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Xenia Daily Gazette (Newspaper) - April 19, 1906, Xenia, Ohio
A a a a a ii a Bah gaze Twenty fourth year no. 98xenia, Ohio. Ihu Kasday. April 19 1906. Price two cents. Earthquake with flames the City of san Francisco in ruins. Hundreds of people dead and imposing structures razed the property loss exceeding one Hundred million of dollars. But Little damage. At the Delmonte hotel three chimneys fell through the roof killing a Bride and Groom and one of the hotel help injuring several others fatally. At Hollister grangers Union was destroyed mrs. Griffith the a Rul scene. Great streams of flame Rose High in the heavens or rushed Down some narrow Street joining Midway Between the sidewalks and making a horizontal Chimney of i the former passageways. The dense j smoke that arose from the entire bust wiled and her husband went insane Ness District spread out like a Ira from Shock Mense funnel and could have been seen for Miles out at sea. Occasionally some drug House or place stored with chemicals was reached and most impressive effects were produced by the coloured flames and smoke which rolled out against the Darker background. The burned District. Sonal danger. The operators and off the burned District extends from cers of the postal Telegraph company Many thousand persons Are rendered homeless. While Many other thousands sustain injuries and costly buildings Are dynamited to Stop the Progress of the flames. San fran risen april 19.�?earthquake and fire have put nearly half of san Francisco in ruins. At least Hoo people have been killed a thousand others injured and the property loss will exceed 1100.000,000. Thousands of people Are homeless and destitute and ail Day Long streams of people Havo been fleeing from the stricken districts to places of safety. It was 5 13 of clock wednesday morning when a terrific earthquake Shook the whole City and surrounding country. One Shock apparently lasted two minutes and there was almost immediate collapse of Flimsy structures All Over the City. The water Supply was Cut off. And when fires broke out in various sections there was nothing to do but let the buildings Burn. Telegraph Aud Telephone communication was shut off for a time. Electric Power was stopped and streetcars did not run. Railroads and ferryboat also ceased operations. The various tires raged All Day and the fire department was powerless to do anything except to dynamite the buildings threatened. All Day Long explosions Shook the City and added to the terror of the inhabitants. Following the first earthquake Shock there was another within five minutes but not nearly so severe. Three hours later there was another slight quake. Reports from districts outside of san Francisco indicate widespread damage. San Jose 50 Miles South lost Many buildings and from la to to people were killed. The Annex of the vendome hotel collapsed and fires broke out. Stanford University and Palo Alto suffered. At Stanford Many of the handsome buildings were demolished and two people were killed. One of them was Junius r. Hanna of Bradford pa., and the other was Otto hurts a fireman. Six other students Are lying in the Palo Alto Hospital with bruises cuts and internal injuries. Hotel collapsed. The Valencia hotel a four Story wooden building Sank into the basement a pile of splintered timbers under which were pinned Many dead and dying occupants of the House. The basement was full of water and some of the helpless victims were drowned. Scarcely had the Earth ceased to shake when fires broke out simultaneously in Many places. The fire department promptly responded to the first Calls for Aid but it was found that the water Mains had been rendered useless by the underground movement. Fanned by a Light Breeze the flames quickly spread and soon Many blocks were doomed. Then dynamite was resorted to and the sound of frequent explosions added to the terror of the people. The South Side of Market Street from ninth Street to the Bay was soon ablaze the firs covering a Belt two blocks wide. On this the main thoroughfare of the City Are located Many of the finest edifices in the City including the Grant Parrott flood a Call a a a examiner and Monad Nock buildings the Palace and grand hotels and numerous w wholesale houses. At the same time the commercial establishments and Banks North of Market Street were burning. Tile burning District in this Section extended from sansome Street to the water front and from Market Street to Broadway fire also broke out in the Mission and Tho entire City seemed to he in flames. Thousands of people Are homeless and Many arc huddled in the Parks and Public squares beside the household goods they were Able to save. The a City is under martial Law and All the downtown streets Are patrolled by cavalry and infantry. Details of troops Are also guarding the Banks. Most of the principal buildings have already been destroyed Kiel others Are or. Imminent danger. Over All the a Cene of desolation hangs a dense pall of smoke. Communication with outside towns i almost entirely Cut off but the report conies from Palo Alto unit All but one of the buildings of the Leland Stanford or. University have been wrecked and that the splendid memorial Church one of the finest structures. Of its kind in the world is a mass of ruins. One student is known to have lost his life. In Oakland five persons were killed. San Jose and Sacramento Berkeley Alameda Ani other places heard from suffered severely hat report no loss of life. The dreadful earthquake Shock came without warning precisely at 5 11? of clock wednesday morning its motion apparently