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AMONG THE RUINS OF THE BURNED DISTRICT.
Hundreds Were Left
Homeless by the Big
SCENE OF DEVASTATION.
The Area Covered by the Fire
Was About Sixteen
AID FOR THE SUFFERERS.
The Extent of the Damage Wrought
Partially Due to Defective Mains
Sixteen acres of smoldering debris mark
the scene of Thursday's conflagration, and
tell the sad story of many homeless people
and a loss of about $1,200,000. Two hun
dred and twenty buildings were swept
away, of which the greater portion were
dwellings of the poor-— old wooden build
ings that burned like pine knots. The
wreck and ruin along the path of this
fierce whirlwind of flame is complete.
Borne spots are swept as clean as a floor,
while in others warped and dismantled
machinery marks the site of manufactur
From a point near the center of this fire
swept area rises the brick walls of new St.
Rose's Church, which was in course of con
struction. What little of woodwork there
was to burn went up in flame with the sur
rounding structures, but the skeleton yet
Btands intact, with two sides but little
damaged. A big brass bell marks the spot
where the old edifice of the same name
Btood adjoining, with its attached school
Toe site of Bradbury's power plant, that
had just put in several thousand dollars'
•worth of new machinery, is marked by a
brick chimney, and on the opposite side of
Brannan street a crumbling crick ruin is
all that is left of floey's mattress factory.
Of the Union Box Factory and Hoss
man's Soda Works there are also ruins
that rise out of a smoldering stretch of em
bers, but for the reniainder of the burned
district everything is nearly level with the
f round. The whole is framed about on
hree sides with the blackened walls of
buildings that were paved, and above
Fourth street by the ragged and sooty
skeletons of those that were gutted by the
It was a hard fire to combat in more
ways than one. Its material was the most
inflammable possible to get, and the wind
acted in a most erratic manner. There were
four alarms turned in, and for every call
the wind shifted.
The Fire Department was seriously
hampered by a lack of water, and at the
Lachman Winery the great vat which
holds 10,000 gallons was tapped, and wine
run through the hose in the place of water.
Had it been possible to have obtained ade
quate pressure the firemen declare that the
Dames could have been stopped in the
building where it originated.
No les9 tnan 25.000 people visited the
scene of the lire yesterday. From 6 o'clock
in the morning until late at night the cross
town cars were crowded with passengers
bound for the scene of the biggest blaze
that San Francisco has seen for many a
A line of police patrolled that portion of
the burnea district bounded by Fourth,
Brannan, Fifth and Welsh streets, and
kept the crowd outside the lines. The
resident streets • adjacent to the ruined
area presented a 6trange spec
tacle yesterday. The thoroughfares,
especially those crossing Fourth in the
track of the flames — Freelon, Brannan and
Welsh— were in some places completely
barricaded by furniture that haa been
hurriedly removed in anticipation of a stili
greater sweep of the flames. At the
Mechanics' Hotel on Brannan street every
thing portable was removed, and this
wa~ true of many of the dwellings for
several blocks around. It is impossible to
know at this time the number made desti
tute by the conflagration. Several hun
dred have already asked aid of the
Examiner's Relief Bureau and of indi
viduals, and many have been furnished
with temporary assistance, with many
more to hear from. Tnose who lost their
dwellings have taken up quarters for the
time being at the lodging-houses and
The San Francisco Benevolent Society
has given $1000 for the relief of the
Biifferers, and other relief measures will be
LIST OF THE HOMELESS.
Over Six Hundred Persons Ren
dered Destitute by the
In all probability at least 150 families,
representing from 600 to 700 persons, are
homeless and destitute to-day as a result
of the fire.
Ascertaining their names and the where
abouts of their ruined homes is about as
problematical as a hunt for the traditional
needle in a haystack.
Nevertheless, the Call is enabled to pub
lish this morning a list of the sufferers,
which, while incomplete, is as full as
could well be obtained under the circum
The list is as follows:
508— Mrs. Donnelley, a widow; lost her hus
band recently; has several children.
508— James Feeney.
508— Mrs. Foster; very destitute; husband
has not worked for a year. She lost everything.
What was not burned was stolen.
614— Mrs. Cantet.
50t>— A widow whose name could not be as
certained, lias five children.
531— John Donavan. Has five small chil
dren. Owned the hor -■ •<!.
Southwest corurr Fourth and Brannan—
James O'Sbea, saloon; not insured.
On the gouth side of Brannan. between
Fourth and Fifth, there M - ere a dozen families
137— James McCarthy. Has a wife and sev
eral children. Nothing saved.
100— Thomas Foley. Wife and four chil
dren. Nothing saved. .
124— J. McQuade. Wife and family. Total
124— Downstairs. Mrs. Djneen, grocery. A
■widow with a large family. Nothing saved.
120— Mr. Thompson. Wife and family.
Owned his house. Insured.
1--— Gus Daniels. Wile and family. Most
of his furniture stolen.
