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(One Day Nearer Victory) THURSDAY, SEPT o,
THE WAYNES VILLE MOUNTAINEER
THE rORGOTTEN FLEET mystery"
by Van Wyck Mason
The last mile? Idiotically Colby
was reminded of the stage char
acter's slow parade to eternity.
How eerily the footfalls reverber
ated in the musty corridors. What
had been Ferguson's idea? Un
doubtedly it would prove most un
Bewildered and desperately un
easy. Colby and the girl were con
ducted along one passage after an-
barb of fear stung Colby's heart,
since childhood confined spaces had
affected him with a reaction not
unlike nausea. ,
The dim lantern light beating
past Hans' blond head revealed
what Colby guessed to be one of the
water-tight bulkheads designed to
prevent the ship from filling more
fer injury. Scores of rivet heads' waUg Bnd lit by only the canoie s
glinted like dead eyes and a vista feeble flicker. , .
of rust-streaked walls and floor Mftw." Ehrenbreit called ana
other, then down a skeletonic iron'met Colby's eye. How small and nig voice had become faint, mein
ladder into a dim, oily smelling ; terrified Geneva looked would she cieVer freunden, ve vill leave you
eive up the secret or would the .a see Vot ve find in the smoiuis
thought of that tired old women 1 room only vun of us iss going w
in the Bronx keep her suentT
r..npv Benet started
when a-loud dankine ik. com
menced and even he in the uni
form coat looked shaken when the
stout door commenced to slide side
wtse Ferguson and Han. heaved
steadily at a hh
gradually narrowed the hand of
smuu , nrisoners'
rid was bounded by four steel
engine room where ine intricate
steel ganglions of the engines loom
ed faint and enormous by the
wavering light of the lantern now
carried by Hans. Hugh shafts,
pistons and gears, all daubed thick
with grease, seemed ready to fall
in upon and overwhelm the little
Following Hans, Geneva Benet
Stumbled with weariness but stub
bornly clung to her secret. After
her Tug, his weasel face very taut,
shuffled along, then Colby, who
was followed by Ferguson and
They halted at last on the gritty
coal dust covered floor of the
Mount Vernon's Number Four fire
room. Here Ferguson, who seemed
familiar with every detail of the
ship, opened a small iron door
oft" the fire room and beckoned
forward the wide-eyed prisoners.
'Come on !Get a move on."1
Ferguson roughly shoved first Ge-'
neva and then Colby into a light-,
less space which stank with bilge
water, rust and wet iron. A tiny
Ehrenbreit unexpectedly pro
duced a candle end from his pocket
lit it and set it on the steel floor
of the compartment.
'.'So you can see what happeens,"
he remarked, "and also so you can
watch each other's faces. Am I
Sweating, Colby offered a few
choice insults, but Ehrenbreit only
laughed and stepped back out
through the heavy little door.
It was an unforgettable picture
that the water-tight compartment
offered to the two dirtied and dis
hevelled prisoners as they stood
against the far wall blinking sul
lenly into the glare of the flash
lights. "Vill you talk?" '
"No. I tell vou we know nothine
you're making a stupid mistake.''
Said Ferguson." "Don't worry,
boss, they'll start chirping pretty
soon. Okay to close the door?
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OvM SjOOO BWR RCTAILES5
OPEIBATe IN NORTH CAROLINA.
YET THE FOUNDATION, 5NCH
HAV.M9.HA9 HADTO ClOSt
UP OULY20O FOR FAILING TO
"CLEAN VP" WHEN ORDERED TO
Back of the North C.:;o....a Committee's"' "Clean Up
or Close Up" Campaign is the sincere desire to make
the state a better place to live in.
This Campaign reflects thedemand of overwhelm
ing majority of beer dealers that their business ttd,
and freed 1005, of any taint attached to It by the ac
tivities of even a few Jaw violators.
You give truly effective help every time you MM by
the anti-social outlet in favor of those dealer 01 un
questioned ethical and business standards.
For Victory Buy War Bonds and Stands
?vs sumn umuna vommutce
EDGAR H.BAINJfe?w. fffin P. ..,i.tinA tttimft
vait outside. Vhen you "f
your minds you can tap three
times on that door V!th one of the
bolts. See them at your feet?
been used as a storage Place for
spare engine room "P"
rougher sort; a few. rivets, JM
and some sections oi iru "'. '
on the floor. Otherwise the cubicle
was bare. , . -
Only when the trample of feet
had faded away did Geneva Benet
give way and cling convulsively to
Colby's rigid figure. .Oh,W
so afraid," she sobbed. Whats
go-going to happen?" . .
