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VOL. LV. NO. 159.
THE ARGUS, FRIDAY, APKIT. 20, 190C. TWELVE PAGES,
PRICE ,TWO CENTS.
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ADS OF PROVISIONS FOR '
Flames Reported to
Under Control in Certain Sections
and Some Hope is Expressed.
HOMELESS FLEEING BY THOUSANDS
Estimates of Loss of Either Life or Property Are
Still Wildest Guesswork Richest Resi
dence District Gone.
SAN FRANCISCO, APRIL 20. THE FIRE IS UNDER CONTROL IN
ONE SECTION. IT HAS BEEN CHECKED AT VANNESS AVENUE AND
MISSION STREET. THE FIRE IS STILL RAGING NORTH OF RUSSIAN
HILL TOWARD THE BAY, BUT MAY SPREAD WEST. PROBABLY A
FOURTH OF THE CITY IS SAFE, MEASURES ARE BEING TAKEN FOh
LAST NIGHT WAS A HORRIBLE ONE FOR THE REFUGEES. MOST
OF THEM WERE WITHOUT FOOD OR WATER AND THE SUFFERING
WAS TERRIBLE. BAKERIES ARE STARTING TODAY AND BREAD IS
BEING SENT OVER FROM OAKLAND. SUPPLIES OF BREAD AND
MILK ARE NEEDED IMMEDIATELY. SWIFT & CO. HAVE HALF A
MILLION POUNDS OF BEEF AT SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO AND THIS
WILL BE OF MATERIAL ASSISTANCE.
niEt Knu ix oxk skctiox.
New York, April 20. The Western Union received the following from
San Francisco at 9 o'clock, Pacific time:
"The fire in the residence section has been stopped at Octavia street
and is row confined to Telegraph Hill. The flames will probably not spread
much further in this section.
"One great danger which may lead to fresh fires about the city is likely
to be the kindling of fires in stoves by ignorant persons. There is scarcely
a chimney in town safe to trust to a stove fire."
uivks norxns op m hm:i district.
Washington, April 20. The following telegram was received by the war
department at 11 this forenoon from General Funston:
"The burned district is now approximately as follows: From the water
front up Broadway to Mason street, thence south to California street, thence
west to Jones, thence diagonally to Vanness and Golden Gate avenue. All
this line is now actively burning.
WHERE FIHK IS Ol'T.
"Fire on the following line Is practically out: From Vanness west on
Golden Gate avenue to Gilmore, thence south to Market, thence on an irreg
ular line to Valencia and Twenty-sixth, thence on an irregular line east
tc the bay.
KXI'KCTS FI'ItTIIKK SIMtRAI).
"Indications are the active fire line will advance west on Vanness and
north to Union and Montgomery avenue. About three hundred thousand peo
ple are homeless. Everything is quiet. A famine seems inevitable. All large
supplies of stores are burned. The most energetic effort from cutside can
only prevent frightful suffering. No more troops are needed."
Kllti: C'HKKIMXf; HACK.
San Francisco, April 20. (5:19 a. m.) The fire which heretofore had
crept around the base of Telegraph Hill left few houses standing there and
has crept back from the west and Is now in full possession of houses on
the hill and will no doubt take everything down to the water front on Van
ness avenue and west of there. The main fire has reached Octavia street anc
is going at a fast rate.
STAKTKll AFRESH AT MIIIVMiHT.
There is no one in from the fire since midnight. At that time it had
started afresh on the south and the fire was burning fast. The fiery build
ings present a fearful scene. People are leaving the city by the first boat
they can get away on. Fire came very close to Fort Mason last night and
the big Fontana warehouse and a nearby cannery will no doubt go today.
REC OVER 103 IIODIIKS AT HOSPITAL.
Oakland, Cal., April 20. An Associated Press correspondent who arriv
ed from Santa Cruz reports up to noon Thursday 103 bodies had been taken
out of the Agnews State hospital near Santa Clara. Official estimates place
the numbe- of injured insane patients at 207 and 30 are not expected to live.
The main building of the hospital collapsed, pinning many patients under
the fallen walls.
ESTIMATES DEAD AND LOSSES.
