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Tlhe Biing1 n Gazette.
Work in that Direction is Under
Way Already.
Walls Being Razed and Ground Cleared
for New Structures.
San Francisco, April 23.-The new
San Francisco which will rise from
the ashes of the old was in its first
stages of rebuilding today. After five
days of confusion and almost superhu
man effort on the part of the citizens
of California's meropolis directed to
the great task of sheltering, feeding
and otherwise caring for the homeless
thousands, complete order has been
re-established and attention turned
to the future.
Throughout the great business dis
trict, where devastation of the flames
was most complete, walls were being
razed, buildings that had not disinte
grated before the intense heat were
being inspected with a view to re
occupancy and even ground was being
cleared for immediate construction of
some sort of building in which to re
sume business at the earliest possible
time. In short, confidence has been
restored. The assurance of insurance
oompanies, the measures taken by fl
nancial institutions, the prompt and
reassuring word that had reached the
business men of San Francisco from
eastern financial centers, all these
things went to clear away any feel
ing of uncertainty that mignt have ex
- isted in the minds of the timid that
San Francisco would not be what it
was, the greatest center of popula
tion and business on the Paciflo
While the work of complete de
struction of the dangerous ruins was
progressing along this portion of Mar
ket street, men intent upon rebuild
ing at the earliest possible moment
were climbing to the upper stories
of the Chronicle, Call and other tall
buildings nearer the ferry for the pur
pose of estimating repairs that are to
be immediately commenced.
Prominent Man Shot.
One of the most unfortunate hap
penings since the city has been un
der joint police supervision of the
government, municipality and state
militia, was the killing at an early
hour today of Major H. C. Tilden, a
prominent member of the citizens gen
eral committee and well known mer
chant, in the extreme southwestern
part of the city. The killing was done
by three members of a self-constitutel
vigilance committee who fired upon an
automobile carrying Major Tilden, a
friend and the chauffeur returning
from Menlo park, whence Tilden had
gone with his family. The three men,
displaying no badges of authority, or
dered the party in the automobile to
halt, following the demand almost
immediately with a volley of pistol
shots. Tilden was shot through the
back and instantly killed, and the two
other occupants of the machine were
The citizens general committee, of
which the mayor is presiding officer,
adopted a resolution at its session to
withdraw the entire force of state
militia that has pclliced the large
residence section for the last few
Supply of Provisions Ample to Meet
All Demands.
San Francisco, April 23.-Food was I
never more plentiful in San Francisco
than today, and the only trouble is its
proper distribution. The committee
on feeding the hungry reports most
satisfactory progress in the huge task
before it and has already established
52 stations where all the hungry may
secure their daily rations.
Besides the government and general
food committee, which are doing most
heroic work, a large number of inde
pendent organizations are also attack
ing the food problem. It is hoped that
distribution of .supplies may be sus
tematized under one head in the
course of a day or so, that there may
be no conflict or duplication of effect
on such an all important issue.
A coffee famine was threatened last
night, but today fresh consignments of
this important stimulant are being dis
tributed from almost every food depot.
There is an abundance of meats for
stewing, though all the finer cuts are
being used at the hospitals. Immense
cattle trains are rolling northward
from the prairies of the south
west, and chickens and eggs are com
ing from nearby interior towns. The
most pressing need is for vegetables,
preferably potatoes, carrots and onions
and the like. Fresh and perishable
products cannot be properly cared for.
Temporary Quarters Have Been Se
cured in Synagogue.
San Francisco, April 23.-It was fear
ed by many that the heavy rains of
last night had weakened the walls left
standing in the burned district and
further increased the danger to life
and limb, but assurance was given at
the headquarters of the building com
mittee this morning that the downpour
had no such effect.
Under the direction of this commit
tee the menacing walls are being dyna
mited and danger, instead of increas
ing, is lessening every hour.
Legal business will be resumed in
San Francisco tomorrow morning. All
the superior judges are safe and they
will open their 12 departments in the
Jewish synagogue at the corner of Cal
ifornia and Webster streets. Criminal
cases will have precedence.
Probate matters will follow, and
civil cases, each as damage suits and
livorces, will be reserved for last
:lace on the calendar.
