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VOL. L.V. XO. 157.
THE ARGUS, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 190G.
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cADTuniiAifr PAiioro tic
D EXPLOSIOWS FOLLOW
City Facing Destruction by Flames, Water
ins Burst and It is Impossible
to Check Their Spread.
RISING OF WIND MAY DOOM ENTIRE CITY
Wild Rumors of Loss of Life Partly Confirmed Oakland, Sac
ramento and Other Places Suffer Shock
Reached Across Continent.
San Francisco, Cal., April 18. Bulletin -San
Francisco was practically wrecked by an earthquake
at 5:10 this morning.
The shock lasted three minutes. Thousands of
buildings were damaged or destroyed. The loss of
life is reported great. There is no water and fires are
all over the city. All wires with the exception of one
San Francisco, April 18. Later. As the reports
come in the magnitude of the disaster grows. Fires
are raging in all directions, and people are moving
out of the downtown section.
The loss of life may reach into the hundreds.
Millions of dollars' worth of property is destroyed.
In the confusion it is almost impossible to learn
the details of the disaster.
The authorities have resorted to dynamite to
check the progress of the flames.
San Francisco 10:55 a. m. The Palace hotel,
the Claus Spreckles structure, 17 stories high, the
Phelan building, and the Arret store are now afire.
The south side of Market street, between Fourth
and Fifth streets, is also aflame and the fire is
spreading in all directions.
It seems probable the entire business section
will be destroyed. The militia is in control of the
city. Mayor Schmitz has called for the assistance
of the entire Oakland fire department and has or
dered all dynamite available to be used to blow up
buildings in order to stay progress of the flames.
San Francisco Bulletin At 11 o'clock the San
Francisco employes of the Postal Telegraph com
pany had to leave their office on account of fire.
New York, April 18. Bulletin. -The Western Un
ion Telegraph office at Fresno says it is the most
severe shock ever known.
D)wie Secures Writ at Rock
ford Restraining Voliva.
Roekford, 111.. April IS Following
the filing of a bill to set aside the con
veyance of the property of Zion City
valued at $21,000,000. Judge Wright, in
the circuit court today granted an in
junction restraining Voliva and others
from interference with or in any way
preventing Dowie from going to Zion
City and remaining there or entering
his house at will. The Injunction gave
Dowie the right to hold religious ser
vices in the tabernacle on alternate
NEW YORK, APRIL 18. (BULLETIN.) AT 9:04 THE POSTAL HAD
COMMUNICATION WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE, BUT LOST
CONNECTION ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. IN A BRIEF PERIOD THE
WIRE WORKING AT THE SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE REPORTED A
NUMBER OF BUILDINGS HAD COLLAPSED, THE DEAD AND INJURED
BEING TAKEN FROM THE RUINS AS RAPIDLY AS POSSIBLE. THE
PRINCIPAL DANGER WAS FROM FIRES, A NUMBER OF WHICH ARE
MAKING GREAT HEADWAY OWING TO LACK OF WATER.
HOTEL TOri'IiKS INTO STREET.
SAN FRANCISCO, APRIL 18. THE VALENCIA HOTEL, A FIVE
STORY FRAME BUILDING, TOPPLEQ INTO THE STREET, BURYING
75 PEOPLE IN THE DEBRIS. A HOUSE ON SIXTEENTH STREET N EAR
THE VALENCIA WAS WRECKED, KILLING TWO PERSONS.
MANY FIRE HOUSES WERE DAMAGED SO BADLY THAT IT IS
IMPOSSIBLE TO GET THE FIRE APPARATUS OUT.
A LODGING HOUSE ON SEVENTH STREET KNOWN AS THE
SUMMARY OF CONDITIONS IN THE
San Francisco, April 18, 9:30 a. m. The facts as far as known at
this hour are summarized as follows: Hundreds of people are killed, and
probably thousands injured. Mechanics' pavilion was converted into a
temporary hospital and a'ready several hundred victims of the disaster
are being treated there by a corps of volunteers.
The entire water front is ablaze.
The postof'ice is entirely collapsed. The fish market, corner of Clay
and Merchant streets, collapsed, killing six people. Fire Chief Sullivan
and wife were badly injured. The Grand opera house is burning fiercely.
