Elizabeth Johnson Reedy in Hurricane at Nags Head 1899
THE GREAT STORM. Linoolnton Lady's Experience Seaside Resort. at a From the Lincoln Journal. Mrs. Elizabeth Reedy of this place, who is spending the summer at Elizabeth Elizabeth City, was caught by the great storm of last week at Nags Head. From a letter written to a friend here we are permitted to copy the following interesting interesting and graphic account of her experience. experience. She began her letter at Nags Head hotel on the 16th, but it was not finished until after she safely reached Elizabeth City on the 2 1st. She says: "Mama and I came down last Friday night and went over to a cottage on the beach, intending to go up home last night. . . It was raining and the wind was blowing awfully strong, still we made the car and thought we had plenty of time to catch the boat, but we had the pleasure (?) of seeing the boat move off just as we were in about 20 yards of her. .... "This letter, so far. was written at Nags Head hotel on the morning of the 16th. A dreadful storm- storm- came up on Tuesday night, when we were left by the boat. It raged Wednesday. Thursday Thursday and Friday at a furious rate. Every Every one said they had never seen a storm last so long. You cannot imag ine tne aiscomiori we naa to put up with. Our clothes were wet. everything we had to eat was full of sand and we were utterly wretched. "Thursday the ocean- ocean- washed across two miles of sand and poured Into the sound. The gentlemen became uneasy about the cottages on the beach and those on the sound side, too, so they put on bathing suits, armed themselves with towels, ropes and whiskey and waaea through the water, facing a driving wind full of sand and salt spray, and brought over to the hotel all the women and children around. It was tne most distressing- distressing- sight I ever witnessed. witnessed. Several ladies srave out entire ly, couldn't hold to the rope and had to be supported by the men. The 'babies and small children bad to be carried and some of the men looked paler than tne laaies ana nearly fainted from ex haustion. I can't describe all the pitiful pitiful sights I saw, and some amusing ones happened that we remember since ail danger is over. ... "We slept five in our room two nights on one bed and a cot, and strange to say, we slept in spite of the howling winds and rain. The boat couldn't make a trip up to Elizabeth City until Sat- Sat- uroay morning, wnen it was still so stormy that some thought we were running a risk to come on her. but I was so anxious to leave that place that I believe I would have come home on a rail. A plenty of other people were just as anxious to get away as I, and the boat was crowded. Of course, it was a rough voyage and nearly everybody everybody on board was seasick, but we reached Elizabeth City in safety, for which we have been devoutly thankful. There was one time that I almost lost hope and thought that I would never see old Ianoolnton and the dear people again. I have had an experience that I don't care to repeat, and don't say 'seashore' to me."