Peninsula Enterprise, December 16, 1899


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Postal service

Hon. W. A. Jones has introduced bills in Congress for the erection of a postoffice building at Cape Charles and for the relief of the heirs of Perry A. Leatherbury.


Moral -- Other

The dead body of an unknown man, badly mutilated, says the Light, was found "at the lower end of Hollywood Place", Wednesday morning.


Moral -- Alcohol

Mr. W. T. Bundick will deliver his address on "Christian Citizenship" in the Baptist Church of Onancock, on Sunday evening, December 24th, at 7:30 0'clock.


Farmers -- Farmers' organizations

A meeting of farmers will be held at New Church, Wednesday, December 27th, 1 p.m. The manager of the Exchange will be present, to explain its objects and the results which through it are expected.


Forests -- Barrel factories Transportation -- Water - WharvesTransportation -- Water - FreightSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Seaside


Two sportsmen, of Philadelphia stopping at the Atlantic Hotel this week, weighed 360 and 241 pounds respectively.

D. J. Whealton & Co. have opened up a barrel factory here which gives employment to quite a number of our people.

A large wharf is being built by the proprietor of the Atlantic hotel.

Schooner N. H. Godfrey loaded with oysters this week for Philadelphia and schooner Moffitt with like cargo for New Haven, Conn.

Schooner Moffitt arrived this week from New York, loaded with coal, and schooner Delano from Philadelphia with like cargo.


Transportation -- Railroad - Personal injury


The horse of Mr. F. B. Humphreys, frightened by the train Tuesday, started up side track ahead of train in a race with it but was stopped short when she reached a culvert 12 feet wide and fell in. The section men went to the rescue and lifted her out in trim to finish the race. No damage, strange to say, was done to either horse, cart or harness.


Moral -- Firearms


An old time shooting match will take place here, Tuesday, December 26th, and everyone is invited to be in attendance with his gun and give an exhibition of his marksmanship.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial construction


Contractors are communicating with our merchants whose buildings were burned as to the erection of new ones. "Wider streets and brick buildings" is the good suggestion for rebuilding the block.

Business has improved here this week. Trade has been fair in general from nearby and distant customers.

Mr. Louis Wild, artist, son of Lieut. J. L. Wild, who formerly resided here as inspector of the Life Saving Service, has been abroad and returned to his home in Baltimore, recently with a Parisian bride.

Messrs. Kelly & Nottingham are enlarging and improving their office building. Mr. J. W. Duncan has reopened his business in their main room.


Forests -- Barrel factories Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Waterfowl and shorebirdMigration


Mr. Eddy Taylor has moved to Chincoteague, to engage in barrel business.

Capt. Thos. Milliner in a two day's outing last week killed 38 ducks.

Mr. W. L. Hope, of Horntown, moved to farm near this place this week.




Five new cases of typhoid fever have developed here in past few days.

Oyster Beds not to be Leased.

reprinted from Richmond Leader.Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PlantingSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Surveying

There is no prospect of a bill being passed to lease the Virginia oyster beds to foreign people. The old members of the Legislature, as a rule, and most of the new ones, who have become acquainted with the subject, are well pleased with the report made by the State Board of Fisheries. The act passed, creating this commission, will be amended in some of the minor particulars, but no material changes will be made.

It is probable that provision will be made for a State Surveyor of Oyster Grounds. Chairman Matthews, of the House Committee on Chesapeake and its Tributaries, is heartily in favor of the creation of this office. He thinks it very essential for the grounds to be surveyed and plat made. Mr. Matthews thinks that the revenues from the oyster industry during the next fiscal year will be double that of the last, provided the commission is permitted to carry on the work already mapped out.

Fast Accomac Horses.

reprinted from Baltimore Sun.Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing

Accomac county, on the Eastern Shore, Virginia, was to the front in great shape last season with winning harness horses and a review of that stock is of interest. With Lamp Girl, Sport, White Tips, Bursar, Little Guy, and other fast harness horses, the owners won many races. The rivalry they aroused became so strong that a match race was finally arranged between Lamp Girl, a trotter with a record of 1.14 3/4, and Parker 8, the Baltimore pacer, with a record of 2.06 1/4. Lamp Girl was the fastest trotter south of Maryland, and Parker 8, the pacer with the fastest record owned in Maryland. As was told in The Sun, Parker 8 beat the mare, going one heat in 2.15, November 30. The mare was less than two lengths behind him. It was a great performance for each, considering the lateness of the season.

A scientific man, who visited The Sun office, was told of the remarkable performances of the Accomac county (Virginia) horses. He said, "This is impossible! You may find a Sadie Bell or Little Bets phenomenon once in a while, but you cannot raise race horses in that locality. It is out of the question. They do not, nor cannot raise the oats or other grain to develop race horses. No race horse can thrive on salt grass. I know the country well, and speak advisedly."

A visit to the county by a horseman from this city proved conclusively that the scientific man was away off in his assertions. The salt grass forms only a small part of the habitable county. The roads are fairly good and nearly level. The horses have been bred with good judgment, the Stranger and Morrell families predominating, though there are other good breeds.

Mr. H. P. James owns Bursar. This horse is his premier stallion at his stock farm in Jamesville. He is by Stranger, the only son of Goldsmith Maid. Stranger sold for $40,000. Bursar's dam was Brooch, by Jay Gould, he by Ryskyk's Hambletonian. Stranger was the sire of Colonel Kuser, who won the championship of Europe, and is now owned in Austria.

Walker Morrell, through Clay and other sons, has produced some game race horses in Accomac county. It is the ambition of every young man in the county to own a fast roadster, and the indulgent fathers who had a like ambition, and satisfied it, have, to a man, given their boys a promising colt each, and the result is that speed can be found in tumble carts or between buggy shafts.

As evidence of this was shown at the Tasley track on Thanksgiving Day. A little runt of a horse was in a race that day with J. R. The little fellow was a pacer. He had been very busy during the morning hauling pinestraw from the woods. In this work he was hooked to a tumble cart. Then he was driven several miles in a heavy top buggy to the race track. His owner, a Mr. Smith, had never driven in a race before, but he started his pacer and won a 5 heat race, taking the 1st heat in 2.32 and the last in 2.34 1/2. Then like the memorable Rhoda, he was hooked to a top buggy and had a fine time going home, racing several miles on the road with other fast road horses.

When it is taken into consideration that the Accomac county race horses lack the advantages in training which horses near the big tracks get, and yet are able to go on the circuits and win race after race, as they did in the season lately closed, the scientist is up against hard facts, and facts win -- like Accomac nags.

To Stockholders of Produce Exchange.

Farmers -- Farmers' organizations

Meetings of the stockholders of the Produce Exchange, of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, to perfect the local organizations will be held as follows:

Nassawadox, Saturday, December 16, 1 p. m.

Exmore, Wednesday, December 20, 1 p. m.

Bloxom, Friday, December 22d, 1 p. m.

All subscribers are earnestly requested to be present as business of importance will be transacted.


Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
December 16, 1899