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Kingston, Jamaica

Friday, January 18, 1907

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[continued from Gleaner earthquake]


David Bond, clerk W. Baggett Gray

Moses Athias, auctioneer

Eustace Smith, (capt. Lucas C.C.), H. M. Customs

Charles DeCordova, merchant

Emanuel Abrahams, Em. Lyons and son

Alex. Morrice of Panama

H. A. L. Simpson, solicitor

Herman Stern, merchant

A. G. Solomon of I. SOlomon and son

Miss Elvira Williams

N. C. Henriques

Bertie DeCassers, clerk merchants’ exchange

Marguerite Henriques

C. Vlies, travelling agent

Percy Lopez, optician

Dugald Harris

H. C. Littlejohn, railway

Egerton Hill

Phillips, clerk Cecil DeCordova

F. Victor Sale of Reid Campbell

Randall, U. F. Company

H. C. Wilson, island telegraph

John Fenich

Mrs. L. S. Gruchy

J. Hutton, Waterloo house

Miss Norah Malabre

W. Kirkpatrick, of William Wilsons

Dr. E. E. Bronstorph

Cyril Henriques



Archibald Munro, merchant

Frank Lyons

E. F. Phillips, of Charles DeCordova

Harold Delgado

Osmond Delgado, snr.

Osmond Delgado, jnr

Rev. E. A. Bell

Eugene Alberga of Alberga and CO.

H. M. Littlejohn, Royal Mail

T. M. Gunter, Railway

Lucien Alberga, I. Solomon and Son

Miss Gladys Gruchy

A. L. P. Lake, Solicitor

Bertie Tilley

L. Pieterz

James Hunter McNish

Mr. Dixon, H. M. Customs

Mrs. J. J. G. Lewis

Rue Bell (son of the Rev. E. A. Bell)

Colonel J. Dalrymple-Hay, D. S. O.

Lieut. Sedgwick, R. A. M. C.

Lieut. Leader, W. I. R.



Like all other establishments in the commercial part of Kingston the "Gleaner" premises and printing works were completely demolished by fire. We are temporarily located in the yard of Headquarter House, Duke Street, and thanks to the kindness and courtesy of Mr. J. C. Ford, Superintendent of the Government Printing Office, we are able to resume publication of the "Gleaner" in the present form. The difficulties are many and serious, but these are being largely decreased by the unfailing attention and thoughtfulness of Mr. Ford and his assistants.

We hope to continue publication from day to day until we have permanently re-established the GLEANER.



Colonial Secretary’s Office

18th January, 1907

The following stores are now open. Prices will be published at the first opportunity:-

Wolmers School, Foodstuffs

Dunn, Orange Street, Foodstuffs

Leahong, Barry Street, Foodstuffs

D. C. Vaz, Orange St., Foodstuffs

Hodge, Franklin Town, Foodstuffs

Fursdon, Sutton St. Beef

Other stores carrying on business are invited to communicate their prices to the Colonial Secretary.

By command,

H. Clarence Bourne

Colonial Secretary



Thousands of homeless people have encamped on the Race Course in Kingston. With sheets, blankets and coverlets they have improvised tents to shelter under, and at nights the scene there is a pathetic one. Delicate women and mothers with their babies grouped together in front of their temporary homes look on sadly, and the more emotional, who, kneeling together in a circle work themselves up to a high pitch of religious frenzy. The big circus tent affords shelter to quite a large number whilst the Seventh Day Adventists have also a big tent which is used for the dual purposes of conducting religious services and for sheltering their flock. Indian tents pitched nearby afford shelter to the pastor and their families. Tents are badly wanted.



The offices of Messrs Corinaldi & Ashenheim Solicitors are temporarily located at Dr. Maunsell’s dispensary 45 Duke Street.


Mr. R. S. Gamble, agent for Messrs. Gillespie Bros. & Co. of New York & London, also agent for the London Assurance Corporation, has opened a temporary office at 10 & 12 Harbour Street. Parties having fire claims are requested to send them in at once.


Policy holders in the Scottish Union and National are requested to send in particulars of their policies to Messrs. Manton & Hart the local agents at 117 Harbour Street.



The Governor desires to express his profound sympathy with all persons who have lost relatives or friends by the calamity of the 14th instant.

Also for all those who have suffered in body or property by the same visitation.

He tenders his best thanks to all those who by their actions or example have devoted themselves to repairing the injuries suffered by all classes of people, and he calls upon all persons to take early action to repair the damage done.

His Excellency particularly thanks all those who by their steadiness and patience have rendered the task of the authorities easier in suppressing the fire and in keeping order.

J. A. Swettingham,


January 16, 1907



Colonial Secretary's Office,

18 January 1907.

The business of the Treasury, Government Savings Bank and Stamp Office Department is being carried on from today a the Old Mico Buildings.

By command,

H. Clarence Bourne

Colonial Secretary



Telegrams to the GLEANER from all parts of the island show that the severe shock was general.

