Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 19, 1974 · Page 105
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 105

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, May 19, 1974
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·to. * ^ A. ft tr BEVERLY For your convenience CtvVrKAIJ.VMUATKII Unusually nice. Heated Pool and Kid die Pool. Cable TV. 1:1 A AHFATFIIIMTS KMOH.S, I 2 BKDKOOM KFF. % PARTH KXITS Motel and off street parking. Across street from TIIF. ATLANTIC Park and walk to these: h Block South ot Pavilion and Amusement area. Cafeteria and Bingo. Within 2 Blocks of,Downtown Myrtle 3each. 1 Stop Shopping Center. 1 1 iestauronts. 3 Arcades. 10 Gift Shops, .ounges. Fishing Pier. Laundromat. Carpet Golf 3 Theatres. 3 Blocks of Bus Station and 3 Churche«. For information write or call: KI'VKKI V IOm 703 N. Ocean Blvd. Myrtle Beach. S.C. 29577 PHONE 803/448-5231 f nn 2209 SOUTH OCEAN BLVD. MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. 29577 -i 803:448-5101 . From beach to balconies'everylhing is on the OCEAN FRONT 54 Ocean Front Units with Private Balconies. ROOMS. EFFIC. ARTS. 2 ROOM ARTS. BRIDAL SUITE, Connecting Units, Color TV. Direct Diol Phones. Kiddie Pool. Elevators. Ample on site parking. Restaurant Next Door. Ocean front family picnic ground with Barbecue Pits. Tennis on 19 courts and golf ot 14 golf and country clubs. To All Ocean Front Indigo Inn 2209 S. Ocean.B.lvd.. Myrtle Beoch. S.C. 29577 For rates information, inquire: r Rotes Brochures r Golf Tennis Name:. , Address City, State Zip h e s r d y perfected . cables' to bring gold ore down from the peaks of the High Sierras, and he thought his cables could pull tramcars too. He was not believed. This was not surprising. It has been said that the San Francisco street pattern must have been laid out on a barroom table at a meeting of the Flat Earth Society, unaware of the effect of gravity on a six-ton tram on a one-in-five hill. But Hallidie b u i l t his trams and his cables and, one dawn a hundred years ago, the first tram stood at the crest of Nob Hill. The intended driver took one long look down the six blocks of precipitous hills before him, got off, and slowly walked away. Halli- die drove it himself -- and it worked. These are cable cars with the cable not above them, as in Switzerland, but below them, running in slots beneath the streets. The never- ending cable moves at nine miles an hour. When he wants to move, the driver grips this moving cable with a device which looks like a cross between a railway signal -lever of the old pattern and a great big pair of pincers. When he wants to stop, he has to let go of the cable and use his wheel brakes. There are three kinds of brakes, which suggests that hot one of the three is confidently expected to work. One definition of a native San Franciscan is that he is a person who can reliably predict where a cable car is going to stop -- more or less. And all this, of course, is in heavy traffic. Everyone agrees that cable cars have right of way. Perhaps this is a bit hard on these moving historic l a n d m a r k s . They don't maim many people. The last bad crash was in 1967 when a cable car, descending a hill without a grip on the cable, crashed into two cars, flattened one, caught fire, scattered 35 of its passengers and killed two. But on the credit side, one cable car did bring-about what must be one of the most hilarious cases in the whole lawyer-ridden history of American actions "for damages. This was a cable car which rolled back on a hill one day in 1964. On board was Gloria Sykes, a S u n d a y school teacher in her 20s, who five years later sued the city of San Francisco for $500,000 asserting that the accident, in which she had suffered a few bruises, had turned her from modesty to nymphomania. Before the accident, she said, she had only had two lovers, and one of those had been a professor at the University of Michigan who sed uced her when she was high, on champagne. But afterwards she craved "emotional substance" and took 200 lovers in five years. Defense counsel for the city did his best. "Mathematically," -he iisaid; "it doesn't come out" at much." But Miss Sykes' virtue was t.» not to be spok She