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[TIMELINE] 1906: Looters in San Francisco's Chinatown Arrested

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  • madchinaman
    Headquarters Second Provisional Brigade, N.G.C. San Francisco, Cal., April 28th, 1906. The Assistant Adjutant General 2nd Provisional Brigade, N.G.C. San
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 19, 2005
      Headquarters Second Provisional Brigade, N.G.C.
      San Francisco, Cal., April 28th, 1906.
      The Assistant Adjutant General
      2nd Provisional Brigade, N.G.C.
      San Francisco, California.
      http://www.sfmuseum.net/1906.2/ngc.html


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      fifteen and twenty members of the National Guard of California had
      been arrested by the sentries of his regiment for looting in the
      burned district, principally in Chinatown;

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      Sir:-
      I have the honor to report that pursuant to your order, and
      immediately upon receipt from you of the letter of April 28th,
      signed by General Lauck, Adjutant-General, N.G.C., I proceeded to
      Portsmouth Square and there interviewed Colonel M[arion]. P. Maus,
      commanding 20th Regiment Infantry, United States Army.

      Colonel Maus informed me that within the last three days between
      fifteen and twenty members of the National Guard of California had
      been arrested by the sentries of his regiment for looting in the
      burned district, principally in Chinatown; that some had been turned
      loose and others had been sent back to their commanding officers in
      custody. Colonel Maus stated that all but two of those arrested were
      members of the First Provisional Brigade, the largest number being
      from Company "D", 7th Infantry, and the next largest number from the
      companies of the 5th Infantry stationed in Alameda. But two of those
      arrested were members of the Second Provisional Brigade and these
      were sent to their company commanders in charge of a Sergeant, they
      belonging to Company "D" 6th Infantry.

      Colonel Maus further stated that many of these men had rifles and
      ammunition belts, and others had pistols and others had bayonets,
      and that they frequently threaten to make resistance when ordered by
      the sentries of the 20th Infantry to desist looting. Colonel Maus
      also stated that many respectably dressed women were also digging in
      the ruins and said to the sentries, when ordered to desist, that the
      soldiers had told them that this was a good time to loot.

      Colonel Maus recommended that the members of the First Provisional
      Brigade be denied permission to cross the Bay to San Francisco, and
      that, if possible, persons going to the eastern side of the Bay on
      the ferry boats having with them articles which are clearly loot
      should have these taken away from them.

      I requested Colonel Maus that in the future members of the National
      Guard of California, being apprehended in the act of looting be
      placed in the guard house of the 20th Infantry, and that the
      commanders of their respective brigades be notified at his earliest
      convenience.

      Very respectfully,

      (Signed) William P. Humphreys
      Major and Judge Advocate,
      2nd Prov. Brig., N.G.C.
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