Sunday, February 23, 2020

John Midgett, His Men, Honored for Rescuing British Crew on the Mirlo, Sunk Off N.C. Coast During War, Feb. 13, 1920





From The Independent, Elizabeth City, N.C., Feb. 13, 1920. Images from https://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/08/tlbl-mirlo-rescue/, “The Long Blue Line: Mirlo Rescue—the Coast Guard’s baptism of fire!"

Sea In Flames Didn’t Stop ‘Em. . . Heroism of North Carolina Surfmen Told in Thrilling Episode of the World War

The following account of the saving of the crew of the British steamer Mirlo by Keeper John A. Midgett and his surfmen of the U.S. Coast Guard Station No. 179 is taken from the December number of Our Navy, the standard publication of the United States Navy. It is a tale of heroism unexcelled in the annals of the world war, and it shows unforgettably the courage and disregard for their own safety which characterizes the surfmen in their work of saving lives. The Mirlo was a big British tanker which was torpedoed by a Hun U-boat off the North Carolina coast in August 1918. Here is the story:

Down on the coast of North Carolina, where a narrow chain of “shoe-string” islands throws its protecting cordon far out to sea, one may, after careful search on any complete map of the Carolinas, find a little place named Rodanthe. Rodanthe is situated on the Northern end of one of the ”shoe-string” islands, where the waters of Pamlico Sound go out through Loggerhead Inlet and join forces with the mighty Atlantic.

Rodanthe is inhabited by Midgetts. But these Midgetts are not midgets. They are real he-men, red-blooded and steel nerved, for they form the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Number 179.

It will be recalled that in the month of August 1918, a more or less powerful fleet of Teuton submarines operated along the coast of North Carolina, causing great excitement and unrest among the inhabitants of that State in general and Hatteras Banks in particular. Heavy gunfire was often heard far out at sea and many times defenseless passenger ships were pursued into the very coast ports. On several occasions ships were shelled and sunk by the twentieth century pirates.

While the Navy was out trying to run down the deep-sea Huns, the Coast Guard, a part of the war-time Navy, was standing silently, vigilantly at its post. Through the long watches of the night Coast Guard Station 179 kept its trained eyes out upon the Atlantic, hoping that their work would not be found necessary. For the work of the Coast Guard is to SAVE life; not to take it.

On the morning of August 16th, the lookout reported a large steamer heading to the Northward. A few minutes later he added that a large sheet of water had shot up high into the air, completely enveloping the stern of the ship. Immediately the vessel, the British steamer Mirlo, swung about and headed straight for the beach. The deep-sea Hun had found another victim. The Mirlo, had, without warning been struck by two torpedoes. The Teuton aim was good that morning in August, both torpedoes doing heavy damage. Bulkheads and cofferdams were carried away. The entire ship was enveloped in a mass of flames and heavy explosions could be heard at Rodanthe 10 miles away.

The submarine dropped back out of possible range of such guns as might perchance be brought to bear. In characteristic Hun style the U-boat laid to, gloating over what appeared to be an appalling loss of life, for the Mirlo had been carrying a cargo of gasoline and refined oil and she was not a mass of flames. The explosions threw the burning oil far out upon the angry waters and the sea around the Mirlo was a seething mass of flaming oil and burning wreckage. The chances for escape form the Mirlo were small indeed for in addition to the danger from fire and flame, a heavy sea was running. It looked as though there would be fine gloating for the hirelings of Von Tirpitz. But “Gott” was not “mit” the Kaiser that morning.  They had reckoned without the U.S. Coast Guard and its crew of “Midgetts” at Station No. 179. Keeper John A. Midgett called his crew, including the liberty men, to their stations, and they started out into the turbulent waters by power surfboat. A heavy Northeaster was blowing and the sea was breaking heavily. Again and again the boat was tossed back upon the beach. She was like a cockle-shell in the mighty hands of King Neptune. Time and again the drew was washed away from the oars but again and yet again, with the bull dog determination, they returned to what ordinary men would have abandoned as a hopeless task. But the Coast Guard is the Coast Guard and, like Kipling’s Crew of the Bolivar “They euchred God Almighty’s Storm and bluffed the Eternal Sea.” Oblivious of their own danger, obsessed by the Coast Guard’s motto to “save the lives of the men who go down to the sea in ships” the boar, with the Stars and Stripes defiantly whipping in the storm, finally managed to clear the beach and with engines thrumming and propellers racing at full speed, headed for the burning mass that had once been the good ship Mirlo. 

