Disaster, out of the earth, shook the foundations and shattered the superstructure of Hondo, principal island of Japan. Tokyo and Yokohama and all cities for 400 miles along the East coast were reported to be in ruins. The magnitude of the disaster was the entire burden of the reports. The chief news was that direct communication with Japan was ended. Apparently the cables were snapped.

No official reports were received. From Shanghai came indirect information of the disaster, and disaster was the one sure truth. A quake of...

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