"Nature Loses Another Battle as Memorial Is Dedicated in Downpour", The Daily Advance (Elizabeth City, N.C.), 21 November 1932
Nature Loses Another Battle as Memorial Is Dedicated in Down Pour
In Spite of Effort of Wind and Rain to the Contrary, Man Signalizes His
Important Triumph in Air
Good Faith of His Smile Backed p By Twinkle in His Eye, Straightness Out
Saturday saw man win a minor but impressive victory over Nature, on the
wind swept coast where, back in 1903, she lost her most spectacular battle
A Drenching rain fell in torrents from the sky, and a southwest wind
whipped it into those who had gathered at Kill Devil Hill to honor Orville
Wright and the memory of his bother, Wilbur Wright.
And, in order to keep away man's reinforcements, Nature spent the night
making the 13 mile dirt approach to the Wright memorial Bridge a slippery
soggy mass, an he road between Manteo and the Memorial a lake for canoes.
But the State Highway Patrol was present and in the absence of the heavy
traffic expected, their chief duty became the assistance of beleaguered
The same night had been the wind sweep from their peg the tents of the
detachment of soldiers from Fort Monroe, and the troops had to perform the
day's duties Saturday in soaked clothing.
During the official inspected of the monument by government of officials
the rain slackened slightly and it looked as if the worst was over. The
official party came to the speakers stand from the pylon in a light
drizzle. On their way cannon roared out a 19 gun salute to the Secretary
of War, Patrick J Hurley, who accepted the beacon on behalf of the
Orville Wright Greeted
Shortly after the War Secretary came Orville Wright, unrecognized for the
moment, who had to push himself a path through the crowd that pressed
around the speakers box.
Once there thought he became the center of things. Admiral Moffet was the
first to sight him, then Governor-elect J. C. B. Ehringhaus quickly
followed by Editor Josephus Daniels, former Secretary of the Navy, who
told Mr. Wright that "I always come to Kitty Hawk when you are down" as
the pair recalled the 25th anniversary celebration in 1928.
Out in front of the cover stands had been erected a tent, which was soon
packed as nearly a thousand spectators jammed their way into it. A handful
fringed the pathway running in front of the speakers stand while several
core stuck to their cars.
General L. H. Bash of the Quartermaster Corps. as chairman of the committee
on arrangements, presided over the affair. He read a message of regrets
and congratulations from President Hoover, and hen attempted to introduce
Congressman Lindsay Warren, the first speaker. And here Nature rose up in
all her fury, soaking the speakers stand and pulling loose the covering of
the guest pavillion [pavilion]. The noise of
the wind and the flapping of the tarpaulins caused the General to halt
News Reel Men Struggle
For the moment it looked as if Nature had won her victory. But while news
reel [newsreel] men struggled with their
equipment, men of the Army, from privates right on up to generals fought
the canvas protections into subjugation.
General Bash then took up his introduction again and presented Mr. Warren,
who paid tribute to the Wrights and told of the fight for the memorial,
cutting short his address by about five minutes as a concession to the
Miss Ruth Nichols was presented and said a few words, after which she
disappeared only to be found later at the foot of the pylon which she
unveiled after Governor-elect Ehringhaus, and Secretary Hurley had paid
brief but powerful tributes to the bicycle mechanics who made flight
The formal ceremonies over most of the crowd in both the spectators
pavillion [pavilion] and the guest stand rushed
for cars and shelter. A few climbed the hill to the monument and among
these was Orville Wright who ascended to the top of the pylon to view the
vista that unfolds for miles around. As the ceremonies were drawing to a
close Nature had yielded and had sent his brother gave the world flight.
Those who came saw what is one of the country's most impressive memorials
unveiled in commemoration of man' triumph over air, rest in a "monument"
to the Quartermaster Corps of the Army, which in anchoring Kill Devil Hill
defeated the near irresistible combine wind and sand. And so, complete has
been man's victory in the air field [airfield]
that those who didn't come were able to sit at home, although thousands o
miles away and hear the proceedings as plainly if not more so than the
|Citation:|| "Nature Loses Another Battle as Memorial Is Dedicated in Downpour", The Daily Advance (Elizabeth City, N.C.), 21 November 1932.|
|Location:|| North Carolina Collection, Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858 USA|