When within a few miles of the wreck, the coast Guard boat met one of the ship’s boats emerging from the ring of flame about the Mirlo. This boat contained the Captain and 16 members of the crew. The skipper reported to Keeper Midgett that two more boats were inside the burning cordon and that one of the boats had capsized. The men of the Coast Guard, accustomed to fighting the heaviest of storms, were about to be introduced to the task of fighting a combination of sea, wind, smoke and fire. They did not hesitate. Into the seething volcano they sped. They saw the Mirlo go down to her doom like some gigantic Fourth of July skyrocket. A roaring hiss, a sheet of spurting flame and the Huns boasted another addition to their already long list of allied tonnage. But the Coast Guard’s duty was to prevent them from increasing their list of martyrs of the sea. From the center of a roaring mass of flame the Coast Guard men heard, mingled with the roar of the sea, faint cries for help. Burning wreckage floated about the boat. The heat was terrific. Huge clouds of choking black smoke hung low over the water. Everything seemed to be against the Coast Guard crew. But they made straight for the mass of flame. Said one of the men afterwards, “It seemed to me as though we were steering straight into the mouth of Hell.” The flames seared and singed them but they kept on. Finally they came upon a capsized boat. Six exhausted men were clinging to the keel of the tiny craft. Heavy seas washed over them. Flames lashed about them. They were about to give up the unequal fight. With no little difficulty the six survivors were hauled into the surfboat. They reported that there must be others from the Mirlo but that they were very likely dead, as it had been necessary many times to dive under the water in order to avoid the burning oil and wreckage. The Coast Guard boat kept up its search and, after cruising about in the inferno for some time, the third boat, containing 19 men, was sighted. The boat was overcrowded to the extent that the men could not row. She was shipping water and rapidly filling. The boat was drifting with the wind and sea and was fully nine miles south of Rodanthe when signed by the surf-boat. The surf-boat took the over-loaded ship’s boat in tow and started for the beach. They soon overhauled the first boat, containing the Mirlo’s Captain. The Midgett’s crew now had 42 men in tow, in addition to their own Coast Guard crew. Night was rapidly falling, the last glaring flares of the burning oil standing out like gigantic candles in the enveloping darkness. The wind was increasing form the northeast and the sea was breaking upon the beach. The 42 men were saved but the problem now as to land them through the boiling surf. Once again the Coast Guard was found on the job. Keeper Midgett anchored the two ship’s boats about 600 yards off shore and proceeded to land the shipwrecked crew in the station’s surf-boat. Four round trips were made, in this work the crew of Station 180 assisting the original rescuers. Back again and again they went, into the darkness of the sea, returning with their precious cargoes of human life, until the last of the Mirlo’s survivors had been safely placed upon the beach, where each was given medical attention for burns and bruises. America’s sterling benevolent associations came to the rescue with warm clothing, supper and a place to sleep. The next day they were sent to Norfolk on the U.S.S. Legonia, while the Captain of the Mirlo left via seaplane A-765. Great Britain can enter in its great ledger, to the credit of the U.S. Coast Guard, “42 lives of British sailormen.” The Hun submarines can enter the same as a loss on the wrong side of profit and loss sheet.

Keeper John A. Midgett, Number One Surfman, Zion S. Midgett, Number Three Surfman, Arthur V. Midgett, Number Five Surfman, Prochorus L. O’Neal, Number Six Surfman, Clarence E. Midgett, and Number Eight Surfman Leroy S. Midgett received the following commendation: “You are commended for the rescue of the crew of the British steamer Mirlo, blown up August 16, 1918. The vessel’s cargo of gasoline and refined oil ignited and spread over the surface in the vicinity of the vessel with a mass of fire and smoke. The sea was very heavy and quantities of wreckage contributed to the difficulties of the rescue. The spirit of dauntless devotion to duty displayed by you and the members of the crew on this occasion is in keeping with the highest tradition of the Coast Guard and it is desired to express to you unqualified commendation of your gallant efforts in the interest of humanity.”

What do you think of the “Midgetts” inhabiting the strip of islands on the Carolina Coast? Midgets in name, giants in point of service and value to humanity. Such are the men of the Coast Guard.

