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September 8, 1923

Dear Mr. Wright,

he first shock was enough to lay many buildings flat, and ... the second shock easily leveled what the first had loosened...Fire billowed from every house and those people who survived the crush and sought places of safety out in the open were killed by the smoke and scorching hot air, roasted by hundreds and thousands.

All steel buildings proved fatal, enough to show that our architects were fools.

What a glory it is to see the Imperial standing amidst the ashes of a whole city!

Glory to you!

Sincerely,
Arata Endo
(Sab Shimono)
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