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' " 1 ' 11 ' | IS AGAINST BRIBER! 1 TIM ft I III III II An Earnest Resolution Adopted at the Session This Morn ing at Lewes. A CALL UPON MINISTERS To Preacb Upon (be Duties of Chris tian Citizenship as They Relate To This Subject. MEMBERS ALSO CALLED UPON To Work for the Overthrow of the Evil. B ! „ _tery tpMtsl 1 ) 1 ,patch to ITCCT Evening. Lewes, April 18th.—At tho session of New Castle Presbytery, this morn ing. Rev. Joseph Urown Turner of Lover introduced an anti-bribery reso lution, as follows; "As Christian citizens,associated in tho Pr.-sbytery of New Castle for the proclamation of saving truth and for | tbo promotion of practical righteous ness, we express our pleasure at the formation in the State of Delaware of a non partisan Anti-Bribery League, W# commend its declared purpose to ! cultivate and educate tho consciences of the peoplewith regard to the use of the ballot and to enforce the law against bribery. We request the min- | inters ol all «our churches to preach i OTHER BUSINESS OF THE PRESBYTERY upon the duties of Christian citizen- | ship, especially as they relate to the , prevalent practice of bribery, and we j ask of the members of churches a prayerful consideration of tbeir duty and an earnest, God-fearing effort lor the overthrow ol this great and grow ing evil. " The resolution was adopted unani mously without debate by the presby tery. Rev. John C. Lane was received by letter from the Presbytery ol Redstone and bis name was enrolled in the Pres bytery ol New Castle. The Presby tery placed in the hands of Mr. Lane ll from the Olivet Church, Wil mington, which was accepted by him. The installation of Mr. Lane will take place on Thursday, May 3d, at 8 p. m. Sermon by Rev. W. F'. D. Lewis. Charge to the pastor by Rev. Alcxan der Alison. Jr. Charge to the people bv Kev. William H. Logan. n ca the presbytery placed in tho bands of Rev. J. E. Eggert, a call from the Felton and Harrington churches, which was accented by him. The in stallation of Mr. Eggert will take place at Felton on Tuesday, May 8, at 2 p. m., and Harrington at 8 p. m. Rev. Joseph B. Turner is to preside and propound the constitutional ques tions and preach the sermon. Rev. H. L. Bunstem is to charge the pastor and Rev. J. L. Estlin to charge the people. Rev. B. F. Davis requested the dis patloral the Port Penn Church. Request was granted. Rev. D. S. W. Reigart. requested, through the church commissioners, a dissolution ol his pastoral relations with the Salisbury, Aid.,church. Dr. Reigart is stricken and has also suf fered broken his leg twice. The Presbytery, after many tender expressions, reluc relations with solution of his a series of accidents, having tantly granted the request and honor ably retired Dr. Rigart as pastor emeritus. Rev. William M. Danerty was granted a letter of dismissal to the Presbytery of Philadelphia. The discussion of the Book of Liturgical Forms of Worship was laid on the table until fall. The opening session, yesterday, was called to order by ex-Moderator W. J. Rowan of Newark, in place of Rev. Boudinot Seeley, the retiring moderator who, though present at the presbytery, did not moderate its ses sions, owing to his residence in the Presbytery ol Philadelphia. The roll call showed about 70 ministers and elders present. Rev. Dr. H. R. Hall from the Pres bytery of New Brunswick, was allowed to sit as a corres The report of t cation was made by the chairman,Rev. W. F. D. Lewis. It urged that the standard of 10 years' required study be ponding member, no committee on edu not lowered. ;The presbytery then proceeded to examine tbeir candidates under the care of its educational committee for licensure. Their examinât ions in the ology, church history, church polity and sacrament*, were all sustained by presbytery. These examinations were public. Their examinations in Hebrew, Greek and Latin were conducted pri vately by the respective committees, who reported their being eminently successful. The candidates, H. Charles McBride. Frazer L. McLeod, were then licensed, together with Al bert C. Busch, who has another year in the Theological Seminary to com plete bis coures. A matter which occupied the rapt attention of the presbytery was the request of Rev. Frank E. Williams, pastor of the Lewes Church, for