Peninsula Enterprise, March 4, 1893


Fields -- Crops - Other vegetablesFields -- crops - Sweet potatoes : Acreage

Peas and Irish potatoes are being planted generally by our farmers this week -- and in some sections of the county sweet potato seed are being bedded. The acreage in peas will be much larger this year than usual and greater preparations are being made for "sweets" than ever before.


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

Three citizens of Crisfield, Robert Wharton, white, Walter Gaskins and Severn Nelson, colored, captured by a posse of citizens of Saxes Island, for stealing oysters in Tangier Sound, were lodged in our jail last Saturday. They will be held here until trial unless each is able in the meantime to give $500 bail required of them.


Moral -- Property crime

John W. H. King, colored, was lodged in jail Monday last, on charge housebreaking. He broke into the store of Mr. Elijah Crockett, Tangier Island, and was caught while in the act of appropriating the goods there in to his own use. He is a boy of about 14 years of age and came from Norfolk to Tangier a few months ago.


Farmers -- Farmers' organizations

The committee appointed at Parksley, on Wednesday, February 15th, to draft a constitution and by-laws for the "Farmers Association of Accomac" requests the sub-Alliances throughout the county to send delegates, (one at large and one for every twenty members of every sub-Alliance,) to meet at Keller Station on Thursday, 9th of March, on the arrival of the down mail train, for the purpose of considering the by-laws and constitution, as provided at the Parksley meeting.


Infrastructure -- Public : Schools

An academy, will, it is stated, soon be erected at Parksley, and a first-class school established there. Several thousand dollars, it is said, have been subscribed for that purpose.


Professionals -- Seafood dealersTransportation -- Water - FreightSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PlantingSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : MarketsTransportation -- Railroad - SteamboatsProfessionals -- MarinersForests -- Shipping : Water


Mr. John A. English, the largest oyster commission merchant of Philadelphia, spent several days at Atlantic hotel this week, buying oysters for his house and while here chartered two large schooners to run oyster plants from James river, Va., to Morris river, N. J.

The report of Capt. Joseph Pruitt, of steamer Widgeon, which plies between Chincoteague and Franklin City, shows that 4,072 passenger tickets were sold over the route last year, which is a large increase over any previous year.

William Pruitt and William Chandler left Monday, "to go tugboating" on the Delaware river.

Schooner P. J. Hart, loaded with wood for New York, and schooner John M. Price, loaded with oysters for Fair Haven, Conn., left Chincoteague, on the 19th of February, and have not been heard from since. They encountered a heavy N. W. gale on that day, it is supposed, between here and the Delaware breakwater and it is feared both are lost. The Hart, owned by Capt. Joseph Pruitt, was commanded by Capt. W. K. Collins, with crew of two colored men. The Price belonged to Capt. John W. Bunting and Mrs. W. P. Burch, had on board Capt. Alfred Lewis, Mate Sydney Mason and two colored men.


Infrastructure -- Public : SchoolsMoral -- Property crime


Nearly 350 pupils in the Onancock schools now.

The sum of $40 was stolen from Mr. Henry D. Carmine, deceased, in his lifetime, by a negro boy, William Northam [illegible] by Constable Custis, near Onancock, and sent to jail. Ten dollars of the stolen money was recovered.


Transportation -- Railroad - Stations and sidingsLaborers -- Construction


Owing to the rapidly increasing business of this town and vicinity a petition is being circulated asking for larger and better freight-houses so that merchants and farmers may have more convenient transportation facilities. Our present building is inadequate to serve the needs of the railroad's patrons, and it is hoped that the authorities will take some steps towards erecting a new structure.

The architects and carpenters of our town are kept almost constantly employed in erecting and repairing residences and stores to meet the demand of increasing population.


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

A special to the Baltimore Sun, under date of March 1st, contains the following:

A battle took place last night between the dredgers and the Virginia police schooner. About 9 o'clock Crisfield was startled by hearing the heavy boom of cannon and reports of rifles. People went to their doors in order to better hear the reports. The dredgers were doing effective work in Onancock, on Woman's Marsh, when Captain Reed came up and opened fire with his cannon. The dredgers replied with rifles, and then the firing became general. So were the rifles discharging that flashes of the guns looked to observers in the islands like fireflies in a marsh. It is reported that the police schooner was obliged to withdraw. No lives were lost or vessels captured. Scarcely a night passes without trouble in Tangier Sound or Pocomoke sound and the bitterest feeling is occasioned.

Have we a Governor and is he not clothed with authority to protect the interest of the State against those who thus ruthlessly trample our laws under foot? He has been appealed to, we are advised, but has he ever entered a word of protest even against those, who banded together for the purpose of taking and carrying away the property of the Commonwealth, would do so with impunity, it seems, whenever and wherever they please, but for the gallant captains and crews of our police force? Has it ever occurred to him that the peace of the Commonwealth was being broken, her citizens insulted and the administration of the affairs of the State by him in the matter in question deserving the condemnation of all her citizens? Will he wait until the blood of our citizens are shed by those whom, by his inaction, he has encouraged to invade our State and set at defiance our laws? If advised correctly, he not only will not take steps against the desperadoes who violate our laws, but refuses us even the means of protecting ourselves. Arms and ammunition are not only withheld from our citizens, if we are correctly informed, but strange to state even, the steamer Chesapeake, of the Virginia Navy, has never been sent to assist in the protection of our oyster beds from the depredators.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
March 4, 1893