being from East to West. At first the upheaval of the Earth was gradual but in a few seconds it increased in intensity. Chimneys began to fail and buildings to crack tottering on their foundations. People became Panicky and rushed into the streets Tho most of them in their night attire. They were met by showers of falling buildings bricks cornices and Walls. Many were instantly crushed to death while others were dreadfully mangled. Those who remained indoors generally Colv a with their lives though scores were hit by detached plaster pictures and articles thrown to the floor. It is said there was much loss by nearly every family in the City. The Tal steel Frame structures stood the Strain better than Brick buildings few of them being badly damaged. The big 11-Story Monadnock office building in course of construction adjoining the Palace hotel was an exception however its rear Wall collapsing and Many cracks being made across its front. Some of the docks and freight Sheds along the water front Slid into the Bay. Deep fissures opened in the filled in ground near the Shore and the Union ferry depot was injured its Tower still stands but will have to be torn Down. A portion of the new City Hall w hich Cost More than $7,000,000, collapsed the roof sliding into the courtyard and the smaller town ers tumbling Down with the great dome being moved but not falling. The new Post office one of the finest in the United states was badly battered the Sheds Over the Southern Pacific Long w Harf on san Francisco Bay have completely collapsed. Many a Bunker fell into the Bay carrying with them thousands of tons of coat. The Long wharf was one of the most important shipping Points about the Bay and freight traffic will be interrupted con Side ebly. As a result of the breaking of the Mains of the Spring Valley water company the town of san Mateo we As flooded. It was owing to the broken Mains that the fire gained such headway in Sun Francisco. The town j of san Rafael despite its own troubles dispatched fire fighting apparatus to san Francisco. Spread of the . The fire swept Down the streets so rapidly that it was practically impossible to save anything in its Way. It reached the grand opera House on Mission Street and in a moment had burned through the roof. The metropolitan opera company from new York had just opened its season there and All the expensive scenery and costumes were soon reduced to ashes. From the opera House the fire Lea fled from building to building leveling them almost to the ground in Quick succession. The Call editorial and mechanical departments were totally destroyed in a few minutes and the flames leaped across Stevenson Street toward the Tine 15-Story Claus Spreckels building which with its lofty dome was the most notable edifice in san Francisco. Two Small wooden buildings furnished the fuel to ignite the splendid pile. Thousands of spectators watched the hungry tongues of flame Licking the Stone Walls. At first no impression was made hut suddenly there was a crackling of Glass and an Entrance was effected. The Interior furnishings of the fourth floor were the first to go. Then As though by magic smoke issued from the top of the dome. This was followed by a most spectacular illumination. The round windows of the dome shone like so Many full Moons they burst and gave vent to Long waving streamers of flame. The tall and slender Structure which had withstood the forces of the Earth appeared doomed to fall a prey to fire. After a while however Tho Light grew less intense and the flames finding nothing More to consume gradually w ent out leaving the building standing but completely gutted. The Parrott building in which were located the Chambers of the state supreme court the lower floors being devoted to an immense department store was ruined though its massive Walls were not All destroyed. A Little farther Down Market Street the Academy of sciences and the Jennie flood building and the history building kindled and burned like so much tinder. Sparks carried across the wide Street ignited the Phelan building and the army Headquarters of the department of California general Funston commanding was burned. Still nearing the Bay the Waters of we Iii did the firemen Good service along the docks the fire took the Rialto building a handsome skyscraper my converted scores of solid business blocks into soldering piles of Brick. The Palace hotel is destroyed. The postal and the Western Union buildings and tile magnificent new Union Trust company building la stories High have been dynamited. The Post office is a Fine Greystone Structure and has been completed less than two years. It covers half a Block on mis j bion Street Between sixth and re tenth streets. The ground on which the building stands was of a swampy character Ani some difficulty was experienced in obtaining a solid foundation. The City Hall which was badly j wrecked is a mile and a half from the water front. It was an imposing Struc i Ture with a dome 150 feet High. Tho i building covers about three acres of ground and Cost More than $7,000,000.Banks and commercial houses sup j posed to be fireproof though not of modern build burned quickly and the Roar of the flames could be heard even on the Hills which were out of the danger zone. Here Many thousands of people congregated and witnessed courageous operators. New York april 19.