Mark Twain’s First Report of the 1865 San Francisco Earthquake: A Recovered Document

Mark Twain’s First Report of the 1865 San Francisco Earthquake: A Recovered Document Note GAR Y SCHARNHORST Unlike Mark Twain's other dispatches about the San Francisco earthquake of October 8, 1865, his initial report consisted of an objective account of events. Written the day of the trembler, as the opening sentences make clear, and published in the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise a few days later, the long single paragraph was reprinted before the end of the month in the Montana Post, a weekly paper published in Virginia City, Montana, a sister city of Virginia City, Nevada. This paper has been digitized and is available at the "Chronicling America" website maintained by the Library of Congress. Earthquake at San Francisco.1 There was a light rain last night, and about daylight this morning quite a shower. The weather in the forenoon was clear and warm, with a fresh breeze. At precisely 12:45 P.M.,2 the heaviest earthquake shock which was ever felt in San Francisco occurred. The motion was undulatory, from northeast to southwest,3 and everybody instantly rushed for the streets. Five seconds later, another and far heavier one occurred, and the uproar caused by falling walls, glass coming down in showers on the sidewalks, the frenzied stampede of thousands of people, horse running http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Literary Realism University of Illinois Press

Mark Twain’s First Report of the 1865 San Francisco Earthquake: A Recovered Document

American Literary Realism, Volume 46 (3) – Mar 23, 2014

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Note GAR Y SCHARNHORST Unlike Mark Twain's other dispatches about the San Francisco earthquake of October 8, 1865, his initial report consisted of an objective account of events. Written the day of the trembler, as the opening sentences make clear, and published in the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise a few days later, the long single paragraph was reprinted before the end of the month in the Montana Post, a weekly paper published in Virginia City, Montana, a sister city of Virginia City, Nevada. This paper has been digitized and is available at the "Chronicling America" website maintained by the Library of Congress. Earthquake at San Francisco.1 There was a light rain last night, and about daylight this morning quite a shower. The weather in the forenoon was clear and warm, with a fresh breeze. At precisely 12:45 P.M.,2 the heaviest earthquake shock which was ever felt in San Francisco occurred. The motion was undulatory, from northeast to southwest,3 and everybody instantly rushed for the streets. Five seconds later, another and far heavier one occurred, and the uproar caused by falling walls, glass coming down in showers on the sidewalks, the frenzied stampede of thousands of people, horse running

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Published: Mar 23, 2014

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