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Re: [tr-m] San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

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  • Linda Milano
    Oops - blond moment there...I had planned on pasting a link I had copied...to wit, http://repositories.cdlib.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1066&context=ies
    Message 1 of 6 , Feb 8, 2007
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      Oops - blond moment there...I had planned on pasting a link I had copied...to wit,
       
       
      Best,
      Linda Milano
       
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Thursday, February 08, 2007 10:41 AM
      Subject: Re: [tr-m] San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

      Dear Linda,
       
      When you say "This" to what are your referring.  Did you mean to attach something.  If so I can't find it.  Perhaps you could send it again.
       
      Tweed
       
       
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: 2/8/2007 6:17:51 AM
      Subject: Re: [tr-m] San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

      This is a pretty thorough recap of TR and the San Francisco earthquake.  It mentions that TR had an anti-discriminatory policy put in place, but does not mention the second telegram - the one I referenced previously.  I had seen a copy of it on the web about 9 years ago, and am still looking to track it down.
       
      Best,
      Linda Milano
       
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2007 12:22 PM
      Subject: RE: [tr-m] San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

      Dear John,
       
      I know the story of Caruso and TR which starts in DC and ends with the fire.  The whole story is in my TR and the Arts speech, someday to be turned into an article.  The part about the fire is Caruso escaping from his hotel and then insisting that he be allowed to return to the burning building to retrieve a document relating to TR, at the moment I forget the story exactly as my notes are elsewhere.  Caruso, among his other talents was both a practical joker and a caricaturist, and did at least one drawing of TR.  As to the story about jumping the line, I don't know about that and would like to have it confirmed or debunked.  If it is true, I might include it in my paper.
       
      You raise an interesting point about he Presidential reaction to the SF earthquake.  Perhaps you would like to do a little research into that.  I know the government was involved is various ways.  If you are interested I might have some ideas of whom you might contact for information.  We can do this of group.
       
      Tweed
       
       
      ----- Original Message -----
      To: tr-m
      Sent: 2/7/2007 6:20:46 AM
      Subject: [tr-m] San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

      I have just finished reading "The San Francisco Earthquake" by Thomas & Witts, published in 1971. They relate a story about Enrico Caruso, the great opera tenor, who was staying in San Francisco at the time of the earthquake and was trapped in the city during the fire and havoc that followed. As the story goes, Caruso was able to jump the line and escape by ferry to Oakland by displaying a signed portrait of President Theodore Roosevelt and claiming that he must get out of the city because the President was expecting him in Washington.
      Does anyone know if this is a true story?
       
      I have always been intrigued by how little attention the 1906 earthquake has received in Roosevelt historiography. I don't believe the event is even mentioned in Roosevelt's autobiography, in Bishop's "Theodore Roosevelt And His Time," nor in Morris's "Theodore Rex." I doubt that Hurricane Katrina will receive similar treatment in future accounts of the George W. Bush presidency.

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