The San Francisco earthquake

April 23, 1906
Messrs. Wilson & Meyer, Brunswick Street, Liverpool, whose office in San Francisco was situated in the midst of the area which suffered most from earthquake, have received a cable, evidently handed in at San Francisco, stating that all the employees had survived the earthquake, but that the offices had been burnt down. A similar message has been received from Stockton, one hundred miles from the devastated city, by Messrs. Balfour & Williamson, Fenwick Street, Liverpool, to the effect that the firm’s building had been destroyed, but no lives lost. The cable added that within the city of San Francisco the destruction wrought could not be comprehended by people unfamiliar with the place.
(Source: Belfast News-Letter: April 23, 1906)