied, and the soldiers are still
pressing men into service.
Docks Used as Hospital.
The Folson street dock was turned
into a temporary hospital, the harbor
hospital being unable to accommodate
all the Injured who were brought
About 100 patients were stretched
on the dock at one time. Thursday
evening tugs conveyed them to Goat
island, where they were lodged in the
hospital. The dock. from Howard
street to Folsom street have been
saved, and the fire at this point was
not permitted to creep farther east
than Main street.
To add to the horrors of the situa
tion and the general alarm explosions'
of sewer gas shook many streets. A
Vesuvius in minature was created by
such an upheaval at Bryant and
eighth streets. Cobblestones were
hurled 20 feet upward and dirt blew
out of the ground.
The only bank in the huge mined
district that escaped destruction was
the Market Street bank, at the corner
of Seventh and Market streets, it is
in the gutted Grand building, but the
firemen saved the ground floor. It
will pay out money just as socn as it
hears from the Clearing house offi
cials. A corner of the city near the Pa
cific mail wharves at Second and Bran
nan streets, was not ruined, and the
sailors' home is intact. The Postal
Telegraph company has restored its
cable connection with the orient by es
tablishing a station at Ocean Beaoh
but there is no service yet tor deliver
ing messages there.
Xany Killed by Crazed Cattle.
A series of fatalities took place
Thursday as the result of the stamped
ing of a herd of cattle at Sixth and
Folsom streets. Thre hundred of the
panic-stricken animals ran when they
saw and felt the flames and charged
wildly down the street, trampling un
der foot all who were in the way. One
man was gored through and through
by a maddened bull. At least a dozen
persons, it is said, were killed.
Shock Empties Wells,
A feature of San Francisco was the
many wells and cisterns upon which
thousands of residents depended for
water Sor drinking and cooking. Every
earthquake has affected these cisterns
and wells. Water In many of them
disappeared and did not return for
months. The earthquake of Wednes
day had the same effect, and this ac
counts, in part at least, for the scarc
ity of water after the shocks. While
the city pipe system suplicd a lame
number of office buildings and dwell
ings, thousands of peonle were depfnd
ent upon wells, and these may not be
full of water again for several months.
Reports of babes being horn in the
refuge camps were frequently received.
Five women became mothers in Gold
en Gate park.
Fifty-Five Insane Killed.
San Francisco, April 21. Dr. Clark,
superintendent of the San Francisco
county hospital, telephoned concerning
the situation at the Agnews insane
asylum near San Jose, and said that
11 employes and officers of the Insti
tution were killed and 20 injured.
Among the patients 55 were killed and
120 injured. All the buildings were
Tents have been set up in the
grounds, and the injured, as well as
the uninjured, are being cared for.
Massachusetts Raises $100,000.
Boston. April 21. The advices from
San Francisco showing the great 1ds3
in life and property resul ed in an im
mediate increase of the amount of the
contributions of Massachusetts frcm -
125.000 to $100,000. Kidder, I e bidv &
Co., the treasurers of the fund, wired
their representatives in San Francisco,
authorizing them to place the en Ire
amount at the disposal of Gov. ParJee
and Mayor Schmltz. Another meeting
of citizens was helu Friday at the ci y
hall for the purpose of raising addi
OBE-FOOTTH OF CITY IEFT
4FTXTFTX 07 THK FIXE DEMON
Strenuous Efforts Being Hade to
ids Food and Shelter for
San Francisco. The fire is under
control, with the probability that one
quarter of the city lying west of Frank
lin street and known as the western
addition, northward to the Presidio,
will be saved. The stand made ac
Vanness avenue was generally suc
cessful, the flames crossing that ave
nue to the west in but few places.
the three-story lodging houie at
Fifth and Minna streets collapsed and
over 75 dead bodies have teen taken
out. There are at least 50 other bodies
exposed. This building was one rf
the first to take fire on Fifth stres. At
least 100 people were lost in the Cos
mopolitan on Fourth street.
The only building standing between
Mission, Howard, East and SUwart
streets is the San Pablo hotel, which
is occupied and running.
The shot tower at First and Howard
streets is gone. This landmark was
built 40 year3 ago.
