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I* | me toasi. 1908 COMBINED WITH THE INDEPENDENT, A WEEKLY ESTABLISHED BY W. 0. SAUNDERS IN 1908 1936 - ELIZABETH CITY, N. C., FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1936. ?* citr' N' c> SINGLE COPY 5 CENTS mi 1. ? ?. ? ?_? . " LI ' ^ * Elizabeth City Steels Itself Foe What Threatens To Be . The Worst Storm Disaster ft Has Ever Yet Experienced Should Strike Here \round 10 O'clock N?rfo!k. Sept. 17. -(U.R)?Furious Rale winds and rag (|,s the North Carolina-Virginia coastline s i' tropical hurrcane roared in from the }!l , with threats of death and destruction for all in its till. I(|? vaslatii - storm probably will strike with full fury ,;irllatl?ras. N (!.. about 2 a. m. Friday and sweep up the (u hatter the Virginia ca|H\s by noon, the United States reatlwr bureau warned in a 10 p. m. "emergency state K'llt." D i.; and black hurricane :? displayed for nearly /!? coast ftom N C c the Virginia y ? a.-' s\rm warnings >???11 a-> far north . a l':ty late today were ['?.ci on up to Nantucket. iuv at 10 p. rr, r :? -id- r.t> warned far in ? urricane's ap- ! : telephone and ; - apianes and cut ? prepared for and destructive ;reds were rushed ! ? : " ??:: i from endangered and island villages. T bureau's latest ad . u ? c hurricane's cen ter at 7 p. m. about 100 miles southeast of Hattcras. where the coast guard reported a 68-mile-an hour gale whipping up a high tide at 9 p. m. The officially "severe" storm was moving northwestward "at tended by gales over a wide area and by winds of hurricane force near the center." Steadily mounting rough waters and winds along the coast tonight carried ominous warning of the approach of the hurricane. At 11 o'clock the beacon in the lighthouse at Cape Henry, one of the oldest in the country, went out. and lights went out at Vir ginia Beach also. Aist Minute Bulletin Said '()? Mile Gale At Hatteras M :.'-o. Sept 17. At 10 o'clock ir.;:." the barometer reading e: wa> 29.42. the lowest re . .:. the storms of 1933. ? Hatteras there a- a 70-m:ie sale of wind, and r.d locify was steadily in .. ? th' barometer was '.tly. T .nd haci been blowing m the northeast for 48 t p .- ing considerable water Hatteras Inlet. Oregon i. ar. N'f.v inlet. If the wind :ft around to northwest, s indicated by the barometer ighest tide in Dare ?unty's history was expected. Rf|" from other sources to sea was wash tire banks" sec ? On kod Inlet to Cape atteras were untrue. The sea ; cashed across at a few low MS but had by I j no means inundated the entire i lower "banks." 1 The report that Camp Diamond j Shoals, the CCC camp at Cape i Hatteras, had been ordered to j evacuate was denied tonight by H. E. Weathcrwax, field coordi nator for the National Park Serv ice. . Early tonight. Sam Midgett. son 1 of Mrs. Alexander Midgett, pro prietress of the Whalebone filling jstation. while coming from Ore gon Inlet to his mother's station at the highway turn leading to the Roanoke sound bridge, en countered a Virginia motorist who J had run too close to the sea and i was stuck in the wet sand with the sea advancing upon him. Midgett. an experienced hand on the beach, succeeded after some time in getting the luckless mo torist out of danger and on his way. ^(mes 11 Norfolk Standing < To Render Aid Here I * Gwrge Meyer. Washington. D. ntative of the r-'riran Red Cross, sent here frciav was advised at an early last night, that two coast srd piane woulh be available Norfolk for rescue work in ntt of emerge r.ev. intention with tlx Herr.e a ,>?ant manager r?a o! the Red ^ave mfor . eti l (if the hur hi ?j '"k last night indirat o! . striking Hat and the Vir Capes a'^.u. noon today. At 4 ;n-' ' inn was traveling : 0 miles at sea s li gales over *ide ar< a Pasquotank ?air feet from >?!.; f*<tst. In 1933 ; . ached in the 11 year was 10 frpt?i?t,r n. 1956 86 65 .75.5 29.70 tst storm. H '^NDLRb. I Two more representatives of the 1 |Red Cross are due to arrive here : this morning from Washington. 