National Geographic : 1965 Sep
Dr. Bell dines with Superintendent Boutilier (center) and Mr. and Mrs. Smalcomb, who tended the island's Life Saving Station Number Four. The Boutiliers' eldest daughter, Bertha, entered nursing with the idea of returning to Sable to care for shipwreck victims. While studying at a hos pital in Massachusetts, she contracted typhoid fever. "The hardest part to us," wrote Mrs. Bouti lier to Mrs. Bell, "was .. the steamer that brought ... news of her death also brought her Christmas remembrances...." the ravages of storms. Vacated in 1950 when Main island, stinging sand-laden wind and rain take Station was moved eastward, the building crum- their toll. Window panes and shingles have blown bles a little each year. When gales threaten the away, revealing the bare bones of the old home. KODACHROMESBY WILLIAM ALBERTALLARD (LEFT) AND FROM THOMAS J. A.TIRION; BLACK-AND-WHITEPHOTOGRAPHSBY ARTHUR W. MCCURDY( N.G.S .