Peninsula Enterprise, July 22, 1893


Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Waterfowl and shorebird

Gunners on Cobb's Island are having fine sport shooting grayback snipe. Rev. Thomas Dixon, Jr. of New York, bagged eighty one morning last week, and 40 more the same afternoon.


Moral -- Other violent crime

Clayton Kellam, colored, was before Magistrate Strang on Saturday, charged with feloniously assaulting W. T. Wimbrough, May 30th. He was committed to jail to await the action of the grand jury, in default of $50 bail.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

The members of Conquest M. P. Church have secured the services of Mappsville band and will on Wednesday, August 16th, hold a festival at the old site. Proceeds will be applied, to help rebuild their church destroyed by fire November 21st, 1892. Supper will be served on the occasion. Should the 16th be inclement festival will come off next fair day.


Transportation -- Water - Channel and harbor dredging

Bids for opening an inland waterway between Chincoteague bay and Delaware bay were opened by U. S. Engineer Smith, in Wilmington, last Tuesday, and by him forwarded to Washington. There were four bidders, the lowest bid being 20.04 cents per cubic yard. This is the second lot of bids for this work, which has been hanging fire for six years. The waterway is known as Assawaman canal. It will afford a quick passage from Delaware bay to the Atlantic, as well as a safe harbor for shipping.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Newspapers

The Virginia Press Association, recently in session at Charlottesville, Va., will meet on Cobb's Island next year on the second Tuesday in July.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Boat racing

A bateau race will be one of the attractions of a "party" to be held at Guilford steamboat wharf, on Tuesday, August 1st. Ice cream, confectioneries, & c., will be served on the occasion.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionInfrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate

Belle Haven.

Mr. Harwood R. Smith is improving his dwelling by the addition of a new wing.

Several young men from this place are spending some time at Cobb's Island.

Preparations are being made by Mr. Arthur P. Kellam for the erection of two large stores.

Mr. L. H. Wyatt having purchased a lot of Mr. W. J. Mapp, at Exmore, will erect a dwelling at an early date.

The house and lot belonging to the heirs of Edward L. Willis deceased, at Willis Wharf, was sold at public auction on Saturday last, to Mr. George F. Willis, for $800, and farm near Exmore to Mr. J. W. Chandler, for $1,860.


Transportation -- Water - FreightInfrastructure -- Public : ChurchesAfrican-Americans -- ReligionFields -- Livestock - Horses


Isaac Savage and Son have sold one half interest in schooner Selfregas to Capt. R. Willis and others. Schooner Palestine arrived here this week from New York with a load of coal from William Conant.

The colored brethren of the Methodist church have concluded to build a church and will hold a festival on the 26th, 27th and 28th insts. to raise funds for that purpose. They have engaged a brass band and will have during the time many match games of base-ball, croquet, etc., for the entertainment of those in attendance. All the colored people of the county are invited.

The annual pony penning takes place this year on Chincoteague, Thursday, August 3rd, and on Assateague, Friday, August 4th.


Transportation -- Water - FreightTransportation -- Water - Channel and harbor dredging


Schooners, of the Onancock fleet, are now running coal from Havre de Grace to this place.

The bar at the mouth of Onancock Creek is being dredged and the work on same is progressing well. The amount to be expended by the Government is said to be $6,000.


Infrastructure -- Public : Camp meetings


A camp-meeting will be held on the old camp-grounds here, commencing August 4th, in which members of all denominations are invited to participate. Pastors of all churches will be expected to preach during the meeting. The desecration of the Sabbath day, by way of selling ice cream, confectionery &c, is to be positively prohibited.

Requisition Not Honored.

reprinted from Richmond Dispatch, July 14.Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcement

In February last the crew of the Pocomoke, one of the schooners of Virginia oyster navy, fired into a party of Marylanders, who were depredating upon Virginia oyster grounds, and killed one of the party, a citizen of Maryland, named Stirling. Captain Gaskins, of the Pocomoke, was arrested by the Accomac authorities and sent to the grand jury of the Accomac County Court. That body failed, however, to find a true bill, and was discharged. The ground of the action of the grand jury was that Captain Gaskins had only performed his duty as a sworn officer of the Commonwealth, and that the shooting was in Virginia waters.

Maryland, however, claims that the shooting was within the boundary of that State, and Captain Gaskins having been indicted in a Maryland court an officer arrived here yesterday with a requisition for him from Governor Brown on Governor McKinney. The requisition was not honored, however, Governor McKinney having decided to take the time to examine fully into the case.

Harmanson-West Camp.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Veterans

The members of the Harmanson-West Memorial committee are requested to be ready to report the amounts subscribed and cash receipts at the next annual meeting of the camp to be held at Cape Charles the second Wednesday in August next, 9th inst.

James W. Broughton, Chairman of Com.

Corner-Stone Laying and Fair.

Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

The corner-stone of Grant's Memorial, a new Methodist Protestant Church, near Deep Creek mill, will be laid, July 26th, with Masonic ceremonies -- if rainy, the next day.

Distinguished ministers from abroad will deliver addresses on the occasion.

The fair will be opened at 1 p.m. and a supper served during the evening. We anticipate a big time; come and enjoy it. COMMITTEE.

Chesapeake Agricultural Fair.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - FairsTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing

The 2.50 class on the Cape Charles Fair card will be a mixed race, pace or trot, open only to Eastern Shore horses.

Records made at the Accomack Fair will not be a bar to any entry at the Cape Charles Fair. Entries close August 12th at 11 o'clock p.m. By order of committee.

A. T. Leatherbury, Secretary, Machipongo, Va.


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

The Governor of Virginia has sent the following communication to the Governor of Maryland:

"Your requisition upon me for the rendition to your duly accredited agent of Capt. John Gaskins, of the oyster fleet of the State of Virginia, has just been presented to me. I will have the matter investigated at the earliest possible moment and will report the result to you."

The requisition, of course, will never be honored and the reason of the Governor of Virginia in not giving a final answer at once does not occur to us. His duty in the matter is so plain, that we can hardly see why he should want time for investigation. Some squeamish notion of courtesy, we presume, made him unwilling to make his refusal too peremptory.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
July 22, 1893