The Risdon Iron works Is partially
The Great Western Smelting and Re
fining works escaped damage, also the
Mutual Electric Light warks with
slight damage to the American Rub
ber company and the VIetagas Engine
Folger Bro's. coffee and spice house
is also uninjured and the firm is giv
ing away large quantities of bread and
Many are dropping dead from the
heat and from suffocation. Ovor 150
people are reported lost In the Bruns
wick hotel, Seventh and Mission
The people of the city, homeless and
starving, are facing the awful ca
lamity which ha iiterallv swept te
great city, of which all were so prou,
out of exl-tenre w'tn a spirit rf re
signed fortitude wMch must command
the admiritipn of the world.
There are no ev?d,n"e: cf weknfcs
to be seen amonT the crowds o'
stricken peonle moving back reluc
tantly upon each rdvnnce of thn d"
strovinsr fhmos. wh'ch continue to
swppp toward the ocnnn. Tey have
the prim docked manner of those who
co down in def"t hefor an lr--siv-Ible
force with which it Is hopeless to
Conquered for he momen. trit un
daunted, the Tr-arerv exVb'te! bv
men. women rnd ohl'dmn In the fare
of ovewhroinu dteister. Is that o'
peonle destined to arise Ptronp- h n
ever out of fhj ruins of shatte-ed
hire? and rtenlet"'! fortunes.
There is HtMp left of th greit Amer
Iran metronh1? bv tfcp Go'dn Ra'" .a
city of macni5c-"it splendor, wmithi-r
pnd more nroprons than T-e and
SIdon of th o'dui time, enriched by
tho mine1 of Orhfr.
Shorn of Its nrnv lorlo, 'ts p-li"!
and vast rommrcIal eaipl'inr Tev
eTed to the eirth; its wi-'e area rf
homes, where dwelt a hanny a-d
prosperous reope. . prostrate In asV-,
It will rise asnii In still n"etnr ring
nificenre a monument to the cour
age and indomitable pp'rit shown bv
its inhabitants drring the present aw
ful emergency. They are smitten, ! ut
The care of the SCO.OO") homeless
starving refugees now patherel in the
city's public squares and parks is n' w
the main proo.em the local authori
ties have to solve. Thpy mu3t be fed
and bread, meat and drink are lack
ing. All the leading cit!es and towns
throughout the country are now ex
erting themselves to nllevi-t the suf
ferings of tha un'ortunate victims Cf
the fire, and pnn i'ons are now headed
for them from many point.
Bread has already so'd as high rs
cn3 dollar a loaf In the stricken cly.
and two !oa-e3 and a can of sardines
brought in one instics $5.50. Bir
this condition of affaire will not be
permitted to test Ion". In tow s
across the bay the mas'er bakers have
met and fixed the price of bread at
five cents a loaf, with the unde-'f n'
Ing that they will reu3e to sell t
retailers who cttemot to charge fami e
prices. The committ0- of citizens now
In charge of the situation In the strick
en city wi'l also use every effor.. t--keep
the rrirc of food down to the
The conic i tee of sa'ety. composed
of 50 of the le-dins: citirers of Sin
Francisco, with Mayor Schmidtz nt its
head, met Friday and took all neces
sary s'eps for th" protection rn 1 :is
sMnme of the victims of the fir.
Three relief stations for the h me
less have already ben est'tblhhed l.y
the general committee. Thes? sta
tions are th temnnry homes or the
homeless. Th- stations are at Gol Irn
Gate park, Presidio and San Bruno
By order of the gennril commT'e
all remaining s'o-e3 were enter?d b
the police and their roods ropfiscte'.
Caravans of provisions a-e now en
their way to the three rel'ef stations.
In the meantime the hills and
beaches of Sn Francisco look l'ka an
immense tented city.
Visible Supply of Cotton.
New Orleans. Secretary H-stei's
statement of the world's -visible su- y
of cotton shows a total of -1.11C.071,
against 4.52C.025 last week. Of this t ie
total of American cotton Is 2,8ij, 71,
against 2,926,025 last week.
Suicide Due to Illness.
Mobile, Ala. William Becker, aged
67, a wealth citizen of Milwaukee,
who was visiting his nephew, James
Hagan, of Mobile, shot himself thiough
the head Friday, dying instantly. Mr.
