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May 12, 1906

THE CALIFORNIA CATACLYSM; AN APPEAL.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(19):1446. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510460040008

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Abstract

Naturally, as time passes, the newspapers are devoting less and less space to the California cataclysm, and the emotional phase of the public mind is disappearing— the public is already forgetting. So also the excitement of those on the spot is supplanted by a grim realization of the terrible conditions that have resulted from the combination of earthquake and fire; to a realization of the hardships, the ordeals and the problems before them. While we who are away are forgetting, those who are there are realizing more and more the magnitude of the calamity. They are realizing, too, the deprivation of all of the luxuries and many of the things that had been heretofore considered necessaries of life. As Dr. Philip Mills Jones says, in a letter just received, "San Francisco seems more horrible to me every time I see it."

As more definite information reaches us it becomes more

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