a dis solution ol pastoral relationship. After Exclusive Suitings In Spring Patterns— We are ihowlng a line ol new f prlng Su : tint a that urn a credit to tu« old ahop-tnat wou d be a i redit io ny shop that too. a proper pride in fitting up a cu tomer to bis entire sniismctton. . We »ant you to call and look over the display. Geo . H. Ash, Merchant Tailor, 7 05 Market St. Open Tuesday Evenings. Dr. Lyon's PERFECT Tooth Powder Used by people of refinement for over a quarter of a century. Convenient for tourists. PREPARED BY c/. hearing the commissioners Messie and Skellenger, from the session ami con gregation, who spoke in the highest terms of Rev. Mr. Williams, the pres bytery regretfully granted a dissolu tion of the relationship. Much to the surprise of the presby tery Mr. Williams then asked the presbytery's advice and counsel ns to whether he had not better demit bis orders of ordination which he had re ceived at the hands of the presbytery, as he was about to become the editor of the Cecil County Whig, he having purchased this journal. The Presbytery, after discussion of tender feeling and affection refused to demit bis orders. The Board of Pensional Relief made its report The Presbytery has four pensioners on the board, receiving $300 per annum. After the evening service the Presby considered the calls of the White day Creek Church to Mr. H, Charles McBride and of theGreen Hill Church to Mr. Frazer L. McLeod. They were found in order and being accepted by them arrangements were made for their ordination. Mr. McLeod will be ordained and installed at Green Hill on Tuesday evening. May 17th. The Moderator will preside and pro pound the constitutional questions with Rev. Alexander Allison, Jr., alternate. Sermon will be preached by Rev.S. Beritt ie Wylie of New Castle with Rev. 3. Gtlfillan, D. D., as alternate. The charge to the pastor will be given by Rev. D. O. Irving,D. D., moderator of the Presbytery of Orange with Bev.T the Lower Brandy wine Church as alter nate. The charge to the people will bo given by Rev. W. H. Logan, D. D., with Dr. T. A. McCurdy as alternate, The ordination prayer will he read by the Rev.W.K. D. l-ewis of the Rodney Street Church, with Rev. Greir A. Foote of Delaware City as alternate, The ordination and installation of H. Charles McBride will take place Thurs day May 17th, 8 u. m., at the White Clay Church. The moderator will preside and propound the constitu tional questions. The sermon will be preached by Rev. W. F. Dickens Lewis, with Rev. T. Chalmers Potter, D. D.,as alternate. Rev. James Frazer. D.D. of the Baltimore Presbytery will charge the pastor elect with Rev. John McElmoyle, 1). D. of Elkton as alternate. The Rev. 11. Morris of the Presbytery ■ f Philadelphia North with . Newton Kugler of Kov. J. H. Milligan, D. I)., as alter nate will charge the people ol the par ish. The ordination prayer will he read by Rev. J.D. Blake of Faulkland. A GREAT EARTH SHOCK IS FELT IN THE WEST [Continued (rom tint page. I was absolutely helpless. Business has been entirely suspended." SACRAMENTO BADLY DAMAGED. Chicago, 111., April 18.—The telegraph companies here are entirely without wires to San Francisco. The Sacramento office of the Western Union Telegraph Co. reports a very heavy earthquake west. I.os Angeles reports having lost all wires at 5.13 a. m. Considerable damage from the earth quake is reported as having occurred in the city of Sacramento, as well as in San Francisco. The Union Pacific Railway Co. reports that all its wires have gone down west of Ogden. The area covered by the earth quake is several hundred miles. Tho Union Pacific wires are working to Heno, but bave been destroyed west of Winna raucka. NO LOSS OE LIFE AT SACRAMENTO. Sacramento, Cal., April 18.