With the imminent possibility of a Jap bombing raid hanging over their heads, San Franciscans last week felt a strange, pleasant exhilaration. Oldtimers who saw the 1906 earthquake said that nothing the Japs could do would compare with that. Ever-optimistic Mayor Angelo J. Rossi said: "Why worry? No bombs have fallen!"

City-dwellers, only fairly prepared for night raids, poorly prepared for day raids (when Japs usually come), short on defense equipment, still needing 10,000 fire-watchers, nevertheless hoped—in a way—that Jap raiders would come to San Francisco first. They were sure San...

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