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Manuscript Releases, vol. 5 [Nos. 260-346], Page 110

MR No. 285—The San Francisco Earthquake

As we approached San Jose Thursday morning, we began to notice some of the effects of the earthquake....

The new post office and some of the largest stores in the town had been leveled to the ground—totally destroyed. Other buildings were badly wrecked. And when we saw the fallen walls of the Pacific Press, we were sad at heart; but we could not help rejoicing over the fact that no lives were lost.—Manuscript 45, 1906, 1, 2. (“A Visit to Mountain View, California,” May 6, 1906.)

We thought it right on our way home to drive through the city and see the ruin wrought by the earthquake and fire. We drove in an easy carriage through the ruined district. I have no language to describe the awful scene....

I was pleased to see that church which your father, and a few who united with him, built, was untouched by the fire.... The fire came quite close to this section, but it also escaped injury.—Letter 141, 1906, pp. 1, 2. (To Elder J. E. White, May 10, 1906.)

These things make me feel very solemn, because I know that the judgment day is right upon us. The judgments that have already come are a warning, but not the finishing, of the punishment that will come on wicked cities.—Letter 154, 1906, p. 4. (To Elder J. E. White and wife, May 12, 1906.)

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