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THE ARGUS, FRIDAY, JUXK 14. 1907.
SAN FRANCISCO AS IT
Scribbled In pencil on the walls of
the tempornry structure occupied by ,
one of San Francisco's leadnig hotels
Is this: i
"I came, saw and went. Too bad!
Too bad! Poor old San Francisco!
How I usod to love you!"
This Is evidently the outpouring from
the fullness of heart of some tourist on
his flrst visit after the earthquake and
fire, says a San Francisco special dis
patch to the New Yorl; Herald. Tin;
sad sentiment thus cxpnssed is uul-:
versal among those who knew the old
"Paris of the Pacitie coast." but the
visitor who felt the first shock more
than a year ago and who is returning
to the scene has another standard with
which to make comparison. He has
memories of miles of smoking ruins, of
debris blocked streets, of crowded ref
uge camps, of lmg ami winding bread'
lines, of soldiers. at every turn, of a!
city desolate and stunned. Such a per-!
soil Is looking for indications of the J
progress of a year und has a different j
viewpoint. His comparisons are all
with the worst which could be. j
Leaving San Francisco two weeks
after the earthquake and returning now j
for the first time, this was my attitude
of mind. Coming In on a belated train. '
it was long after midnight as I stood
on the bow of the ferryboat, circling lu
on the rising tide. P.cside me stood an
old San Franciscan.
"I used to follow the sea," said this
man, "and I know nearly every promi
nent port on the globe. There's only
one other harltor which will compare
with this magnificent bay. That's Val
paraiso, ('bile. This bay alone will res
cue San Francisco. It's going t In? a
long, hard struggle, but we'll win.
"I'm obliged to be away from home
a great deal, and every time I come
back as I get alioard the ferry I look
across the bay for the liurhts, and I can
tell something alxnit the progress
which has locn mnlc while I have
been gone. Each time the circle of
light Increases. I've been gone aliout
two months now. and I can see that a
ftrlp almtit a mile wide has been add
ed. It looks good to me."
There are hotel accommodations In
San Francisco now. and one may live
In .comfort even If. he does have to
Is the Time
tit : . . ... )
to Buy Your
WE HAVE EVERYTHING IN
SLIPPERS, OXFORDS AND
SHOES, FROM LADIES' AND
GENTS' DOWN TO INFANTS'.
AND WE CAN SAVE YOU A
LITTLE MONEY TOO, OUR
PRICES ARE LOWER THAN
50 tents Aint
Much but It
is Worth Saving.
WE CARRY UNION MADE g
TRY US FOR GOOD SHOES. g
1605 Second Ave. 5
Opposite Illinois Theater. g
Wc Have It
NEW ANTI-TRUST POLICY OF O
The kind you have been ask- 6
lug for. Ijow rates. Fully guar
anteed. Eighteen and one-half
million assets and reserve. Write,
giving age, for sample policy. Ad
dress E. A. Davis, Manager, Wash
ington Life Insurance Company,
Tribune Building, Chicago, III.
5c, 10c, 15c and 20c dozen.
All Kinds of Fruit.
1807 Second Avenue.
walk L'CiO feet from bis room to get a
bath. Although the noted Palace hotel
Is a mere hole in the ground, the Fair
mont hotel is In operation, other hotels
have started up in the best accommo
dations to lie obtained, and the St.
Francis, formerly given much to
vaunting over the luxuries of its lofty
structure, is housed in a one story
frame building which rambles over
Union square and creeps up to the
base of the monument commemorating
levey's victory. The walls of the ho
tel are of board. Wherefore one learns
many things about his neighbors.
There is no late sleep on a week day
morning In the hotels of San Francis
co. The din is of one vast loiier shop
miles square. As the visitor dresses
and goes about he sees the steel frames
of skyscrapers rising on every side.
From each conies the chorus of ham
mers. It is hammer, hammer, hammer,
on the steel until one is almost inclin
ed to stop bis ears. It is said not
fewer than lO.tNHi men are hammering
during each working day.
iH'splte the rising towers of steel
about 1 lie business section the streets
at first blush look almost the same as
they did u year ago. Here are the
blackened and half crumpled walls of
brick, the foundation holes lilled with
debris, wide spaces of ruins, sidewalks
blocked with heaps of stone and brick
and streets so full of holes and dusty
that money spent in getting shoes shiu
ed is absolutely wasted.