Becker had Leen UL
Pistol Battle with Bobbers.
Lima, O. A posse of citizens at De
Graff, in Logan county, Friday had a
P40! -- shotgun battle win five
oanuiis wuu uuu uuuujimj we pes.
office at that place. Most of the rob
bers were wounued.
Hang Negro for Kurder.
Fort Madison, la., Joseph C. Smith,
colored, was hangea Friday for th
murder of Mrs. Ida Cunnady at Bux
ton, la., on Octooer 10. 1933. He met
his fate calmly after a restful sleep and
a hearty breakfast.
END OF DEVASTATION
IS NOT YET IN SIGHT
Flames in San Francisco Start with Renewed
Strength and Make Their way to the
Water Front Refugees Said
to Be Penned In.
San Francisco, April 21. The fire
has doubled back on its tracks aad
:s sweeping with renewed strength
lalong the water froat, eating its. way
to the ferry depot and threatening to
cut off the only remaining means of
escape from the city.
An easterly wind, which early Fri
day checked the flames on the edge
of the rich residential district in the
western addition, arousing the hope
that the worst was over and the de
struction at an end, switched to the
northwest late at night and. blowing a
gale, drove the fire before It.
The end of the devastation is not
yet in sight. This new blow has
stunned both civil and military au
thorities. Gale Sweeping Down Rules.
The city is in absolute darkness
save for the glare of the flames driv
ing on toward the immense ferry build,
ing. Over all the sale is howlimr.
It is sweeping down the hulks of
the big buildings along Market stret,
gutted by the fires of Friday and the
Market street is simply a vast ridge
of debris. It is impassable, cutting
off the retreat of the 300,000 persons
crowded into Golden Gate park and
The wind veered around to the
northwest late in the afternoon. By,
seven o clock it had increased to a
rale. It has been steadily growing
stronger and as it increased in veloc
ity the fire Increased in fury.
It swept along the water front fed
by immense warehouses and lumber
MAP OF SAN FRANCISCO SHOW tVG DESTTTTJCTTOX BY FFRE.
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luJ 'trfcU-11 's;
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The Slack Lines Show Approximately the District Burned Over. It In
cludes Practically All the Closely Settled Part of the City.
yards that up till then had escaped.
t midnight the vanguard of the
lames was within a quarter of a mile
of the ferry buildings, where are
oused the starting place of every
-method of transportation from the
All Escape Hay Be Cut Off.
It seems Impossible that the Ferry
building can he saved. Whn it gees
he city with all its homeless thou-
ands will be cut off absolutely. Worse
han this, every means of getting re-
iaf stores into the city quickly will
Tiave been destroyed.
At seven o'clock the fire wr racing
iver 50 acres of the water front lyins
between Bay street and the end of
Meisgs and Fisherman's wharf.
To the citward It extended down to
1 n ?ea wall, but had not reached the
"'ers. which lie a quarter of a mile
oward the east.
Flee from Emergency Hospit?!.
At ten o'clock the big emergency
hospital on the water front was di
rrctly in the path of the flames and in
laager of d'Struction. The officiate
fn charge commenced a desperate efort
'o move the patient'. How well they
succeeded it h impossible to tell.
Since the fire started up afresh acre5?
'f wharves and warehouses north of
Market street have been destroyed, and
he Cre had swept over the whole area
if north b-ach and laid in ruins the
Iitri"t around the east side of Tele
Gen. Caster has ordered out a squad
of men to endeavor to keep the (lames.
which threaten the Union ferry depot,
the only means of egress from that
Danger at Various Points.
San Jose, Cal.. April 21. Nineteen
people were killeJ by th- q .ake in S n
Jose and the eatire bus neis section
wrecked, the estimated damage being
SoOOO.003. One hundrel and ten per
sons were ki.led and 70 Injured, most
ly patients at Agnew's asIuai. and the
bui'ding complete'y rulaed.
The damage to the Facile yi"Iig
company at Santa Clara i $'.50 0 0.
and the total loss there $5o."0". t
Salinas the Spreckels suga- reSaeiy.
valued at $1,500,000, was d-.-troyaJ.
"Lucky" Baldwin Sends Food.
