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Charles W. Morris
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 368 pages of information about The San Francisco calamity by earthquake and fire.
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CHAPTER I.1
THE EARLY DAYS OF SAN FRANCISCO.1
THE CHARACTER OF THE CITY.2
THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE CITY.4
THE BANE OF THE EARTHQUAKE.5
THE GREAT DISASTER OF 1906.6
RESCUERS AND FIRE-FIGHTERS.7
THE HORROR OF THE PEOPLE.8
OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE EARTHQUAKE.9
FREAKS OF THE EARTHQUAKE.10
SKYSCRAPERS EARTHQUAKE PROOF.11
CHAPTER II.13
THE RESISTLESS MARCH OF THE FLAMES.14
THE CARE OF THE WOUNDED.14
FIRE ATTACKS THE MINT.15
THE PALACES ON NOB’S HILL.17
A VIVID FIRE PICTURE.19
THE LANDMARKS CONSUMED.21
THE FIRE UNDER CONTROL.21
CHAPTER III.22
FIGHTING THE FLAMES.23
THE STRUGGLE AGAINST THE FIRE.24
A NEW SUPPLY OF EXPLOSIVES.24
THE SAVERS OF THE CITY.25
CHAPTER IV.27
AN EDITOR’S NARRATIVE.27
WRECK AND RUIN.29
THE RUIN OF CHINATOWN.29
LOSS TO ART AND SCIENCE.30
THE DANGER FROM THIRST.31
HOW LOOTING WAS HINDERED.33
STORIES BY SIGHTSEERS.34
DEATH FOR SLIGHT OFFENSE.35
CHAPTER V.36
THE PANIC IN THE SLUMS.37
THE FLIGHT FOR SAFETY.37
THE EXODUS FROM THE BURNING CITY.38
THE WILD RUSH TO THE FERRIES.39
SCENES OF HUMOR AND PATHOS.40
THE GOLDEN GATE CAMP.42
CHAPTER VI.44
THE FOOD QUESTION URGENT.45
FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY.47
WATER FOR THE THIRSTY.48
THE CAMPS IN THE PARKS.49
COMEDY AND PATHOS IN THE BREAD LINE.50
THE EXODUS FROM SAN FRANCISCO.52
WORSHIP IN THE OPEN AIR.53
CHAPTER VII.54
ESTIMATES OF THE DEATH LIST.55
BURYING THE DEAD.56
VICTIMS TAKEN FROM THE RUINS.57
THE FREE USE OF RIFLES.58
THE LOSS IN WEALTH.59
LOOTERS IN CHINATOWN.60
CHAPTER VIII.60
MISERY DRIVES SOME INSANE.62
SOCIETY FOLKS COMPELLED TO CAMP.63
TERRIBLE SCENE AT THE FERRY.64
GREAT SINGERS ESCAPE.65
TEDDY’S PICTURE PROVES “OPEN SESAME.”65
CHAPTER IX.66
THE DESTRUCTION OF SANTA ROSA.66
THE STANFORD UNIVERSITY.67
THE EARTHQUAKE AT OTHER CITIES.68
AT THE STATE UNIVERSITY.68
CHAPTER X.69
RIGHT OF WAY FOR FOOD TRAINS.69
CARGOES OF SUPPLIES.70
THE SYMPATHY OF THE PEOPLE AWAKES.70
FOREIGN OFFERS OF AID.71
ENTERPRISE IN SAN FRANCISCO.71
THE PROBLEM OF THE CHINESE.73
CHAPTER XI.74
AGRICULTURE BRINGS NEW WEALTH.75
A PECULIAR YET DELIGHTFUL CLIMATE.76
A MIXTURE OF RACES.77
CHAPTER XII.78
THE ’FRISCO RESTAURANTS.78
THE FAMOUS POODLE DOG.78
THE BOHEMIAN CLUB.79
THE WICKEDEST AND GAYEST.80
AN ALL-NIGHT TOWN.81
CHAPTER XIII.81