—A severe earthquake occurred hero at an early hour this morning. There is great confusion, and it is im possible to learn the full extent of the damage. No loss of life is yet reported. FELL THREE STORIES. George Taney Madly Injured While Paint ing ICoof ol Mlnquadale Horae. George Taney, a painter, residing at 9008 Lamraot street, fell from the roof of the Minquadale Home, near Farnhurst, this morning, while paint ing the roof of the building, which is three stories high. Taney's foot slipped, causing him to lose bis balance. He was picked up unconscious and taken to the Homoeo pathic Hospital, where it was found that his injuries consisted of a broken arm and a badly lacerated scalp. He was also injured internally, but it is not known whether his skull was frac tured. Aeeldent to • Car. An eaiit bound car on the Brandy win© Springs line broke down at Els mere at 4.40 o'clock last evening and tied up travel on that lino for a time. The ears had to be run un the east track until the disabled car was removed. To Enlarge Docks. Franklin Wills Co. has secured the contract for the enlargement of the dock room of the Diamond loe Co., on the banka of the Branoywine, Thir teenth and Lombard streets, by the addition of a now whart. Harret t*l.'erlck sad Wedding. Benjamin P. Barrett of Wilmington snd Alice L. Deriokaonof Mwrshsljton were married on Wednesday evening, April 11th, at the parsonage of Union M. E. Church, by the Rev. B. N. Pilchard. Attending a Convention. Mrs. C. S. Middleton and Mrs. H. G. Knowles are in Washington attend ing the Congress of the Daughters of tho American Revolution. nn E«iat«. I.attrra Letters of administration were taken out today by Alfred D. Lecarpentier the estate of Edna C. Lecarpen upon tier. Modioated bat la are expennivt. Not » 0 , however. GUsnn'u Sulphur Soap, a t haap and efficient tubsiitule, which answer« the aama yurpoae a« far a« local alaeaaee of tha •kin. rhaumattaro and gout are concerned. Hill*» Inatantanaou« Hair Dye produce* natural eflecu and Is safe.* Spring Days Sure Enough Now. How about those new Shoes ? Are you shod just right? Our showing this season is the most expressive we've ever made of the Just Right Styles. Of course, to be just right means that shoes should be properly shaped, com fortably fitting and low priced. Ours are that way. Gallaher & Pyle, Shocrs, Market Street, 619. Board ot Revision Considering an Appeal Made by the P., B. & W. Co., With Respect to Elevated Structure and Shops. INVOLVING ABOUT $2,000,000 Of Which Nearly $1,500,000 Is on the Elevated Wall and $400,000 on tho New Plant at Todd's Cut The P., B. & W. Railroad Co. has appealed from the city assessment on its elevated railroad and the newjahop* at Todd's Cut. the amount involved be ing about $2,000,000. John Biggs, at torney for the company, and O. V. Bingham, the company's real estate agent, bad a hearing on the appeal last night before the Board of Assess ment, Revision and Appeals. City Solicitor Townsend was also present on behalf of the city. The company protest» against the assessment of about $1.500,000 placed by the assessors on the elevated road, and asks for a reduction of the assessment on the Todd's Cut shops, which amounts to about $400.000. rail The company contends that the ele vated structure is on its right of way and is not taxable, in view of the fact that by a legislative enactment the company pays $40,000 a y ear,to the State in lieu of all tux on the right of way in the State. The claim on behalf of the city is that the assessors have acted under authority given in the law to assess all buildings, whether on the right of way or not, construing the ele ated railroad wall to be a building. While no action was taken last night, the sentiment of the members of the board was to allow the assessment to stand, with a view to having the mutter taken into court on an appeal. It was held that a judicial interpreta tion of the law on this subject would settle the matter and all parties in in terest would know how to proceed in the future. As to the assessment on the Todd's shops, the company v claims that Cut excessive, in view of the fact are not on it is that some of the buildin fast land, being on grouncfwbioh is ex empt from taxation for 10 years. In order to reach a decision on this point, the members of tho board decided to visit the shops this afternoon. Before passing finally upon either matter the members of the board will have a conference with City Bolioitor Townsend. To Glee a Reception . Arrangement* have been made for ball and reception of the St. Michael's Society of the Little National Russian Association, which will be given in the Irish-American Hall on the evening of April 24th. The money willjbe devoted to the bene fit of the Russian sufferers. the AN APPEAL TO WIVES Cara tha Drinking Husband b» Using Or. rlna—Can be Given Secretly. No more terrible