News about the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane

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M BEACH ST LARGEST. DAILY CIRCULATION IN pALM BEACH COUNTY WORLD NEWS BY THE 'ASSOCIATED PRESS VOL. XX: No. 222 WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18. 1928 Five Cents Per Copy THE PO 1085 IN Unofficial List Shows Nearly a Hundred Victims of Sunday Storm. Eighty-five dead in the county, was the approximate estimate compiled last night at Red Cross headquarters with the total ot injured unestimated. Following are the numbers by communities: West Talm Beach, 1 white. Delray, 1 white. Jupiter, 6 negroes. Kelsey City, 1 white baby. Belleglade, 4 white. Pahokee, 10 white, 50 negroes (approximate). Conflicting reports of casualties at Pahokee were received. According to Dr. John Hall, who brought in a large number of injured from that community, there were 10 known white persons killed, and from 50 to 75 negroes. Dr. Hall returned from the stricken area at a late hour last night. More than fifty persons were injured there. Only two deaths attributed to the hurricane in surrounding territory, had been reported at local mortuaries at a late hour last night. A two-year-old son of Fred Nelms, Keisey City, was reported at the Ferguson Undertaking company last vening. Following the collapse of his home at the heighth of the storm, Sunday night, Mr. Nelms picked up his son and hurried out into the night for shelter a short distance away. Wind tore the child out of Mr. Nelms' arms who was left clutching a handful of clothing, it was said. After making a fruitless search throughout the night, Mr. Nelms found his son almost buried by sand at noon yesterday, undertaking company officials declared. John Anderson Blaylock, 46, said to be an employe at the barns of M. D. Carmiehael, on Belvedere road, was instantly killed Sunday night, when flying debris struck him as he was attempting to reach one of the harns following the destruction of his home. The Mizcll Mortuary is handling the body. F, ..g.uson's reported sending for the bedy of a Mrs. Smith of Pa hokee. The cause of death was un known. One hundred were left homeless, when only one substantial building in Puhokce was left standing. Dr. Hall said. The able bodied residents of the town and vicinity congregated in the new school building. Dr. D. S. Spooner is givins attention to the wounded. . . ' An esixlus began from Belle Glade, South Bay yesterday morning with most of the people traveling toward this city, it was said. Dr. Hall, accompanied by two eompanions succeeded in going within five miles of Belle Glade, when imnassabie and flooded roads turned them back. South Bay, south of Belle Glade, was virtually wiped out, declared Dr. Hall. Several negroes were picked lip on the return trip to the city, They claimed more than a score of negroes had died in South Bay. Canal I'oint did not feel the full force of the storm, the travelers asserted. Aside from leaking roofs and the apparent necessity of securing food within a short time, the place weathered the hurricane in good ihape. The sugar mill at Canal Point sheltered approximately :oo persons who congregated there during the height of the blow. Dr. Hall brought two boys to West Talm Beach with him. One of the lads, whose name could not he learned, said he was the only member of a, family of six left alive. Immediately on learning of the xtent of the disaster in the Glade section, Red Cross officials started automobiles moving westward to meet the people on foot and bring them to town, Charles Trcvail, It was said, was xpected ' to leave with trucks to assist in bringing in the refugees. A Ferguson Undertaking company employee who was going to Pahokee for the bodv of Mrs. Smith, agreed to bring In several additional bodies, said Dr. Hall. Should any of the dead be brought in today, they will be buried some time before nightfall, he believed. . According to O. .T. Myers in charge of Red Cross relief work at the Pennsylvania Hotel, several score refugees were due l.ere this morn-' tng between 1 and 2 o'clock. They are reported to he coming principally from Pahokee and surrounding districts. Mr. Myers declared he lad received authentic reports that, seventeen persons, most of whom wore negroes, had been killed at Pahokee. Unconfirmed word from Belle Glade says five persons In that town had been killed. 