SAN FRANCISCO CHINESE AND THE FIRE.
Between 4,000 and 5,000 members of Chinese Gee Kung Tong are wondering where they will get payment for fire losses. They owned two buildings on Spofford alley. One of these was at 32 Spofford alley and was the meeting place of the Tong, which claims to be composed of “Chinese Freemasons.” This was a three-story and basement brick structure that had been occupied thirty years. Upon it was placed only $1,500 insurance, all in one company, according to a statement made bv Sam Wah, secretary of the Tong The other building was also in Spofford alley. That was insured for a total of $2,000. The Tong members did not expect that fire could ever visit Chinatown that would leave nothing standing, consequently, they put hut little insurance on their buildings. The flames licked up all the gaudy banners, glittering ornaments and other paraphernalia, and also destroyed the contents of the desk of Sam Wah, the secretary, and, with it, all evidence that would tend to designate the insurance company that was holding the risks. With the aid of the insurance commissioner, one company insuring one building has been found. Sam hopes to locate the other. The several thousand members of Gee Kung Tong have been scattered to all points of the world since the fire. Sam Wah says that 1,000 have returned to China.