Peninsula Enterprise, June 3, 1893


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Town

At the municipal election held at Onancock last week Thomas W. Taylor was elected mayor, and W. D. Lewis, E. E. Miles, S. K. Powell, L. W. Groton and T. S. Hopkins councilmen.


Architecture -- Historic preservation

An Indian axe, plowed upon premises of Mr. John Brittingham, of this county, about forty years ago and which has been in his possession since that time, was exhibited at this office during the week and will have a place in the collection of Indian relics which Mr. F. P. Brent will forward to the Chicago exposition.


Transportation -- Water - Sailboats

Sheriff John H. Wise will sell at public auction, at the steamboat wharf at Onancock, on Saturday, the 10th day of June inst., at 3 o'clock p. m., the sloop "George Jayne," with all her tackle, apparel, anchors, cables, spars, sails, rigging, appurtenances and scrapes, dredges, &c. Terms cash. This is a very valuable boat, of seven tons burthen, built at Patchogue, N. Y., in 1888, and is well suited either as a pleasure boat or for the oyster trade.


Sea -- Finfish - Catch : Drum

That drum fish reported in our last issue, it seems, was a "light-weight." Mr. T. C. Kellam, Locustville, caught one weighing seventy pounds last week, and Mr. E. P. Byrd, Pastoria, caught one this week of eighty pounds. Next!


Sea -- Fish factoriesFields -- Livestock - SheepTransportation -- Water - SteamboatsTransportation -- Railroad - SteamboatsSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving serviceNatural resources -- Shoreline migration


Messrs. John W. Bunting & Sons will open their fish factory first of next week.

The annual sheep penning on Assateague this year takes place on Wednesday, June 7th. Extensive preparations are bing made to supply the inner man with dinner, ice cream, confectioneries, &c.

Pusey & Jones, of Wilmington, Del., have been awarded the contract for building a new steamer for this place. She will be 100 feet long, 22 feet wide, will draw 30 inches of water and carry 40 bushels of oysters, and be completed early in the Fall. Another steamer will be built also, it is stated, by the mail contractors for carrying mail and passengers and to be on the route from here to Franklin City by the first of July.

Oysters have paid well this season, just closed -- and now everyone interested in them is expected to respect the law and take a rest for the next three months.

Mr. J. P. Baker has been awarded the contract to move boathouse on Hog Island for the sum of $383.50.

The President on Hog Island.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - FishingTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - LodgesSea -- Finfish - Catch : Drum

Special car No. 180, of the Pennsylvania Railroad, with President Cleveland, accompanied by L. Clark Davis, of Philadelphia, and Dr. J. D. Bryan, of New York, arrived at Exmore at 2.36 o'clock Wednesday morning. The party remained in the car until 7.45 a. m. when they were driven to Willis Wharf and boarded the steamer Sunshine, which left immediately for Hog Island. He is the guest of the Broadwater Club, but it is not definitely known how long he will continue to be. He is here for rest and recreation and to take a hand in catching drum fish, so plentiful in our water. He caught a forty pound one on the day of his arrival.

Regatta at Wachapreague.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Boat racing

The regatta at Wachapreague, on Thursday, under the auspices of the Accomac Club, was largely attended by citizens from every section of the Eastern Shore, and only one sentiment entertained by those present to witness the innocent amusements provided for them and to partake of the hospitalities of the Club. Everybody present agreed that it was a success in all respects. The day was fair, exceedingly fair. The air was bracing, balmy and health-giving with just about enough volume to meet the wants of the racers -- and the skies while bright and assuring were canopied at frequent intervals during the day with clouds which relieved the glare of the sun, oftentimes oppressive on such occasion. Not a jar occurred during the day and even those who got left in the races smiled as benignly as those whom dame fortune favored with success. The races were ushered in by inspiring music from the Franktown band and closed with excellent addresses delivered by Hon. Abel Crook, of New York, who delivered the prizes, and of Mr. Stuart K. Powell, a promising young member of the Accomac bar, who accepted them on the part of the citizens of Accomac.

Following are the races and prizes awarded to winners:

First Race -- For skiffs of Accomac and Northampton. First prize, Duryea silver pitcher and cups, won by skiff John W. Edmonds, owned by James K. Harman, of Wachapreague; second prize, library lamp, won by Lelia, owned by James W. Bell, of Wachapreague.

Second Race -- For 22 foot bateaux, open to Accomac and Northampton. First prize, silver pitcher, won by bateau Thomas H. Melson, owned by Capt. Polk Lang, of Folly Creek; second prize, swinging hall lamp, won by bateau Julia, owned by Edgar J. Smith, of Wachapreague.

Third race -- For 16 foot bateaux, open to Accomac only. First prize, silver pitcher, won by Bessie, owned by Frank T. Littleton, of Metompkin; second prize, swinging hall lamp, won by A. S. Kellam, owned by Carl Willis, of Wachapreague.

Fourth race -- For 14 foot bateaux, open to Accomac only. First prize, silver pitcher, won by Sue Clarke, owned by James Lang, of Folly Creek; second prize, silver bowl and spoons, won by Jack Pot, owned by George Parks, of Metompkin.

Fifth Race -- Tub race. First prize, $10, won by Mitchell Hickman; second prize, $5, won by Charles S. Burton.

Robbed the Mail.

Moral -- Property crimeTransportation -- Railroad - Personnel

W. M. Mason, a baggage master on the N. Y. P. & N. R. R., was arrested at Cape Charles, on Friday of last week, by Inspectors Naylor and Hooton, of the Post-office Department, charged with robbing the mails. He was carried before United States Commissioner Ackiss at Norfolk, who, after hearing the case, sent the prisoner on to the United States grand jury and remanded him to jail in default of $1,000 bail.

Mason is about 45 years of age and is from Delaware. He has a wife and children. There is no mail agent on the train of which he was baggage master, the mail being sent in through packages in the baggage car. The articles which Mason is accused of having stolen consist in the main of merchandise and jewelry. It is said that he admitted his guilt to the inspectors and plead in extenuation his bad luck in having had his home destroyed by fire.

Mason's house at Delmar was searched on Wednesday and $4,000 worth of miscellaneous merchandise, all of which is supposed to have been stolen from mail bags, was brought to light. The detectives say that this is the most systematic piece of mail robbery that has been brought to their attention in thirty-five years.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcementSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PoachingSea -- Shellfish - Crabbing : Bayside

Marylanders continue to depredate upon us, and daily are taking thousands of dollars' worth of the property of the Commonwealth from the waters of Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds. They are there in such force that, despite the most vigilant efforts of Captain Gaskins and Reid, it is impossible almost to prevent them from taking and carrying away whatever they want -- and in one instance at least so bold have they become, that our own citizens lawfully engaged in catching crabs have been driven away by them. Ostensibly in our waters for the purpose of crabbing, they often find it more profitable to catch our oysters and never fail to avail themselves of that opportunity when presented. To protect us against the invaders the steamer Chesapeake has been petitioned for, and we have the right to infer that the petition will not be ignored, if the sleepy Board of the Chesapeake and its Tributaries can ever be aroused to a sense of their duty.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
June 3, 1893