-I've a rough idea,' he admitted
iorkily. Meanwhile his eyes ran
back and forth. Apparently located
not far from the ship's stern, this
water-tight compartment stretched
across half the beam but, due to the
steel floor, was not over six feet
Somewhere overhead and outside
began a tapping noise, rather like
new steam in a radiator. It was
followed by a rushing sound and
promptly the air took on a new
"Nice Idea," Colby remarked
acidly, "It's as I feared Ehren-'
breit's followed Ferguson's sugges
tion and has opened the sea cocks
for this compartment."
In his arms the girl raised a
face haggard but still lovely. "And
what--what does that mean?"
"Well drown pretty soon like
kittens in a bag-"
"We can tell them," the girl said.
"Yes. But what I don't like
about it is that evn if we come
across with the information they
may not let us out. Still they may
stand by their promises. Let's
take a look about."
He caught up the candle and,
on conducting a more careful in
spection of their prison in search
of an exit, found that on all sides
rose sheer iron walls. In one there
was set a watertight door similar
to that through which they had
entered. The handwheel which
manipulated it, however, had been
"Is is there any hope?" Geneva
''No telling we can give the
high sign if things get too close."
"Oh I I'm so sorry I got you
"Don't worry about that," came
his voice harsh with anxiety, "we'd
never have been here if I hadn't
been careless about that confound
The air was getting chillier and
as Colby knelt to hastily examine
the bolts and lengths of pipe scat
tered on the floor he realized that
the water was rising very fast be
neath the floor plates.
After fighting down an impulse
of panic, Colby turned to the girl
and said as quietly as possible.
"Don't like the look of this at all
isn't even a sporting chance.
1 ik kmc- fh
W V- XW
JUOf of Any ytoiAtH.
We'd better tell 'era."
The yellow orange rays of the
candle lent a false warmth to the
girl's cheeks as she faced him with
a touch of defiance. "I don't want
to surrender until there's no pos
sible chance of escape left. My
mother you understand."
Colby stared a little surely she
could not have comprehended the
gravity of the situation. Couldn't
she realize that their chances of
get that a cold current was creep
ing inside of his boots the ex
soldier gathered up several lengths
of pipe and eyed them speculative
"Maybe," he said, "if we could
jam one of these pipes over the
stud we'd get a longer axis and
could" get a better purchase."
Stooping, he selected the largest
of the pipe sections but on trying
it found it to be too large. He
quitting this steel cortin alive were was shaken, he realized, more than
very sl!m indeed? He grinned he had been since that time in the
"I'll do what I can, but I won't
A hasty examination showed
that the watertight door into the
next bulkhead was shut and now
that the wheel which controlled it
was missing, it would, for lack of
j purchase, be almost impossible to
operate only the shaft base and
a quadrangular stud perhaps two
inches long remained.
"How's your courage, sister?"
he asked. ' :
"Not a bit downhearted," came
the dauntless reply. 'Tell me what
to do and I'll try to do it. Oh
How silly of me. I I've never
been afraid of getting my feet
wet before "
By which Colby furiously plumb
ing the depths of his experience for
an idea learned that the water had
now risen to the floor. In a mo
ment now it would overflow the
steel plates upon which they were
standing, and for all her forced
carelessness the candle's dim flick
er reveal ed a very strained ex
pression on Geneva Benet's dusty
streaked features. God, how black
and forbidding were these walls
and ponderous iron ribs of steel!
Colby on examining the stud of
the operating mechanism for the
watertight door, found it to be
rusty and apparently unused for a
long time. Useless to try turning
the stud by hand. Trying to for-
WOULD YOU DO THIS JOB FOR
i 'I mMtfA., ,
And when ju and the carpet are both worn
'" o a frazzle, would you clean the oil lamps ...
and do a week's wash. on a knuckle-bruising
. board ... and run down to the springhouse
after milk and butter ... all for the same 10c?
"No bargain!" you say. But electricity does
all these jobs and moreiot a dime a day or
! less in the average Carolina home. What's
more, that dune's value has grown so steadily
that today it buys about three times as much
I service as it did 15 years ago.
f f' Probably that the biggest bargain m the
world! It developed over the years in a dis
tinctive American pattern.
J1 Business' men with vision built electric com
p; parties to supply service. Other men with faith
' invested their savings so the companies could
grow. That created more jobs and more cus
tomers at lower costs. '
Today, under proved anil practical business
management, America enjoy the most abun
idant electric power In the world power for
production that will help win the war power
that will enrich the life of every one m peac-t-l
years to come.