1 Wade Downing and John O. Thornton. At High Point last night John Dunn was told to stand by and proceed into Ply- 1 mouth this morning to render ' whatever aid might be necessary. Meyer was here early last night with orders to stand by and ren der whatever aid was necessary in event the hurricane struck with destructive force. He advised and cautioned Hert ford. Edenton. Windsor and Man teo by telephone as to the neces- ; sary steps to be taken in case of i emergency. He was advised early \ in the evening that no winds of | any consequence had been felt at j Windsor and that a 50-mile gale , was blowing at Manteo at 8:05 j p. m. ] Long before midnight Meyer was advised that the telephone 1 line between Manteo and Hatteras i was out of commission and that 1 at Manteo the seas had brpken over the highway at one point. I In his early report to Washing- ( ton he told Red Cross officials in 1 that city that Elizabeth City, Edenton and Norfolk had provided j for all-night police and fire pro- ' tection. and was advised in return ' that the coast guard had warned 1 most beach residents and most of them had evacuated. At Cape Hatteras Where ThS Worst Of Blow Was Expected Cape Hatteras, Sept. 17.?(U.R)Four hundred fishermen and their fami lies and a handful of coast guards men tonight turned their shoulders into the teeth of the worst hurri cane in years, their telephone com munications with the mainland cut and their only supplies a few bas kets of food brought yesterday by welfare authorities. The little village is situated on the widest point along the banks? and that point is only three miles wide. There are no protecting bar riers. As far as you can see there is only sand and a little beach grass. Not since the hurricane of 1933, which almost wrecked the Carolina coast, has the village seen high tides like those which were whip ping the sandy expanses in this "graveyard of ships" with steadily increasing velocity. When the vil lags's only communication with the outside world?the coast guard tele phone line?fell before the high winds, a gale of 50 miles was re ported. Great Wave.; Breaking Last reports said the great waves had broken clear across the nar row points on the banks farther up the coast. The banks run from Morehead City to the Virginia line. In some places titty are only a few hundred feet wide. Only means of escape from Cape Hatteras and the fishing village is by boat across Pamlico sound to the ccastal towns of Manteo and Washington. Wind at Hatteras was blowing at the rate of 50 miles per hour at 5 oclock and was steadily increas ing. The barometer reading at 5 o'clock was 29.60 and still falling. The fishermen in Dare county are all supposed to be safe in some harbor, but only three crews were able to make landing on Roanoke Island. The crew of the Saars boys was, last seen at Dallas Lump, just south, n of Duck Island Club. They had a f sunken skiff to contend with and t they had just anchored that and \ started to make harbor somewhere c near Duck Island. The crews of ^ Lloyd Wescott, Warren O'Neil and z Albert Guard are all supposed to have made harbor either at Avon 1 or. at Rodanthe. t The fishermen who came to Ro- * danthe reported that the water was * so rough and the wind so high that r they could not make Roanoke Is- 5 land tonight. The Dare county wel- * fare office sent enough supplies i* down to South Banks for 50 fami- f lies for two or three days in antici- 2 pation of the storm. Ocean Roughest Since 1933 s The Nags Head coast guard sta- * tion reported early last night that so far there had been no property damage, no injury to persons and no emergencies. The Atlantic ocean is the roughest it has been since the storm of September, 1933. 1 V The reports from headquarters of the Park Service commission at the north end of Roanoke Island state that the 200 men in their camp at Buxton are marooned, not being able to get out because of water on the beach. They have a floating unit, that is, about 200 men on three barges at Rodanthe. The latest radio report stated that they arc getting along all right. The Park Service commission camps at Duck and at Roanoke Island are not in danger. The lights were out on Roanoke Island early last night, but the Roanoke Utility corporation was preparing to start their plant running to furnish light for the a island. Merchants in Manteo were warned and have stored their goods s in warehouses. The Pamlico sound is the roughest since September, ^ 1933. s c Coast Guard Planes Brave Gales To Warn Shipping By C. L. BERGER I United Press Staff Correspondent Aboard Coast Guard Amphibian Approaching Norfolk, Va.. Sept. 17.?(U.R)?<By Radio) ? Roaring into the fbeth of winds heralding the approach of one of the worst hurricanes on record, this coast guard plane spread warning down the Atlantic coast late today for all vessels at sea to run for shel ter. Prom our cabin vantage point we have sighted ships, both large and small, struggling in seas whipped to fury by the gale. Some have received warning from the radio bulletins which have gone crackling up and down the coast all day: others are without radio equipment. Each time we sighted a boat, Lieutenant E. E. Hafey pointed the nose of our big. heavy-weather amphibian downward and wooden blocks painted yellow?the hurri- 1 cane warning?were tossed over board. As they fell, the gale whipped out cloth streamers attached to them: h "Hurricane on way! Attended L by gales! Seek shelter!" 