affliction can coma to any home than tha craving of husband and father for etrong drink. We appeal to smea. inothera and Bieters to save the husband and father or the brother or eon with Orrlne, a actentlflo and positive cure for the drinking habit. Tha patient simply takes Orrlne No. 2 or the secret remedy Orrlne No.l, which is In powder form and aa It ia perfectly color lees. tasteless and odnrle-a. o«n be gtran In food or drink without the knowledge of the user. Tbs price of either form ia $1. The craving for strong drink will be de. alloyed ;ln lact.the drink will not be mlaaed when Orrlne la used. Orrlne I* sold under a positive guarantee that it will cure the drink habit if direc tion. are followed. In every box la a regis tered guarantee which entitles you to a re fund ot your money If Orrlne fella to effect a cure. You run no risk whatever in using this remedy. There la no loaa of time or abeence from home or business, no sanitarium treatment. In fact, .Orrlne strengthens the nerves and restores general good health while curing the drink habit. Ireet lee on how to cut* drunkenness free on request, Orrlne Co., Washington, D. O. Wives, save the happiness and prosperity of your home with Orrlne. Orrlne Is for sale by N. B. Danforth, druggist, Second and Market. W. H. Smith & Co. Successor* ro Wm. B. Sharp & Co* fourth and Market Stm Irish Poplins for summer dresses ; they are ideal. All yam mer cerized and in perfect shades of the fashionable colorings, two pinks, lavender, reseda,white blue, black and gray.35c yd W l it, goods, Aim floor. More and Better fancy pillow tops, all ready to slip right over your pil low. Big variety, great value. A windowful for only -5c apiece. Ready Again on Val. Laces. French, German, Mechlin, Maltese, all the newest effects, with insertions to match. Dainty wide edges for trimming the fashionable short sleeves. (Several fresh shipments in the last few days have again brought our lace stock up to it* high stand ard of completeness and excel lence. Prices are low, very low when quality is taken into con sideration. ,tnt floor, W. H. Smith & Co. Del. 1407. D. & A. 407. 111 WALL STREET TODAY Awwvinf^i Pr«« D»*micn h* soacim Wirac Wall (Street, New York, April 18.— Stocks came upon the market freely at the opening today, and there were wide de clines all through the Hat. Tho coalers and stocks which have been advanced recently showed tho most conspicuous weakness. Ae*> Iwrk yHoiMiotu *•***»•«•<' Pros* Diapftio'i b? «panai Wir*« New York« April IR —Tho «toc* market opened week Amer. Car A Foun... 44?; UiMonrf PoolOc...... 96» 4 Amer.Gar A F. pref.lU 2 *#w York Central, ,14b 1 * A met. Copper_—113 .fortolk A Wet.,«. flU _ V3 Northern I ad hr....211* Alchiion. prêt...... F'VV v Ontario A Werwrn.. M% ADAOODde .Fcxin»ylvanta....14. M S Amer. bm«ltlngCo..ltc > , People'« (têt.. .......... 1M Amer, feumr.«.I40U Koht Island.... !»7}4 Amer. Locomotive., flyV Rook Inland, prel.. 60S Amer. Locom prêt. „lib Heeding..136 _11^ iReedlng, let prêt... V<h* H.AO, pref__ 66 Heading. 2d prêt . *<>, Brooklyn Transit... 97 Paul ^...«....«177 '* taoadian Peoiflr... n%\ doulhen»-.^.*.. 4o' 4 Chesapeake A Ohio Southern. .100 Ohidego A N. W_211 'Southern Padfld... CoU iron A Fuel.... 62 , lenn. Coal and Iron Uh Colorado Boutnem. 95 fexu Paclflo.......... "3 U. A « _......™212 Onion PadÛû.„_ 197 *rle — . . .. . 44 1 *!Onion Peril!« preC.. «4% krle. l«l pref.-7** v 0. a. 4*'; «rte, 2d pref._ 6 » 0 . 8 . Steel prel_lOlvZ Illinois Central..179 Wabash... liitem't'nT Paper... Wabash prel. Louisville., We«tern Union, .... V2' v y an hat tan. ..1M»S Wisconsin Central.. 2fr'* Metropolitan ftt. RJ!6\ Wl«ron»ln Cea. p(d 54'., A IchUon. -. M * VVlimliiKton Stock $ »notation«. Reported by tcuii A Co* Lenker« an 1 Broker* Bid and naked uom National Bank of Delaware. «... 20 Ü to 220 First National Bank......... Lo to 190 Union National bank.......;. m to VU Central National Bank......-...„....ini to 120 Termers Bank. 120 to 180 Wii. A Bran. National Bank.* *4 to 90 Becurlty Trust A Safa Deposit Co..215 lo n: Kquitable («usr. A Trust Go.21N to 230 Delaware Railroad. 3V to 42 Wilmington Trust Oo. bô to 105 \V 11 m I na I «>■! Maraeia. The local wuui«e*ie uuonauuua reported by T. K biayton: Totuaioea. crate. . Applet, barrel...... Leuioii«, bu I.......