500 Receiving Care at Lake Worth Hotel Five hundred persons are hping taken care of at the Gulf Stream hotel. Lake Worth, which hag been converted into an emergency hospital for storm sufferers. Many of this number are uninjured but lost their homes in the storm Sunday. Lake Worth Is without water supply, the plant having Rime out when electric lines fell during the storm. Monday night forty negroes are reported to have reached Lake Worth from the Everglades area seeking medical attention. DOLLAR DAY POSTPONED Indefinite postponement, of the scheduled Dollay-Day event, billed originally for Wednesday, was announced yesterday. II. was said that probably the event would be scheduled at a later dat. .X.2kl RED CROSS JUMPS INTO ACTION WITH FULL ORGANIZATION; ASKS IMMEDIATE NATIONAL BODY AID With the establishment early yesterday morning of Red Cross headquarters in the Wagg building, owing to collapse of the American Legion home, relief work In West Palm Beach got under way for a 21-hour day service. A day old telegram received late yesterday afternoon from National Red Cross headquarters pledged support in event of disaster. Th& floow-ing telegram was dispatched Immediately by Howard Selby, Red Cros chairman, and George W. Carr, chairman of disaster relief committee: "Fully three-quarters of home3 damaged. Large portion totally wrecked. Practically every business house gutted or totally demolished. Barometric readings and wind velocity ten percent greater Miami storm, damages proportionately greater. Loss of life at this time undetermined. Two-thirds hospital capacity rendered unavailable. Doctors, nurses, medical supplies, strums needed to cope with situation which we believe after careful survey may surpass Miami disaster. Local chapter funds totally lost through bank closings of past year. Local committee, organized and functioning to best of ability although personnel hampered by personal loss. Immediate action imperative to reduce suffering and save lives." With the Pennsylvania hotel established as a temporary emergency hospital, housing about 50 Injured during the day, shelter stations and canteens were being set up throughout the city. : The following places were estab- 10 Water, Light and Gas Service to be Restored Quickly By Corporations Recovery of public utilities in West Palm Beach will be rapid, according to a check-up late last night. Water service in central West Palm Beach has been restored. This will be extended to Northwood and South Palm Beach as soon as mains have been tested. Gas supply will be furnished late today if no line breaks other than those discovered yesterday, are found when it Is turned on. Light and power may be supplied late today in some sections. Com plete service is expected in one week. Telephonb communications likewise will be partially restored today it was said. With a million gallons of pure water on hand, sufficient chlorine o insure its safety, the water company was operating its electrical equipment last night, supplying water to the central section of the city. Although extent of damage to mains could not be estimated, it was expected this may be repaired in a few days and complete service restored. Pumps were working early yesterday morning but the power company did not have sufficient water in its boilers to keep up steam and had to draw fires. Later sufficient water was Fupplicd and the electric pumps set to work. connections with Palm Beach were broken. Mains along Ocean boulevard were washed out and K. R. Chinn, assistant superintendent, said he could not estimate the time required to set up service there. While the water company had its steam plant ready to go Sunday night, fires were drawn when the roof began to blow away and endanger 1he men working below. The entire force of the company has been on duty since 6 o'clock Saturday morning. Gas company employes made a thorough survey of the; city yester day and repaired all breaks discov ered. Although five smoke stacks blew down on the plant during the height of the storm equipment will be ready to operate some time today. A large, crew of men will start early this miming rebuilding these slacks, and as soon as one is completed partial service will start. Estimating; its loss in the district at two million dollars, the Honda Tower & Light company was bringing hundreds of men into the city today to begin restoration of lines. An emergency line was strung to the water company yesterday afternoon and one to The I'ost building completed early last night. The Pennsylvania hotel and Good Samaritan hospital also were supplied with lights. All were supplied by the auxiliary equipment here. P. J. Car-li ii. chief load dispatcher of Fort Fierce, who surveyed lines from Fort Pierce to Miami said the chief damage lay between Jupiter and Boca Baton. Delray Beach Suffers Heavily From Winds (Special to The Post ) Delray Beach, September 17. Delray Beach received the brunt of the storm between 1 and 5 o'clock Sunday afternoon, the wind coming from the north, and resulting in wholesale destruction to the city. F.very business building in the city-is almost completely demolished. The Delray garage, ice plant, laundry, Ocean City Mill-Works plant, business block between Masonic temple and Knox's grocery store, are all