113— J. McGrath. Wife and family. Lost
109— Mrs. Keyes. Widow. Not Insured.
108^— M re. Murphy. Widow with several
young children. Lost every; -tine.
lots— John Gallagher. Wife" and family.
116— Mr. Eeevy. Wife and family. Owned
118— Mrs. Ryan; large lamlly; total loss.
36— Mr6. Mulcahey : husband out of employ
28— Mrs. Neary; several children; very desti
29— Mrs. Murphy, widow.
39— Mrs. John Moyhan. While trying to
•aye the property of neighbors her house
caugh t the flam es and she lost everything. She
&wn.-d her house. Insured.
10C— Mrs. Cavanaugh; total loss.
127— Lawrence Boyle, wife and family.
129— J. ilcGinnerty, wife and children.
121— James Uuigley, wife and family; lost
liy-J. ilcCftrtby. His daughter vim aar
ried on the day of the fire, and returned to her
home with lier husband to find it in flames.
1 ~O— Irs. Condon. Widow with several small
chilr 1 .
40 jincs Kenny. Wife and child. Total
Cor; l Welsh and Fourth— Michael Magner.
605 -Mrs. Duffy. Widow with several chil
603— Mrs. Shea. Widow. Total loss.
Shirley House, corner Welsh and Fourth. J.
McGrath, proprietor. Insured. Mr. Conrad's
grocery and saloon and P. O'Connor's cigar
stand under the Shirley House. Partially in
Fourth and Brannan— Mrs. Canavan. Widow
with a child.
Welsh and Fourth— Thomas Condon. News-
Btnnd. Total loss. Insured. Lived upstairs.
530— Mr«. Reilly. Fruitstore. Loss $250.
28— Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. Wheelan, J. O'Hade.
All three families have children. Saved
14— J. Sullivan.
28— James Hill. Owned the house. Lost
everything. His son kept a grocery-store
downstairs. He refused to have his place in
sured twenty-four hours before the fire.
16— Mrs. Peterson. Large family. Lost
12— Mrs. O'Brien. Widow, aged 80. Insured.
M. Shaw, 113 Welsh Btreet, has wife and five
children. Total loi-s.
J. Dougherty, an ironworker, living at 116
Welsh street, logs $100. No insurance.
M. O'Donnell, 118 Welch 6treet, lost every
thing. No insurance.
Frank Pott, 127 Welsh street, lost every
thing. No insurance. Burned badly.
Benjamin Green, 129 Welsh street, lost
everything. No insurance.
Mr. Rice, 131 Welsh street, lost everything;
David Voss, 109 Welsh street, lost every
thing. One child severely burned.
Mrs. Ricther, 111 Welsh street, complete
loss; no insurance.
W. Johnson, 113% Welsh street, nothing
August Jansen, 113 Welsh street, complete
Mr. Hogan, 315 Welsh street— Sick in bed and
barely saved by carrying bed outdoors; large
Mrs. Maggie Kearny (widow) at 121 Welsh
street, lost everything; no insurance.
Tbe following had no insurance and saved
nothing but the clothes on their backs:
John Cheenng, 114 Freelon street.
Henry Schweizer and family, 111 Freelon
Mr. Gleason, 27 Freelon street.
Anton Mitchell and family, 9 Freelon street.
Mr. Hackett, Bluxome street, near Fourth,
was sick in bed; had a narrow escape; large
family and are destitute.
Clara Grace, a widow of three months, 121
Freelon street, is destitute.
Harry Norton, 128 Freelon street, complete
loss. His son bad a narrow escape from falling
James Masterson, Freelon street, near Fourth,
has large family. Lost everything.
Jacob Jackson, 28 Freelon street, just went to
work alter year's Idleness. Lost everything.
James Perry, 531 Fourth street, a large
family. Nothing saved.
Mary Calernan, a widow on Brannan street,
Cornelius Condon, a widower with large
family. Had narrow escape from explosives in
a paintshop adjoining house.
Dave Hosrau, a cripple, Welsh street.
Mrs. Devlin, 131 Freelon street.
Mrs. Gould, Welsh street.
Mrs. H. Olson, 118 Freelon street.
W. H. Parker, 504 Freelon street.
Thomas Morrison, 114 Freelon street.
Mrs. Swanson, 12 Freelon street.
Martin Plut, Freelon street.
Mrs. Johnson, 143 Welsh street.
Mrs. Shaw, 113V< Welsh street.
Mrs. Hollert, 11? Welsh street.
Ellen Kelly, 27 Freelon street.
Mr. and Mrs. Scove, 137 Freelon street.
THE PARISH OF ST. ROSE.
School and Church Destroyed
and Not Fully
Not a vestige of the handsome Catholic
school, parochial house and church at
tached to St. Rose's parish remains except
the brick walls of the magnificently de
signed new church which was in course of
The parish was established in 1870, and
the present pastor, Rev. D. F. Nugent,
took charge in 1878.