Several big buildings between the theater and St. Patrick's church are
People are fleeing from the Palace hotel, taking their personal ef
fects. In Oakland five persons were killed by the collapse of the Em
M WOU AIMMJ1XTS COMMITTEE.
Mayor Schmitz has established headquarters at a hall and just has
appointed a relief committee of 50 prominent citizens. The military are
patrolling the streets guarding banks and other establishments. They
received orders to shoot anyone on sight detected in theft. Newspapers
having had their power cut off have combined and will issue one paper
for all from the office of the Chronicle, which has its own power plant.
The chief of police has closed all saloons.
iam ;e estimated at i o.mmmmm.
The damage already inflicted is estimated roughly at $40,000,000.
The whole north end of the city is wrecked, and the flames are spread
ing in all directions.
' eveuv iii ii.dim; IX ITV damaged.
The section of the city south of Market street, bounded by this street
Third and Sansome and Ninth streets, is a mass of fleenes.
Every building in the city is more or less damaged by the earthquake.
At 3:30 this afternoon, the succession of slight earthquake shocks
GRAVER DISASTER IN TIDAL WAVE
MAY BE IN STORE.
Rochester, N. Y., April 1S. "As another and even graver disaster
than the earthquake that threatens San Francisco, a tidal wave would
not be an un.'ooked-for accompaniment to the present seismic disturb
ance," said Professor H. L. Fairchild of the University of Rochester, to
day. "Much of San Francisco is only 12 faet above tide water and
this fact renders it particularly liable to destruction in such an event."
KINGSLEY, ENTIRELY COLLAPSED, AND IT IS ON FIRE. SEVENTY
FIVE TO EIGHTY PEOPLE ARE BELIEVED TO BE BURIED IN THE
RUINS. AT EIGHTEENTH AND VALENCIA THERE IS A CREVICE IN
THE STREET SIX FEET WIDE. STREET CAR TRACKS ARE BADLY
TWISTED. THROUGHOUT THE SOUHERN SECTION TRAFFIC IS AT
AT THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC HOSPITAL WATER IS BEING CAR
RIED INTO THE BUILDINGS FROM OUTSIDE SOURCES FOR THE'USE
OF THE PATIEjNTS. MANY PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM INJURIES ARE
SEEN ON THESTREETS MAKING WAY TO DIFFERENT HOSPITALS.
THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH ON ELEVENTH STREET AND THE
STUDEBAKER CARRIAGE FACTORY ON TENTH AND MARKET
STREETS ARE; BADLY WRECKED.
Tit ACK SINKS FOl'It FEET.
IT IS REPORTED THREE MILES OF THE SOUTHERN PA
CIFIC TRACK NEAR BENECIA, 30 MILES FROM SAN FRANCISCO
SUNK DOWN FOR A DEPTH OF ABOUT FOUR FEET. FIRE IN THE
VICINITY OF FOURTH AND SEV ENTH STREETS HAS GOTTEN BE
YOND CONTRO- OF THE FIREMEN. THE WINCHESTER ROOMING
HOUSE IS NOW ON FIRE. UNLESS THE FLAMES ARE CHECKED
HEREfTHE PAiaCE HOTEL,A BLOCK DISTANT, WILL BE ENDANGER
ED. THE WATER SUPPLY IS ENTIRELY INADEQUATE. ROOMS IN
THE PALACE HOTEL WERE VACANT EARLY IN THE MORNING AND
GUESTS ARE NOW RETURNING TO GATHER UP THEIR EFFECTS.
THE LOSS OF LIFE SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN CONFINED TO THE
POORER DISTRICTS AND MANUFACTURING TERRITORY.
" CIIEEItlXC; NOTE TO EASTERN l'EOIM.E.
FOR THE BENEFIT OF EASTERN PEOPLE WHO HAVE FRIENDS
IN SAN FRANCISCO, IT IS SAFE TO SAY THEY HAVE NOT BEEN IN
JURED. BUILDINGS ARE BEING BLOWN UP TO STOP THE PRO
GRESS OF THE FLAMES. THE FIRES ARE SPREADING. IF THE
WIND COMES UP SAN FRANCISCO WILL EXPERIENCE THE GREAT
EST CONFLAGRATION OF MODERN TIMES.