Gongs of trolley cars and cable cars,
manned by strike breakers, are heard
along Market street, but there Is a
steady procession of wagons equipped
with temporary seats and loaded down
with men and women. Trailing on a
rope in the car is a soap box or an im
provised ladder by which the passen
gers climb into tlk jolting vehicle. Al
though a banner on the side of each in
forms the onlooker that the vehicle Is
"by order of carmen's union; fare 10
cents," and reminds him that it is a
result of tin? street car strike that
these things are, the whole scene is
strangely reminiscent of the long pro
cession of wagons loaded with refugees
that poured along in the midst of heav
ily laden, trudging pedestrians seeking
escape to the ferry a little more than
one year ago.
"It looks like almost the same San
Francisco I left shortly after the lire,"
I remarked to a resident the first morn
ing after arrival.
"t'oine with me and see if it is," he
paid, and he led the way to the top
floor of the Merchants' Exchange build
ing, in California street, between Mont
gomery and Sansome streets, where
workmen were busy on the various
"One year ago this building seemed
to be damaged comparatively slightly,"
was suggested. "People were saying
it would be ready for occupancy again
In two or three months. Why the de
"Strides and delay in getting ma
terial," was the reply of the resident.
And this applies generally. Looking
down on the city the change Is more
apparent than it is from any one place
in the streets. Hising out of the vast
beds of debris like- mushrooms are
hundreds of low huildintrs of brick,
frame or lenient, with here and there
a lofty structure of "i lass A."
Seemingly almost underneath is the
new Chinatown. The picturesque and
mysterious old frame shacks, long so
alluring to tourists, were licked up by
the Hemes of April IS, 1'HIC, which left
behind deep foundation holes and un
derground passages choked with de
bris. Now conventional two and three
story brick or cement buildings are
rising on the old sites, and the sons of
the orient are preparing to move back
into structures which suggest some
stain country village more man tuev
do pagodas, pigtails, girl slaves and
The clock on the ferry building.
which so long by its motionless hands
lore mute evidence that a calamity
had struck a great city at sixteen min
utes after 5 o'clock, again keeps track
Of the hour in a tower which has been
rehabilitated from a sorrowful state of
semi-ruin, and the pole of the time ball.
once bent, is again erect.
Along Market street and elsewhere
In the heart of the city as viewed from
the lofty pinnacle can be seen the low
flat topped protuberances of the make
shift business blocks. Some are of
brick, and some are of cement. Ove
In the wholesale district, in the Mis
sion and elsewhere in the circle within
the range of vision these same pro
tuberances dot the landscape of deso
lation. From above they look thickly
sown. There are a few tall buildings
nearly ready for occupancy and some
towers of steel in various stages of
construction, but they are far from
numerous amid the flat topped mush
A ride alxmt the city In an nutorno
bile gives ample evidence that despite
her sore tribulations San Francisco 13
still populous and busy. Throngs pour
along all streets, wandering about piles
of lumber, brick and stone, circling
; dangerous holes, plunging through dust
j and climbing steps to pass on tempo
rary sidewalks over the obstructions
Market street, with the ferry at Its
foot, still has the bulk of the traffic
although only a start has been made on
I rebuilding. '
"To lease." 'To lease." The sign Ls
everywhere. "This ground to lease.
"This store to lease." On the one, tw
and three story buildings, which are
practically the only structures In Mar
ket street ready for occupancy, are the
signs "To lease." On heaps of debris
at every hand more signs read, "A
class A building will le erected on this
site. For plans and particulars see
So-and so. real estate ajjenta."
Irt i.'jjiMfi-irulitri mini
Ik St irfii&it'rrx' iT-
SPECIAL JUNE SAB
jp&i i fie i
Demonstrating that at the
Your Start in Mar
ried Life Made Easy.
"JyjANY newly married
couples have us to
thank for a successful start
in a happy life. $1 per
week will clothe both hus
band and wife.
Ladies' Suits, worth up to $15, now
Ladies' Suits, latest styles and fabrics,
worth up to $22.50,
Skirts, largest stock in the
$2.98 to $12.50
Ladies Lawn and
values in the city.
Silk Waists, best
95c to $9.95
Come and sec the "People's" be
fore you purchase. You will find
us better in every respect; better
in quality, better in price and bet
ter in workmanship.
319-21 20th Street.
the Quality Anywhere.
"pHE clothing for Men, Women
and Children sold at the Peo
ple's stores is modern and most
desirable. We are old experi
enced clothes makers and sellers
and produce only such that is best
in ready-to-wear garments to
meet every demand of our many
thousands of patrons of different
ages, builds and tastes. The ex
traordinary values and the most
liberal credit terms have made the
People's stores the most popular
and fastest growing in their re
Men's True Blue Serge
tional value, at
$12.50 4o $18.
Men's Hand Tailored Union Made
$15 to $20.