Kansas City, Mo., April 20. A correspondent of the Star telegraphs from
Oakland that after making a route of the "business district of San Francisco
he placed the number of dead at 1,200 to 1,5C0, but says it is impossible for
anyone to give a definite estimate. In cne cheap lodging house it is said any
where from 200 to 600 were killed by the collapse of a building. A fire insur
ance patrol official told the correspondent the property loss will reach half a
billion dollars. j
EVE wiTXEss makes report. J scene in the extreme west end of the
New York, April 20. The Western city, where thousands are camped in
Union today received the following . vacant land and parks, will be fearful
message from the chief operator at its
San Francisco office at 10:20 a. m.
(New York time):
."General Funston is giving out thous
ands of tents and is doing everything
possible to relieve suffering. I had an
escort take me to the parks last night.
The people seeking safety there were
fairly comfortable. Tens of thousands
of refugees are flocking to Oakland, Al
ameda, and other towns across the
bay. They have been without food
or water since the outbreak of the fire.
All bakeries in the small towns are
being worked to the full capacity. The
Extinct Volcano Near Trinidad
Said to Be Showing Signs
. Trinidad, Col., April 20. Mount Cap
ulin, an extinct volcano, situated 60
miles from here, is said to be emit
ting smoke and heat from a fissure
broken in its side by two distinct
earthquake shocks this morning.
Have Been Brought
when the fire, which is fast approach
ing that section, drives them out of
the shelter they have there.'
S-MMMMMIO IHMAliK AT STANFORD.
San Francisco, April 20. The earth
quake did great damage to the build
ings of Stanford university. One stud
ent, J. A. Hanna, of Bradford, Pa., and
a fireman were killed. Eight students
were injured, none fatally. The dam
age is estimated at $4,000,000.
SANTA fHl'Z ESCAPED.
Oak'and, Cal., April 20. An Associ
ated Press correspondent arrived here
from Santa Cruz and reports Santa
Cruz not much damaged, and no loss of
life. A landslide on the Lorn a Prieta
mountain buried 11 men in cabins.
Watsonville sustained much damage to
CUFF HOISE MAY RE SAFE.
San Francisco, April 20. The report
that the famous Cliff house had top
pled over into the sea cannot be veri
fied and is probably untrue. In the
confusion it is Impossible to get to it.
WASHINGTON' HEARS GOOD SEWS.
Washington, April 20. The. treasury
department has so far failed to locate
the assistant treasurer or deputy at
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UPON TO PRAY FOR
New York, April 20. A message re
questing all churches of all denomina
tions to set apart next Sunday as a day
of special prayer for the Pacific coast
sufferers, was sent out yesterday by
the executive committee of the Nation
al Federation of Churches.
CAUSED NO LOSS
Los Angeles Shock Merely
Frightened People Al
Ios Angeles. April 20
o'clock yesterday afternoon Los An-'
geles experienced a distinct earth
quake shock of short duration. Abso
lutely no damage was done, but thous
ands of people were badly frightened. !
Men and women occupants of office
buildings, especially the tall structures,
ran out into the streets, some of them
hatless. Many stores were deserted
in like manner by customers and clerks.
The shock, however, passed off in a
few minutes, and most of those who
had fled street wards returned pres
ently. The San Francisco horror has strung
the populace here to a high tension.
and a spell of sultry weather serves
to increase the general nervousness.
Xnt An I'niiMiinl Shock.
G. E. Franklin, at the head of the
United States weather bureau in this
city, in his report of the quake 10 min
utes after it occurred, said:
"There was nothing at all unusual
in the shock. It was of hardly sufll-
cient strength to move the pendulum
of the clock in .my office, and of a sin
gle undulation; it seemed to be moving
from north to south."
SANTA BARBARA SHAKEN
Two Distinct Shccks Frighten Inhabi-
ta ts, But Do No Harm.
Santa Barbara, Cal., April 20. A spe
cial telephone message from Salinas,
Cal., states that that town suffered
from tvo distinct earthquake shocks
shortly after 2 o'clock yesterday after
noon. As the message was coming
over the wires still another shock was
felt in the city. Although the earth
quakes yesterday did very little dam
age in Salinas, the inhabitant:! are
greatly disturbed and fear a repetition
of Wednesday's disaster, which did
much damage to property.
