Sun, June 5, 1893


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ONANCOCK, VA., June 4. --

Citizens of the Eastern Shore of Virginia are anxiously awaiting the action of the board of the Chesapeake and its tributaries and earnestly hoping that the steamer Chesapeake will be sent to assist Captains Gaskins and Reid, whose vigilant efforts in Tangier and Pocomoke sounds are highly commended. It is still claimed that when Marylanders find it more profitable to take oysters than to catch crabs they do the former if the opportunity is presented. Furthermore, it is said that the new oyster law, passed by the General Assembly of Virginia, session 1892-'92, practically forbids the use of the scrape, dredges and other similar instruments upon the natural or planted oyster beds during the close season.

Captains Gaskins and Reid, it is stated, are acting upon written orders from the board of the Chesapeake and its tributaries, and also upon those given them by the proper authorities in Accomac county. The law under which they are authorized to drive out all depredators in Virginia waters is found in the Acts of the Virginia Assembly 1891-'92, chapter 363, section 10, as follows: "If any person other than a resident of this State take or catch oysters or other shell fish in any of the waters of the State, he shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined $500."

The sloop George Jayne, of Somerset county, Md., which was captured last winter while dredging in Tangier sound, has been confiscated, with all her tackle, &c., according to the Virginia laws, and will be sold by the sheriff of Accomack county. When the case came up in the Accomac County Court the defendant, Capt. James Corbin, failed to appear.

A fair will be held on Sykes Island next Wednesday, June 7, to raise funds to be used "for the protection of Pocomoke sound."

Chincoteague Island is to have two new steamers, one in place of the Widgeon, for carrying passengers and the mail from the island to Franklin City. This will be ready by the 1st of July, it is said. Another, a large boat, that will carry 400 bushels of oysters.


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He Arrives in Washington After His Trip to Broadwater Island, Va.

WASHINGTON, June 4. -- President Cleveland returned to Washington at 7.40 this morning from his short fishing trip at Broadwater Island, Va., and was met at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad station by Private Secretary Thurber with the President's carriage and the two men were driven to the White House. Mr. L. Clarke Davis did not accompany the President to Washington. Very few persons were at the station at this hour as the time of the arrival of the President's special car, attached to train No. 41 from Wilmington, was much earlier than the public expected -- at 9 o'clock being the regular schedule time.

The President last night sent a telegram to Mr. Thurber informing him when he would arrive. The run from Exmore, Va., to Washington was made quickly and without mishap of any sort.

Mr. Cleveland stayed at the White House half an hour. He then called for his carriage and was driven to Woodley, his summer villa, in the suburbs of Washington, where he had breakfast with Mrs. Cleveland. Mr. Cleveland is now as brown as a berry. The brief respite from business has had the effect of refreshing him, both mentally and physically. He has had good sport and is much pleased with his trip.

The President and party left Broadwater Clubhouse at 6 o'clock yesterday morning to try their luck again at fishing. While the President was not quite as successful as he was Friday with his catch, he expressed himself as being well satisfied with the last expedition and felt much benefited from his short vacation.

At 5.30 o'clock yesterday afternoon the party boarded the steamer Sunshine, and two hours later the little steamer arrived at Willis Wharf, where a wait of one hour was made for a lunch which was served on board the steamer. The President and party then seated themselves upon the deck and indulged in a smoke, which the President seemed to enjoy very much. A large crowd of people gathered at Willis Wharf to get a look at the President and were extremely gratified at the opportunity of seeing their Chief Magistrate while he sent smoke curling from a Havana cigar for at least half an hour in full view of the spectators, lifting his hat now and then in acknowledgment of their applause. The President shook hands with several of the old gentlemen who offered their hands as he was about to step into his carriage for the drive to Exmore station. Another crowd of people had gathered at the station, and although it was rather dark the people crowded close to the carriage and followed the President to the special car, which was standing on a side track, apparently satisfied with the result of their effort to get a view of the President. The train started amid shouts of "Hurrah for Grover."

June 5, 1893