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Thursday, Aug. 21, 1941
THE BEAUFORT NEWS BEAUFORT, N. C.
Pamlico Inn On Ocracoke Island, Established by Late Captain
Bill Gaskill, and Operated Today By David Gaskill Is Still A
Most Popular Place For Sportsmen And Vacationists To Stop
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OCRACOKE'S PAMLICO INN is pictu
standing beneath the sign. This famous ho
sportsmen and vacationists from all parts o
Bill Gaskill. It was at Pamlico Inn that th
Meeting and Convention at Ocracoke made
to a number of families who take their child
is directly on the Sound-side of the island.
red above with its operator David Gaskill
stelry which has included among its guests,
f the world was established by the late Capt.
e IN. c ioung Republican's on an Invitation
their headquarters. Pamlico Inn also caters
ren there because they like its location which
Photo and cut courtesy Elizabeth City Ad-
Banker Poiiies Still Roam
Carolina Coastal Area
Summer Pony Penn
A thousand small, wild
horses, known as "banker
ponies,'' still roam along the
sand banks that skirt the
coast of North Carolina.
Pony pennings held two or
three times a Summer attract
numerous visitors. For, they
form this State's chief rep
resentations of the more fa
mous western rodeos.
Although the ponies run wile!
over the sand dunes, they all have
owners, and it is the attempt to
brand the young colts that occa
sions the periodic roundup. Some
times, too, the animals are offered
for sale, and bidders come from
far and wide.
Once tamed, the horses are not
ed for their docility and endur
ance. But it is difficult at the out
set to teach them to obey or to
Stunted in growth, though larg
er than Shetland ponies, these wild
horses graze on the coarse grasses
of the sand banks, supporting
themselves almost wholly on salt
foods. Accordingly, it is hard to
get them accustomed to dry hay
or the mainland feeds.
So much grass and so many
plants are consumed by these van
dals and other coastal animals that
they are held largely responsible
for the alarming lack of vegeta
tion on the banks, leading to ero
sion dangers on the narrow penin
sulas between sounds and sea. But,
when it was suggested that the
ponies and cattle be killed, in or
der to save the beach grasses and
shrubs being planted in "brush
panel fences to hold back the en
croaching ocean and anchor the
sand dunes, stout defenders of the
banker ponies raised so much op
position to the murder plot that it
There are said to be more pon
ies along the banks today than
there were a decade or more ago,
when another furore was caused
by the State law requiring all pon
ies and cattle to be dipped in spec
ial dipping vats in the effort to rid
the section of Texas fever ticks.
Rather than go to the trouble
and expense of catching and dip
ping these elusive animals, many
owners sold their ponies. In some
areas vats were blown up as fiery
protests against the legislation.
After the controversal law went
out of effect, when the tick danger
was past, the ponies grew more
numerous on the banks. But they
still fall far short of the many
thousands that were there years
Where the banker ponies came
from originally, how they got on
the Carolina banks and what their
podigree may be constitute some
of the great enigmas of the coast
Some persons assert that their
ancestry may go back to the sur.
vivinsr horses of .the drowned
Egyptian hosts reclaimed from the
Red Sea and taken on world mi
grations by the Israelites under
Moses and Aaron. Another theory
is that they might have been left
in Florida by Ponce de Leon, mak
ing their way gradually northward.
Other people believe they could
have been brougght to the New
This Is Another
Of Cape Hatteras
One c the most remarkable sto
ries, cof.'.ing out of the great treas.
uie-noi. d ol human interest, the
Hatterr.s Banks, a gold button or
insignia medalion, found by Mrs.
Dan Bainett in an old graveyard
that had been blown out by the
winds that howl about the cape ir.
winter, many years ago.
Captain Robley D. Evans, later
to become famous as "FijihtinK
Bob", sn admiral of the U. S. Navy,
at that time inspected the light
houses along the coast. On a visit
to Cape Hatteras he saw this but
ton in the home of Mrs. Harnett,
and it excited his curiosity. Mrs.
Burnett told him the stury of find
ing the button, whereupon .-Vlmini
Evans asked for the button whith
wns presented him by Mrs. Har
riett. About six months later Admiral
Evans, with a party of strangers,
arrived at the Barnett home an.!
asked to be shown the spot where
the button was found. Lpon ex
amining the ground, they soon un
earthed the bones ot what proved
in thfW satisfaction to be an En
glish Admiral, long lost to his peo
ple. The party carried the bone?
away and left old Mrs. Barnett th?
proud possessor of a gift of fifty
Mnthinir more has been heard of
the bones or of the gold button.
