Peninsula Enterprise, April 1, 1893


Fields -- Livestock - Horses

The attendance at March Court was the largest for many months, and more and finer horses were on exhibition than had been at same court for several years.


Moral -- Property crime

Ex Mayor Nelson, of Cape Charles, on trial last week for embezzlement of church funds, was convicted and sentenced to two years in the penitentiary. Senator Blackstone, his attorney, will ask for a hearing in a higher court.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - NewspapersMoral -- Firearms

Mr. Henry A. W. Kellam, of this county at one time an employee of this office, now manager of the Crisfield Times, shot himself accidentally last week, while cleaning his pistol, through his left hand. He was not seriously disabled by the mishap, "only laid up temporarily for repairs."


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Surveying

M. Oldham, Jr., clerk of the county court, received a few days ago from "the Board on the Chesapeake and its tributaries" 200 copies each of the charts made by Lieutenant Baylor of Pocomoke and Tangier Sounds. These charts are made by a master hand and by direction of said Board. Mr. Oldham is distributing them among citizens of Accomac County who are engaged in the oyster industry. About 100 copies were delivered last court day. Call at the clerk's office if you want a copy.


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

Capt. R. J. Corbin, of Crisfield, and his colored crew, consisting of Louis Holland, Isaac Teagle and Elijah Smith, were lodged in jail last Wednesday, charged with illegally dredging on Hurleys rock last Tuesday. They were captured by Messrs. James Streagles and others, citizens of Tangier Island.


Transportation -- Railroad - CorporateTransportation -- Railroad - Stations and sidingsTransportation -- Railroad - Maintenance

The net earnings of the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad for 1890 were $156,446.67, an increase of $707.59 compared with the previous year. The company has put in some two hundred tons of new steel rail, besides increasing the capacity of a number of their sidings and erecting several very pretty stations.


Transportation -- Water - SailboatsTransportation -- Water - WrecksInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving service


The crew of the schooner John M. Price arrived home on 21st inst. They were taken off their boat on the 3rd day after they were blown out to sea, and taken to Liverpool. All their hands and feet were frosted when rescued and they had clung to the rigging for the three days without water or food. The Captain has given a lecture at the Beulah Baptist church since his return, concerning the disaster.

The schooner L. B. Chandler, worth $2500, and owned by W. J. Matthews, this place, went ashore on Hog Island on 24th of March and is a total loss. She was loaded with oysters for L. Gum & Co., Fair Haven, Conn. The Life Saving crew went to the rescue of the crew of the schooner and stayed by the boat until the morning before they were able to take them off, on account of the high winds and darkness.


Fields -- Crops - StrawberriesTransportation -- Road - MaintenanceInfrastructure -- Public : ChurchesInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionTransportation -- Railroad - FreightTransportation -- Railroad - Personnel


The acreage of strawberries to be planted in this vicinity will far exceed that of even last year.

The road from this place to Messongo Bridge is conceded to be the worst in the county even by the drummers, and they should know.

Conquest Chapel M. P. church, which was burned November 21st., will be rebuilt at an early date.

Our town is not yet finished. Mrs. Mary Nock is now erecting a residence on the lot recently purchased of Mr. J. I. Northam and others will probably be erected in the near future.

The shipments of oysters from this station have been far in excess of any previous year. A large portion of them were shipped during the January freeze and netted the shippers handsome sums.

Our popular night operator Mr. J. T. Lewis, has left us to accept the position of operator and assistant agent at Salisbury, Md. He is succeeded by Mr. T. E. Ralph, of New York.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Postal serviceSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcement


Mr. William Hall is making preparations to build a dwelling on his recent purchase above this place. Oswald Mason will build a dwelling on his farm near here. Capt. Charles Wessels will soon replace his burnt house with quite a handsome structure, and Mr. Robert Groten will also build a new dwelling near here soon -- and thus passeth away last year's potato money.

Mr. George Washington Northam has secured the contract for carrying the mails from this place to Hallwood, for the next four years, beginning in July next.

There is right much complaint of the insufficiency of our oyster police, for the protection of our tongmen's rights against the dredgers, as well as to the protection of the rights and property of our State against Maryland's oyster pirates.




A large band of gypsies camped on the outskirts of Onancock last week.


Moral -- Property crimeFields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : Seed and slipsFields -- Canneries


The demand for potato seed is so great in this section that it terminated in one instance, in the robbery of one farmer's "bed." No clue to the thief.

This place is steadily growing, as well in business enterprises as in size. Several of our enterprising business men are discussing the practicability of starting a large canning establishment here, probably at an early date.


Moral -- Alcohol


Two colored citizens of the town accepted an invitation of a white man a few days ago to monkey with a pint and a half of new whiskey each. They passed from the hands of the bar-keeper to the doctor, and the result was extremely doubtful for several hours.

Trial of Non-Residents for Taking Oysters in Virginia Waters.

Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcementSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Litigation

The time of the trial of indictments against Robert L. Wharton and Severn H. Nelson, Crisfield, charged with taking oysters in Pocomoke Sound, south of the Black and Jenkins line, set for this term of the court, was postponed by agreement between Mr. Thomas S. Hodson, counsel for the accused, and James H. Fletcher, Jr., attorney for the Commonwealth, with the approval of Judge Gillet, to the third day of the next term of the county court, April 26th. In the hearing of the cases, it is stated, that Messrs. Hodson and Attorney-General Poe, of Maryland, (who is also to be present), will admit that Wharton and Nelson dredged south of the Back and Jenkins line, but will claim that they had the right to do so, and that no law can prohibit them unless passed by the Legislatures of both States. They hope to sustain their claim before our court under a clause in the compact of 1785, but failing to do so, it is stated, the cases will be taken to the United States court.

Action of Grand Jury as to tax on Incomes.

Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Taxation

Virginia: At a court held for the county of Accomack, at the courthouse thereof, by adjournment, on the 28th day of March, A. D., 1893.

The grand jury appeared according to their adjournment and were again sent out of court to their chamber, and after some time returning into court presented in writing the following:

"At a meeting of the grand jury for the county of Accomac, held March 28th, 1893, the following resolutions were offered and unanimously adopted:

Whereas, It has come to the knowledge of this grand jury that the assessment of taxes on incomes is generally ignored by the citizens of this county, and

Whereas, Upon the examination of numerous witnesses it is shown that the omission is largely due to a misunderstanding of the law. (See chapter 244 Sch. D., page 202 Acts Assembly 1889-90), therefore

Resolved, That this jury is satisfied that a large number of citizens are liable to presentment and indictment for this offence, and suggest in the event of a continuation of this offence that the large property holders of the county, and those who are known to receive incomes in excess of $600, who pay no tax on incomes be summoned before the grand jury.

Resolved, That these resolutions be published in the PENINSULA ENTERPRISE for three consecutive times.

By order of the grand jury,





Ordered, that the resolutions presented into court by the grand jury on this day in reference to income taxes be published in the PENINSULA ENTERPRISE as recommended therein.


Test. M. OLDHAM, JR., C. A. C.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
April 1, 1893