CHAPTER XIV.87
WIDESPREAD EARTH TREMORS.88
RECORDS OF FOREIGN OBSERVATIONS.88
CHAPTER XV.90
THE RIVERS OF LAVA.91
THE CRISIS OF THE ERUPTION.92
A REIGN OF TERROR.93
DISASTERS AT SAN GIUSEPPE AND NAPLES.93
THE ERUPTION RESUMED.94
SCENES OF HORROR.95
AN AMERICAN OBSERVER.96
THE KING AT THE FRONT.98
THE CANOPY OF DUST.99
THE HEROES OF THE OBSERVATORY.100
CHAPTER XVI.101
THE GREAT LISBON EARTHQUAKE102
WATER ADDS TO THE DESTRUCTION102
WIDE-SPREAD DESTRUCTION104
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE LISBON EARTHQUAKE104
EARTHQUAKES IN CALABRIA105
MOST CALAMITOUS OF THE LANDSLIPS105
IMMENSE DESTRUCTION106
CHAPTER XVII.107
CHAPTER XVIII.112
THE WIND IS A DEMON IN CHAINS112
THE SUBTERRANEAN POWERS113
ANCIENT AWE OF VOLCANOES114
RARITY OF ANCIENT ACCOUNTS115
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF ERUPTIONS116
GREAT OUTFLOWS OF LAVA117
OFTEN REST FOR LONG TERMS OF YEARS117
CHAPTER XIX.118
ENORMOUS FORCE DISPLAYED118
VOLCANIC CONES HAVE SIMILAR CURVATURES119
LAVA VARIES VERY MUCH IN LIQUIDITY120
THE VOLCANO A SAFETY VALVE121
ERUPTIONS OF QUIET TYPE122
MOUNTAINS BLOW THEIR HEADS OFF123
CAUSE OF EARTHQUAKES125
THE RADIUS OF DISTURBANCE.126
TRANSMISSIONS OF VIBRATIONS127
FLOATING PUMICE128
CHAPTER XX.130
NUMBER OF ACTIVE VOLCANOES130
ASIATIC INLAND VOLCANOES131
VOLCANOES OF THE PACIFIC132
THIAN SHAN AND HAWAIIAN VOLCANOES133
VOLCANOES PARALLEL TO MOUNTAIN CHAINS134
AREAS OF UPHEAVAL AND SUBSIDENCE135
CHAPTER XXI.136
BURIED CITIES EXCAVATED.137
PLINY’S CELEBRATED DESCRIPTION137
THE VOYAGE TO STABIAE139
DEATH OF PLINY THE ELDER140
PLINY’S SECOND LETTER141
FEAR VERSUS COMPOSURE142
DION CASSIUS ON THE ERUPTION143
LAKE AVERNUS144
HOW POMPEII IMPRESSES ITS VISITORS145
STREETS AND HOUSES OF POMPEII146
VALUE OF THE DISCOVERY OF POMPEII146
CHAPTER XXII.147
THE BIRTH OF MONTE NUOVO147
LAVA FROM VESUVIUS147
GREAT ERUPTION OF 1767148
PADRE TORRE’S NARRATIVE149
BREISLAK ON THE ERUPTION OF 1794150
STRANGE EFFECTS152
HARDIHOOD OF THE PEOPLE152
MOUNT ETNA153
SIMILARITY IN ETNA’S ERUPTIONS154
THE ERUPTION OF 1669154
VILLAGES AND CITIES BURIED155
THE STONES EJECTED156
ETNA IN 1819157
EFFECT OF THE ERUPTION158
THE LIPARI VOLCANOES159
HOFFMAN AT STROMBOLI159
CHAPTER XXIII.160
VOLCANOES IN ICELAND160
DREADFUL FLOODS160
A TORRENT OF LAVA161
ENORMOUS QUANTITY OF LAVA161
ERUPTION OF MOUNT HECLA162
LATER OUTBREAKS163
ELECTRIC PHENOMENA164
CHAPTER XXIV.164
ERUPTION OF GALUNG GUNG165
THE LUZON VOLCANOES.166
BULUSAN AND TAAL167
VOLCANOES IN THE SOUTHERN ISLANDS167
THE GREAT ERUPTION OF TOMBORO168
THE VOLCANOES OF JAPAN169
