[Thanks to Linda Smith for transcribing this chapter]
The New Mouth of North River.
Nov. 27th, 1898, will long be remembered as the severest storm known among the oldest inhabitants during the century. It was unquestionably a tidal wave that cut a hole through the beach, between the Third and Fourth Cliffs. The cut was made directly opposite the angle in the North River, which opened a new mouth to the river and caused it to run straight to the sea. At the time the storm (snow storm) was raging, there were some gunners in gunning shanties on the islands in the river. Some of the gunners had anticipated the storm the night before and left their domiciles for their homes; but four young men remained until the following day, and the cut was made so suddenlythe ocean pouring in the river in torrentsthese four young men attempted to escape in a small row boat, but the fury of the storm and the flood was too severe for them, their boat capsized and they drifted to an island, but everything was soon submerged and they were all drowned. Their names were Geo. Ford of Marshfield Hills, and Mr. Tilden and two Henderson boys of Norwell. The old mouth is some three or four miles below the new mouth. The course of the river before the storm ran easterly, as it approached the inner side of the beach, and when it reached the bar it turned at right angles and flowed southerly, inside the bar and cliffs, down to what is known as Beetle's rocks to the sea. The old mouth, within the memory of citizens now living, has shifted from time to time, at one time southerly from its present outlet and then northerly, so that the mouth during the past century had varied in its course from a half mile to a mile. When the new mouth was made by the great storm a little distance
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