___ C»raugG'R. Gall forma, box .... potato«*, barrai —.. l uUtoea. builiei... Sweet Bolatoea. tdirm- swrei l'uiaioei, UMkei . Cabbag«, uew, erat«. .. Union«, baaket.. tilery, dozen... Lettuce. »*i«kel.. Kale, barrel.. Minach. barrai . «SK«» ( Del. and Mil., ) do» , . .13.50 to KOO ....»rcto to r.DO ....14.00 to SI.'ifl ...,»a .60 to 1x75 ,...|.UIU to SJ.^6 .»SI 00 to »1.10 -.»1.75 to »7.50 .... 40c to 45« „Li.Ü0 lo ».*.25 40c to 50C »... 75c to »DC »1.25 lo »1.50 ._.»!.' 0 to $1.25 ...»1.7510 12-00 _ UHc Cnickeu». lire..... Ciilckena, dre«»ed. „ 140 lo 150 .... 15c to 18c sprains. BRA SHUARS--In tbl. rit», on April 17th, mm, Dors W . wile Ol beat» w. Bruhems. end deughteroi Mary end me lute L, egeu 22 year«, heleti.e. end (rl.nd. ere re. feet fully Invited to etitnd the luneiel terri», et t' e reeldenve o( her hatband. No. 1008 West Ninth »ireet, on Tburedey efiernoon, April l»tb, et 2 o'clock. In terment et Klverriew cemetery. CLARK—On April 14tb. Mer» Clark, In ber «9th veer. Re etlvn end friend, ere invited lo attend the funeral (ervices, ihundey, II e. m,, et the r* sideline ol ber il.ter, xn. a H. l'eoplee, Dela ware City, Del, Interment 6t. Georse. cemetery. FL AN AO AN—In thle city, on April ISrb, 11)06, Mlcnacl 1. Flaueren, me 52 years. Keletlvei end friends, member, of Division Na 4. A. O. U . members of Wilmington Lodge No. .O. V. (V.. endemydoye.ol tho Pennsylvanie radioed .hou are r, sped full v Invited lo attend tne luncral from his late residence. No. 514 rest Sixth street, on Saturday morning, at 8 50 L. i enuington I, A o'clock, lilghma'set -l VItry's church, inter ment at Cathedral oerne ery._ GK A N 't —In this ci g. Grant, son ol y. on April !8th 1506, ' William sod Mtigtia avert 19 years and 10 mouths, K,Isitves snd irirnd.are napectfuliy Invited to attend the luntral from the residence ol his parents. No 1-21 Pine «reel, on »sturda« morning. April 21st, at S o'clock. Solemn btgn mars at St. Mary'« Church at 10 o'cloch. luisrment at new Csihrdral esmetery. ZtALAND—In this city, on April I71b. 110«, Mich.nl Zealand, aged 60 years Relative- ami friend, art respectfully Invited to attend the funeral from his late tvs. dance. «10 h*at Third .ireet. on Friday morning at 9 o'clock. Requiem Maas at »L Mary's church. Interment at cathedral cemetery. William Grant, *liidfrtiifcrrs. James T. Chandler, Undertaker and Embalmer, 214 West Ninth Street. Itlaphona vonnecuoai U t a TA £ f *~ a* MARK TWAIN After traveling all around the world saya there ate no clothes equal to American-made. No wonder we aro selling so many suits for young men when you can get as much value, style and fit as aro in our $15 to $25 special cut suits and $18 to $20 in Regular Cuts These are in the mixed worsteds. We have same styles in Biue Serges and Black Thibet*. $T.50 to $20. great success with the plain grey and neat mixed worsted suits. Open Tuesday and Saturday nights. Blue Serges, We are having JAS. T. MUHIN & SONS, Ctb and Market. 00 and Upwards $20 Men's Clolhes :=z lo Order An elegant assortment of the latest and most exclu sive Spring patterns. HEISS, | I MERCHANT TAILOR. 4 Easl Third Street. H. T. Sergeant, Coal and Wood Office, Seventh and king 5ts. Both Phone*. The Celebrated Mission Garden Ceylon Tea, 35 c pound. Try a »ample. Thos. J. Lawson, Succeuor Vo J. T. AHtnonrt & Co. I». A A. l*hone 37. 822 Market Street. BATTLESHIP RESOLUTIONS. Adopted l.s.t Night hy th» lirown.on Li brary AMoriMlIun. The Brownson Library Association, at a meeting last night, adopted the the following, drafted by a committee composed of John J. McGinloy, Michael C. Flood and John J. Farley: Whereas, Tho Congress is now con sidering the act authorizing the build ing of a battleship to be of larger pro portions than any now in our navy and Whereas, The Slate of Delaware has not yet been honored by having her name placed upon a ship in our navyj and Whereas, Delaware from her stand ing in the history of this nation, is de serving of the honor of having the largest ship in the navy bear her name ; therefore be it Resolved, By the Brownson Library Association that we indorse most heartily the movement to have the new battleship named in honor of our State of Delaware, which State was the first to sign the Constitution and whoso people have fought both on land and on sea to assist in the preservation of this