If We Fail to Sign Peace Treaty, Participate in League of Nations, We'll Betray Soldiers Who Died for the Cause, Feb. 25, 1920

From the editorial page of The Guilfordian, Guilford College, N.C., published weekly, Feb. 25, 1920

It is a far shot from this Quaker campus to the United State Senate, but nevertheless friends, did you ever stop to think that the obstructing of the legislature that is to bring about the Treaty of Peace and the establishment of the League of Nations should be of vital importance to each of us? Leaving out religious doctrines, though the proposed League is a step forward, to defeat it or amend it so as to leave the United States a part of it but yet independent of it is to throw away the billions of dollars, and what is more important, the 75,000 young Americans who gave their all in the belief that by doing so they were helping to make the world a safe place in which to live. Can we allow a few senators, who are willfully blind to the fact that our place in the sun can be better field as a member of the League of Nations than as the Big Stick of the Western Hemisphere, break the unwritten troth that is ours with those who lie in Flanders’ fields?

This Week in Pinehurst, Feb. 25, 1920

From The Pinehurst Outlook, Feb. 25, 1920. To see a photograph of members of the Sand Hills Polo Club, go to http://newspapers.digitalnc.org/lccn/sn91068725/1920-02-25/ed-1/seq-5/.

The Week in Pinehurst

SIR HUGH CUNLIFFE-OWEN and Lady Cunliffe-Owen came down from Washington for the week end for a short rest and recreation and registered at The Carolina last Saturday morning. We apologize for the miserable weather which greeted our distinguished guests.

LADY GREEN-PRICE and her sister of Knighton, Wales, are registered at the Holly Inn for a two month’s stay.

MRS. STEEL will leave for Liverpool sometime this week. She is registered at the Berkshire.

QUINTON PREECE, son of Godfrey Preece, the well known polo professional of Westbury, L.I. (Long Island), sails for England on March 10th to race in the June Derby against the Britishers. Quinton will ride the horses from the famous stables of Lord Rosebery. Quinton is only a youngster of 17. He started to ride when he was 12 years of age and is a remarkably good polo player as well as a jockey of experience.

THE WEEKLY DANCE party at the Holly Inn last Tuesday was well attended. Many of the cottage colony were among those to be found on the floor. Punch was served in the lobby during intermission.

MR. EATON from New York is becoming quite adept at polo. Mr. Eaton is also fond of hunting and is often to be found among Mrs. Spencer’s parties.

NOT SATISFIED with Thursday’s hunting, Mrs. Spencer and a party of 20, which included Miss O’Rourke, Miss Leath, Mr. and Mrs. Corwin, Mr. Horan, Mr. Rotain, Dr. Peters, Mrs. Esthers, Miss Lane, Mr. Eaton, Captain Bryan, Mr. Coffee and a few others, went out again Saturday morning. The party did not go very far into the woods on this trip. They met so many foxes, they could not decide which trail to hit first.

MISS O’ROURKE, it seems, never gets tired of riding. In the morning she usually goes hunting and in the afternoon, if it isn’t the race track, it’s the bridle paths, but ride she must.

DR. J.P. TUNIS entertained at dinner Rev. and Mrs. T.A. Cheatham and their daughter, Miss Elizabeth, at the Berkshire, on Friday.

HENRY W. WANNER of Syosett, L.I., and Roger Ward of Montreal, Canada, seem to be fond of tennis. Despite the bad weather conditions last week they were to be seen almost daily on the courts.

MRS. STUART BEEBE NORRIS of New York City has completely recovered from her illness of the past month. She feels the call of the golf links and is tempted by the echoes of that “jazz” band. Mrs. Norris will remain in Pinehurst until the end of the season.

MR. AND MRS. P.W. THOMSON and their son, Eric, of St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, are here for a long stay, as guests at the Carolina.

WE ARE INFORMED that Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Tinker will not occupy the Morganton Cottage as expected. Mrs. Tinker, it is rumored, is not well and will not be able to visit Pinehurst at all this season. Mrs. P.C. Thomas of Rome, N.Y., has leased the cottage and will be ready to occupy it sometime this week. Mrs. Thomas is here accompanied by her daughter, Louise. Mr. Thomas will arrive early in March.

MR. AND MRS. JAS. P. ANDERSON of Philadelphia, Passenger Traffic Manager of the Pennsylvania Railroad Co., was among the arrivals last week at the Carolina. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are expected to remain here for another two weeks.