flat, while others are badly damaged. All business is at a standstill. Mrs. L. B. White was killed and hi r grandchild injured w hen their home wps destroyed. Several others mostly ncgrots, were killed and many injured. Every home In town was badly damaged and many completely destroyed, lished as shelters: South and North Borough school houses. First Methodist church, court house, central school house. In the south school house from 100 to 150 persons were being cared for, a large part coming from a tent colony, which was demolished. The Salvation Army sheltered and fed about 5U0 persons during the storm at the tabernacle and was continuing Its work yesterday. Special need for clothing for children was announced by Ensign E. F. Breazele in charge of this activity. Hotels and apartment houses throughout the city have kept open house since the beginning of the storm, housing hundreds, driven from homes. The Pennsylvania hotel is estimated to have housed at least 1,000 Sunday night, and the Hibiscus apartments were filled .to overflowing. Approximately 150 persons, of whom 25 were employes, were cared for by the Florida Power and Light company. Plans were being made yesterday to turn these persons over to the Red Cross to make way for 150 linemen expected by the power company last night, according to C. H. Ellis, district manager in charge. At the telephone building, It was estimated that approximately 2,000 persons were cared for Sunday night, and a large number remained In the building yesterday. Red Cross canteens were established as follows: Marshall's restaurant, northeast corner Evernia and Olive, manned by own staff; 21.? South Poinsettia avenue, under Mrs. Florence Asch and Mr3. Nelle Smith, city welfare; court house, under Miss Constance Raybin and Miss Edith Forrest, county welfare; Methodist church basement, under women of the church. Requisitions for food and water for large concentration points were being handled by the committees at headquarters. H. M. Tschlrgi, water chairman, stated that individuals needing water, were being sent to obtain it at the following places: Palm Beach Water company, First and Tamarind; Standpipe, Nottingham and Parker; company at Biscayne and Parker. Volunteer workers were being handled by Alex O. Taylor, personnel officer, who appealed for additional aid. Major Clark J. Lawrence handled the issuance of passes, announcing that, after sundown no one without a night pass would be allowed on the streets. As relief trains arrived, the. supplies were turned over to the committees in charge of each commodity for requisitions. Arriving physicians and nurses were assigned by Dr. Clawson. Two units were being prepared to be dispatched to the Lake Okeechobee region. For negroes, an emergency hospi tal was established near the Fine llldeH hosoital. According to Dr. J. H. Thompson, negro physician In charge, only three men and two women were treated there for minor injuries. Mrs. Zoa B. Goodrich, Red Cross secretary, aided m estaousning headquarters and acted in executive capacity as a l.ason officer throughout the day and night. Miss Elizabeth Synhorst, Red Cross nurse, ana jurs. rancy u. uiwiui, eity nurse, were, in charge of nurses at the Pennsylvania emergency Hos pital. BOATSWRECK IRE Patrol Cruisers Go Aground In Inlet; Believed Total Loss Two seventy-five foot patrol cruisers of the Coast Guard, out of Fer- nandina, went ashore Sunday afternoon during the worst of the first blow and are reported total wrecks as far as future service is concerned. Forced into Lake Worth by the storm off shore the No. 230, Chief Boatswain Male Morris Anderson commanding, and the No. 188, Chief Boatswain's Mate Richard Aberna-thy commanding, dragged their anchors and because of flooded engine rooms were unable to start their motors. The 230 carried away her steering gear and the No. 1 SS carried away her rudder. Both helpless, they were swept ashore, the first landing between dredges at the. Merchants & Miners docks at Riviera and the other at the W. A. Weihe place. When about one hundred and fifty feet offshore the eight men on each craft donned life-preservers and went, overboard. They all slept on the beach until Monday morning when they, with permission of commanding officers, volunteered for street patrol duty and up to midnight had stuck to the job. Forty feet ot the kpel of the 230 was ripped off and several holes were stove in the 1S8 and the prospect is that with the. possible exception of the salvage of the two 3ni)-horse j t power Sterling engines in eacn snip hev will have to be abandoned. Curfew at Sundown Law Now Enforced September t", 1928. To all Citizens of the City of West Palm Beach: For your safety and protection no persons will be allowed on the public streets ot the City ot West Palm Beach between sundown and dawn beginning this dale