HOT SPRINGS NEAR HAKONE LAKE170
BANDAISAN’S WORK OF TERROR171
MR. NORMAN’S NARRATIVE172
THE NEW ZEALAND VOLCANOES173
THE PINK AND WHITE TERRACES174
TARAWERA IN ERUPTION174
THE ANTARCTIC VOLCANOES175
CHAPTER XXV.175
THE ISLAND OF HAWAII175
A VOLCANIC ISLAND GROUP176
CRATER OF HALEAKALA177
MISS BIRD IN THE CRATER OF KILAUEA177
MR. ELLIS VISITS THE LAKE OF LAVA179
MAUNA LOA IN ERUPTION180
THE ERUPTIONS OF 1859 AND 1865181
THE LAVA FLOW OF 1880182
KILAUEA IN 1840183
THE SINKING OF KILAUEA’S FIRE-LAKE184
THE GODDESS PELE184
CHAPTER XXVI.185
SULPHUR FROM THE CRATER186
THE VOLCANO JORULLO187
EFFECT ON THE RIVERS188
ERUPTIONS IN NICARAGUA189
CHAPTER XXVII.189
AWFUL PREMONITIONS190
FAR-REACHING DESTRUCTION191
A GRAPHIC DESCRIPTION OF THE ERUPTION192
DETONATIONS HEARD FOR MANY MILES AWAY193
SERIES OF ATMOSPHERIC WAVES194
SIR ROBERT S. BALL’S DESCRIPTION194
AN EXTRAORDINARY NOISE196
A CONSTANT WIND196
A VAST CLOUD Of DUST197
EXTRAORDINARY RED SUNSETS198
THE RED SUNSETS DESCRIBED199
CHAPTER XXVIII.199
A PEACEFUL SCENE200
A GRAPHIC DESCRIPTION BY A SUFFERER.201
THE FATEFUL EIGHTH OF MAY202
A TALE OF SUDDEN RUIN202
HEAT CAUSED EXPLOSIONS203
THE COOPER’S STORY.204
CONSUL AYME’S STATEMENT205
A WOMAN’S EXPERIENCE ON THE “RORAIMA”206
CAPTAIN FREEMAN’S THRILLING ACCOUNT206
AWFUL RESULTS207
THE “ETONA” PASSES ST. PIERRE208
CHIEF ENGINEER FARRISH’S STORY210
CAPTAIN CANTELL VISITS THE “RODDAM”210
THE VIVID ACCOUNT OF M. ALBERT211
WHAT HAPPENED ON THE “HORACE”212
GREAT FLASHES OF LIGHT212
ASHES RAINED ON THE SHIP213
THE ENGINE BECAME CHOKED213
MATE SCOTT’S GRAPHIC STORY214
PREPARED TO TRUST TO LUCK216
THE STRANGE EXPERIENCE OF THE “NORDBY”217
FIERY STREAM CONTAINED POISONOUS GASES218
CHAPTER XXIX.219
DESCENDANTS OF ORIGINAL INDIAN POPULATION220
THE APPEARANCE OF THE SOUFRIERE221
THE ERUPTION OF 1812221
THE TERRIBLE EARTHQUAKE AT CARACAS222
THE MOUNTAIN STONES A HERD-BOY222
BARBADOS COVERED WITH ASHES223
KINGSLEY’S VISIT TO SAINT VINCENT223
BLACK SUNDAY AT BARBADOS224
INCIDENTS AT BARBADOS225
CHAPTER XXX.225
AN ERUPTION DESCRIBED226
BUILDING UP OF AN ISLAND BY SUBMARINE VOLCANOES226
HOW AN ISLAND GREW227
IN THE ICELANDIC SEAS228
OFF THE COAST OF ALASKA229
CHAPTER XXXI.231
THE GREAT MUD VOLCANO OF SICILY232
THE MUD VOLCANO OF JAVA232
THE GEYSER IS A WATER VOLCANO233
ERUPTION CAN BE INDUCED BY ARTIFICIAL MEANS234
GEYSERS OF THE UNITED STATES235
THE YELLOWSTONE GEYSERS236
A DESCRIPTION OF THE GEYSER AT WORK238
THE MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS239
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