Peninsula Enterprise, June 17, 1893


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate

The McMath storehouse, Onley station, sold at public auction last Wednesday, by A. J. McMath and S. R. Belote, special commissioners, was bought by Mr. Frank Walter at $1,000. Three other lots brought $160, $70 and $155 respectively. A. J. McMath, executor of George W. McMath, deceased, on account of the low prices, declined to allow the sale to proceed farther.


Moral -- Property crimeTransportation -- Railroad - Personnel

Thomas Nelson, ex-mayor of Cape Charles, was tried at Eastville last Tuesday for the misappropriation of funds belonging to the N.Y.P.&N.R.R. He was recently tried for the embezzlement of certain funds of the Episcopal Church at Cape Charles, found guilty and given a two years sentence. His counsel proposed a compromise by which he would only have two years to serve altogether. The compromise was agreed to.


Transportation -- Railroad - LitigationTransportation -- Railroad - Regulation

The case of the United States Inter-State Commerce Commission vs. New York, Philadelphia & Norfolk Railroad for overcharges was heard before the United States court at Norfolk, on Friday and Saturday of last week. The Government was represented by the United States district attorney, Hon. John Goode, and John Neely, while the defendants were represented by Richard Walke and Thomas H. Willcox, and after argument the case was submitted to the court for future decision.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : TaxationInfrasturcture -- Public - Government : County

Board of Supervisors met on 14th inst., pursuant to adjournment, examined and passed upon several accounts left with clerk since its last meeting, approved the public landing on the land of George T. Taylor applied for by Thomas G. Clayton and others, and fixed the county levy at 20 cents on $100, capitation tax at 50 cents, tax for county school purposes at 10 cents on $100 and tax in each magisterial district for district school purposes at 10 cents on $100. The Board returned many of the accounts presented for killing hawks &c., because the accounts were not made out according to law.


Transportation -- Water - Marine railwaysInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionFields -- Livestock - Sheep


A company from Norfolk has purchased the site for a railway here and will build one large enough for boats of 300 or 400 tons.

Our building boom continues. New dwellings are in course of erection for Burton Booth and Daniel Watson and new store and dwelling for Isaac Savage.

The sheep-penning on Assateague last week was well attended, despite the inclement weather.

The yacht of Accomac Club, Report, and several other boats are here for repairs on our railways.


Transportation -- Railroad - SteamboatsWeather -- DroughtsInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Postal service


It is currently reported here that the new steamer for carrying the mail and passengers between Franklin City and Chincoteague will be in our waters on or before the 15th inst., ready for service by 1st day of July next.

Crops of all kinds in this section of the county are suffering for want of rain, and unless it shall come in a few days, round potatoes and garden vegetables will be seriously damaged.

The mail route between Horntown, via Greenbackville and Sinnickson, to Franklin City, has been changed, to take effect 1st of July, and thereafter it will leave Franklin City at 8.05 a.m., arriving at Horntown not later than 10.30 a.m., to await there for the cross mail from Massey, thereby giving us a regular daily mail south. This change is made in compliance with request contained in a petition recently sent from here to Washington.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcement


The sloop George Jayne, sold by sheriff Wise at Onancock wharf, last Saturday, was bid in by the owner, Capt. Matthews, of Maryland, at $393.


Sea -- Shellfish - Crabbing : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Crabbing : PricesFields -- Crops - Strawberries


The prices of soft crabs has dropped from three and a half to 1 cent each and our crab catchers are despondent.

Our farmers received good prices for their strawberries this season and will add largely to their acreage of this crop another year.

Drier Hanged.

Moral -- Murder

A telegram received at the time of going to press was to the effect that Drier, the murderer of Mrs. McFadden, at Cape Charles, was hanged at Eastville at 10 o'clock yesterday.

Picnic and Regatta at Buzzard Hill.

Farmers -- Farmers' organizationsTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Boat racing

There will be a picnic and regatta at Buzzard Hill, on the 4th of July next, given in the interest of the Peninsula Farmers Association.

There will be three valuable prizes awarded to three successful boats competing for championship in speed.