unless an EXTREME EMERGENCY demands it and then, must have a pass or permit signed by the Chief of Police or bis Assistants. All passes now In use are void of this date. (Signed) F. H. MATTHEWS, Chief of Police. APPEAL FOR The following urgent appeal for workers was issued yesterday by George W. Carr, general chairman of the relief committee: "It appears that the possible workers of West Palm Beach, both men and women, do not fully realize the seriousness of the disaster relief work which has to be carried on. As general chairman of this organization, I wish to make an earnest appeal for persons to volunteer their services, cars and entire available facilities in order to carry on as the community should. Please report to the personnel officer and general headquarters and be sure to leave name and address to be assigned to some committee. "All Boy Scouts will please report to headquarters for service. "Chairmen and vice-chairmen are requested as follows: Please cooperate with personnel officer, Alex O. Taylor, and try to keep your committee at full strength for the next week. "Please request all those you know and with whom you can work to assist on your committee for 24 hours service. "Do not leave any desk or committeeship unmanned as the importance of the functioning of the entire organization may depend on your part, no matter how small it may seem to you. Your chairman knows that you are all more or less exhausted, but at a time like this, a special effort is necessary." LIGHT OF MEMORY AS MIAMI RUSHES TO AID CITY Miami did not forget yesterday. Exactly two years from the time ing relief trains to that city, Miami city yesterday. It arrived late in the afternoon, with Senator Robinson' private car and newsoaaer car attached. Ten cars of water, two baggage of bread, six barrels of disinfectant, were included in the trains cargo. Twenty-five physicians and ten assigned to duty throughout the county. A second relief train, bearing similar stores, arrived during the early evening. IS I RE Winds Diminish Gradually as Hurricane Continues Progress Across State. Miami, Sept. 17. An unofficial message reported to the weather bureau by the Florida Power and Light Company Monday morning stated the storm had struck north of Tampa after sweeping across this state through Okeechobee and Lake land. The message came from Punta Gorda. and gave no detail, according to Richard W. Gray, Miami weather man. Miami's barometer was 23.57 at 8 a. m., Monday as compared to 29.15 at 8 p. jn Sunday. "Wind at Miami will diminish gradually during the day as the storm gets farther away," said Richard W. Gray, chief meteorologist of the Miami weather bureau, Monday "and should clear by tonight." The Washington weather bureau Monday morning said: "Continue hurricane warnings, 10:30 a. m., south of Jacksonville to below Titusville. Extend hurricane warnings on west coast north of Cedar Keys to Apalachicola. Continue northeast storm warnings at Jacksonville. Hoist northeast storm warnings north of Jacksonville lo Savannah and change to southwest storm warnings south or Funta Gorda to Key West. Hurricane is central over Florida peninsula east ot Tampa, still moving northeastward. Not certain at this time that center will enter gulf ot Mexico, Further advices later." , Mr. Gray said: "This is the first storm I have ever known for which storm warnings were riisplayed along the entire east and west coasts ot Florida. Key West, to Savannah, Ga., and from Key West to Bay St. Louis, Miss. The diameter of the storm is 500 miles. It caused strong winds at Key West, and at Jacksonville, showing extent, of influence nf storm. "The forecast is for rain tonight and prohably showers Tuesday." According to Mr. Gray, the center of the hurricane struck the Florida coast Sunday afternoon at Delray. about 18 miles south ot Talm Beach, and moved northwestward across the state, and in the morning "apparently was in the vicinity of Tampa." Mr. Gray's statement follows: "The. storm apparently passed in land at Delray, 18 miles south of Palm B-ach. It moved northwestward across the peninsula and was apparently in the vicinity of Tampa this morning. At 4 a. m, the. barometer at Tampa was reported to be 29.11, the wind north-northeast and the velocity 40 miles per hour. "The storm was of remarkable extent, Its effect being felt from Jacksonville to Key West. ' Hurricane winds occurred from slightly above Hollywood to some point north of Jupiter. "The highest wind velocity at Miami was 60 miles per hour from the northwest at. 4:05 p. m., Sunday. The lowest barometer reading wac 28 :9S inches at 4.25 p. m. The barometer has been steadily rising since 4:25 p. m Sunday and it read 29:62 at 2 p. m., today. "The total raiijfall during the 21 hours ending at 8 a. m., was eight inches. "The wind at Miami will gradually diminish