The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 10, 1968 · Page 173
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 173

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 10, 1968
Page 173
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was the softer dry sand on the higher part of the beach. On some nights stops were made at the houses of refuge the Federal Government built along the beach which acted as weather observation stations and whose crews also rescued and fed wrecked sailors. One of these is still preserved at Stuart and can be visited. Another was located at what is now Delray Beach and was called "The Orange Grove House of Refuge" because an abandoned wild orange grove was located in back of it. A third was at Ft. Lauderdale and a fourth at Miami Beach. The curious, rather exact technique of walking the beach was explained to the present author by one of the real barefoot mailmen, the late Dan McCarley of Lantana, before he, the last of them, died in the late Thirties. McCarley demonstrated the special way of this to keep the legs springy and prevent them from tiring. It came from the fact that there is, of course, a slant to the beach, and walking on a slant is tiring. So the mailman, when walking south, made his stride on the right leg, the higher part of the beach, just a little quicker than the left, so that the steps were equalized. When going north he reversed the process. When a carrier or a foot passenger had mastered this technique he was called a good "beach walkist." Virtually nothing could stop these exceptional mailmen. One thing that did was a Spanish wine ship being wrecked on the coast. When the wine casks were washed ashore the entire population, including the mailman, sampled them so enthusiastically that the mail didn't get through that trip. One barefoot mailman had trouble once when one of his foot passengers became disgruntled at the rigors of the three-day beach walking trip, and the food and bed provided, and blamed the mailman for these. After arriving in Miami he decided to get back at the mailman by mailing three heavy coconuts with him. Later he evinced an interest in geology and mailed some heavy rocks. Finally he attempted to mail a small tree, but at this the mailman revolted and refused to take it. When reported to Washington an edict was passed that no packages of any weight were Copyright', I96H by Theodore Pratt in "That Was Calm Beach." All rights reserved. WESLEY MANOR RETIREMENT VILLAGE OF FLORIDA Retire among beautiful surroundings a church-sponsored, non-profit Wesley Manor Retirement Village. A few openings are still available! Send today for complete information. NAME ... ADDRtSS . (IIY. SEND THIS COUPON IN TODAY MAI L TO SIAU WESLEY MANOR RETIREMENT VILLAGE JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA 32223 a rttircmtnt facility ( JatkinviHt Mtthctditl Hmt, Int. All Florida Magozint It

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