herself spoke about it in court for 2'/z days, about her 100 lovers. To ask her why,' she said, was like asking a mouse why it ate cheese. Outside the court, reporters bid for her diary. Inside, her attorney, having quoted Shakespeare, then turned to the Bible. She had lost the flower of her youth and was a fallen sparrow, but God in his infinite wisdom watched over even the fall of a sparrow. So did the j u r y . They awarded her $50,000. The foreman afterwards said he thought it should have been $300,000. The city considered it had got off lightly, and said it didn't care how much of the damages went to Gloria Sykes and how much to her lawyers. The tram that had caused this lamentable loss of spar- rowhood was inevitably called A Cable Car Named Desire. All good publicity, though, and this is what the cable cars are for. They are objects to put on travel posters advertising San Francisco. They are moving platforms from which tourists can see a panorama of the Golden Gate Bridge, the bay and Alcatraz. There are only 39 of them left and only three routes. Most of the city has ordinary buses. Only one new cable car has been built since 1906. The old colors have been carefully preserved. The Powell cars, those running on the most spectacular gradients, have pilot boards and steps in suede grey, seats and sashes in dupont sand, and fronts and ceilings-in du- pont ivory. The maintenance men love to scare you with tales of splicing worn cables at night -- each cable of six strands of 16 wires each, of mild plow steel. A cable is known as a rope. When a cable car grips and moves, it is said to "take rope." The men take rope and work the fearsome-looking grip, and who by making a slight mistake at the wrong time could smash the whole rackety caboodle, are the gripmen,- and they are straight out of the Stirring History of the Golden West. I am sure they are coached to play the part. In the old days they were all Irishmen, goodhearted fellows who would befriend newly-arrived Chinese by beating off thugs who wanted to rob them. In return, the Chinese would press on the Irishmen little gifts of rice cakes, tea, and carved ivory. Touching. There are still Irishmen. I was told there were Irishmen. I went to the two ends of the Powell and Hyde Line and inquired for Irishmen. But every driver I saw was black and they all had a lovely braggadocio. . The conductors have a patter, perhaps having been convinced, like London bus conductor^, that all proper conductors do. "Fares," sang out the conductor at the top of Nob Hill. "Pay now. Clear your conscience. We're going down." irnrrt rt'ahtf ·«. 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C O X X I K J O F H I S F . . OW.XKKS OCEAN FRONT "IN THE HEART OF MYRTLE BEACH" Telephone 803-448-8327 * ROOMS EFFICIENCIES * GOLF SPECIAL "nvate Ba'cor.ies in most units. Refrigerators in most r^ms. Cable Color TV. Heater Pool Kiddie Pool. 8 Golf Courses, Phones in most looms. 5% discount to compact cars. FOR FREE INFORMATION SEND COUPON BELOW! 1702 North Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 29577 CG NAME · ADDRESS : 51 EFFICIENCIES 41 ROOMS CITY · STATE ZIP flfe flriftaroi A Hotel on the Ocean Front serving Families since 1931---Conveniently located within easy walking distance of major shopping center, pavilion ana* amusement areas. Ask about our Golf Package offering breakfast, room and play at 10 Championship Courses including Famous Dunes. Tennis, too, is available. For additional information just tall Driftwood on the Ocean 803-448-7158 or mall in coupon today mmmmmm Delightful Ocean Front Motor Inn ... Driftwood on the Ocean Box275CG 16th Avenue North Myrtle Beach, 5. C 2 95 77 Name Address. Stare .. Zip Cherry Tree Inn , 5400 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577 CG Phone 803-449-3308 ·Play 8 Championship Golf Courses ·Tennis ·Ocean Front Heated Pool enclosed for cool days ·Rooms ·Efficiencies ·Suites ·Deep Sea ·Surf«Inlet Fishing J -' - ·Cable Color TV. Restaurant Lounge B-ner-manoger CUT OUT AND MAIL TODAY State Magazine, May ]9, 1874 Pledse send me color brochure and rotes: Name.. . Address City Slate. ..,,,-.. Zip. CHARLESTON, H. VA.35m.

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