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Pages of History: Rumors aside, no enemy sub has washed up

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, January 1942.

Repeated rumors of enemy submarines drifting ashore after being bombed by defending planes had been entirely unsubstantiated up to today. Reports of a submarine breaking up near Trinidad Head proved groundless, someone mistaking a rock for the undersea craft.

Joe Hammer, returning from North Bend on Tuesday, said he heard at Marshfield that two Japanese subs were on the beach at Gold Beach. When he got there, he said, the rumor was that Coast Guardsmen were searching the beach at Brookings for a grounded submarine. And when he reached Brookings, the search was reported to be in Crescent City. And so far there just ain’t no sub!

Enemy alien turns in radio

Either Del Norte county’s enemy aliens have few firearms, radios or cameras, or they are not complying with the department of justice order to surrender these articles. Sheriff Austin Huffman reports that up to Wednesday of this week only one radio was received by his office and that is a decrepit radio not in working order.

Applying to all Japanese, German and Italian aliens in Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, Idaho and Nevada, the order specifies that all forbidden articles must be surrendered to local police. A receipt is given to the owner for redemption when the emergency is over.

According to the order, willful failure to surrender the banned articles will result in their seizure and arrest of their owners, with interment in an army concentration camp for duration of the war.

Emidio wallows into harbor

Urged along by heavy seas and high tide, the Japanese-sunk tanker Emidio lurched off Steamboat Rock and wallowed into the entrance to Crescent City Harbor Wednesday, January 14, 1942, where Leo Ward stopped it by dropping its anchor.

Disposition of the craft is in the hands of the Coast Guard, according to J. L. Ward, local agent for the General Petroleum Corporation, owners of the Emidio, and Captain Churchill of the Eureka Coast Guard station, who issued orders that nobody would be permitted aboard the Emidio at any time.

Ward reported a tug is on its way here to attempt salvage of the big tanker now that it is away from the rocks that balked former attempts.

Beaches in this vicinity are being combed day and night by salvage and souvenir seekers who have picked up many unique and valuable articles, including a portion of the Emidio’s wheelhouse carrying many navigation instruments which came ashore on the beach south of the sand barrier.

‘Stamp Stomp’ dance

The council of Defense Stamp and Bonds and the March of Dimes Committee are featuring a very unusual “Stamp Stomp” dance to be held at the Memorial Hall.     

The music for the dance will be furnished free through the generosity of two local bands. Lane’s Swingsters will play during he first half of the evening and Benny’s Band during the latter part. The hall is being furnished by the Board of Supervisors and the local publishers are cooperating in publicizing the dance without charge.

The committee making arrangements for the dance are working hard to make this affair the big event of the season for fun and enjoyment.

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