At Black River, the Parish Church was damaged.

At Sav-la-mar everybody rushed to the streets--no damage reported.

Lucea---no damage

Church bell at Hector's River pealed of its own accord.

People of Santa Cruz fled in consternation. Court House wall cracked.

Montego Bay---considerable excitement; no damage.

Morant Bay---Court House and Episcopalian Church damaged. Three shocks felt.

At Spanish Town there was some minor damage in commercial centre.

No damage at Manchioneal or Bath.

From Alley it is reported that Moneymusk chimney is damaged. Buildings are also damaged. Chimneys and buildings at Bog Estate also damaged.

At Port Antonio the shock was slight. Town Hall wall damaged. Titchfield Hotel undamaged.

Much damage in stores of Port Maria. Suspension bridge over Ontram River twisted and approaches damaged. Business had to be suspended.

Cedar Valley Presbyterian Church destroyed. No deaths.

Richmond district has been severely damaged. The earthquake threw down most of the buildings and, as in Kingston, fire completed the ruins.

Troja is reported to be uninjured and no damage is reported from Albany. Between Annotto Bay and Bog Walk the tidal wave was very large, going in about 10 chains and receding far from the shore. Pringle's pier at Annotto Bay is down and Buff Bay suffered considerably from a tidal wave. The Episcopal Church and all the buildings on the Kildare estate also the Market is down.

The Constabulary Station at Annotto Bay was shaken down and all the houses on the Leyton estate destroyed. The shock on Wednesday morning finished many of the tottering buildings and started many fresh fires, but by one o'clock the fires seemed to be under control.


Mr. N. D. Edwards of New York, who arrived at Port Antonio on Monday from Cuba, gives it as his opinion that for the size of the place this disaster is worse that that of San Francisco.



Soon after the earthquake on Monday, fire broke out in the hospital at Up Park Camp. A strong breeze was blowing at the time, and in a short time the whole hospital was in flames. About 63 patients were in the hospital at the time, the majority of whom were taken out, but with great difficulty. About 10 men were, however, burnt to death.

All the buildings in Camp have been more or less destroyed. The total deaths there number about 16.



A cablegram has been received from Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman expressing the deep sympathy of the British public with the people of Jamaica in their calamity.

A similar message of sympathy has been received from Lord Elgin.



Temporary arrangements have been made in connection with the Nova Scotia bank, and it is now opened at the old Mico buildings, Hanover Street. We understand that depositors of the Savings department are being paid.

The Colonial Bank have also made temporary arrangements to carry on at their old stand in Harbor street. The walls have all been blown down.

The match factory on the Slipe Pen road has been very slightly damaged. Work will shortly be resumed which will find employment for several hundred hands.

Messrs. Lascelles DeMercado and Co., agents for Messrs. A. S. Lascelles and Co. of New York and E. A. Depass of London have established themselves in temporary offices in the coach house at the Royal Mail Company's. wharf.

Post and Telegraph Offices have been established at Blundell Hall in East Street. Telegrams are being received and forwarded to some parts of the island, and the mails are working all right. The Railway is being run to all the stations as usual.

The W. I. and P. Telegraph Co. have established temporary offices at No. 7 North street. Parties expecting cables are requested to call at these premises for their messages.

Two American warships the Indiana and Missouri and a torpedo boat arrived here from Guantanamo, Cuba, on Wednesday with medical supplies and to render what aid they could. Admiral Wilson, at once communicated with the Governor, and parties were landed. They are assisting in blowing down the dangerous walls.

The culvert leading the water to the reservoir at Hope is down, and the water supply is now obtained from Constant Spring. The supply in Kingston and St. Andrew is continuous though the pressure is somewhat low. Householders should see to it that no water is wasted.

The gas works are intact, but gas cannot be supplied until the city is got into some sort of order again.

The trains take away large numbers of people daily for the country.

All visitors whatsoever in the island are leaving by steamers for their homes.

All the staff of the Island Medical office are still at work at the hospital, Dr. Ker being extremely energetic.

About 60 legs have been amputated at the hospital since Monday night.

Although both legs of Mr. Charles deCordova have been broken, there is some hope that the necessity will not arise to amputate them.

The Port Kingston was converted into an hospital on Monday night. About 47 of the persons who were there have been to the hospital at Spanish Town.

Mrs. Constantine had a serious fracture to one of her legs. It was set by Dr. Neville Williams, an Englishman, who rendered great service at the Public Hospital.

Mrs. Wedderburn has also sustained a broken leg but is progressing very well.

The medical officers who have been assisting at the hospital are Dr. Myers, Dr. George Thomson of Montego Bay, Dr. Vine of Falmouth; Miss Douglas is acting matron at the hospital, the matron being sick.

On Thursday there were 432 persons in the public hospital, and 52 deaths had taken place since Monday night.



Although several cables have been received from Colon and Panama, there is no mention of any disaster there. All seems well.


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