He built a three-story school building
at a cost of $12,000, a church that cost
$12,000 and the parochial house that cost
$4000. The total insurance on these three
buildings is $19,000.
The school was managed by the Sisters
of the Holy Name, and was attended by
A year ago Father Nugent had plans
prepared for a magnificent new church, to
cost upward of $75,000. The walls were
partially up when the fire occurred. If an
examination shows that the fire has dam
aged them beyond repair the loss will go
into the thousands.
Father Nugent annouced last evening
that as soon as possible he would rent a
hall, where divine services will be held
until a church could be erected.
On Sunday next the parishioners will at
tend mass at St. Brendan's Church, corner
of Fremont and Harrison streets, the pas
tor of which is Rev. J. F. Nugent, a
brother of the pastor of St. Rose's. Messes
will be said at 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 o'clock a. m.
SACRED CHALICE RESCUED.
A Thrilling: Episode of the Destruc
tion of St. Rose's
When the flames reached over the tall
brick walls of the new Church of St. Rose
Father Nugent was in his parochial house.
His first thought was to save the sacred
chalice in the tabernacle of the old church
that contained the sacrament.
He rushed through the church followed
by a score of anxious parishioners. The
tabernacle was hurriedly opened and the
chalice borne out of the church to a place
The symbolical ciborium and the other
sacred vessels were also saved.
FOR THE DESTITUTE.
Dalley's Stock Company Will Assist
the Fire Sufferers.
Manager Dailey of Dailey's Stock Com
pany, at the Alcazar, has decided to lend
a helping hand to the sufferers by the fire,
and will give the services of his star, Al
fred Dampier, and his company on next
Wednesday evening for a big charity bene
fit, the entire proceeds to be added to the
relief fund. This is a very worthy object
and the theater will certainly be crowded.
MRS. RAINEY'S ESCAPE.
A Widow Who Was Nearly Burned
to Death on Freelon
Among: the many sufferers on Freelon
street hy the firo was a widow named
Rainey. She lived with her three children
just below Fourth street and lost every
thing she possessed in the holocaust.
When the fire approached Fourth street
she started to move her household posses
sions to a place of safety. There was no
one to help her though, as every one in
the neighborhood was busy in caring for
his or her particular effects. One of her
children— a nine-year-old boy— assisted her
in carrying chairs, tables, bedding and the
like down the street to what was consid
ered a safe distance.
When the flames crossed Fourth street
Mrs. Rainey was in her rooms, which were
on the upper floor, and before she was
aware of their close approach the house
was on lire. Through the blinding smoke
and with the forked flames seething and
roaring around her, Mrs. Rainey staggered
down the stairs of the house and fell, over
come, on the sidewalk, a little bundle of
trinkets grasped in her arms. The peoDle
in the vicinity were already hastening
away from the advancing fire, and the
woman would have, in all probability,
been overlooked and burned to death had
not John Edmonds, one of the roomers in
the Shirley House, stumbled over her
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 1895.
body. He picked up the unconscious
women and carried her to a place of safety.
The fire reached the spot where her fur
niture had been stowed and everything she
owned was lost.
It was pitiful yesterday to see her with
her children wandering among the ruins
weeping and bewailing her loss. She was
assisted at the relief bureaus that had been
opened on the corner of Fourth and Free
lon, and later a generous gentleman, who
took an interest in her sad plight, rented a
room on Fourth street for her and pre
sented her with a $10 gold piece.
A NEW WOMAN'S CLUB.
An Appeal to the Public for Neces-
saries for the Fire Suf
At a meeting of the New Woman's Club
last evening the condition of those made
homeless by the fire came np for discus
sion and it was decided to make an appeal
to the public in behalf of the sufferers.
Arrangements were subsequently made
with the Mission of the Good Samaritan
at 249 Second street, where all articles of
clothing, food or furniture will be thank
fully received and promptly dispensed to
the needy ones.
Second-hand clothing or furniture, mat
ting, carpets, towels, stoves, dishes and
food will be very acceptable.
Ho Says That the Water Mains
Are Too Small All
"An improved system is absolutely ne
cessary for handling a big fire like the one
of Thursday evening," said Chief Sullivan
The people have a right to demand bet
ter protection for life and property than is
at the present time afforded. This matter
has been agitated for a long time, and the
attention of the municipal authorities has
repeatedly been called to existing defects,
but without any appreciable effect. With
the pressure that we ought to have, and
might have with a little extra expense, this
last fire could have been stopped in the
building where it started. We got there
in good time, and went into action in a
manner that shows the discipline of the
"We had twenty-seven engines out and
all the apparatus of the department, and
the result of our combined efforts amount
ed to but ten good streams. We were
obliged to station some of the engines
blocks away, in order to force water to
other engines, which in turn put it on the
fire. Thus, by reason of the small mains,
a good deal of our strength was wasted.