MR. AND MRS. N.B. JONES are among those to register at the Holly Inn in the past week. Mrs. Jones will be remembered by many as Miss Cummings, the well known singer.

MRS. W.B. DEAN JR. of St. Louis arrived last week and is registered at the Carolina. She expects to stay here for some time.

AT THE GUN CLUB the Ladies’ Shooting Contest this past week was won by Mrs. A. Astire of New York with the remarkably good score of 145. This equals the record made by Mrs. Lawrence Barr some weeks ago. Price for second place went to Mrs. A.H. Corwin of East Orange, N.J., who hit the target for 142. Mrs. J.E. Lewis of Philadelphia won third prize with 139 points.

ALTHOUGH LT. MITCHELL has spent much of the week overhauling his airplane his passenger list is almost as large as usual. He has taken up Mr. J.C. Platt, Mr. I.E. Rushmore, Mr. E.J. Ridgway, Mr. M.H. Childs, Mr. A.G. Hannan, Mr. J.M. Simpson, all of New York City, Miss Eleanor C. Whiteley of Baltimore and her sister, Miss Mabel Whiteley, Miss Priscilla Kimball of Bath, Maine, Mr. J.O. Christian of Scranton, and Mrs. Dorothy B. Hunneman of Boston, Mass.

MR. F.H. POUCH of Brooklyn is amongst the new arrivals at the Holly Inn. He is accompanied by his two daughters, Janet and Muriel, and also by Miss G. Miller and Mr. Donald C. Alford, famous Princeton football player.

FEW OF THE COLONY who know Mr. Harold E. Porter, as a prolific writer of the most diverting sort of literature, think of him as an authority on Aerial Observation, a field in which he performed highly specialized service during the War. Mr. Porter revealed himself in this new role at the last meeting of the Pinehurst Forum, held on Sunday evening, February 15th, at the Country Club, when he chose this subject for his talk. He pointed out that the publicity granted the romantic activities of the pursuit pilot has put into the shade, the business of the observer, whose work during the Great War was every whit as dangerous and, from a military standpoint, infinitely more important. Mr. Porter discussed in some detail the process of aerial regulation of artillery fire and modern methods of reconnaissance photography. The latter made it possible to bring operation maps up to date hourly, and furnished the most reliable means of learning the conditions and modifications of the enemy’s work, the result of bombardments, progress of an infantry attack, the location of hostile trench, field, and heavy artillery, and movements of men and material. The speaker cited as an example of the effectiveness of aerial photography the discovery of the super-guns employed by Boches for the bombardment of Paris.

The meeting was attended by about 75 members of the Colony.

MR. AND MRS. A.T. McDERMOTT are at the Carolina and promise to be with us for the next month. Mr. and Mrs. McDermott are very fond of horse back riding and a fox hunt is seldom started without these two representatives from Philadelphia being among the party.

ON TUESDAY PAST Mrs. George W. Towle of Boston, Mass., entertained seven at a dinner at the Berkshire. The party included Mr. and Mrs. Wm. B. Merrill of Boston, Mass, Mr. Charles B. Davis of Lexington, Mass., Miss Helen Davis, Lexington, Mass., Mrs. Fowler of Cambridge, Mass., and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Conant, Boston, Mass.

ON SATURDAY Mr. J.M. Robinson, Manager of the Berkshire Hotel, entertained at dinner Mr. and Mrs. George Jenks of Michigan, Mrs. Thersherd, also of Michigan, and Dr. R. Ward Taylor.

MISS ANNETTE DWYER of Detroit now seems to have full claim to being the best woman horse rider in Pinehurst. By breaking the record for the one-half mile eventy by 18 ¾ seconds at the Track last Wednesday, held by Mrs. L.F.F. Wanner of New York City, she can lay full claim to the title. The new record is 1 minute 13 2/5 seconds.

IN A MIXED FOURSOME Golf Tournament for Pinehurst Inn only, Mr. J.V. Healy and Mrs. E.C. Bliss won the gold medal for first prize, while Mr. W.E. Phillips and Mrs. C.W. Lockwood won second price.

MRS. E.C. BLISS added to her laurels by winning first prize in the Bridge Tournament held for ladies at the Pinehurst Inn. Mr. M.A. day won the prize for gentlemen.