during the day as the storm center gets farther away. The weather should clear by or during tonight, although In the absence of any reports a. definite weather forecast cannot be made." OWARDSWESTCOAST WORKERS BURNS BRIGHT when West Palm Beach was rush dispatched the first relief train to this cars of medical supplies, 1,000 loaves nine dozen lanterns, cots, blankets. nurses were on the train, and were OKEECHOBEE DELUGE Over Hundred Refugees Huddle In Small House; Receive Relief Here Bursting dykes at Belle Glade Sunday night sent a six-foot wall of water coursing thro .gh the streets of the town, inundating the entire community and driving residents to the garrets or second !oors of their homed. The Belle Glade Hotel is reported the one building standing Intact, and theie Dr. W. J. Busk is said to have established an emergency hos pital. Over one hundred Belle Glade residents early Monday fought their way through waist deep water to Six Mile Bend where they 'huddled in the bridge tender's house, pack ing the small place. A Red Cross expedition of nearly a dozen motor cars and trucks was disptached there late Monday under direction jf C. E. Bosworth. About fifty of the refugees were brought to the city, where they were taken charge of by the Red Cross. Another expedition vill be made toda to bring In the others. It is reported that the death list at Belle Glade will probably total 15. Forty cheerful souls grasped from the perils of swirling waters and destruction were taken to the Metho dist church at 11 o'clock last night after one of the most harrowing tales of experience yet related concerning Florida's latest hurricane. After living through swirling waters from the breaking of dykes along Lake Okeechobee, these citizens of Belleglade walked through four feet ot water for six miles to Six Mile bridge where an ambulance of the Ferguson Undertaking company brought them to safety. R. T. Reese, one of the refugees, stated that any number of white dead was left floating beyond their reach. Harold Ferguson of the Ferguson company stated 1hat he, estimated the white death toll at Belleglade at 40 and that the negro toll would likely mount to 80. Ferguson also reported it took his men eight hours to make the trip out and back, having left at three o'clock Monday afternoon. A truck train is reported on Its way to this area for injured that will probably be brought in during early morning. Almost No Looting Authorities Report A surprisingly small amount of looting took place yesterday, police authorities reported last night. A heavy guard of officers has been maintained throughout the day and night. Due to the confusion and necessity of taking care of immediate situations repeatedly arising, no official record of looting or other infractions ot the law had been made up to 10:30 o'clock last night. Motor Lines Schedule In Full Effect Today The Florida Motor Lines sent three buses through from Miami and one southward yesterday. No further service was attempted along the coast, but five trucks and two touring cars for relief purposes to the lakei region. Service is to be resumed today. FiU- i.yiLilKllS ITuTOlMJ STORM'S VICTIMS The following men are patients of Good Samaritan hospital as a result of the hurricane: Ed Lindsey, Kelsey City, youth, hit by 2x6, midnight when house collapsed. At 8:30 a. ra., had not recovered consciousness. Gibbons, 325 Third street. Condition critical. Drandry, laceration of Neil C. exposure. Clinton arm. J. P. Smith, South Palm Beach. lacerations of head and arm. . Ike Smith, Lake Worth, fracture of leg. Robert Collins, bruises. Ernest Nuhouse, Kelsey City, threatened with pneumonia after being nearly drowned. The following women are patients of Good Samaritan as a result of injuries received in the hurricane: Mrs. Mary Torter, wife of Dr. b red L. Porter, 6211 Parker avenue fracture both legs. Miss Dorothy Covar, West Gate fracture loft thigh. Two babies, a boy and a girl were born during the heighth of the hurricane Sunday evening. Mrs. G. A. Jentile, West Gate, gave birth to a girl at 5:20 with the hurricane at its worst. At 7:10 Mrs. S. J. McCann, 620 Thirteenth street, gave birth to a boy. Seven patients were moved oujt of the. maternity ward early in the evening when windows were blown out a" d floors flooded. T. E. Prather, 72f Penn street, lacerations of head; C. E. Fenn, Florida Power and Light, lacerations; W. B. Covar, West Gate, fracture left foot; H. F. Guiding, Fowler's garage, nail in right foot for which tetanus anti-toxin given and P. H. Lazaire, 310 Seventh avenue. were dismissed, after receiving treatments. Many others were treated durin the night, it was said, and sent to the Pennsylvania hotel. Treated at Good Samaritan hos pital: Mrs. M. N. Wright, 610 Fern street, was treated for lacerations of the head and dismissed. Mrs. J. Weinman, 