�?that Tho world received news throughout the Day of the san Francisco disaster is due in part to the courage of the Telegraph operators there who stuck to their posits and continued to Send news and other messages in spite of great per the water front South of Market Street to Market Street and we est to eleventh Street North of Market. The fire extends out Hayes and Mcallister streets nearly to Fillmore and from the water front along Market to Montgomery and North from the water to Montgomery Street. Manufactures hotels wholesale houses and residences comprising the principal part of the business Section have been destroyed. The City Hall a Structure costing $7,000,-000, was first wrecked by the earthquake and then destroyed by fire. The Palace hotel value estimated at $3,-000,000, also burned. The Beautiful Claus Spreckels building at third and Market streets was gutted. The Rialto building and dozens of other costly structures were also destroyed. The Hall of Justice is ruined. The exam. Iner and the Call buildings Are gone and the Crocker building across the Street from the Palace hotel is on fire. Tho freaks of the earthquake we Ere Many. Wide fissures were made in the streets Street railways were twisted out of line sewers and water pipes Wen burst and it is feared that there will be an epidemic of disease. Provisions Are being sold at fancy prices and even w Ater is being vended by the Glass. It is impossible to give a list of the dead or wounded or even a list of the principal buildings. The latest reports at police Headquarters show that the entire District bounded by Vallejo Howard East and sansome streets embracing practically the entire wholesale portion of the City has been swept clean by the fire. Also the District hounded by second Market eighth and Folsom streets has been devastated. In the latter District Are included most of the City a finest and most substantial buildings. The area covered try the flames up to the present time is about eight Square or several Hundred City blocks. Very Little if any water is available and the blowing up of buildings by dynamite is the Only Means of Check lug the Progress of the flames. Most of the buildings untouched by Tho flames have been greatly damaged by the earthquake shocks. The pecuniary loss at this hour is conservatively estimated at $100,0000,000. Looters executed. General Funston realized that Stern a measures were necessary and gave or j Ders that looters were to be shot at sight. Four men were summarily exe j outed before 3 o clock in the after noon. At a meeting of 50 citizens called by the mayor it was announced that 1,400 tens would be pitched Iii Golden Gate Park and arrangements have been made to feed the destitute it. In the Public Square. A finance committee with James i. Phelan it the head was appointed and mayor i Schmitz was instructed to Issue drafts for All funds needed on this committee. Practically the whole District South of Market Street from the water front remained in the main office of the company opposite the Palace hotel until they we Ere ordered out of the building because of the danger from the dynamite explosions in the immediate Vicinity. The men proceeded to Oakland across the Bay and took Possession of Tho office there. The company is operating seven wires from Oakland. All messages from the City must be taken across the Bay in boats. Chicago to assist. Chicago april 19.�?chicago will take immediate official action to Aid in relieving the suffering and destitution in san Francisco. A special meeting of the City Council has been called at which resolutions of sympathy will be tendered to the stricken City and mayor Dunne will be authored to appoint a committee representing All of the business houses trades organizations and nationalities in the City to take charge of the contributions of Money and supplies which will be sent to the Pacific coast As rapidly As possible. This committee is now being formed Anil will be ready to be announced immediately upon the action of the City Council. Fifty dead. Destruction wrought by the earthquake at san Jose. Oakland cal., april 19.-at san Jose the a it dome hotel Annex was badly wrecked to or 15 killed. The Doherty Block was completely burned and one woman killed. Or. Degro was killed Aud his wife badly injured j every business building was demolished. It is estimated that go persons wore killed. Post office half wrecked first presbyterian Church totally demolished courthouse a wreck. Passengers arriving from other cities in California bring tales of death and disaster from nearly All. Santa Cruz Monterey and Holister wrecked. Death list at Santa Cruz reported Large. With one exception All buildings at Stanford University were demolished i but no lives lost. State insane Asylum at agnews demolished superintendent and wife being killed and several nurses injured. Many inmates were killed. Two Hundred inmates escaped running wild. Los Angeles not affected. Ipoh Angeles cal., april inquiries received in tills City from Points in the cast it appears that the impression has gone oat that tile earthquake which caused such devastation in san Francisco also affected los Angeles and Athar California Points. This is an entirely erroneous impression. There has been no earthquake in Southern California and i to shocks that caused the damage in san Francisco were not Felt farther South than Santa Barbara. Communication Cut. Washington april 19. Secretary of War Taft was advised by the Western Union Telegraph company that there 1 is no connection with san Francisco by any route. That company has its chief California office at Oakland and the Secretary advised that All messages he has directed to general Funston in sent to Oakland and will be to the Mission has been swept clean by the flames. The greatest destruction occurred in that part of the City which was reclaimed from san Francisco Bay. Much of the devastated