The first class will embrace all boats from 16 feet to 20 feet long.

The second class will embrace all boats from 12 feet to 16 feet long.

The third class will embrace boats competing with oars for championship.

And to each successful competitor in speed a valuable prize will be awarded.

A more elaborate description of this picnic and regatta will appear in the next issue of ENTERPRISE.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Litigation

The cases of Marsh, Wharton and Nelson, who were arrested, fined and imprisoned in Accomac County for taking oysters feloniously in Pocomoke Sound, were heard before the United States Circuit Court at Richmond this week on a writ of habeas corpus. The State of Maryland was represented by Attorney General Poe, Hon. Thomas S. Hodson and Gen. Bradley T. Johnson, and Virginia by Commonwealth's Attorney Fletcher and Attorney General Scott.

These cases were brought under a resolution of the General Assembly of Maryland, passed in 1892, directing the Governor to employ special counsel and the attorney-general to take proper steps to secure an adjudication by the Supreme Court of the United States to settle what rights Marylanders have to catch fish, oysters and crabs in Pocomoke sound.

At the close of argument on Wednesday the case was submitted to the court. The court announced that they will decide the case in October next. It matters not what the decision of the Circuit Court may be in this case, it will, it is conceded, go to the United States Supreme Court.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcementSea -- Shellfish - Crabbing : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Crabbing : Poaching

The Governor of Maryland will, it is stated, when he visits Annapolis next week issue a requisition upon Governor McKinney, to deliver up Captain Gaskins, of the Virginia Police Force. Indicted by the grand jury of Somerset County for shooting one Isaac Sterling, he is wanted in Maryland to answer that charge. The demand will not of course be entertained by the Governor of Virginia for one moment. It is so foolish, unjust and unreasonable that the parties wanting the requisition and the Governor who permits himself to be used as a tool in asking for it, are equally entitled only to silent and profound contempt. Considered in whatever aspect the case may be, no reason can be found for surrendering Capt. Gaskins to the Maryland authorities. That Gaskins shot Sterling is not denied, we believe, but he had the right to shoot him. He found him taking feloniously the oysters of Virginia, he pursued him as a felon when he fled, he shot him as a felon by virtue of the authority given to him by the State of Virginia, when all other means of arresting him as a felon had been exhausted. Why then should he be surrendered to the Maryland authorities? Marylanders say because Sterling was shot by Gaskins in Maryland waters. The Marylanders who say so, however, are not the disinterested and law abiding citizens of Maryland but men, who like Sterling steal and carry away the oysters from our oyster beds whenever the opportunity is presented. On the other hand Virginians who witnessed the shooting of Sterling say it was done in Virginia waters and will the Governor of Virginia say, they are not equally worthy of belief, by honoring the requisition which is asked at his hands? With the doubt that must exist in his mind by reason of the conflicting testimony presented, can he surrender a citizen of Virginia to the howling mob that asks for him? The demand made by the Governor of Maryland upon the Governor of Virginia of course is a foolish one, and no better evidence of the folly which prompted it need to be presented, than the case of Marsh now being heard in the city of Richmond. In that case the counsel for Marsh say that by virtue of the compact of 1785 he should have been tried in the State of Maryland and not in Virginia, and hence the writ of habeas corpus under which he is brought before the court in that city. If Marylanders for offenses committed in Virginia should be tried in Maryland, why is not the converse of that proposition equally true? That it is not so accepted and acted upon by Marylanders furnishes another proof of the unfair and unjust methods resorted to by them to shield transgressors from the penalties for offenses committed by them. The Governor of Virginia will not of course honor the requisition and Marylanders do not expect him to do so. It was asked for, at this time for another purpose. They want the crabs in our waters and are daily depredating upon us in that respect. The requisition asked for they naturally infer, whether granted or not, while pending at least would act as a check upon the vigilance of Capt. Gaskins and others and enable them to plunder us with more security. The Governor will not honor the requisition but he should not stop there. He should refuse to grant it in such terms that the members of our oyster police force may be assured of his support in all their lawful acts in beating back those who daily come among us to take and carry away the property of the Commonwealth.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
June 17, 1893