11 Other coast guard planes are ii covering other sections of the c coast in a similar alarm. w Our own Douglas amphibian tl left the Cape May, N. J., coast f< guard air base at 2:30 p. m. At the same time Lieutenant R. L. C; Burke piloted a Grumman am- d phibian southward on a similar e errand. Earlier in the day Burke t< had flown to Washington to map Ci out a plan of emergency action with Captain L. Chalker, head of rr the coast guard's aviation section. The air section was ordered to d prepare for the transport of medi- c> cine, food and stretchers and then tl to Stand by until the hurricane is a over to aid in rescue work. e: Red Cross Disaster Workers Standing By In Three States Washington. Sept. 17.?(U.R)? 1 Red Cross disaster workers, na- i tional guardsmen and members of the coast guard , were,, mobilized along the Atlantic* coast tonight i in the path of anjpncpiuing taurri- j cane fqr effective emergency re- ( lief duty. National Red Cross 1 headquarters announced. . ?? ' '1 After; talking to Maurice R. Reddy. assistant n^^^l^diwflcrii relief director. Red Cross p/ficials 1 here said that 10 disaster'wolf's i already are in the field and actji- < tional persons are Awaiting call I ance the storm hits the American I mainland. < Reddy reported that the winds 1 at New Bern. N. C., where the Red i Cross has established headquar- i ters for the storm area, had reached 40 miles an hour shortly i after 8 p. m. National guardsmen i were patrolling the streets of this i North Carolina shore town. Elec B trie power has been cut off in the _ city. " National guardsmen have been working ^frantically all day to help ?vficu#es residents of the long, narrow islands off th6 Carolina coast which are expected to bear the initial brunt of the hurricane, hfci fepbrtfed.' Twenty-five Red Cross nurses are? standing .rfeady in the 'Caro linas /sou^j^fp. Virginia to move in once the storm has hit, officials he^e said. Short-wave raiaio sets have been mounted on trucks so that the national head quarters will be in communication with the disaster areas if existing telephone and telegraph lines go out. Refugee centers have been es tablished at New Bern and cots are ready to receive any persons driven from their homes by the hurricane _ _ Weather Bureau Official's Description Of A Hurricane Washington, Sept. 17.?(U.R)? Hie hurricane threatening the :astern coast of the United States .onight was described by the veather bureau as "a great mass >f air whirling at destructive speed around a calm center of low itmospheric pressure." The storms form in the tropics, Jicking up force as they move oward the coast of this country, vith the whirling winds some ,imes reaching a velocity of 200 nilcs an hour. More often, it was said, the wind velocity is 100 miles in hour or less. The storm area sravcls usually at from 8 to 15 niies an hour. . Officials of the bureau have earned to expect these storms rom August to October, although some have occurred as early as Fune. Modern instruments have en abled weather authorities to an ticipate the big blows and to chart their peculiarities. The "eye" of the storm, or the low atmospheric pressure, usually ranges from 8 to 15 miles in diameter. Winds whirling about this area move counter-clockwise. Thus, it was said, persons who are whipped by the wind from one direction pass through the calm center and then are battered by wind from an other direction often believe they have been struck by two hurri canes. The hurricane may spread over a 100-mile area, the bureau said. Intensity of the storm is dimin ished when it passes over land and is increased when it blows over water. 64Well Be On Duty Till It's Over," ? Stephen Basnight By STEPHEN G. BASNIGIIT Offieer-in-C'hargc, Coast Guard Station, Nags Head, N. C. (As told to the United Press) Copyright 1936 by United Press) Nags Head. N. C? Sept. 17.?