The mains in the district where the tire
took place are only four, six and eight
inches, whereas they ought to be in size
from ten to twenty-two inches. It is the
same in other portions of the City."
Some of the Principal Sufferers by
Thursday's Conf lagra- ;
In looking over the losses sustained by
the different insurance companies as a re
sult of the disastrous fire of Thursday
night the question arises on all sides
whether it will have any result toward set
tling the insurance war that has been cut
ting such a figure of late. Many of the
companies have been exceedingly keen in
their search for risks, and have been issu
ing policies for property considered hazard
ous at as low as 50 and 60 per cent under
the figures charged when the Insurance
Union dictated affairs ; but well-informed
men believe that the end is not yet, and
that property-owners will have opportun
ity for some time to come to obtain favor
able figures. The losses, while In the
aggregate running up to over $365,000, yet
were distributed among over seventy-five
different companies, and as the concerns
holding the larger risks have reinsured a
portion of their policies the average losses
will be comparatively light.
The most of the district swept by the
flames was considered extra hazardous
and rates were as high as from 3to 5 per
cent, that being the figure charged on
Bluxome street, wnile the cnarge for prop
erty along Fourth was from 2 l k down to 1
per cent. This was evidently by reason of
the fact that Fourth street was really the
only thoroughfare of the neighborhood
that had anything like the 6ize of water
mains required. The other adjacent streets
were supplied with from four to six inch
There has been much uncertainty of
late over the existence of the Fire Patrol.
It was brought into existence and sus
tained by the Insurance Union, and the
recent withdrawals from that association
has made its life doubtful.
The total loss of $1,200,000, as estimated
by Captain Comstock of the Fire Patrol,
seems to be approximately correct.
Mr. Harris, manager of the firm of Scott
& Van Arsdale, the lumbermen, saia yes
terday: *'I have only the best feelings for
the lire Department, and want to particu
larly mention the work done by members
of the company which I have ascertained
to be engine 7. They stuck to us and saved
Scott & Van Arsdale yesterday sent $100
to the firemen's relief fund.
At the corner of Fifth and Bluxome
streets there were three engines pumping
into one hose and the stream only reached
to the eaves of Garrett's foundry.
The Washington hotel building, at Fifth
and Bluxome streets, suffered a damage of
$-'000. It was fully insured, The landlord,
John McGrath, lost $500 on furniture and
Hoffman & Co., sawyers, on Brannan
street, lost $15,000; insurance $1500.
J. H. Carah & Co., of 511 Fifth street,
were partly insured, as was the California
Fence Company on Brannan street.
The loss of Scott & Van Arsdale, at
Fifth and Brannan streets, was between
$8000 and $9000; fully insured.
The Fifth-street furniture factory of H.
Euler had only $4500 insurance to cover a
loss of over $60,000.
The Overland Freight Transfer Company
on Bluxome street suffered a loss of about
$1000: fully insured.
The Stanford Hotel property was partly
covered : estimated loss $25,000.
The Bt. Kose Church property was well
insured; most of the portable property
Aside from the wine used as a fire ex
tinguisher the loss of 8. Lachman & Co.
Main & Winchester's harness factory
had some insurance, but the loss was very
J. H. Carah, machine-shop at 511 Fifth
street, loss, $6000; insurance, $2500; com
pletely destroyed. New Washington Hotel ;
insurance, $4000. H. Henneberg, machine
shop at 529 Fifth street, loss, $2000. Kor
bel's lumber-yard on Bryant street, loss
about $6000; fully insured. Spring Valley
Water Works' yard, loss nominal. Vaii
derberg <fe Lewis, wood-workers, Brannan
street, loss, $200; insurance, $500. Van
Wart, mantels, etc., sfil Brannan street,
complete loss of over $10,000; no insurance.
Western Horse Market, 6GI Brannan, no
insurance ; loss about $750
C. J. Howrihan, saloon at 625 Fourth
street, no insurance; loss about $350.
The San Jrancisco Box Factory, where
the lire is supposed to have started, lost
over $30,000; insurance $14,000.
McManns stable at 551 Brannan street,
loss about $2500.
The agricultural implement and machine
shop of H. W. Kice on Bluxome street suf
fered a loss of fully $20,000.
Mr. Rice had arranged to retire at an
early date and carried no insurance.
The San Francisco Hay and Grain Com
pany of 621 Fourth street lost about $3500;
The Belmont Hotel at Fifth and Brannan
otreets carried very littie insurance; loss
The Stanford Hotel was a loss of about
$25,000; very little insurance.
The California Casket Company, loss
$8000 or $9000; not insured.
Bernstein Bros.' iron yard at Filth and
Bluxome streets, loss $750; insurance not
M. Anderson, cigars and tobacco, 623
Fourth street, loss about $1000; fully in
Huebner's planing - mill on Brannan
street; very little insurance; loss between
15000 and $6000.
Washington Hotel, Fourth street, corner
Bluxome. damage about $3000.