government which Delaware's men had been so prominently active in establishing; and be it further Resolved. That we forward copies of these resolutions to the President of the United States, Secretary of the Navy, and to our Senator and Repre sentative iri Washington nnd respect bo her fully urge that given proper [.lace among the battleships of this nation. BOTH LEGS CUT OFF. While Samuel Prior, colored, of Taylor's Row was attempting to board a freight train on tho P.,H. i W..Rail road, last evening he fell and the wheels of the train passed over both his legs. He was hurried in the Phoenix am bulance to the Delaware Hospital, where the surgeons found it necessary to amputate h»>th legs at the knee. Although in a serious condition Prior is expected to recover. Rn|*s$m$nl Announc««*. Announcement has been made of the Helene 8. Isen engagement of Miss schmid, daughter of Hev. and Mrs. Paul isenwhmid of this city, to l. W. Sutton of Cheater. An Oculist's Examination Lubberly ». b-'4 Market of the eyes fro«. street.* THIRD EDITION ALMOST ; J' Thousands ol Buildings Were Damaged or Destroyed This Morning by the Earthquake. CITY HALL IS IN RUINS It Cost Seven Million Dollars and Was a Magnificent Building. MANY TENEMENTS DESTROYED n District South of Market Street. FIRES ARE RAGING IN MANY BLOCKS Associated I'rcM PUiatohM by Special Wires. San Francisco, Cal.. April IS. San Francisco «as practically wracked by earthquake at 5.10 o'clock this morning. The shock lasted three minutes. Thou sands of building stroyod. The loss of life is great. There is no water, ami liras areTnirning all over tho city. All wires, with the exception of one, are gone. I lie l ily Hull, costing $7,000,000, is in ruins. Modern buildings suffered less than brick or frame. The terror and excitement arc indescrib able. Many people rushed undressed in the streets. Building- swayed and crashed, burying tbeir occupant*. Thera was a panic in downtown hotels. The Lick House is badly damaged, but no loss of life is reported there. T he Palace and *m dniimtffHl or do St. Francis Hotels stood the shock. People flocked to the telegraph offices Ui send messages to friends and were frantic because there were uo w ire- The greatest damage was done to buildings south of Market street, where mostly they are frame tenements. Fires occurred in every block in that district. CONTUSION IIKIGNS KVEIIVWIII.KK. 8 s. in. In tiie confusion, which reigns everywhere, it is almost impossible lo learn details of »lie disaster caused by the earthquake. Hi general, it may tie said that the district lying between Mar ket and Howard streets from the Bay as far west as the City Hall has lieen badly wrecked. The hotels in the vicinity ot Third and Market streets were badly shaken, fuit there seemed to lie no loss of life therein. The Call and Examiner Buildings, as well as (he Western Union Building, have las'll badly wrecked large department stores in I lie neighbor The hood were also ruined, but l lie earth quake occurred at un Hour when they were empty, and no loss of life therein is reported. Farther cast on Market street, toward I ha ferry slip», is a section pied by cheap lodginghouses and hotels, and here the loss of life is reported I« lie verv great, though tho extent of it cannot (s' ascertained at this hour. Fires are hurtling in a number of places along .Market street and, the water mains having burnt, tho authorities have re sorted t of the flames, the city, while badly shaken, report* no loss of file or serious damage. Tho Valencia Hotel, a five-story frame building, between Seventeenth and Eigh teenth streets on Valeria st reet, toppled over into the street, burying 76 persons in the dchri«, only the top story remaining intact. A house on Fourteenth street near Valencia was wrecked, killing two Many of the lire bouses are lynamile to check the progress ■ The residence section of persons. -o badly that it is impossible to get the lira apparatus out, A lodging house on Seventh street la-tween Howard and Mission, known as the Kingsley, entirely collapsed. It is on lire, and 75 80 people are believed to lie buried in the flaming ruins. At Twenty-second and Mission streets tho dry goods store lire, tlirealeniug the do IHK uiHASTKR uBowiNO. 