All trials that were progressing at
the time of the catastrophe will have
to be recommenced. All court min
utes, records and stenographers' tran
scripts of evidence were destroyed
in the ruins of the city hall. Testi
mony in the Yoell will contest had
just been begun before Judge Kerrigan
and the case as it stands is worthless
on either side.
Branch Mint Well Stocked With Gold
and Silver.
San Francisco, April 23.--One for
tunate condition still remains with San
Francisco. There is an abundance of
gold and silver coin available in the
vaults of the United States branch
mint in this city. The mint had al
most completed its coinage for the fis
cal year when the earthquake and fire
interrupted operations.
A significant indication of the early
restoration of law and order and safety
in this devastated city is the fact that
there is not a single soldier or militia
man, or regular police officer guarding
the many millions of dollars in the
vaults of the mint. The soldiers and
other guards were dispensed with the
first day of the fire and the regular
special police officers regularly con
nected with the mint have since been
on duty there.
It is stated today by officers of the
mint that early reports of shooting and
attempts to break into the mint by
looters were the purest nonsense.
Rain Pouring Onto Thousands Without
Shelter of Tents.
San Francisco, April 23.-The condi
tion of the 5,000 persons camped in
Jefferson Square park is something
terrible. Not more than five per cent
have even army tents and makeshifts
are constructed of carpets, bed sheets
and every imaginable substances.
They are totally inadequate to keep
out the heavy rain which is falling to
Four hundred soldiers of the Fifth
and Sixth California national guard
are requisitioning every house in the
neighborhood for shelter, but in the
meantime the homeless are in a mis
erable plight.
Finance Committee Not Satisfied With
Local Subscriptions.
San Francisco, April 23.-The fi6
nance committee of the general relief
committee reported that it had receiv
ed contributions to date amounting to
$1,551,536; $172,000 is the amount of
the local subscriptions, making a total
of $1,724,536.95. Three hundred and
sixty-five thousand dollars has been
promised locally. The committee is
not satisfied with the local subscrip
tions and urges the citizens of San
Francisco to subscribe more liberally.
General Greeley Commands Federal
Troops at San Francisco.
San Francisco, April 23.--General A.
W. Greeley took command of the fed
eral troops at this post, superseding
General Frederick Funston, who will
act under his orders. General Greeley
has established headquarters at Fort
Mason, just east of the Presidio reser
vation, on the shore of San Francisco
San Francisco, April 23.-A sharp
earthquake shock was felt here at
10:39 o'clock tonight. It lasted about
three seconds and ran from east to
west. No damage was done.
Triplets Ushered Into the World in
Camp at Presidio.
San Francisco, April 23.-Saturday
night triplets were born to one of the
homeless at the presidio and the same
night eight little tots made their first
appearance on the reservation at Fort
Mason. Six were born in the enmer
gency hospital and tyo out on the va
cant space adjoining the fort, where
the mothers had taken refuge. The
babies all were reported to be healthy
Chief of Polioe Dinan has issued an
order to police company commanders
instructing them, in view of the care
lessness of persons granted the privil
ege of carrying firearms, to notify
those persons to discontinue wearing
weapons of any description, as it is en
tirely unnecessary.
Regular Police Officer J. J. Dow was
Congress Votes Another Million and
Half to California's Unfortunates.
Washington, April 23.-The senate
today increased to $1,500,000 the sec
ond appropriation of funds in behalf
of the suff'ers from the California
earthquake and this legislation, like
all of the same character that has
preceded it, was enacted without
comment of any kind.
The day marked conclusion of La
Follette's speech on the railroad rate
bill. He occupied the greater part of
the time today as he had done on
Saturday, rendering it one of the long
est speeches in recent years in the
Without debate the house concurred
in the senate amendments to the
Joint resolution appropriating $1,500,
held up by a soldier while on his way
to report at police headquarters early
yesterday morning. The regular made
attempt to force the policeman to
labor in the. street, but was in turn
handed over to a lieutenant, who re
lieved him of his gun and directed that
he be sent to the guard house.
Tents Erecting for Thousands of Ref
ugees Flocking Thither.