MISS ESTHER TUFTS is very busy on the tennis courts these days. She and her dainty friend from Toronto, Miss “Billy” Buntin, are to be seen almost daily on the clay courts, practicing for the coming tourney. Miss Tufts, especially, is a very impressive player. She has a good swift serve and covers the court with the skill of a veteran. If Miss Tufts learns a little net play she will be hard to beat.

AT THE FIRST WEEKLY CARD PARTY held at the Holly Inn on Thursday night there were 11 tables of bridge. Prizes were awarded to Mrs. W.A. Magoon, Mrs. S.D. Conger, Mrs. W.J. McWinne, Mr. W.W. Waker, Mrs. T.L. Price, Mrs. A.P. Baxter, Mr. F.G. Butler, Mrs. C.A. Wright, Mrs. S. Jones Philipps, Mr. W.W. Windle and Dr. J.L. Paiste.

MR. AND MRS. T.B. BOYD were entertained at dinner on Tuesday at the Holly Inn by Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Truesdell.

MR. PILLING and daughter and Mr. and Mrs. Phillips entertained at the Holly Inn on Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. George W. Statzell and their niece and granddaughter, Mrs. M.M. Tenzler and Miss Adele Statzell. After dinner the party adjourned to the dancing.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

University Trying to Keep Flu Off Campus, Feb. 21, 1920

From The Tar Heel, Chapel Hill, N.C., Feb. 21, 1920

From the editorial page:

We have been very fortunate here in having practically no “flu.” We are not boasting, for we realize that the epidemic is still raging all around us. We do desire, however, to keep it off our campus as much as possible. The best way, we are told, to keep the “flu” away is to keep in as good health as possible and to keep away from those who have it. The last point is the one that should be especially stressed at present. The men realize the value of keeping in good health but some are careless about exposing themselves.

The University authorities are doing all they possibly can to keep from placing a quarantine on the campus. Here, as always, they are trying to avoid using compulsion. They have stressed the necessity of remaining on the Hill over the week-ends instead of riding home on a packed train on which are possibly several cases of influenza.

The man who willfully exposes himself and then comes back to the Hill and endangers his friends is doing an injustice both to himself and to his friends. No man, if he knows it, will do such a thing, and few go home on week-ends, now that they have been asked to stay on the Hill.

The men who have not regarded the situation seriously should look at it and see what it means when they go out into the state where there are thousands of cases of influenza.

From the front page: Picwick Will Open 23rd of This Month

According to a statement which was given out by Daniel Grant, manager of the Pickwick Theatre, this theatre will probably resume business by the 23rd of this month.

The Picwick has been closed because of the impending danger of the influenza epidemic and now this danger being practically over, the need for remaining closed has been removed.

Mr. Grant states that quite a few of good pictures will follow upon opening and among these is Douglas Fairbanks in his company’s stupendous production, “His Majesty, the American,” Which was released for the first time last July.

Seton Lectures Postponed on Account of Epidemic

Owing to the widespread prevalence and the menacing nature of the influenza epidemic in North Carolina, the University lecture committee has been forced to call off, among other meetings, the lecture by Ernest Thompson Seton, National Boy Scout Leader in America and author of numerous well-known books on nature and outdoor life.

Arrangements are being made by Dr. Archibald Henderson to have Mr. Seton deliver his lecture, the “Character of Wild Animals,” at some later date.

Play Postponed On Account of Prevailing Influenza Epidemic

“The Importance of Being Earnest,” by Oscar Wilde, which was to have been produced last night and tonight, February 20th and 21st, has been postponed until the health authorities think the danger from a “flu” epidemic has passed. As yet no definite time can be yet set for this production, but it is understood that it will be at the earliest possible date.

This play, while differing markedly from former ones, will be given by the Carolina Playmakers. The plot is written around English society life, and is intricate and very interesting, it is declared, thus demanding some of the best local talent to be had: those taking part being “Buck” Wimberly, Wougald MacMillan, George Denny, Jonathan Daniel, Tom Moore, Misses Elizabeth Taylor, Cornelia Love, Rachel Freeman, and Mrs. Beard. Mrs. Weaver and Mr. Baker are assisting Prof. Frederick H. Kotch in directing and coaching the production.

The first performance will be in the Community Playhouse, with the possibility of it being reproduced in the outdoor theatre in Battle Park later in the spring, should there be such a demand. The University orchestra, under Prof. Paul J. Weaver, will furnish the music.

