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“ The Halifax Explosion ’*
By FLOYD GIBBONS
Famous Headline Hunter
I DON’T believe it hurts any of us to stop once in a while
gnd take stock, to reflect how lucky we actually are.
That’s one reason why I’m telling today the adventure of
Mrs. B. A. Henneberry of New York, N. Y. It’s an incred
ible tale, this story of how out of two hundred people living
within range of an explosion, only ten survivors remain—
of whom Mrs. Henneberry is one.
A*s. Henneberry’s house was at 1408 Barrington street, Halifax, Nova
Scotia, Canada. Because the large row of houses was owned by a Mr.
Flynn, it was knowm as Flynn Block. The day was December 6, 1917,
At 8:30 a. m. the Henneberry children, all five of them, were
getting ready for school. The two oldest children had just left the
house, and the younger ones were eating their breakfast.
A hundred yards out in the harbor, directly across from Mrs. Henne
berry’s house, several boats lay at anchor, one of them carrying am
munition, for this was during the World war.
The Ammunition Ship Exploded.
Mrs. Henneberry, wishing to make sure the children had gone around
the corner to school, as was her custom Went to the front door and
In the harbor, she noticed a cloud of smoke rising. She remembers
hearing someone say, “MY GOD, THE BOAT’S EXPLODED!’* Then
a blast of air lifted her bodily.
She lost consciousness. . .
Mrs. Henneberry's husband had served overseas with the second
draft of the Sixty-thirds. On the day of the explosion he was in the hos
pital. W’hen he heard the noise of the explosion, he said to one of his
buddies. “The Germans have got us,” thinking it was an air raid.
Just then one of the boys came In and said, “No, Ben, all
the North Side is blown up, one of the boats exploded carrying
When Ben Henneberry heard that, he said: “My family is up
there.” Hastily he assembled some of his friends and started for the
north end of the city. All the soldiers and sailors were out to help them.
Throngs of Hysterical People.
The city was roped in because all the people who had relatives liv
ing there were trying to rescue them—shouting and yelling and nearly
going mad with fear and anxiety, so Mrs. Henneberry relates. If the
people were not stopped—some of them—they would actually run Into
Into this rush of hysterical human beings, Ben Henneberry pushed
his way, making with agonized premonition for the unrecognizable mass
of fallen stone and timbers that had been his home. . .
When Mrs. Henneberry came to, after the explosion, she was lying
In the cellar of her home. All around her she could hear people scream
ing for help. She was completely pinned by the large timbers and foun
dation of her house. She was lying on her back, and all she could do was
to move her fingers, she says.
One thing, and that only, saved her from being burned to
death. Her home was so close to the water that the waves
washed all over the demolished building, extinguishing tlying
sparks. Otherwise, Mrs. Henneberry says, "I wouldn’t be hero
to tell the story.”
Not far off. completely crushed and buried under timber and de
bris, lay one of Mrs. Henneberry’s children. She could hear the child
moaning and crying, but she could not move to help her. After a while
■he heard the child's cries cease, and she knew she was dead.
Then Mrs. Henneberry sank into merciful unconsciousness.
Their Five Children All Dead.
At three o’clock. Ben Henneberry, frantic with grief, came upon the
unconscious form of his wife, and the scattered bodies of his five dead
children. Of this I simply cannot write. No words of mine could ever
portray this scene, nor would I if I could. Suffice it to say that the grief
stricken husband and his friends assisted in putting Mrs. Henneberry on
one of the numerous boats that were taking victims in relays to a hos
pital in the south end of the city.
So extensive was the damage that all hospitals were Jammed, vic
tims were taken to the colleges for treatment and hospitalization. Mrs.
Henneberry says she was taken to the ’’Women's College.” Some doc
tors and nurses from Massachusetts had been sent along, and she hap
pened to be one of their patients. She was so badly hurt that she just lay
numb for three weeks. When she got out of the hospital, she had to
walk on crutches for a year.
While Mrs. Henneberry was In the hospital, her family doctor
came Into the ward and was talking to one of her neighbors.
Speaking of Mrs. Henneberry, he remarked how badly he felt,
after being her doctor for so many years; for, he said, he could
hold out little hope for her. When Mrs. Henneberry heard him say
that she spoke up: "No, doctor, I’m still here."
“He was the most surprised man 1 ever looked at,’’ Mrs. Henneberry
Relatives in Massachusetts mourned her as dead. On Christmas Day
they got word she was still alive—“The best Christmas present they ever
got," they said
Name of Lake Is Longest
in the English Language
goggchaubungungamaug is a beau
tiful body of water lying within the
'imits of Webster, Mas., and near
the Connecticut line. It has an area
of about two miles and is noted
chiefly for its unusual name, which
is believed to be a combination of
the names of three Algonquin Indian
villages which once stood on the
shores of the lake, with a termina
tion meaning, “fishing place at the
boundary” thrown in for good meas
The lake has three divisions, notes
a writer in the Indianapolis News—
upper, middle and lower, and ac
cording to a popular story two In
dian tribes living on opposite ends
of the lake had a long dispute as to
which tribe had the right to fish
in the middle section. Finally they
framed a treaty providing that each
tribe had exclusive rights in its own
end of the lake, but neither had the
right to fish in the middle, and
they applied to the iake a name
made up from the terms of the
treaty and meaning: "You fish on
your side; we fish on our side; no
body fish in the middle.”