CARRIES SUPPLIES GRATIS
Rock Island Road Cooperates in Get
ting Aid to the Afflicted.
Local agents of the Rock Island road
were notified today that effective now
until further notice the Rock Island
road in connection with the Union Pa
cific, Southern Pacific and Santa Fe
will transport free of charge provisions
for the relief of the fire and earthquake
sufferers when the consignment is
marked by and sent to properly con
stituted relief authorities.
Milwaukee Millionaire -Suicide.
Mobile, Ala., April 20. William
Beckers, a millionaire of Milwaukee,
Wis., committed suicide here today.
SOMMARY OF DESTROCTION IN PACIFIC COAST CITIES
Following is a summary of the dam
age done by earthquake and fire in
San Francisco and other points on the
Pacific coast, as compiled from the
SAN FRANCISCO. The fire is
still raging in several directions.
and fully three-fourths of the
city area has been ravaged by the
flames, with little hope of saving the
remainder. While the communication
south of the channel has been cut off,
it is believed that the 'fire has run
much farther south than that. Some
success was attained in checking the
fire at Octavia street and Golden Gate
avenue and at Broadway on the north.
The flames are reaching steadily west
ward and northward, however.. The
water supply is entirely destroyed and
even drinking water is unobtainable.
The food supply also Is running short.
The loss of life is as problematical as
it was 24 hours ago. The most accur
ate reports obtainable place the death
roll at from 500 to 1,000. The proper
ty loss ! has been . increasing rapidly
PEOPLE SHELTERLESS; IN GREAT NEED
Local Subscriptions For San Francisco Sufferers Continue
Tri-City Labor Congress Adopts Laudable Course
Theatre is Offered.
Oakland, Cal., April 20, Editor Argus, Rock Island,
III. The people of San Francisco are shelterless and
in great need of supplies.
GEORGE C. PARDEE, Governor.
The above telegram from Governor Pardee of California to The Ar
gus and received this afternoon, indicates how great is the need of suc
cor, and should serve to-accelerate the relief movement in Rock Island.
tub local repositories.
Rock Island, 111., April 19. To the people of Rock Island. The under
signed banks in the city of Rock Island hereby agree to act as depositories
for any funds that may be contributed for the relief of the stricken people
of San Francisco. statu baxk or hock isi.axd.
'. ROCK ISLAM) NATIONAL IIAXK.
PEOPLE'S national hank.
Subscriptions continue to be made to the local fund for the relief of
the earthquake and fire sufferers at San Francisco and adjoining commu
nity. The human impulses of charity and duty as well as the sense of local
pride to have Rock Island do its part should prompt a liberal subscription
from Rock Island.
And it should be made without delay.
If people are moved to give, it should be without regard to what any
one else is doing. Amounts, however small, will be thankfully received at
any of the banks mentioned above. If everyone will give according to his
means Reck Island will make a handsome showing. It is not the amount
of the individual contribution, but the spirit, and in the aggregate as well
as in the spirit of comfort that it will afford it will count.
Do what you can, and that at once.
The revised list of the subscriptions is appended:
Court Iiuiinp ott-lnI nnil oin-
Stnte Mil nk of 'Hock Isl.-nid I
Itovk Iliiud National .'
Ontrnt TrtiNt mill Snvinex linnk. .'
ChnrleM Mi ll
Sai ln Itmik..
.utIoiwi! k Yukr Co.
Mr. II. S. Cnltkv
Eleetrle Much. Jt Con. Co. ,
V. V. Ilnrrl .
E. I. Sweeney.
C. I j. Wnlker. .
LAitoit congress acts.
At the regular meeting of the Tri
a committee cfi five, including F. W. Herges, C. E. Streeter, Louis Eck
hart, Jr., J. FjLincoln, and W. F. Ford, was appointed to take charge of
the collection $f subscriptions among the labor organizations for the re
lief fund for Sin Francisco. The congress adopted the following resolu
tion: - --V
Whereas, '-information in our daily papers indicates widespread dis
aster and loss fcf life in San Francisco; and,
Whereas, The trades unionists of Rock Island and vicinity have at
all times stoocj ready and willing to assist their fellow man in distress;
be it "'. I
Resolved, That the Tri-City Labor Congress at once proceed to raise
such sums of rfconey as may be possible, to assist our brothers and sisters
in San Francisco.