ON LOWER MARKET STREET TH- MAIN THOROUGHFARE OF
THE CITY, BLdCK AFTER BLOCK OF SUBSTANTIAL BUILDINGS
HAVE BEEN DESTROYED.
PRACTICALLY-THE ENTIRE WATER FRONT IS ON FIRE.
THE WILDEST RUMORS AS TO LOSS OF LIFE ARE COMING INTO
THE NEWSPAPERS, BUT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO CONFIRM THEM. NO
REPORTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED OUTSIDE OF SAN FRANCISCO, BUT
THE DAMAGEABOUT THE BAY MUST BE ENORMOUS. OAKLAND IS
SAID TO HAVE SUFFERED SEVERELY.
CITY HALL IX FLAMES.
San Francisco, April 18. The city hall, costing seven millions, is in
flames. Wooden; buildings suffered less than brick and frame. The terror
and excitement tire indescribable.
Buildings svyayed and crashed, burying the occupants. Lick house was
badly damaged but no loss of life occurred there.
The Palace and St. Francis stood the shock.
The greatest damage was to buildings south of Market street, mostly
frame buildings nd tenement houses. Fire is raging in every block in the
f m siMiss sectiov wrecked.
San Francisco, April 18. The business section from Market street to
Mission street and from the bay back has been almost completely wrecked.
The Call and Examiner buildings and many structures along Market and
Mission streets, including the department stores are destroyed.
Hundreds of people in the cheap tenement district are reported kilted.
Fires are raging, and owing to the scarcity of water are practically beyond
control. The Associated Press building is wrecked. The residence portion
is but slightly damaged, although nearly every house is more or less injured.
- HOCKED LIKE CRADLES.
Sacramento, CaL, April 18. Buildings rocked like cradles. . Many o'ocks
stopped. No serious damage was done. Slight damage was done to some
RESULT OF BEEF TRIAL WAS
CARRIAGE OF JUSTICE
FEES BELONG TO
STATE, SAYS COURT
Former Treasurer Henry Wulf's Case
Decided Affects $631,00 in
Springfield, 111., April IS Illinois
won an important victory yesterday
in the case instituted by Governor De
neen against former State Treasurer
Henry Vulf of Chicago, to recover
fees alleged to be due the state for
commissions retained by the state
treasurers and auditors of public ac
counts on interest on county and muni
cipal bonds which they have collected
from holders of the bonds. The suit
against Wulf was a test case. The
amount claimed by the governor, in
cluding interest, is $G31,OU0. Accord
ing to today's decision the money must
be returned or the case taken to the
W1TTE REMAINS PREMIER
Durnovo Will Be Dismissed Before the
New Congress Meets.
St. Petersburg. April 1. The Asso
ciated Press is in a position to con
firm the report that Witte now has
definitely got the upper hand of Min
ister of the Interior Durnovo. The
downfall of the latter is a matter only
of days, or weeks at most, as Em
peror Nicholas has promised to dis
miss him before the national parlia
President Roosevelt Sends
SLAP FOR HUMPHREY
Asks Enactment of Law Giving
Government the Right of
STATE REGENT REELECTED
Illinois Daughters of the Revolution
Washington. April IS. Mrs. 13. A.
Fessendeu of Highland Park, 111., was
reelected state regent at a meeting of
the Illinois delegation to the Daugh
ters of the American Revolution, con
gress. .Mrs. I ret on of Ottawa was
elected vice regent to succeed Mrs.
I-Mwin Sawyer Walker.
Grand Master Hannahan Weds.
St. Paul. Minn.. April 18. John Han
nahan, grand master of the brother
hood of locomotive Firemen, and Miss
Maigaret Sullivan of St. Paul were
married at noon yesterday in St.
Mark's Roman Catholic church. There
were about eight hundred guests pres
ent. The couple left for a bridal tour
to the racific coast.