(U.R) 've warned the vacationists in lotels and cottages down here hat we're expecting a big storm, dost of them have left. It's 4 p. m. E. S. T. now and the i'ind is blowing about 45 miles an lour. The barometer is falling. Ve ought to have right much of . blow before morning. I've been instructed to provide helter for the women and chil Iren. In my mind that means hat we're in for a pretty bad torm because we've never re eived. instructions- like-that- be ore. We're having a very heavy surf no\fr. There probably will be a sweeping sea tide across the beach tonight. The water is getting up close to some of the cottages. If this storm had curved out ward like mo6t of them do. we'd be all right. But as it is now we'll be in a direct line. And it looks bad. I went up the beach today and told the hotel and cottage people what to expect. They can use their judgment about leaving. As a matter of fact, I don't think there are more than 40 or 50 left, excepting those who live here all winter. * We've had warnings of this storm for three or four days and everyone has had plenty of chance to leave. >?- ' *"We'fe standing by here. There are 12 of us. We'll be on duty until it's over. Langley Field Planes blown Further Inland For Safety Airplanes of the army's general : icadquartcrs force stationed at : .angley, Va.. were flown farther i iland out of the path of the rag- i ig storm. War department offi- I ials recalled that a hurricane rhich lashed the Norfolk area lirce years ago today swept four 3et of water over Langley field. Private citizens took what pre autions they could during the ay. Houses were boarded up. lundreds of residents fled inland ( 3 points of safety, assisted by the ' oast guard and Red Cross. All of the coast guard's 4.000 1 len stationed along the coast 5 'ere mobilized for emergency 1 uty. It used radio, seaplanes and 1 utters to warn those living in ireatened areas of the storm's 1 pproach. The Red Cross rushed ] xperts in disaster relief work to 1 anger spots in North Carolina. > Every possible means was used 1 3 move people from the path of 2 ;ie storm. Coast guard vessels perating out of Norfolk removed 2 ?vcral hundred residents from ittle Island, south of Virginia 1 leach. The craft continued seek ing out endangered persons on isolated islands. Guardsmen in the numerous life-saving stations along the coast prepared to bear the brunt of rescue work in the wake of the hurricane's fury. \ NORFOLK-WASHINGTON STEAMER CANCELS SAILING National guard officials co-op jrated with the Red Cross and :oast guard in plans for relief work. Army equipment was made available for emergency use to shelter and clothe those who might be left homeless by the ex pec ted devastating winds. Several ships out In the Atlan tic were battered by gales on the J fringe of the hurricane, which j sent all vessels in its path scurry- | mg for safe harbors. There were . 10 reports of seriously endangered shipping, however. A regular , Washington - Norfolk steamship sailing was cancelled tonight. Rest of Storm News Continued on Page Five j Glittering Girl 1 " ! ' By MAY CHRISTIK A Startling Story of the Park Avenue SodietU Racket , ? ?1;fi ?? ?no ??' ' *" ? . ,, , I -I f ? . ..... 1,. . ' *>' >? How Social Position Is Bought With Gold No woman will want to miss the first install ment of this amazing and revealing modern serial which begins in The Daily Independent TOMORROW, SATURDAY, SEPT. 19 City To Bed With A Bad Case Of Jitters Telephone Communications With Manteo and Hatteras Cut Off and Some Roads Already Blocked by Fallen Trees Residents of Elizabeth City and the Albemarle section went to bed last night (if they were not afraid to go to bed) with a bad case of "Jitters" as what threatened to be the worst storm in the city's his tory moyed steadily nearer. When this newspaper went to press early this morning, the trop ical storm that had been ap proaching this section for several days was expected to strike within a very short while. In fact, it may even have struck before this news paper reaches most of its readers. Telephone Lines Down By midnight last night Eliza beth City was practically shut off from communication with the coastal area, as all telephone lines between here and Mantco were reported down and the coast guard communications system here was incapacitated. The city was shut off, also, in transportation facilities in some directions. Fallen trees between Woodville and Winfall late last night blocked the Norfolk-bound bus supposed to reach here at 10:20 p. m., and also blocked a number of motorists. Many trees and telephone poles were reported down in various sections late last night. By 1 o'clock this morning the tide in the Pasquotank river had dropped about six feet and was dropping further. However, it was expected to pile back into the river and inundate a portion of the town if the storm should strike here as expected. As this