Rebuilding San Francisco.
There were destroyed by the San Francisco earthquake and conflagration 28,888 buildings, very many of them frame. There have been erected 9,798 new structures, none of them frame and many of them fireproof, while 4,078 old buildings have been repaired and remodeled—a total of 13,876—nearly one-half of the number destroyed. The value of the buildings destroyed was $105,000,000; that of the new and the remodeled buildings is – $112,000,000. Before the fire the population was 475,000; it is now 479,000. The bonded indebtedness of the city, including the bond issue just issued is only $8 per capita. The property loss was $350,000,000, of which the insurance companies paid $198,000,000. In its recent Easter edition a San Francisco daily paper thus speaks of the city of today: “At Faster tide two years after, San Francisco has risen from its ashes. The city exhibits no relics and has no place for antiquaries In bright new h.astcr garb it stands forth as the breeziest, busiest and best built metropolis of its size in the world today. It has more new modern buildings than any other eitv. Only those who see San brancisco with their own eyes can appreciate the prodigious work that has been accomplished. But even residents cannot keep track of all the rehabilitation. Every day brings a new surprise. Reconstruction itself has afforded one of the unique sights of the world; not to have seen it is to have missed an event in American history. Never in the annals of the world has the destruction of so much property been so quickly replaced; never has there been so stupendous a record in city huilding.’