POWER a LIGHT
NOTICE OF SALE
IN THE SUPERIOR COURT
HAYWOOD COUNTY and TOWN
PAULINE MoCRACKEN PLOTT
ET VI R. ET AIa
Under and hy virtue of an Order
of Resale made and entered in the
above entitled cause in the Super
ior Court of Haywood County, dat
ed September 8, 1942, the under
signed Commissioners will, on Sep
tember 28th, 1942, at eleven o'clock
a. m., at the Courthouse door in
Waynesville, N. C, offer for sale
at public auction to the highest
bidder for cash, subject to confirma
tion by the Court, the following
described property located in the
Town of Waynesville, Haywood
County, N. C, to-wit:
FIRST TRACT: In the Town of
Waynesville, and the new plat
thereof and known as Lot No. 119
in said plat made by Capt. Ram
seur, BEGINNING at the South E,
corner of Hilliard lot on Main
Street , and runs North with Hil
Hard's line thirteen poles and five
links to a stake; thence South
eighty-six East six poles and ten
links to a stake: thence South two
degrees East twleve poles and
twelve links to a stake on Main
Street: thence to the BEGINNING
SECOND TRACT: Lying and be
ing m the Town of Waynesville and
being Lots Nos. 1 and 2 of the plat
and sub-division of what is known
as the "Temple Lot" as made and
sub-divided by J. W. Seaver, C. E.,
August, 1920, and which said map
Is duly recorded in the office of the
Register of Deeds of Haywood
County in Map Book "B", page,
and which said lots herein conveyed
are more particularly described as
follows, to-wit: BEGINNING at a
stake in the margin of Main Street,
corner to Lot No. 3, and running
thence N. 87M5' E. 54 feet to a
stake, corner to the McCracken
home lot; thence running N. 4
45' W. with the line of the McCrack
en lot 203 feet to a stake, near
corner of lot No. 30; thence S. 84
15 W. 48 feet to a stake, nea
corner of lot No. 29; thence run
ning with the line of lot No. 30,
S. 2 45' E. 202 feet to a stake in
the margin of Main Street, the BE
This September 10th, 1942.
J. R. MORGAN,
A. T. WARD,
and tugged like mad. Though the
foul-smelling water drawing a cold
line about his thighs served as a
sharp incentive, he only skinned
his palms and floundered noisily
for the door stud would not move
even a fraction of an inch. With
grim and haunted eyes he cast a
glance at the girl.
"No fooling, Sister we're sunk.
Done all we can
"But" tragedy incarnate and
selfless courage both were written
in her eyes. "Must we ? .
'Yes!" he gasped. "Takes time
to shut those blasted sea cocks."
Colby abandoned his efforts on
the watertight door and, seizing a
section of pipe, commenced to beat
in sequences of three on the door
A. A 1
iieoiesi me eng ne
, "Yeh?" Ferguson6
"Let us out! WeH tln-
shouted. , "Quick th
ended abruptly ad above
of mrushing water thTs -
soldier heard a faint J.- npd
ueai it, J-ermRrm a .."nr.
(To Be Continued)
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One War Week
A calendar of event on one war job in one recent week giv t raphie
picture of how General Electric is working to meet wartime emergtneiet.
Philippines when that amonk na
tive had come rushing at him.
''Try another," the girl urged.
"I'm sure youll get us out of this."
Though she strove to speak calmly,
for all that, the cold dirty water
swirling about her slender ankles
must have been definitely unnerv
ing. He caught up another section
and hurriedly jammed it on the
end of the stud and this time it
seemed as if it could be forced
Murmuring encouraging mono
syllables, Colby ripped off his tat1
tered uniform coat, seized another
section of pipe and, using it as a
hammer, commenced to drive the
first section into dace, so it might
be used on the simple principle of!
a socket wrench.
"Just say your prayers, sister,"
he panted, then while veins stood
out in cords on his neck and fore
head he seized the length of stud
pipe in both hands, and wrenched
1. THURSDAY: An order was
received at an eastern G E factory
for equipment needed by a U. S.
warship near Australia. A special
call went out.
2. THURSDAY NIGHT: Ai
many workers as could be ' tfi.
ciently employed on the job worked
all night, all day FRIDAY,
sembling the equipment.
3. SATURDAY: Under police
escort, the equipment was rushed
to a nearby airport. Traveling by
plane, it arrived in San Francisco
4. WEDNESDAY: A bombiej
plane landed the equipment st Is
Pacific destination 10,000 mils
from the factory sin diyi after
receipt of order.
Ceneral Electric bslisvas that its first duty as
good citittn is to be a good soldier.
Gtntral Electric Company, Schtiwctady, N. Y.
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Five weeks ago . . .long before the President's special
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