721 Penn street lacerated leg. Mrs. James Blaylock, West Gate, lacerations about head and body. Charles Wcingardiner, Boynton. injured font. Mrs. Nellie Wcingardiner, mother Continued : on. Page COUNTY WIDE SCOPE Food and Supplies to Communities Reporting Need; Request for Clothing With West Palm Beach as headquarters, the Red Cross was attempting yesterday to maintain a county .wide organization. Scouting parties were sent out early in the morning to various parts of the county and as reports of need were) received, attempts made to care for them. A truck ot food and medical supplies were dispatched in the morning to Delray, fallowing receipt of a call from Mayor Lysle Johnson of that city. Five trucks were sent to Pahokee, and the lake region at 9 o'clock last night, following receipt of reports of desolation and want there. Scouting parties were not able to reach Belleglade, but hope to get through today. Every building there was said to be; down, except the hotel, where Dr. W. J. Buck was in charge of an emergency hospital. Trucks wore? also dispatched to Kelsey City and Jupiter and other county towns. Responsible persons in each community were being designated to be in charge, of relief as it reached the town. Supplies from the Miami relief train are being used in this work and additional donations of clothing are expected today from cities further south. Post Office to Make Attempt At Delivery Mail delivery will be attempted today, weather permitting, Superintendent, of Mails Mctcalf said last night. With the exception of smashed windows, the main post office sustained little damage, and dampness was the only damage reported to the first-class mail. According to the superintendent, all mail is being placed in boxes as usual, and where delivery Is not. possible, mail may he obtained by calling at the post office. Both the North and South Borough stations were virtually demolished, and until they can be replaced, mail will he dispatched from the main office, it wa,s said. Estimate of Fifty Dead in County Announced By Red Cross Chief , Who Places City's Property Loss in Neighborhood of Ten Million Dollars Wreaking a toll of lives expected by Red Cross officials to total at least fifty in the county, and inflicting property damage estimated at ten millions of dollars foe the city and an additional ten millions for the remainder of Palm Beach county, the tropical hurricane, heralded for five days, struck Sunday afternoon. This county is believed to have suffered the brunt of the storm as it swept in from the sea after inflicting terrific punishment to Porto Rico and, it is believed, Nassau. Local weather records fell when the wind blew in at a force estimated at 125 miles per hour, at its greatest intensity. And what is believed to have been a national record was set when local barometers fell to 27.57 at G :18 o clock Sunday afternoon. This is four points lower than the glass fell in Miami during the hurricane of 192G, which was at that time the lowest point on record in the United States. Wind during the Miami hurricane blew, with a maximum velocity of 115 miles per hour. At 8 o'clock Sunday night a gust, several minutes in duration, was estimated at 130 miles. Property damage includes buildings of every character. It is believed not a single building in West Palm Beach escaped entirely and the majority suffered heavily. Many were totally destroyed, among them some large structures, garages, warehouses, etc. Homes, naturally, suffered greatest. The business district came in for a lashing that left the downtown area strewn with debris and inflicted immense loss not only to buildings but to stocks of merchandise as well. Frank G. Hathaway, of Miami, representative of the National Association of Credit Men, who spent Monday surveying merchandise damage here and at points between the city and Miami, said there probably will be not more than 30 per cent of salvage in local goods on shelves. Palm Beach suffered heavily. Many of the fine winter homes fronting the ocean, were damaged considerably. The Breakers Hotel suffered damage to north and south' wing roofs and resultant loss from water. The Royal Poinciana hotel also was damaged, though to what extent had not been determined late Monday. The botanical gardens of the Royal Poinciana suffered heavy loss in trees and shrubbery. The Alba Hotel at Palm Beach, is believed to have been damaged by water, when the central roof lost its protecting tar paper. Whitehall lost many windows and water damage is axpected to run to a considerable figure. The New Palm Beach and the Royal Daneli hotels also suffered from- broken windows and tvater damage. The section adjacent to Gus' Baths was heavily hit. Windows in the Billows Hotel were blown in and the parapet of the southern roof was buckled, exposing lumber and