Washington, April 18. In a special
message addressed to congress today
President Roosevelt declares "the te
suit of the recent trial of the beef pack
ers in Chicago, was a miscarriage of
justice." That the interpretation placed
by Judge Humphrey on the will of
congress "is such as to make that will
The message, which is most sensa
lional in character, is based largely on
a letter to the president Mom Attorney
General Moody in which Moody re
views the proceedings of the case of
the government against the beef pack
ers. The president says it is clear
that no criticism attaches to Commis
sioner Garfield, as what he did was In
pursuance with the duty imposed on
him by congress.
Slam for Humphrey.
He refers, sharply, however, to the
decision of Judge Humphrey, saying
congress could not have foreseen such
a decision, and that he can hardly be
lieve the rule of Judge Humphrey will
be followed by other judges. He de
clared that such interpretation of law
as that placed on it by Humphrey
"conies measurably near making law a
farce," and he recommends congress to
pass a declaratory act ttating its real
AhUh Right of Appeal.
The president also requests congress
to confer upon the government, by sta
tute, the same right of appeal in crim
inal cases which the defendant now en
joys, where the merits of a case have
not been determined.
brick buildings. Chimneys and water tanks were shaken down at Suisun, So
lano county and Tracy, San Joaquin county.
wAit deimrtmext to aid.
Washington, April 18. Assistant Secretary of War Oliver telegraphed
Major General Greeley at San Francisco to cooperate with the local author
ities and use all resources at his command to assist in alleviating the situa
reaches across the coxtinext.
Washington, April 18. The San Francisco earthquake has reached across
the entire continent. The seismograph at the weather bureau here showed
such a violent agitation about 8:30this imorning that the pen passed off
the recording sheet. The instrument at 12 o'clock was still under vibration,
showing the earthquake has not ceased.
San Francisco, April 18. (Bulletin). At 8:15 there was another shock
which intensified the panic. It was of short duration and the alarm sub
sided. DAMAGE AT SACK AMEXTO.
Chicago, April 18. The telegraph companies here are entirely without
wires to San Francisco. The Sacramento office reports a heavy earthquake
west, and considerable damage is reported in that city.
Sacramento, CaU April 18. A severe earthquake shock occurred here
at at early hour this morning.
C OMMI X ICATIOX WAS LOST.
New York, April 18. A report reaches here a severe earthquake wrecked
many buildings and caused loss of life in San Francisco at 5:13 this morn
ing. Fire broke out in the Worker buildings. The Postal telegraph office was
wrecked and communication lost.
I'l'.OI'l.E KLEE KIIOM III STRICT.
Kansas City, April 18. The Postal Telegraph company here states the
only information obtainable from the west was that the operators at San
Francisco had left the Postal building, and report many buildings were collapsing
and fires breaking cut, with no water available to fight the flames. The peo
ple are fleeing from the affected district.
WATER MAIV HIRSTS.
San Francisco, Cal. , April 18.
A disastrous fire broke out at 8:50
on the south side of Market street and
is within cne block of the Palace hotel.
A water main burst and the fire de
partment is practically helpless. The
utmost confusion exists. All business
is suspended. At this moment there is
only one wire out of San Francisco, a
Postal wire. The Postal building is
badly damaged and the operating room
a total wreck. Power of every kind is
gene, and there are no lights, either
gas or electric.
HOTELS ARK SIKK.
Neither the Palace hotel or St.
Francis is gone, that is as far as
the outside goes, Li t inside the plaster
ing etc.. is great. y damaged. Be
tween the Postal office and the water
front there has been great damage by
fire which is burning fiercely.
"Damage by the quake apparently ex
tends all over the city. The residence
districts are safe so far as heard from.
KELT TIIROI ;HOlT NEVADA.
New York, April 18. (Bulletin).
At 11:05 the Western Union received
a report that a serious fire is burning
at Berkeley, where the state university
is located. At the office of the 'Frisco
railroad in this city a message was re
ceived from the company's agent in
Nevada saying the earthquake was felt
throughout Nevada. All wires are
thrown down west of Reno.
The Postal company received infor
mation that the greatest damage from
the earthquake was done to property in
the following streets: Drumm, Davis,
Front, Sansom, Montgomery, Kearney,
Spear, Main, Beale, and Fremont.
ARK A COVKHS H I X DREDS OK MILES.
Chicago, April 18. The Union Pa
cific Railroad company reports its
wires working to Reno, but down west
of Wlnnamucca. The area covered by
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