newspaper went to press, the Red Cross, firemen, policemen, street crews, everyone was stand ing by waiting for the storm to break and prepared for most any emergency that might arise. NBC on the Ground The National Broadcasting com pany late last night sent a crew here to keep the country posted on storm developments if any thing should "break." The crew was headed by Graham Poyner, production manager of Station WPTF, Raleigh. It was preparing early this morning to arrange for hook-ups between Manteo and other points in the storm center and Station WPTF. whence the news would be relayed over the NBC network to the entire coun try. Cape Hatteras Radio Out Cape Hatteras naval radio sta tion went out of commission last night when seven feet of water around the building necessitated operators moving batteries and equipment to safer places. Coast guard officials trying to get in touch with Manteo by tele phone after midnight were told , that all communication facilities , had been severed. At midnight the only station reached by radio on the coast was Caffey's Inlet, which reported a Wind of 75 miles an hour coming from the north with a falling tide. Flora on the Job Aiming not to be caught out as he was in the 1933 storms, Mayor , Jerome B. Flora, as soon as he heard yesterday that the storm Was likely to hit,here during the; night, made preparations to take ^are of any emergency that might i arise. He ordered all firemen to report For all-night duty last night, in j ?ase fir<^ might break out ..or,?. jther emergencies might, occur. ThCn he ordered all police offh :ers to stand by for all-night duty, narticularly for the purpose of guarding the stores in the busi ness section in the event that the Jity current should go off. He also ordered his street crew ;o stand by to remove fallen limbs and trees from the streets if nec jssary. His next move was to set up a First aid station in the fire station inder the supervision of Dr. T. S. McMullan, city health officer. Then he arranged with local cafes to provide hot soup in ease any families might be rendered homeless by the impending storm. In conjunction with the local Red Cross chapter, he made ar rangements for townspeople to spend the night in the courthouse and other public buildings should any great emergency arise. A dozen or more negro residents of the town went to the court house in the early part of the night and remained there all night, afraid to venture out of doors. Around 10 o'clock last night it was reported that three telephone poles on Ehringhaus street had been blown down by the wind. At about the same time a tree blew down in the yard of George Askew's home at Center and Cy press streets, doing some damage. Yesterday Was Anniversary Of Big Storm Sixty Years Ago Schooner Was Left Stranded In Heart of the Town As Elizabeth City set about the business yesterday of preparing for what threatened to be u frightful storm, old-timers re called that the worst storm in the city's history occurred on Septem ber 17, 1876?exactly 60 years ur;o yesterday. The '76 storm, according to P. H. Zeigler, who recalls it quite clearly even today, "was undoubt edly the worst ever experienced in Elizabeth City." The tide came up so high dur ing that storm that a good-sized two-masted schooner, driven be fore high winds, came right up Church street and came to re: t on the Martin property at the foot of McMorrinc street. The 'Continued on Page Five) MRS. ROOSEVELT IS ILLL AT CAPITAL Washington, Sept. 17.? tU.RJ - Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, suf fering from an attack of grippe, was ordered to bed today by Dr. Ross Mclntirc, White House phy sician. after her temperature soared over 100 degrees. All the first lady's engagement ?: were cancelled. Her illness wa; not considered sufficiently su.oi:.. to delay President Roosevelt's de parture for Cambridge. Mass.. where he wil lspeak tomorrow and then proceed to Hyde Park. N. V.. for a rest. Mrs. Roosevelt contracted a slight cold several days ago. Th" ailment grew progressively v/ojso. but the first lady kept all of h< r engagements until today when Dr. Mclntire intervened and ordered her to bed for several days. ? ? It was the first illness from which Mrs. Roosevelt, one of tiro most actiVc of all presidential wiVes who have ruled the White House, has suffered since her hus band wis inaugurated on Man n 4. 1033. TODAY'S LOCAL CALENDAR A .M. 8:30?Men's Christian Fed eration. 10:30--Food Conservation Demonstration, Y. M. C. A. P. M. 8:00?1. O. O. F.; Daughters of America. 8:30?B. P. O. E.