The word is pronounced "char
gogg - a - gogg - mon - chowg - ga -
gogg - chow • bun - a - gung - a
mogg,” accent on the 1, 2, 4, 6, 8. 9
and 12 syllables. On many maps
and in many reference works the
lake is labeled “Chaubunagunga
maug,’’ which is a contraction of
the longer name. The average na
tive of the region is satisfied to call
it simply Lake Chaug.
in 1932 a committee appointed
by the commonwealth government
to determine the correct spelling
of the names of cities, towns, lakes
and rivers in Massachusetts decided
oggchabungagungamaug" is the
correct spelling of the lake. For
merly the name was also often writ
The Guelph Treasure
The Guelph Treasure is a collec
tion of ecclesiastical objects includ
ing portable altars, crosses, tablets,
monstrances and a number of rel
iquaries. Its origin and history are
closely bound up with the Bruns
wick royal lineage of the Guelphs
and their predecessors, the Bru
nons, according to an authority in
the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "It ,s
a unique and final witness to the
wonderful mentality of the Middle
ages, in which we find expressed
both the religion and the under
standing of art of a mighty German
lineage,” states a catalog on the
Guelph Treasure, edited by Otto
Van Falke, Robert Schmidt and
Wrote for Posterity
When Samuel Butler, the English
author, wrote his first book the pub
lic received it coldly, in r*her words
it remained unread and unnoticed.
Butler declared he would write no
more for his contemporaries but
would write for posterity only. And
sure enough, he was right Pie died
in 1902, he and his books almost
unknown, and immediately after his
death his “Erewhon” took the world
by storm, and he was placed among
the great writers of his generation.
Glamor Via Sheer White Accents
By CHERIE NICHOLAS
ONE of the
style notes of
season in this
year of grace
is the welcome
return of femi
ninity. We say
“year of grace”
for t h a t’s 1 i t
erally what it is—a year when
gracious lines, glamorous sheer
fabrics embellished with delicately
wrought embroideries, laces and all
such prettily feminine devices are
the order of the day. Nowhere is
this ladylike trend more charmingly
symbolized than in the snowy lin
gerie touches which are bringing
refreshing sprightliness to our new
frocks and suits.
Swiss organdie, crisp and clear
with a luminous transparency, is
proving the idol of the hour for the
new lingerie blouses so smart this
season with your wool tailleur. It
is also to be found in myriads of
neckwear items and wrist wear
touches which are this season
glorifying every type of costume.
Fine as a cobweb, this imported
organdie is marvelously practical
in spite of its lovely fragile look.
This practicality comes in that the
clever Swiss, using the pure icy
waters of Alpine streams, have im
parted to their sheer fabrics an ab
solutely permanent finish which
holds smooth and crisp and new
looking after repeated tubbings. If
your frivolous looking frills are of
Swiss organdie they can be popped
in and out of the tub as often as
you wish with a minimum of effort,
as no starching is required to re
store the original fresh crispness to
Handwork is appearing in utmost
profusion on this year’s lingerie
fantasies. Allover embroidery, both
cut - out and plain, embroidered
edges and frills, appliqued lace
and finest net are delicate and love
ly on sheer organdie backgrounds.
Tiny tucks and hand-fagoting are
popular too, used not only on the
plain organdie but also on the excit
ing new shadow-printed types. In
these perfectly charming print or
gandies dainty floral motifs and
vine patterns show up in clouded
white on clear white or pastel-col
In choosing your lingerie blouse
to wear with your tailleur, and you
really must have a sheer utterly
feminine lingerie blouse to arrive
at top fashion, take as your'cue
the smartness of shadow-print or
gandie. It should be simply styled
after the manner of the model to
the right in the accompanying illus
tration. A youthful turn-back collar
and cascaded jabot distinguish this
sheer Swiss organdie blouse which
is so daintily shadow-printed in a
tiny floral motif. Valenciennes lace
edges the collar, bow and short
Snowy Swiss organdie in a dainty
shadow print makes the very beauti
fully fashioned blouse to the left
in the picture. And listen to this!
Fine handtatting, so tremendously
smart this season, as are many
quaint trimmings revived from
“way back when,’’ edges collar,
cuffs and crisp ruflfly effect in front.
So here’s to get busy and tat, for
tatting and hand crochet lace are
as stylish at this very moment as
they were during the gay nineties.
