Monday, January 16, 2017

Citizens of Elizabeth City Say Water Is Not Fit to Drink, 1910

“Condemn City Water,” from the Farmer and Mechanic newspaper, published in Raleigh, N.C., Jan. 4, 1910

Elizabeth City People in Mass Meeting Take Action

Elizabeth City, Jan. 1—A mammoth mass meeting was held here to discuss the quality of the city water supply. Mayor Fearing presided over the meeting. Superintendent Lewis of the water company admitted that the water was salty and objectionable, and stated that the company has experts at work on the matter. Mr. J.B. Flora, one of the city’s leading citizens, offered a resolution condemning the city water and also the intake, with the recommendation that the citizens refrain from using the water until the intake was changed, so as to give a good water supply. This was adopted.

The sinking of the schooner Minnie and Maude, with a cargo of net stakes in Albemarle Sound is reported. The captain and crew reached the shore safely.

The trips of small freight boats have missed trips on account of the ice in the sound.

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