The funds' subscribed by the labor organizations will be turned over
to the banks which have consented to act as depositories for the general
That the sentiment among the labor organizations of the three cities
is strongly in favor of assisting materially in the relief of the sufferers
is indicated by'lthe action of the congress, and by the action of local Car
penters' union,"iNo. 554, of Davenport, which last evening made an appro
priation of $10i to the relief fund.
MAY HAVE THEATER.
Last night; Manager Taylor authorized The Argus to announce that
the Illinois theater and orchestra are at the disposal for one night of per
sons who mayjmake plans for benefit entertainments for the distressed.
The Rock Island city council meets tonight on call of the mayor to
act on the situation.
The Retail Merchants' association has arranged to start canvassing
committees out. tomorrow morning, to complete the voluntary list.
ever since the firit fire started and is
still climbing to fabulous proportions.
Probably not Aeh than $300,000,000
will cover it. Th5 insurance loss is es
timated at $100,060,000, and It is rea
sonably certain that a score of com
panies will be niiiied. By every avail
able means the people are fleeing from
the city with such of their possessions
as they can carry.
LOS ANGELES Sensational rumors
of disastrous earthquake shocks in
southern California yesterday after
noon were positively and definitely de
nied. One slight tremor was felt and
insignificant damage done to one build
ing. This was the whole extent of the
shock and damage.
SANTA ROSA Reports from Santa
Rosa 1 indicate that that city has suf
fered more than any other on the coast
except San Francisco. As in the lat
ter place, a severe earthquake shock
was followed by fire. In Santa Rosa
1,000 persons, it is estimated, are home
less. The property damage will run
into the millions. .
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- City Labor Congress last evening
SAN JOSE Latest advices place the
estimate of dead at 65. The loss to
property cannot accurately be estima
ted, but is very heavy, reaching prob
ably close to $1,000,000. A part of the
Vendome hotel caved in, killing 10
persons. The court house is seriously
damaged, as are the other public build
MONTEREY At the Hotel led Monte
a large chimney was thrown down by
force of the shock and a man and his
bride were killed, with one other per
son. No other fatalities reported, but
the property damage is .large.
SANTA CLARA St. Agnew's asy
lum for the insane was destroyed and
probably 230 inmates were killed.
About 150 bodies have been recovered
and 100 anore are to be accounted for.
The fine buildings were wrecked.
SALINAS The Spreckels sugar re
finery, valued at $1,500,000, was de
stroyed, with the. Masonic temple, Elks'
and Odd Fellows' halls, high school,
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Proclamation of President Meets With
Prompt Response in All Parts
of the Country.
ARMY DOING MAGNIFICENT WORK
Secretary Hetcalf Goes to California as Represen
tative of the National Government Red Cross
to be Distributing Agent.
Washington, April 20. At a cabir.
tary Metcalfe should proceed at once t
of the national government. Metcalfe
his effort to consult with the govermn
ities of San Francisco and to advise i
may be done to alleviate the distress t
wiikiii: to sex
Contributions for the relief of Sa
Hallam Keep, United States Treasury
the Red Cross national treasurer direc
Illinois Orson Smith, Chicago.
Indiana George T. Porter, India
Michigan Roy W. Clark, Detroit
ak my feedin
Orders have been issued by the w
chase at Los Angeles immediately 20
and hurry them to San Francisco. Th
tions at Presidio. Thousands of refug
feeding them. A million rations have a
by the department.
three iivn 100,000.
New York, April 20. Andrew Car
negie tcday contributed $100,000 to the
San Francisco relief fund. The Stand
ard Oil company and United States
Steel corporation each subscribed a
PRESIDENT GIVES 9I.OOO.
Washington, April 20. Treasurer
Keep of the National Red Cross asso
ciation today received a check for
$1,000 from President Roosevelt anci
one for $500 from Senator Knox of
Pennsylvania, for the relief of the San
'SEND C II OF IMIOVISIOXS IILY.
Portland, Ore., April 20. Twenty-six
cars of supplies, and a carload of doc
tors and nurses left here last evening
on a special train for San Francisco.