District was at one time Low marshy ground entirely covered by water at High tide. As they it to the general at the earliest t Oscity grew it became necessary to fill Gib in moment. The dispatch stated in Many acres of this Low ground in i that no boats Are running order to reach deep water. The Mer chants Exchange building a i i Story j steel Structure was situated on Tho Edge of this reclaimed ground. It had just been completed and the legislative offices of the Southern Pacific company occupied the greater part of the building. Town wrecked. City doomed. Oakland Cal april 19. The fire in increasing in violence. It is spreading in All directions in both the business and residence quarters. It is reported that while a building was being blown up with dynamite a premature explosion killed 15 men. The terminal hotel at the water front and Market Street fell and buried 20 persons under the debris. These were incinerated and there is no possibility of learning their identity. Shocks Felt in Nevada. Washington april 19. A a dispatch says that Tho earthquake shocks Are reported As far East As Hazen Nev. The Southern Pacific has brought into san Francisco a ton of dynamite to use if necessary in destroying buildings to prevent the spread of the flames. No one is allowed to enter the City and boats and trains Are crowded with refugees. Many killed. San Francisco april 19.�?supervisor Fred Horner of Oakland who returned from san Jose states that the Agnew Asylum near that City is a total wreck that Many of the inmates were killed and that the remainder Are running around Loose terrorizing the Community. The superintendent of the institution and his wife were both killed. Santa Rosa destroyed. Los Angeles april 19.�?Santa Rosa is a total wreck. Ten thousand persons Are homeless and loss of life will probably reach hundreds. The whole business portion of the City has tumbled into ruins. Main Street is piled either Side plan feet deep with fallen buildings. Not one business building left intact. Four Story courthouse is a pile of broken masonry nothing left. Identification impossible. What was not destroyed by earthquake was swept by fire. Citizens fled to Fields and Hills to watch the destruction of the City. Water system was destroyed by the earthquake. Resort swept into sea. San Francisco april 19.�?from the Cliff House conies word that the great pleasure resort and show place of the City which stood upon a foundation of solid Rock has been swept into the sea. Not a thing stands to Tell where the monster Stone building once stood. It has been levelled to the foundation and Only the Rock lining the seacoast remains intact. With physicians and nurses. Los Angeles cal., april 19.�?a special train of four coaches with about 75 doctors and nurses on inward left los Angelos for san Francisco Over the Southern Pacific Valley line. About an equal number of doctors Aud nurses who tendered their services were turned away owing to tile Lack of accommodations on the train. Asylum demolished. Many of the inmates killed and the remainder at Large. Los Angeles cal., Aeril 19.�?news comes to this City from Niles a Small town in the Santa Clara Valley about 15 Miles from san Jose stating that the earthquake demolished the state insane Asylum at agnews near ran Jose burying Many of the inmates in the ruins. It is said san Jose suffered severely. A another Shock. Los Angeles april 19. A Telegraph operator named Baum who arrived at Oakland says that another severe earthquake Shock occurred at san Francisco at 7 15 wednesday evening. The damage he says from the several shocks and the ensuing fires la beyond calculation. The conflagration he adds is still raging. Another quake. Oakland. Cal., april 19. A another Sharp Shock of earthquake was Felt on this Side of the Bay. It was of Short duration lasting about five stamping for embroidery. The exc Kiang Green Street. Def damage to property exceeds a million at Salinas. Cal. Salinas cal., april 19.�?two terrible earthquake shocks occurred Hen. In it is $1,000,000. It is impossible to Leach san Francisco by wire or by Telephone. Among the buildings destroyed Are the Ford amp Stanbury building dry goods elks Hall masonic building knights of pythias building armory Porter amp Irving store Logan Cyc Loy gild Fellows building City Hall masonic Temple and several other smaller buildings. Every window in the City was broken. Chimneys toppled Over and crashed through roofs. Spreckels sugar factory about three Miles from town was entirely destroyed damage $1,500,000 can not be used. High school building also wrecked. Different stores had entire stocks damaged. At 2 25 p. In. Another Shock was experienced but no lives lost. Several persons were Cut by flying Glass there is intense excitement and people Are fearful of another Shock. Damage May fearfully exceed estimate Tut entirely Oft firm communication from san Francisco and North. At Watsonville the Moreland Academy was destroyed by fire and several buildings collapsed. At Monterey and Pacific Grove there was also a Shock. Dainty foods demand it in every receipt that Calls of Cream of tartar soda or baking powder use the Royal baking powder. Better results will be obtained because of the absolute purity and great Leavening strength of the Royal. It will make the food lighter sweeter of finer flavor More digestible and wholesome. It is always reliable and uniform in its work. Alum and phosphate baking powders some of them sold at the same Price and some of them cheaper will make neither Dainty nor wholesome food. Hoyal baking powder co., new York
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