Monday, February 22, 2010

San Francisco Earthquake

The Last Test - with Adolphe de Castro

Few persons know the inside of the Clarendon story, or even that there is an inside not reached by the newspapers. It was a San Francisco sensation in the days before the fire …

De Castro has been a fascination of mine since I came across a group of his old letters at auction, and was able to purchase some of them. A notable Jewish leader, acquaintance of Ambrose Bierce, a fixture in San Francisco society, and a sometimes thorn to Lovecraft.

And when I think of The Last Test and San Francisco, I can't help but recall the great Earthquake.

This was all well before Lovecraft's time, but on the Ebayeum appeared a Providence, Rhode Island, account of the earthquake. Interesting reading from the dispatch.

Now, if you'll allow me a digression, here are silent prayers for those lost in Haiti and good thoughts and more for the survivors' grief and recovery.

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