Twenty-six more leave today. A train
load of bread and provisions will follow
111:11 kei.ev cares rou 1.000.
Berkeley, Cal., April 20. Berkeley is
packed with over a thousand refugees
from San Francisco. The homeless
and hungry were fed at the station
from long benches provided by the
citizens' relief committee. For women
and children rooms in private houses
have been secured.
MOST lMH.lt SHELTER.
New York, April 20. A Westerr.
Union telegraph operator who made a
tour of San Francisco with a military
escort last night sent the following to
New York today:
"The thousands who spent last night
PROCLAMATION CALLING FOR RELIEF ISSUED
BY PRESIDENT YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.
In the face of so terrible and appalling a national calamity as that
which has befallen San Francisco, the outpouring of 'the . nation's aid
should, as far as possible, be intrusted to the Amierican Red Cross, the
national organization best fitted to undertake such relief work. A spe
cialty appointed Red Cross agent, Dr. Edward Divine, starts from New
York for California to cooperate with the Red Cross branch In the work
of relief. In order that this work may be well systematized, and In order
that the contributions which I am sure will flow in with lavish generosity
may be wisely administered, I appeal to the people of the United State,
to all cities, chambers of commerce, boards of trade, relief committees
and individuals to express their sympathy and render their aid by con
tributions to the American National Red Cross. They can be sent to
Hon. Char'es Hallam Keep, Red Cross treasurer, Washington, D. C; Ja
cob H. Schiff. New York Red Cross treasurer, or other local Red Crosa
treasurers, to he forwarded by telegraph from Washington to the Red
Cross agents and officers in California. THEODORE ROOSEVELT.
LARGER AMOUNTS RAISED YESTERDAY.
United States government $1,000,000
City of Chicago 350,000
Portland, Ore. 150,000
Clarence Mackay 100,000
John D. Rockefeller 100,000
Tacoma 1C0 tons of supplies and 10,000
Carnegie Hero Fund Association 25,000
Drexel &. Co. and Brown Brothers & Co., Philadelphia 20,000
Robert Lebaudy, French philanthropist . ,v 10,000
New York Stock Exchange 85,000
City of Indianapolis j 10,000
Goldfield, Nev 10,000
Citizens' Permanent Relief Association, Philadelphia 25,000
M. Guggenheim's Cjts, N. Y 50,000
Detroit Board of Commerce 10,000
Scattering - 10,000
Total $2,055,000 .
et meeting today it was decided Secre
o San Francisco as the representative
will leave this afternoon. It will be
ent of California and municipal author
he national administration if anything
n Franciscoans may be sent to Charles
Department, Washington, D. C, who is
tor, and to the following state treaa-
ar department to army officer to pur-
0,000 rations and at Seattle 300,000
e department has provided 320,000 ra-
ees are being sheltered there, the army
(ready been started to San Francisco
out of doors were fairly comfortable,
most of them being sheltered by tents.
Considerable distress was caused by a
heavy fog and dew.
"The principal food of those who re
main in the city is composed of canned
goods and crackers. Refugee who
succeed in getting out of San Fran
cisco are met as soon as they enter a
neighboring town by representatives of
bakers with large supplies of bread.
ELKS IX THE WORK.
Louisville, April 20. Grand Exalted
Ruler Brownwell has already forward
ed $5,000 in the name of the Order of
Elks, and leaves tonight for San Fran
cisco to personally direct the distrib
uting of the relief. He ha Issued a
call to all subordinates to send checks
or remittances by wire to Fred C. Rob
inson, grand secretary, at Dubuque.
Itrf nn.e- nt Snrrnmrnlo.
Sacramento. Cal.. April 20. Rcfu
gtrs from San Francisco are beginning
to arrive here in large numbers ami
are being cared for by the local relief
Ilfl O.OOO RrfllKrca.
HerUeley. Cal.. April 20. Every train
from San Francisco brings hundreds of
refugees. It is estimated f.,000 home
less people have come here. Many are
neamped on the university grounds,
and the city is practically under mar
tial law. Every church and fraternal
hall in the city has been thrown open
and converted into bedrooms. Many
of San Francisco's injured have been
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