over their shattered city. [illegible] friends escaped [from?] [illegible] small hotel near the St. Francis where they [illegible] entirely out of the reach of the fire & they are thankful to be alive, but they lost all their possessions. Our cousin Fred. [illegible] who has recently been [given?] the Ch[illegible] of music at Berkeley is [illegible]ed at the loss of his fine symphony orchestra as most of its [illegible]were from the East & [illegible] [illegible] & in many cases their instruments gone, they have returned to their various [illegible]s to start life afresh. It seemsterrible to think of the loss at the Stanford University & I suppose the [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] it as it was [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] the quake. We shall be very glad to hear from you & we hope that you are all well.We have just had the annual dinner of our Geographical Society & among our guests was Mrs. [illegible]all, the archaeologist, who is a California woman with all her business interests in San Francisco. She had heard nothing about her affairs but was prepared to find her [income?] [absolutely?] cut off. I thought
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