Los Angeles. Cal.. April 21. Lucky
Baldwin, the noted racing man and
horse breeder, whose wife and daugh
ter are at San Francisco, came to Los
Angeles from his ranch. Santa Anita,
and at once gave orders for the send
ing of a carload of provisions to the
c Francisco sufferers. Thi will
include dried fruits, flour and wine for
the injur 1' He endeavored to secure J was dashed Into fragment?. The mag
a carload of bread to send, but was un- j nificent arch at the entrance of the
Me to purchase that quantity becauBe outer quadraagle has been destroyed,
oil of the available supply had been The new library building was s.rlp
alreadysent north. j pl of It. stoM facings,
city, from being destroyed.
Hope Is Born and Killed,
Early Friday morning it was thought
that the city had passed the crisis of
its agony. The tire was checked while
still a bare fourth of the city remained
A providential veer In the wind after
the sacrifice of a mile-loBg string of
mansions by dynamite stouned the de-
j structlon on the edge of the western
addition. The names were oeaten back
to wear out their lury on the ruins.
Poor Suffer Iffore Than Rich.
It seems almost like a little sarcasm
of the fate which has overwhelmed ths
town that the rich and prosperous have
their homes and their goods spared to
them while the poor have lost every
thing except the little bundles they
have carried with them to the paras
or to Oakland, the city of reruge.
Burying the Dead.
The work of burying the dead was
begun Friday for the lirst time. Out
at the Presidio soldiers pressed into
service all men who came near and
forced them to labor at burying the
dead. So thick were the corpses piled
up that they were becoming a menace,
and early in the day the order was is
sued to bury them at any cost. The
soldiers were needed for other work,
so, at the point of rifles, the citizens
were compelled to take tho work of
burying. Some objected at first, but the
troop3 stood no trilling, and every man
who came In reach was forced to
work at least one heir. Rich men
who had never done much work la-
- t n n f!
bored by the tido ot iha workingmen
digging trenches in the sand for the
tepulcher of these who fell iu the :?.v-
ful calamity. At the preheat wiitin
many still remain rnbuned and the
soldiers are ttill pressing men into
Keport Hefugees Cat Off.
San Fraacico, April 21. It is re
ported that between ".000 and 1,000
Italians. Portuguese and other re3l
dcnti of the district now being devas
tated, who fled to Meiggs or Fisher
ran's whares as places of saftty.
have teen cut off there by the flames
Hundreds of other era known to
have crowded to the wharves along the
water front are in the gravest peril.
Oakland. Cal.. April 21. It is re
por.e.1 here that the fire in the neihh
borhood of the f-rry had been chocked.
Buried Alive Three Pays.
San Francisco. April 21. Eleven
postal clerks were taken from the de
bris of the post ofnee Friday. All were
thought to be dead, but it was found
that, although they wer- buried in the
stone, every one was alive. They had
! been for thres day without food or
water. All the mall was saved.
To add to the horrors of the genera!
situation and the general alarm of
' many people who asecrihed the cau-e
of the subterranean trouble to another
convulsion of nature, explosions ot
sewer gas here lately ribobned and
ribbed manv Ftrcets. Thursday after
noon a Vesuvius in min'atun- was
created by such an upheaval at Bryant
and Eighth streets. Cobble stones
were hurled 20 feet upward, and dirt
vomited out of the ground.
Grand Opera Stars All Safe.
Oakland. Cal., April 21. The mem
bers of the Metropolitan Opera com
pany are safe and on their way to tho
eat on a special train.
Caru3o, Campanari, DIppel. Eames.
Sembrich. Scotti. Plancon. Reiss, Miss
Walker, Miss Abbott, and other stars
passed through the earthquake and flro
mingled In the crowds of refugees, ate
bread and sardines purchased at su
burban stores, and slept la the open
air. just as did 200,000 and more of the
Stanford's Loss Is f4.000,000.
Berkeley, Cal.. April 21. Prea'dent
Jordan estimates the to'.al los3 to the
buildings of Stanford university at be
tween $4,000,000 and $5,000,000. Tte
famous chapel which was erected two
or three years ago and whose farads
was covered with morale pictures i a
mere pile of stones. The mosaic its- f
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