Los Angeles, April 23.-A camp of
tents is being ra~idly erected at Agri
cultural park by the relief committee
for the accommodation of San Fran
cisco refugees, who are arriving by
the hundreds and whose number is
expected to reach in the neighbor
hood of 50,000 within 10 days.
Washington, April 23.-Working in
conjunction with the governmental
agencies, the .Red Cross is rapidly per
fecting plans for relief of the situation
in San Francisco. Today the National
association received a remittance of
$300,000 from the New York branch of
the society. a
Medford, Ore., April 23.-A slight,
but distinct earthquake shock was
felt here about 2 o'clock this morn
ing. No damage was done.
Far-Rreaching Investigation Is Begun
by Interstate Commission.
Cleveland, Ohio, April 23.-An inves
tigation by the national government
into the relations existing between the
railroads of the United States and the
Standard Oil company, an inquiry, that,
it is said, will be thorough and exhaust
ive and one that is expected to have
searching effects, was begun here to
day by former Attorney General Frank
S. Monnett, in behalf of the interstate
commerce commission.
Extra Freight Collides With Pile
driver, Injuring Six.
[Special to The Gazette]
Sheridan, Wyo., April 23.-Another
wreck occurred. between Pedro and
Newcastle this morning, caused by an
extra freight going east running into
a piledriver. The injured are Geo. K.
Tinegar, R. B. Gentry, H. H. Holmes,
A. Linquist, G. McClure and B. A.
The numerous wrecks are causing
railroaders to quit. Seventeen quit
yesterday morning, 15 this morning.
Chicago, April 23.--John F. Jelke,
president of Braun & Fitts, oleomar
gerine manufacturers and one of the
wealthiest men in that business in the
west, with F. I. Lowery, secretary of
the company, were arrested today on
a federal warrant charging them with
making false reports to the internal
revenue department.
Montgomery, Ala., April 24.-At
12:30 a. m. all returns from the demo
cratic primary elections in the Sixth
Alabama congressional district indi
cate the nomination of Captain R. P.
Hobson of Merrimac fame, over John
H. Bankhead, the present representa
000 for the relief of the San Fran
cisco sufferers.
Directs Large Treasury Loan to San
Francisco Banks.
Washington, April 23.-+Secretary
Shaw has given directions that $15,
000,000 of public money be distributed
among the national banks of San
Francisco and the immediate vicinity,
which will include Oakland, as soon
as the banks furnish satisfactory se
curity. The secretary was in Chi
cago today and his directions to this
effect were wired to the treasury de
partment here late this afternoon.
Modification of "Fundamental Laws"
Leaves Little to Parliament.
St. Petersburg, April 23.-Instead
of frankly accepting the verdict of the
people as evidenced by the rule Qf
election and preparing to make every
possible concession to the parliament,
the government seems to be deliber
ately entrenching all its threa:tened
prerogatives with the purpose of giv
ing battle.
With'feverish haste the hign com
mission, consisting of the cabinet and
other dignitaries of the government,
under the presidency of the emperor
Cincinnati 5, St. Louis 7.
Cincinnati, April 23.-Superior hit
ting of St. Louis gave them another
victory over Cincinnati today.
R. H. E.
Cincinnati .............5 7 1
St. Louis ...............7 9 2
Batteries-Overall and Phelps; Mc
Farland and Holmes.
Philadelphia 1, Boston 0.
Boston, April 23.-In spite of wet
grounds and chilly weather, Philadel
phia and Boston met today for the
San Francisco benefit game with only
a few people present.
R. H. E.
Philadelphia ............1 6 2
Boston .................0 4 2
New York-Brooklyn postponed.
Chicago 3, Cleveland 1.
Chicago, April 23.-Opportune hit
ting, coupled with the splendid pitch
ing and fielding of Smith gave the
local team their second victory over
Cleveland today.
R. H. E.
Chicago .................3 6 1
Cleveland ...............1 4 2
Batteries-- Smith and Sullivan;
Rhodes and Buelow.
St. Louis 7, Detroit 2.
St. Louis, April 28.-The home team
fell upon Killian today and coupled
with his wildness, batted in enough
runs in the first inning to win the
R. H. E.
St. Louis ..............7 9 0
Detroit .................2' 8 2
Batteries-- Powell and Hickey;
Killian and Warner.