tile. Rainbo pier withstood the brunt of the storm. Some railing is gone; the office on the pier is gone but the aerial and masts of the wireless tower still rear skyward. Bob Milburn of the Palm Beach Gun club reported a loss of almost $600 worth of guns when the pier office blew away. Buried : y fall storms and then uncovered only to be buried again, the hulk of the James Judge, wrecked on this coast many years ago. and then partially destroyed by fire several seasons past, has reappeared in Palm Beach on the beach east of the Croker estate. Ocean Boulevard wao badly bitten by combers during Sunday afternoon and night. Partial destruction was seen south of Gus' Baths, just north of Royal Palm Way and north along Cottage Row above the Breakers. Although protected by bulkheading the road bears marks of erosion above the Palm Beach Country club. It Is one way traffic and a person may motor to the curve north of the Rodman Wana-makor 111 estate. Here the ocean shifted sands over the macadam surface or even changed its course. Latest reports west of West Palm Beach Pahokee and Belle Glade-report destruction and high waters. Howard Sharp of the Everglades Xews phoned general headquarters that wate. in Pahokee was seven feet high. An unconfirmed report stated that the populace from the surrounding countryside was huddled in the only substantial building. West Talm Beach and that stretch along State Road No. 4 as far south as Fort. Lauderdale, is emerging from its destruction to care for injured and prevent malady from arising. West Palm Beach early Monday morning sought the outside after weathering a record hurricane to greet, an awe Inspiring sight. Hardly a building in the city that did not suffer some minor or major damage. Hundreds of roofs off, other hundreds presenting a crazy quilt design part roof and then bare lumber. Wrecked or demolished homes were reported from all sections of the city: no one section being spared. Death reported hero and then, 01. ly one to two reports. The central section of the city was a scene of wreckage. Clematis was roped off by the work of the militia M i lu llil that took over the city at the request of city dads to aid the work of t ho huge army of volunteer polico forces. Lumber, galvanized iron, concrete bloclf and foliage blocked many streets. Downtown rafters exposed valuable merchandise. Toppled walla allowed seepage into interiors. Mops and workmen aided in saving many thousands of dollars of merchandise. Among the damage was: Demolition of the wo-siory l.yla!-Pratt furniture store in Northwood. Damage to the warehouse district at Northwood terminals. Wreckage of the Baptist Tabernacle L'nroofing; of St. Ann's Parochial school. I'll-roofing of the Gosinan and the Professional building". Demolition of the Christian church. Wreckage of the First Presbyterian edifice. Wreckage of the Palm Beach Yacht club and its pier. Destruction in tha Flamingo district included the demolishing of the Olarenoo Saunders store, unroofing of the Flamingo theatre. Damage to walls and frouu of adjacent stores in the section. Wreckage of the Belvedere gniage. Galvanized buildings along Belvedere road that included an onvi-mental structural iron works and others were razed. The indii.stri.il center in South Palm Beach also was partially destroyed. Lake Worth presented a similar picture. This was continued southward. Lantana reported unroofed dwellings and buildings. Few casualties and no deaths. Boynton reported the wreckage of a recently completed school that trapped a score as It fell but all g. ined safety with only slight injury. Delray reported the death of Mrs. L. B. White and the Injury ot her grandson as their homo toppled. Several negroes were reported killed. Yancito presented destroyed frame; dwellings and a badly wind-handled depot. Boca Raton had the novelty of 17 freight cars laying on their side. One was reported to have become a. truant from the string and to hava destroyed the Lantana station. Decrfield was damaged In proportion to the other towns passed. Several dored persons were reported killed here. Three mentioned. ' Pompano was damaged but no casualties reported. Floranado showed traces of tha storms path as did Fort Lauderdale but from here south the wind abated and Miami showed but slight traces of the destruction north of there. Red Cross Furnishes Help at West Gates Nineteen families in West Gats were supplied with food and other necessities last night by the Red Cross, with Immigration Officer A. W. Lawrence in command. According to the officer, these families remained In their homes to guard them and declined to be mov. ed to the city. The settkment is in. accessible from Okeechobee road ow. Ing to water and must he apprench. ed via Belvedere road and the Military Trail. - ,

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