Phclan, the carriage-maker, loss and
damage to stock $500; fully covered.
Baker & Hamilton lost some agricultural
machinery; fully covered.
The Odernett Machine Works on Blux
ome street, loss about $3500; insurance
The Rothschild building on Fourth
street, loss heavy.
Belmont Boiler Works on Bluxome
street, loss about $750; no insurance.
Einstein & Levy's flourmill on Fifth
street; insured for only $500.
The amount of insurance held by the
different companies is estimated as follows :
Williamsburg City, $1000; Phenix of Brook
lyn, $2000; Pennsylvania, ¥1500; American
of Pennsylvania, .$4000; Svea. $1000; Han
over, $9000; Germania, $5000; United Fire
niens, $2500; Fireraens of Kaitimore, $700;
Aachen & Munich, $1100; Glens Falls, $500;
Traders, $1250; North British & Mercantile,
fiDOO; Continental, $3350; Fire Association,
L 600; Granite State, $2350; Redd in?, $2350;
orth German, sßooo: Fireman's Fund, sssoo;
National of Hartford, $3000; Westchcs
ter, $5150: Patriotic, $7000; Hamburg-
Bremen, $7000; Niagara, $2000: Brit
ish America, $2000; Western, $700;
American of New York, $1000; German-Ameri
can, $0500; Palatine, $15,000: London and
Lancashire, sl7,soo; .Etna, $15,000; Union of
Pennsyi ania, $660; New Zealand, $5350;
Springfield, $3100; Commercial Union, $5000;
Magdeburg, $7500; Hartford, $3500; Ameri
can Central, $2400; Pacific, $500: St. Paul,
$2500; Manchester, $3375; Caledonian, $2750;
American of New Jersey, $500; Home of New
York, $1900; Phoenix" of Hartford, $1900;
Prussian National, $10,000; Northwestern
National, $2700; Sun of Han Francisco, $250;
Merchants of New Jersey, $500; Scottish
Union, $'-'000; Orient, $1000; Alliance, $8000;
Insurance Company of North America, $8000;
Union Assurance, $6600; Transatlantic, $12,
--250; Atlas, $8000; Lancashire. $1500; Home
Mutual, $1333: Royal Exchange, $20,000;
Connecticut, $5000; Queen, $3500; London
Assurance, $11,500; Northern. $5500; Royal,
$11,500; Norwich Union, $5000; Sun Fire,
$8250; Imperial, $7000: Lion Fire, $3350;
Phoenix of London, $3750; Providence-Wash
ington, $1750; Liverpool and London and
Globe, $5000; total, $355,130.
EXTEND THE FIRE LIMITS.
Marshal Towe's Severe Criticism
on the Municipality.
Fire Marshal Towe was very busy all
day yesterday gathering evidence as to th c
cause of the fire. At least half a dozen
men were found who testified that the
flames were first seen in the rear of the
San Francisco Box Factory, 515-519 Fifth
Thamas Lapsley, who is employed in the
shoddy-mill, was the first man questioned
and he was positive as to the location of
John Gallagher, who was in the shoddy
mill and who resides on Freelon street,
first saw the fire all of twelve minutes be
fore the alarm was turned in. He saw the
flames in the rear of the box factory among
a lot of shavings near a lumber pile. The
factory used shavings for fuel.
George W. Phelan, who was in the rear
of his paint shop at 657 and 659 Bryant
Btreet, saw the fire and told Officers O'Con
nell and Joe Maguire. Phelan saw the fire
at 5:45 P. M. at the rear of the engine-room
of the box factory in a pile of lumber and
near a shed where oil wa& stored. The
fire caught in a pile of lumber, then sDread
to the shed where the oil was. The box
factory closed at 5:30 p. m.
L. R. Smith of 1303 Mason street also
saw the fire. He says that it caught from
a spark from a smokestack in the open
space in the rear of the box factory among
a pile of dry lumber.
The official time of the first box pulled
was 5:47 p. m.
It was all of ten minutes after the dis
covery of the fire that thte shoddy-mill
The foregoing is the result of Marshal
Towe's investigation. Mr. Towe is of the
opinion that the City was in big luck that
the ravages by the fire did not extend fur
ther, and he praises the efforts of Chief
Sullivan and the Fire Department highly.
"If we only bad had a brick wall to makea
barrier against the flames," said he, yes
terday, "the fire would have been checked
long before it was. But the department
had everything against it. There was a
lack of water and a lack of hydrants.
What is the lesson of the fire? Why— but
what is the use of talking on that head?
The lesson will be remembered a week and
then forgotten, until some day the whole
City will be wrapped in one big conflagra
tion. Then perhaps the fire limits will be
"What we need is bigger mains, more
hydrants and an extension of the fire
limits. Let the City tear up the mains in
that portion of the City and put in larger
ones, and instead of having all wooden
buildings give us a brick wall here and
there for a good lighting ground. The fire
limits should extend to all the business
and manufacturing portions of the City.