The fashion of snow white frilly
neckwear is going at top speed this
season. You can find types of Swiss
organdie from prim little bobby
collars to low-cut pointed bibs and
frothy jabots. See the double ruffle
of finely embroidered Swiss organdie
that flares so youthfully below a
prim little turn back collar shown
below in the picture and note to the
right the two-tiered jabot with high
neckband and quaint ribbon bow
imparting an attractive Gibson girl
air to a gilet of finest Swiss or
© Western Newspaper Union.
lly CHEK1K NICHOLAS
As to smart millinery, the revival
of the ever practical and flattering
sailor is notable. Flower trims on
sailors abound. The newest way
of using flowers is to border the
brim with a row of tiny flowers as
shown here. The tiny blossoms are
set in between a double-edge brim
in a most becoming manner. The
new sailors encourage the wearing
of veils. The latest fad is to tie
veiling by the yard over the face
in Gibson girl fashion bringing the
ends to a big fluttery bow at the
back. The other hat pictured has
the new and smart mushroom brim.
Its flower trim emphasizes the use
of a flower cluster placed at the
front of the crown.
SHOES HAVE GONE
By CHERIE NICHOLAS
Shoes have gone feminine. Fine
stitching in new guises, pin tuck
ings, pipings, puffings and cordings
ornament shoes in a soft manner.
Nailhead and metal eyelets make
an appearance. Buttons and buck
les, often leather covered, are de
signed for utility or ornamentation.
They’re often on the side in this
season of assymetric lines.
The “Gone With the Wind” shoes
cleverly modernize such Civil war
shoe themes as rosettes, criss-cross,
ballet lacings, side lace bootees and
Colonial tongues. Simplicity is the
keynote for this season when the
shoe for the activity is all-impor
tant. Soft feminine details and new
silhouettes are in the limelight.
The pump, especially of patent
leather, is growing in demand.
Models with dramatic touches at
the throat, ofT-sided versions and
built-up styles are of equal impor
tance. Colonials with unusual and
classic lines are due for glory. Gray,
beige and navy are imoprtant colors
Dress-up sandals are back for this
dress-up afternoon season.
Chiffon Capes to Be Worn
by Dancers This Summer
Chiffon capes on dance dresses
this summer will be popular, as
they give a floating quality to the
dancer. These may be worn over
prints or contrasting colors. Cir
cular chiffon skirts also add to the
airy effect on the dance floor. These
are effective when held out at the
sides by the dancers.
Double Duty Dresses
Double duty dresses that serve
for street and cocktail wear are
the latest innovation of the big
Items of Interest
to the Housewife
Save Stockings—If stockings
persistently wear out at the toes,
try buying them one-half size
* * *
Making Cocoa—Cocoa loses that
raw taste if made with half milk
and half water, then boiled. More
nutritious and digestible, too.
• * *
Rust Remover—Onion juice will
remove rust from tableware.
• * *
Protecting Mirrors—Keep mir
rors out of the sun—it will cause
spots and other blemishes.
• * .
Fitting Tour Hat—If you have
a tight felt hat, hold it in the
steam of a boiling kettle. When
the felt is thoroughly damp it is
easy to stretch it to the right size.
* * *
Keeping Cheese Moist—To pre
vent it from becoming dry, keep
it wrapped in butter muslin, or
in the glazed hygienic paper in
which some bread is wrapped.
* * *
Tough Pastry—Too much water
will make pastry tough.
* * *
Stewed Macaroni — Boil one
pound macaroni in milk and wa
ter for three-quarters of an hour,
adding one-fourth ounce butter,
salt, and an onion stuck with
Just as we use money with busi
ness needs, so we need mnnners for
our daily needs.—Michael Arlen.
The only worthy attitude of an in
dividual, as of a nation, is this—to
serve a greater whole and to strive
for improvement and ennoblement.—
War is not a relic of barbarism,
but the fruit of the system under
which we live.—Devere Allen.
The silver lining to the world de
pression is woman’s chance to prove
she really is man's helpmate.—Elinor
A man of forty is not too old to
have made up his mind about many
things and too young not to Ire will
ing to change it.—George Boas.
1 cloves. Afterwards, drain the
macaroni, add three ounces grat
ed cheese, a little nutmeg, pep
per, and a little milk or cream.
Stew gently for five minutes and
serve very hot.
* * *
Devilled Egg Lillies—Hard cook
as many eggs as there are to be
servings. Chill, then peel care
fully. With a sharp knife cut
strips from the large end to the
center; remove yolks, mash and
season with salt, pepper, mayon
naise and a little Worcestershire
sauce. Carefully refill cavities
having the white strips form the
petals of the “lily.” Lay each on
a bed of curly endive. Accom
pany with cheese straws.
* * *
Cleaning Combs, Brushes—A
teaspoon of ammonia in a quart
of water will remove all grease
and dirt from combs and brushes,
after which they should be rinsed
and dried in the sun.
• * *
Milk Puddings — Orange peel
shredded very finely makes an ex
cellent flavoring for milk pud
dings. It is a pleasant change
from nutmeg when added to rice
pudding or baked custard.
and Phrases m
Ad nauseam. (L.) To the point
of disgust. •
Bon marche. (F.) A bargain.
Chronique scandaleuse. (F.) A
Empressement. (F.) Eagerness.
Pater patriae. (L.) The father
of his country.
Embarras de richesse. (F.)
Oversupply of material.
Je suis. (F.) I am.
Entr’acte. (F.) Between the#
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So crisp and crunchy—they’re
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ever eaten. And served with whole
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