8.40 a, in. A» reports come in the mag nit tide of »ho disaster grows. Fires aro raging in all directions, and people are moving out of the downtown wet ion. # The loss of life may reach into the hun dred<. damaged ( nf Li j »man in on struct ion * *t lin* <*n<irr block. Àt Imli toenll and Valencia streets there is ■ in (lie street six feet wide, and crevic« the sidewalks are torn up. Tho street car t racks are badly I w isted. All through the southern section of the city traffic is at a standstill. ; Millions of dollars' property has (wen destroyed. 8.50 a. m.—A disastrous fire has broken out on the south side of Market street and is within one block of the Palace Hotel. The water mains have burst, and the Fire Department is practically helpless. The utmost confusion exists, All business is suspended. At this mo ment there is only one wire out of San Francisco a Postal wire. The Postal Building is badlv damaged. The operating room is a w reck. The power of every kind is gone and there are no lights, either gas or electric. Neither the Palace Hotel nor the St. Francis is gone; that is, as far as I lie outside goes but the inside plastering is greatlv damaged. Between the post office and tho water front there has been irrest damage by tire, which is burning fiercely and there is little or no water, The tire is burning both on the east and the south sides of the Postal Build me (|un|tt . c ,, y the earthquake ap , „ 1 . 'll „.or (lie cilv. The ,,|,^k 8 ded «ith debris, and The resi buildings are being blown up. demo districts are safe, so far as heard from The business section of the city, from Market street to Mission street and from the bay bark, has been almost com pletely » mW. The Call and Examiner UP TO YOU Notice how COFFEE Quit and see affects you. how well you feel after 10 days on POSTUM "There s> 5 Reason. buildings lira destroyed. Many buildings along Market street and Mission street, in eluding the department stores, collapse»!. Hundreds of ]>e«plc in the cheap tenement dial riots arc reported killed. Kiras are raging, and owing to the scarcity of water, are practically beyond control. Busi ness is pruoticallv suspended. At the Suit hern I'aoilio Hospital water is lieiug carried into the building from milside sources for the patients. Many people suffering from injuries are seen on the streets, milking their way to the differ eut hospitals. The Kpiseopal Church on Eleventh si reel is badly damaged, and at the Studo tmker eamage factory, at Tenth and Market streets, the top si badly wrecking the entire Kin- which has lieen raging in the vicin ity of Fourth and Bevtnaon streets has gotten beyond the control of the (iranien, and the Humes have leaped to the Win chester rooming house, on tho west side of Third stns-l. Unless the flames can fie cheeked here, the 1'alaeo Hotel, block distant, will be endangered, water supply is entirely inadequate, and iHiwder is being used to cheek the flames. The rooms in the Palace Hotel were vacated early in the morning, and guests arc now returning pi gather up their effects. All sorts of vehicles are being used to carry out of tho danger sono everything of value. Tho loss of life serins to have been con fined to the issuer districts and manu-, facturing territory. For the Ixmcfit of * eastern rumple who have friends visiting in San Francisco, it is safe to say that they have not Isvn injured. As the hours go by the excitement grows more intense. Every few minutes explosions sre heard ns buildings aro blown up to / slop the progress of the flumes. The / tires are spreading and. if the wind comes/ up. Sau Francisco will experience greatest conflagration of modem (iimj^. On lower Market street, tlie main tMr avec! in, uoryea building one The oughfare of the city, niiinv blocks of ■Hli stantial buildings have been destevyed. A big tin- i- raging at the corner if Sun some and Pine st reets. / The wildest mmon as to the loss of life are coming to the newspapers, but it is impossible I» confirm them. THE EVANS SCHEDULE. liuUbl*«! n*«a About 9450,000) Aimli, • 1)11,00», After several weeks of work over tha hooka of the bankriq t firm of H. L. Evans A Co., the schedule showing the asset* ami liabilities of the eon corn. required under the bankruptcy law, has lieen completed and was filed yesterday afternoon by Ward & Gray, counsel for Evans A Go. One schedule was fHml with thoelerksof the United Slates