Chicago includes the whole city in the fire
limits. Now, here it is coming on to the
Fourth of July. I can tell you where
every fire will start. It will be on the roof
of some wooden building every time, and
the most of the work will be done by the
trucks and chemical engines.
"The mains in the fire-eaten portion of
the City should be from eight to twelve
inches in diameter. It is a scientific fact
that a four-inch main corrodes at the rate
of 1-32 of an inch each year, and where will
a pipe like that be in twenty years?
"A 22-inch main runs along Howard
street to Second, Third to Market and
diagonally across to Sansome street. Three
years ago the Chief asked the Supervisors
to tap that main and run it down Market
street. It has never been done, and there
is only a 12-inch main on the north side of
the great thoroughfare to protect all the
business houses in that district. How
many hydrants are necessary for the pro
tection of the district of which a portion
was burned last night I cannot say, but
there should be one on every corner and
one in the middle of each block. The
Chief should be allowed to have from 2000
to 2500 more hydrants throughout the City.
"Of course as soon as such a proposition
is voiced a howl will go up from the dollar
limit Silurians, and while the howl is going
on the City may be destroyed by tire. I
believe, to obviate all such opposition, in
bonding the City for $20,000,000. The City
claims that it is not in debt like other
great cities of the world. Well, what has
it got to show for it? Nothing. The im
provements to be made are not for the
present generation. They are for pos
terity, and let posterity pay for them."
AID FOR SUFFEKEKS.
Money for Those Left Homeless by the
Fire— A "Country Week" for
C. V. S. Gibbs, treasurer of the San
Francisco Benevolent Society, acting in be
half of that association, yesterday gave
$1000 for the relief of the sufferers from
Thursday's lire into the hands of the Asso
ciated Charities. The money will be
largely expended in the rent of fiats for the
accommodation of the homeless.
The report of the registrar of the Associ
ated Charities for the week ending yester
day was as follows:
New cases 20, rooarrent cases 7, total 27.
Investigated lor uud reported to: Sau Fran
cisco Benevolent Society 8, Sun Francisco Poly
clinic (i, Fruit and Flower Mission 4, sub
scribers 4, Mayor Sutro, French Ladies, Fran
cesca Relief and Catholic Ladies' Aid, oue
each, one personal.
The Fruit and Flower Mission, acting in
conjunction with the Associated Charities,
is urranging a "country week" for children
in need of country air or change of climate.
It is their purpose to advertise in the City
and rural press in order that those who are
willing to give shelter and food to some
pale little waif from the City for a week
may signify that willingness to" the officers
in charge. The mission inaugurated such
a movement three years ago, which was
productive of much good, and it is pro
posed to extend the work over a wider
range this summer.
SUICIDE OF LOUIS BLANK
The Former Secretary of the
B'nai B'rith Association
WAS ASPHYXIATED BY GAS.
It Is Thought That the Charges Pre
ferred Against Him May Have
Caused the Act.
Louis Blank, the former secretary of the
B'nai B'rith Association, was found dead
in a small ante-room off his sleeping cham
ber yesterday afternoon. The gas was
turned fully on, and there is no doubt but
it was a case of suicide. The body was
taken, to the Morgue, where it now lies.
At the time of his death Blank was alone
in the house, the other members of the
family being away on an excursion to the
beacn. The body was found on their re
turn lying on the floor of the ante-room,
fully dressed. Blank leaves a family, con
sisting of a widow and three children.
It will be remembered that Blank is the
defaulting secretary of the B'nai B'rith
Association. The defalcation, which was
[From a photograph.]
made public in the press last October, was
about $15,000. M. D. Levy, father-in-law
of BlanK, gave personal security far the
amount, but a short time before 'the notes
became due he (Levy) assigned all his
property to one of his daughters. Another
daughter of Levy is married to Rev. Gus
tav Dantziger, a'well-known Hebrew divine
It was decided a short time ago by the
California Lodge, of which Blank was a
member, to prefer charges against the de
faulter to the Grand Lodge, with a view to
his expulsion from the order.
It is very strongly suspected that there
are a number of men in the background
who were in with Blank, and helped them
selves liberally to the money of B'nai
B'rith, and who used Blank as a scape
goat. The money in default was properly
paid in at first by Blank, and then drawn
out again, which showed that his action
was prompted by others. He was con
nected with one Louis Landler in land
schemes, and it was mainly through this
person that Blank's ruin came about.
The charges against Blank were to have
been discussed in a few days, and a final
decision arrived at concerning his case.
THE LABOR COUNCIL.
Its Attitude on the Street - Cleaning
Matter — Some Unions Report
At the Labor Council last night the dele
gates representing the horseshoers', elec
trical workers' and machinists' unions re
ported that the demand for their classes of
work seemed to be better. "Business is
picking up," said the representative of the
electrical workers, "and men are in de
mand in our business."