Men's Suits, newest fancy weaves, at
12.50 to 22.00
Young Men's High Grade Suits at
10.00 to 15.00
m : m m f-4 tJ s tM Basest i m v x i
I -America's i tMZW ES4l Conducting
I - Largest and M i . M?SMaMteQ V ISr""c" U
i Mosl Popular , t TiWSrffc VU Stores Nearly
After the old hushies rilstrict liad
been wiped out ly lire it was freely
predicted that Fillmore street would
be "the new Market street." lint Van
Ness avenue, the line of demarcation
between the unhurried and the devas
tated districts, promptly p'Jt in a claim
for a part of the transferred business.
Ail alonu the beautiful boulevard, for
merly lined with aristocratic home'-,
spians up the Mat tapped mushroom
of business place-;, and many retail
dry poods stores and similar establish
ments to k up their quarters there,
pa j' ins enormous rents.
Not so very lon, apo merchants went
almost into frenzy in their frantic
biddi:i for lots and these stores, atil
many were the tales of fortunes made
by speculators in jjround leases, (lo
ins today along tiiis street, which still
swarms with shoppers on week days. I
noticed here. and there creeping in the
familiar si.irii. "To lease." also have
and there are banners annomicint; (hat
"So-and-so will remove .soon to their
Machine Shop and Au
In addition to our general ma
chine and repair shop, we have
added an "auto" repair depart
ment and put a competent m.in
in charge who has had a thor
ough training in that line. We
solicit a share of your work, and
guarantee, satisfaction. Our ma
chine shop is one of the largest
in this vicinity, and equipped
with the latest machines aid
tools. Any contract or jol
work will have our best atten
tion and lowest price. No job
too small for us. We build
special machinery and assist in
ventors in completing their
ideas. We build the Kuhnen
Stationary, Portable and Marine
Kuhner Engine and
303 to H06 Fourth street.
Rock Island. II'..
old location in Market street." Many
siirns of "To loaso" there may be in
the neichborho.xl of Market street, but j
there are numerous indication.; that j
the time is coming soon when tliey will j
be less frequent in the old business !
district, while trade deserts Van Ness j
avenue for its haunts of former days.
Fillmore street, however, gives more ;
signs of permanency as a secondary '
business street. 1
As for Nob Hill, never more will it j
be famed for the palaces of the "na- ;
bobs" if present indications bear true j
k prophecy. I'ractically untouched for
more than a year be the prostrate j
ruins of the former mansions. Ther j
are no signs of their reconstruction, j
while here and there lire placards whlc'.i
announce the prospective erection of
These are the first Impressions of the
visitor one year after the great disas
ter. Golden (iate park, the Cliff House
and the seal rocks seem about all there
is left of San Francisco of other days
the days of care free gaycty. They
look as of old. But elsewhere on every
hand are evidences of the titanic task
which confronts the beautiful metrop
olis of the l'acifie before she can re
cover from her travail and rehabilitate
"Can she ever recover?" is the ques
tion every visitor instinctively asks
himself. Among the many monuments
within the city are two which help to
give an answer. One is that to th?
Americans who conquered the Spanish
fleet at Manila. Another is to the
pioneers who conquered the wilderness
of America's "golden west." In San
Fraucisco's case the American spirit
must triumph ultimately. l?ut there
are sore trials now ami many more
looming into view.
icgan-twuBui 1 it 1 ij.mmimmMum.il
That's the place that will win you
"THE HOUSE IN-THE-WOODS
AND SUPERB MUSIC EVERY WEDNESDAY.
WITH ITS UNEXCELLED CUISINE
AND SUNDAY, IS AN IDEAL PLACE.
THEN THERE'S BOATING. FISHING, BATHING, BASEBALL, DANC
IF YOU'RE GOING TO GIVE A DINNER OR PICNIC. AND WANT IT
DIFFERENT AND IN A DELIGHTFULLY WILD AND ROMANTIC PLACE,
TAKE A TRIP ON THE TROLLEY TO THIS RESORT.
He Fired the Stick.
"I have fired the walking-stick I'w
carried over 40 years, on account of a
sore that resisted every kind of treat
ment, until I tried Buckien's Arnica
Salve; that has healed the sore and
made me a happy man," writes John
Garrett, of North Mills, N. C. Guaran
teed for Piles. Burns, etc.. by W. T.
I Iartz, "druggist, "01 Twentieth street;
A MIGHTY ATTRACTIVE LITTLE PARK, AWAY FROM THE CROWDS.
A TYPICAL PICNIC GROUND OFFERING AMUSEMENTS FOR EVERY
ONE. BOATING, SWITCHBACK RAILROAD, ZOO GARDENS, DANCING,