Court and another with the referee in bankruptcy, Arhur W. Spruanee. The schedule shows a total indebted ness of about $4.V..non. and of thi* amount the sum of $105,000 is secured. The total assets are j and deducting the $1; ing the secured |mrtbm ol the debt, leaves but $24,000 to pay secured debt of $301,000. ïl costs will also have to come out ol the $24, UK». The schedules were signed by H. L, Evans amt John Evans, who compose the firm. The list ol creditors was not made publie. The next move in tho ease will be a call for a meeting ol the creditors, when a trustee wilt be elected to take charge of the affairs, to succeed Re ceiver Thomas F. Bayard. given as $170,000 55,000 represent tbe un ie court ACCIDENT TO HORSE AND CART. It Tumbled Int» the XiflaTtllon at ilia sit* »I 111« New Telephon« Building. A horse and cart owned by James Short, a carter, took a tumble this morning. It was engaged in hauling earth from the excavation for the D. 4 A. Telephon» Go. 's new building, on Shipley street, when it bucked off a driveway, with a load of earth in the cart, and fell about tun feet to Ihn bottom of the excavation. The horse seemed to bo injured in the hips by tho fall and was taken to the stable. Tho driver was not on the cart at the time of tho accident. MR. BELL'S REPLY TO ME. HOFF. Wilmington, Del.. April 17, 1000.—Mr. Samuel S. Hoff. Gioncral Manager Wil mington City Hailway (jo.—Dear Sir: I am m receipt of your loiter of tho Kith instant, in which you "absolutely and emphatically" deny a statement at tributed lo you by one of tho evening papers of this city,'to tho effect that your jiaiiy did not intend to better its service boro in response to tho public de mand therefor, which statement was the (ext for tho comments in The Star of last Sunday of which you complain in the letter before me. 1 also bad this letter printed in Every ing, believing, as you »ay, that I not desire you lo "labor under this in justice for another week." 1 am glad sou nave taken this course, in order that fle sponsibilitv for tho error committed may definitely placed without further delay, 1 should certainly be sorry to see you labor under any injustice, even lor a moment, esjiecially in circumstances where I might bo contributory to such injustice. When the statement attributed lo you appeared in tho paper referred to, it seemed so defiant of the popular feeling and so inconsistent with your duty to the public and to tho company you re pre »eilt, that 1 looked for some denial; it did not appear; nearly a week pas-cd and you were still silent. Then 1 naturally con eluded that you hud been correctly re ported, for it did not occur to mo tbst any respectable newsptqier would bo guilty of deliberate misrepresentation. ■ »ee that, yon have Even won Id I Of course no one has the right to demand 0 r expect that you shall go round denying newspaper rc|>orts, and I can appreciate your reluctance to engage in a public dis cussion of a jwrsonal nature, but it »earn * to roc that it. would have been wise, in the present stale of public feeing on this subject, if you bad promptly cx[K>sed the misrepresentation of winch you declare you were the victim. No man. high or low, can afford to ignore public senti merit, even though be thinks he is in the right, and I am glad to know that you now, though somewhat tardily, totally repudiate expressions so foreign to your intentions and so inimical to your interests 1 can but regret Unit you did not do this earlier. 1 shall lake pleasure in giving your de nial as much prominence in the next issue of The Star as was given the criticism of which you complain in its last issue. You are at liberty to use this letter in the daily press, if it shall seem desirable to you to do so. Renew ing my expressions of per sonal respect and good will, 1 am Very truly yours, Jerome B. Bell, Editor of The Star. United States Court. The grand jury in tho United Slate* Court completed its work yesterday after noon and was complimente»! by Judge Bradford for the manner in which it dm (Kiscd of the business. True bills wore returned against Giusclli Dc Lortto, Lucia (iiuliiiH and Vincenzo Do Lucia, who are charged with having violated the im migration laws. The bill against Giovanni Gonmnn. changed with the suns offence, was ignored, ihc case* will bo lnod iu a low days.