Secretary Burman stated that the fire
had burned out about a dozen members of
the furniture-workers and destroyed their
tools. Their union would supply them
with new sets of tools, however, "because
it has an insurance feature which takes
care of that.
Upon a report from the legislative com
mittee resolutions were adopted protesting
against the efforts of the Half-million Club
to induce people to come to California un
til it had taken measures to secure work
for the host of unemployed already here.
Delegate Craig of the A. ft. U. made a
motion that the Finance Committee of the
Board of Supervisors be requested to de
vote to the relief of the fire sufferers the
$3000 which it is intended to devote to the
Fourth of July celebration. It was car
Delegate Knox of the A. R. U. then
brought up the street-cleaning question.
He said the Labor Council had been mis
represented as favoring the work being
done through the Merchants' Association
at $1 10 per day for ten hours' work. He
therefore desired that the council place its
true position upon record by a formal cor
rection from the secretary.
This furnished an opportunity for acting
President Me Arthur to give the council
some seasonable advice. He said that the
council had made a mistake in indorsing
the protest of the Wage-workers' Union
before that organization had affiliated with
the council. "The principle involved in
its protest was all right, but it was a mis
take to recognize any body of organized
labor that does not affiliate with the coun
cil," observed Mr. McArthur. He also took
occasion to correct an apparent tendency
of the council to "jump on the press"
whenever the least reason for doing so
seemed to exist.
The secretary was then instructed to re
quest the publication of the following so as
to nut the coucil before the public in its
Editor of the San Franaico Call— Dear Rir:
Kindly allow the Labor Council the privilege
of explaining Its attitude respecting the street
sweeping question. Messrs. Pitt and Fitzsiin
mons are not, as stated, members of this coun
cil, and therefore could not appear for it be
fore the Board of Supervisors.
We are not in favor of the work being done
by the Merchants' Association as it has been in
the past. We are in favor of its being done
under the direct supervision of the Superin
tendent of Streets by day's labor at a minimum
wage of $2 per day.
K. P. Bukman, Secretary.
President Walter Joyce of the Wage
workers' Union explains that his organiza
tion was not represented before the Board
of Supervisors at all in the street-cleaning
matter, as he and Mr. Farquhar of the
committee chosen to represent it were un
able to be present. Denis Kearney and
Walter Greenwood, he said, are not mem
bers of his union and were not authorized
to speak for it. He thought it a shame
that men should have to work ten hours
It was stated that President McGlynn of
the council is very sick, and Messrs. Fin
erty, Johnston, Burman and McArthur
were appointed a committee to visit him.
The Royal Baking Powder is the greatest
of the modern time helps to perfect cook
ing, and every receipt requiring a raising
ingredient should embody it.
NEW TO-DAY-pRY GOODS. : , . '
Q\t' 937, (INCORPORATED] Street,.
tl if ' 937, 939, 941 Market Street,
>c .'y BAN HI.VNCISCO.
H j|r^ Just as good and probably a little better than you can
1/ Sy^s ' £ c * elsewhere for the same prices. Perfect fit guaran- -
/ |/\g* teed when tried on at our counters. We have
VJfws» cheaper and more expensive gloves than the ones
**-^ mentioned below.
/P^^jiSgr "ALICE" KID GLOVES, 4 laree pearl buttons, fancy
¥ wiT stitched backs, kid bound, in contrasting color, very fl>"f AA
I Jna flexible skin, white and black, and ■ all popular street J.«vv/
if f&ks' shades; compare favorably with any $1 25 glove in town Pair
1 -*.Allk "CAMILLE" KID GLOVES, 4 large buttons (fancy or .
I $&/ Bj pearl), heavy back stitching, absolutely perfect fitting ©i OJ?
\s^<s±_Jjlr and won't burst at seams tinder ordinary wear in black <P ±»£w
]S~^ and street colors ; instead of $1 50 we charge • ' Pair
4rm\& REAL "JOUVIN" KID GLOVES, 4 large pearl buttons. , •
« mi Km fancy stitched backs, fauchette between fingers, kid
mI ua- T*r> bound, in every way perfect; white, pearl, black and ©i PA
TOl wolf all new street shades; nowhere else less than $1 75; A»tll/ .
JET TREFOUSSE KID GLOVES, 4 large fancy buttons, the
_In - perfection of fit and finish; browns, tans, slates and
as*ffi/\ /^\ black. We make a specialty of this famous French d»i »7pr
til rim /I m make, the best in the world, and carry all styles fort)?-*-, • O
y&sffl/ff KB day or evening wear. This style costs , Pair
if 7 Ml DERBY GLOVES, a glove in high favor with bicyclists, •' !•*;,:
/m/ buf " 4 large buttons, heavy skins, pretty shades tans, Eng- ©1 n * '•
£¥ mjf lish red, black and brown; a mannish glove and a good t|)-L* I*
rf wearer; three grades $1 00, $1 50 and Par
\L(O) DOGSKIN GAUNTLET GLOVES, for bicycle riders, tans, fit 9^'
1 ' English red, brown and black; will outlast two pair of *$*■»£<}
kid gloves. •••.••.........•.•........••.....•...■...•.... ' Pair
A complete stock of superior grades, including
latest novelties for Millinery purposes. We think
we can save you something in this department.