New York-Philadelphia; Washing
ton-Boston postponed.
Louisville 6, St. Paul 5.
Toledo 9, Kansas City 6.
Indianapolis 8, Minneapolis 10, (11
Columbus 5, Milwaukee 1.
Condemned to Indefinite Imprison
ment by Holy Synod.
St. Petersburg, April 23.-Friends
of Father Gapon, whom a dispatch
published in England said had been
hung by the revolutionists, claim to
have information that the ex-priest
has fallen, not into the hands of the
i evolutionists, but into those of the
holy synod, which condemned him for
forsaking priestly orders to indefinite
imprisonment in one of the many
gloomy monasteries used by the
church as prisons. There have been
many other cases of men being im
mured and disappearing forever.
Father Gapon's common law wife, it
is alleged, petitioned the synod to
name his prison and for mitigation
of sentence.
Dover, Eng., April 23.-The Belgian
training ship Count DeSmet DeNaeyer
foundered off Prawle Point today. Her
captain and 33 of those who were on
board were drowned.
Antwerp, April 23.-Twelve excurs
ionists were drowned today in the
river Scheldt by the captizing of a
ferry boat.
Washington, April 23.-Showers
Tuesday; colder in east and north
portion Wednesday; probably fair.
is sitting daily at Tsarkoe-Selo modify
ing the "fundamental laws," which
are beyond competency of the parlia
ment, and is working night and day
in efforts to retain all the power
possible in the old channels. Many
"temporary laws," which it was be
lieved were only to remain in force
until the parliament meets, have been
incorporated as "fundamental laws"
and a whole series of modiilcations
for the purpose of protecting the em
pc rors' prerogatives have been includ
ed in them.
Occupies North Room of Stapleton
Block - Rear of 140-Foot Room
Taken Up With Offices of the Moun
taineers Insurance Company.
The First Trust and Savings bank
opened its doors in the Stapleton yes
terday morning, and the first day's.
business was altogether satisfactory
to the officers of the corporation, the
deposits having amounted to $19,000.
Thomas McGirl, the wvell known.
ranchmkan of the lower Yellowstone
valley, who was the first depositor in
the First National .bank, was also the
flrst depositor-In the new bank, hav
ing called soon after its doors were
opened and made a substantial de
The new bank is in charge of
George M. Hays, who resigned his po
aition with the Suburban Homes corn
Danv to take the secretaryship of the
First Trust and Savings bank. While
Mr. Hays' title is that of secretary
his duties are in reality those of a
cashier. He will be furnished with
assistants from time to time as the
business increases.
The new bank is handsomely
housed in the north business room of
the block, and its furniture is of the
latest and most modern pattern. In
the center of the long room is a large
vault which is divided in the center.
Back of the big vault are the offices
of the Mountaineers Insurance com
pany, which are in charge of J. H. Mo
Elroy. This company uses one-half of
the vault for its books and papers.
It has been established since last July
and in the 10 months of its existence
has issued 740 polices, coverng
about $900,000 of business. This is
also a local company and its success
has been unprecedented in the history
of fraternal insurance societies.
Money Paid for Church Property in
Philippines is Divided.
Rome, April 23.-The controversy
over the distribution of the $7,000,000
paid by the United States government
for the purchase of friar lands in the
Philippine islands, has been definitely
settled by the Vatican.
According to the decision made pub
lic today, the interests on the money
will be divided into three separate
sums which will be distributed yearly
by the Vatican as follows:
One-third to the Philippine dioceses,
according to their need; another to
the institutions erected by the religi
ous orders, largely for their missions
in the far east, and also to support the
aged friars who were in the Philip
Cardinal M. Del Va), the papal see
retary of state, warmly urged a settle
ment of this'matter and it was largely
due to his efforts that it was disposed
of on the above basis.
The decision of the Vatican is of
great importance to the friar orders in
the Philippines, as the entire sum hen
been tied up owing to conflicting
claims, some of the orders still Insist
ing that their title to lands included In,
the sale, were exempt, pending pay,.
ment of the purchase money.

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