Work on a new series of one-act plays, which have already been written in English 31, will start immediately after this play is staged. It will perhaps be the early part of the spring quarter before these one-act plays, dealing with the life of the folk of North Carolina, will be produced.

Lomax Lectures Postponed on Account of Epidemic

In last week’s issue of The Tar Heel there appeared an article announcing a program to be rendered by John Lomax here in the near future. Dr. Archibald Henderson, chairman of the University Lecture Committee, wished to announce that this program has been cancelled, because the date set (it being March 10th), was too near the quarter examinations.


Mr. Leonard Takes Elm City Waif to Children's Home, Feb. 21, 1920

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Feb. 21, 1920

Took Boy to Greensboro

Mr. Leonard, welfare man for this county, yesterday took Johnny Dunn, a waif of Elm City, to the Children’s Home in Greensboro.


North Badin Brass Band, February Issue, 1920

From The Badin Bulletin, February, 1920

North Badin Band

The brass band, which consists of 24 pieces, is still practicing almost nightly, under the leadership of Prof. J.E. Armstrong.

The band is now on its drive for money to pay for instruments and uniforms. Already the band has a call to play in Salisbury, N.C., on the 30th of May.

The progress of the schoolboys’ band was so speedy that it became necessary to connect it with the “Community Band.”

By baseball season, Professor Armstrong hopes to be able to serve at all the games.

We are hoping for the band the hearty co-operation of all the people of North Badin, in all their efforts to raise a band fund, and they will furnish the entertainment necessary for our community.


Friday, February 21, 2020

News Related to Flu Epidemic in North Carolina, Feb. 21, 1920

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Feb. 21, 1920

Goldsboro Gets Booze Shipment

Goldsboro, N.C., Feb. 20—Miss Virginia Sheftall of Savannah, Ga., said to be prominently connected in that city, is critically ill at a local hotel where Wednesday night she was stricken with influenza shortly after registering at the hotel. Pneumonia developed yesterday and today little hope is entertained for her recovery. The young woman’s mother arrived here last night from Savannah.

Five barrels of government bonded whiskey consigned to a local hospital arrived here yesterday under guard of two government agents from Baltimore, where it is said the fluid used to blink and bubble behind the bars was purchased. When the stuff arrived here it was unloaded by the agents and quite a crowd witnessed its removal to the hospital.

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Raleigh Raises Ban on Influenza

Raleigh’s quarantine against influenza which has been in operation since February 7 at 6 p.m., will be lifted at midnight Saturday, allowing churches to hold their regular services Sunday and all business to resume its normal course Monday.

This is the result of action of the city commissioners in their meeting yesterday afternoon when the closing ordinance was repealed. The action was upon the advice of health authorities Dr. W.S. Rankin, State Health Officer, and Dr. Percy Ahrons, county health officer, concurring. The commissioners repealed the ordinance effective Saturday night feeling that their original action, placing a ban on all public gatherings and closing the schools, had a wholesome effect in checking the spread of influenza.

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Fifth District Physicians Meet

Red Springs, Feb. 20—The mid winter meeting of the fifth district North Carolina Medical Association was held here today in the auditorium of Flora Macdonald College. Dr. Vardell welcomed the visiting physicians and offered brief opening prayer. The address of the day was delivered by Dr. Francis E. Stewart, director of the scientific department of the H.K. Mulford Company, Philadelphia, his subject being “The Use of Vaccines and Serums for the Prevention and Treatment of Influenza and the Pneumonias.”

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Much Interest Manifested Here By F.D. Gold, Editor

Many inquiries come to the editor of the Times as to when the ban will be removed on account of the prevalence of influenza and the churches, moving picture shows and the schools will be allowed to open again. The decision to remove restrictions in Raleigh has quite naturally accentuated the inquiries with reference to Wilson.

While the “flu” situation in the city of Wilson has improved, yet there is a great deal in the country, and the disease is not entirely over here. There are a few new cases of influenza and some pneumonia, and a number of people in the city are lying close to death’s door.

The illness of Dr. Smith and Mayor Hill precludes any action this week, for they are a large part of the health board, and are weighty officials in the affairs of the community.

A few more days will determine whether the disease is really dying out or is merely waiting on more material. In this connection we desire to commend the conduct of our people in submitting gracefully to the powers that be, and in this way doing all in their power to alleviate the suffering and eliminate the disease
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