As fires advanced on the seamier part of San Francisco at the foot of Telegraph Hill, an area known as The Barbary Coast, city firemen made no attempt to save it.  Wood plank tables and sawdust littered floors fed the fast-moving flames.  In virtually minutes, dancehalls, brothels and bawdy houses frequented by deadbeats, whores, drifters, con men and panhandlers were simply history.

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