It is one of the countless myster
ies nf the caDe. Was this some
great English Admiral who had
drifted away from home, or was he
an expatriate of his country, or
was he shipwrecked and lost? Ev
idently, he had been buried since
before the Civil War,
and not until that late date, some
sixty years ago, was his last rest
ing place discovered. By Victor
Meekins in The Dare County
GREATEST NATURAL DEEP WATER HARBOR
EXTENDS A HEARTY WELCOME TO VISITORS
ON THE COAST
We Urge Those In Authority to Soon Include Core
Banks In America's First National Seashore Which
Now Extends Potentially To Ocracoke Island.
VISIT THE NATIONAL SEASHORE AREA
World by Sir Walter Raleigh's
colonists. A more humorous con
jecture is that the horses "devel
oped by evolution from the sand
fiddler." The most widely-accepted
suriDOsition is that they were
descendde from a shipload of hors
es on a craft wrecked off the dan
gerous coast, probably from an old
You may be feeling utterly
pediculous today, but that's no
excuse. Sail right into these
questions, indicate your answers
in the space provided for them
and then look up the answers
and your rating.
(1) The map of Europe is an odd
and rapidly changing place. That
little country Serbia, which figured
so prominently in World War I is
now part of (a) Bulgaria; (b) Yugo
slavia ; (c) Hun- I
gary; (d) Albania, y
(2) A man died and when they
found his will it was holographic,
which meant (a) he left all to char
ity ; (b) the will had no witnesses;
(c) it was in his own handwriting;
(d) it was drawn
up by an attorney. I
(3) These are gentlemen of the
world of sport, contending with each
other In (a) wrestling; (b) track;
(c) basketball; j I
(d) volleyball. I t
(4) If a man got mad with you
and said "I'm going to shake you
by your epiglottis" you'd instinc
tively protect your (a) shoulder; (b)
stomach; (c) r"
hand; (d) neck. )
(5) Marmosets are unusual pets.
They belong to the family of (a)
rodents; (b) monkeys; I I
(c) cats; (d) dogs. 1 I
(8) Winchell was once in show
business. He was (a) a monologuist;
(b) a comedian; (c) a r" "1
dancer; d) a magician. I 1
(7) A profiteer is simple enough
but a buccaneer is (a) big-moutn;
(b) a braggart; ic a
burglar; (d) a pirate.
1. (b) for 10 pts
2. (toughie) (c) for 25 pts
3. (c) for only 10
4. (d) for 15 pts
5. (b) for 10 points
6. (c) for 20 pts
7. (d) for 10 pts
RATINGS: 90-100, keen
a whistle: 80-90. TOTAL
keen; 70-80, whistle; 60-
70. peep I
BECUZ. OUR SUBSCRIPTION!
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Rob Hanks Tolson Makes A Living
Catching Hard Crabs On Ocracoke
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Consumpsion of lumber in the
first six months of 1941 is esti
mated at 15,736,000,000 feet, or
18 percent above the amount used
in the first half of 1940.
ROB HANKS TOLSON, native of Ocracoke Island makr.
a living catching hard crabs on Ocracoke Island. One o;
his best customers is the Pamlico Inn and in the above pic
ture he is shown cleaning the crustacean delicacies whic ;
will be prepared for the dining room by Miss Elizabet.j
Styron, chef-ette at the famous old hostelry. (Photo by
Caldwell County farmers have
already used 91 carloadsof AAA
ground agricultural limestone and
four carloads of AAA triple sup
erphosphate on their pastures,
meadows, and cropland this year.
TRADE WITH OUR ADVERTISERS
They Make It Possible For Beaufort to Have A Newspaper
When You Go To
U.S. Mail Boat " ALETA '
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Running Time Between The Island And Mainland
THREE AND HALF HOURS
(EASTERN STANDARD TIME)
Leave Atlantic 1 P. M. Arrives Ocracoke 4:30 P. M
Leave Ocracoke 7 A. M. Arrives Atlantic 10:30 A. M.
(Sunday Schedules Also Until Sept. 15, 1941)
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Mailboat Makes Connections in Atlantic With Seashore
Transportation Company Bus Line To Everywhere
HOW TO REACH OCRACOKE VIA U. S.
Drive Your Car Direct To Atlantic Via Morehead City
And B aufort Over U. S. Highway 70 (Car Storage
Available In Atlantic)
Via Motor Bus of Seashore Transportation Company
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION WRITE
Master U. S. Mailboat " Aleta" Atlantic, N. C.
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