Thousands flee San Francisco due to 1906 earthquake and fires

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Thousands flee San Francisco due to 1906 earthquake and fires - fi 0 0 p u lLi ffl y I Fully Two-Thirds of San...
fi 0 0 p u lLi ffl y I Fully Two-Thirds of San and the Entire City THE ENTIRE CITY VICTIM TO FURY OF THE FLAMES WaBhington, April 19. The Postal Telegraph Company, at 6 p.m. received the following message from its Oakland, Cal., office: 'The fire marshal of San Francisco advises that more than two-thirds of the area of the city of San Francisco has been destroyed and there is no possibility of saving the balance of the city. The following is the district north of Market street now devastated: Sansome to Market street to Sacramento, to Buchanan, thence to California, to Hyde, to Eddy, to Larkin, to Gough and to Market, the north side of Market street, and it extends along Market to Fourteenth and below the Southern Pacific tracks to the boundary." San Francisco, April 19 the fire today. They are flocking to the ferries, to the parks, to the military reserva tion and to the suburbs. Residents of the hillsides in the seemingly were safe from the They watched the towering mounds of the flames and speculated as to the extent of the territory doomed. Suddenly there was whispered alarm up and down the long watches and they hurried away to drag clothing, cooking utensils and scant provision through the streets. From Grant avenue the procession moved westward. Men and women dragged trunks, packed huge bundles of blankets, boxes of provisions, and everything. Wagons could not be hired except by paying the most extortionate rates. But there was no panic. The people are calm. They seem to realize the calamity. They hear the city is destroyed in so far as business plants are concerned; they tell each other in the most natural tone that their residences were destroyed by flames, but there is no hysteria, no outcry, no criticism. Francisco Has Been Destroyed Is Doomed to Destruction Thousands upon thousands roaring furnace that was consuming the business section. of people are fleeing from central portion of the city MAYOR CALLS TO AID Shreveport, La., April 20, 1900. In response to requests from numerous citizens of Shreveport, and appreciating that prompt action is necessary, I hereby issue a call for a mass meeting of the people of Shreveport to be held this morning at 11 o'clock at the Board of Trade rooms, for the purpose of considering the raising of funds for the suffering and destitute at San Francisco and other stricken cities in that vicinity. I hope that as many citizens as can possibly attend will be present at the hour named. (Signed). ANDREW QUERBES, Mayor. MEETING , STRICKEN CITY

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  1. The Times,
  2. 20 Apr 1906, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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