COLORED CREPE RIBBON, the latest Parisian novelty
for Hat Trimming. We have No. 22 in brown, tan, Aft/%
light blue, green, old rose, red, navy and pink; strictly "±UO
"all silk" Yard
BLACK CREPE RIBBON, for hats or dresses, new and
beautiful No. 9. No. 12, No. 16, No. 22
16% c 20c ' 25c 30c
FANCY RIBBONS, for hat trimming, 2% to 4 inches IQ n
wide, light colors, plaids, polka dots and changeable J-t/U
effects ; two grades, 19c and 25c yard J ... Yard
BLACK MOIRE AND SATIN STRIPE RIBBON, for
« dress or hat, all pure silk No. 22, No. 30, No. 40, No. 60
-5c 30c 40c 45c
ANTHONY WINS EASILY
He Knocks Out Dan Mahoney
After a Game Fight of
Henry Peppers Bests Martin Mul
verhill In Just Five Hard
Jim Anthony, the clever little Austra
lian boxer, made his debut before the Cali
fornia sporting men last evening, in the
home of the Imperial Athletic Club at
Colma. He met Dan Mahoney of local
fame and fought eight one-sided rounds
In the ninth the referee gave the fight to
Anthony. It might not have lasted as
long as it did only Anthony sprained his
hand during the first round, and although
he kept sending it in just over Mahoney's
heart at every opening still it was evident
he was saving it.
The men entered the ring about 9:30
p. m. Ralph King was chosen referee and
the fight began. It was a right clear
through. Anthony forced the pace from
the start, and seldom feinted without fol
lowing up with a lead. Mahoney put up a
good, game right, but beside Anthony's
hoops and swings his blows were weak.
Anthony wasted l)ut little time on his op
ponent's face, but kept driving rights and
lefts into Mahoney's body, until Mahoney
became so distressed he could hardly raise
his left to guard, much less to strike.
From the third round it was evident that
there was no chance for Mahoney He
was hot and worried, but fought gamely,
while Anthony kept cool and hardly
turned a hair during the fight. Although
he had forced matters all through, he was
as strong at the end almost as at the be
At the end of the eighth, Mahoney told
the referee he felt distressed, and King
told him the fight would be stopped when
ever he wished.
Mahoney started the ninth round, but in
the middle gave up, and he was sent to his
corner. He made a game tight, but was
no match for Anthony.
Just before the Anthony-Mahoney mill
Henry Peppers and Martin Mulverhill
came on for a 10-round go. Peppers
started the fighting and needed but five
rounds to knock Mulverhill out. Mulver
hill put un a clever fight, however, until
dazed by Peppers' facers, and more than
once he jolted Peppers' head back on his
shoulders in a way that made the outcome
In the first round Peppers swung often
with his right, but Mulverhill ducked all
of them and threw Peppers off with his
shoulder. Then Peppers took to straight
arms, and he nearly had Mulverhill out be
fore the first round closed. In the fourth
round he tried swinging, with the same
result, and then, returning again to clean
hits, he had his man out before the round
A special train was run from the City to
Colma, and aftor the fight it took the vis
itors back. There were about 500 people at
A Family -lur.
GREAT AMERICAN IMPORTING .TEA CO.'S
Stores are spiling
MASOX FRUIT JARS
At greatly reduced prices.
1 dozen jars, pints. In box 50c
1 Cozen jars, quarts, In box 60c
1 dozen jars, half gallons, in box 80c
Inspect our Improved Jelly Glasses, 36c per doz. :
Ice Cream and Berry Sets of 7 pieces, 'Jsc, 35c and
50c per set. Our prices for Teas and Coffees the
lowest. Buying directly from us saves middle
men's and peddler's profits.
•— • — *
"A^ record for rapid rail-rolling," says
the Engineering and Mining Journal, "waa
made by the south works of the Lacka
wanna Iron and steel Company at Scran
ton, for the week ending March 9. The
converting mill made 604^ tons of ingots in
j eleven turns, and the south rail mill roll
i ing 5201 tons oi finished rail.
Ladies' Black Oxfords /\i
Patent Tips D\JG>
Ladies' Vici Kid Shoes,
Piccadilly toe, patent tip, 1
Ladies' Tan Button Boots $1.25
These prices are good
only in the
Big Shoe Factory
581-583 MARKET ST.
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PAPER % I SHADES
Largest Stot/ Lowest Prices.
;G.W. CLARK &co:
653 Market Street.
SAMPLES SENT. ' ■ -V ■ . ;
$24.00 — DROPPED— $24.00
I GEO. H. FULLER DESK CO,,
1 638 and' 64o Mission Street.'