Peninsula Enterprise, March 25, 1893


reprinted from Crisfield Times.Transportation -- Water - Steamboats

Capt. H. A. Dekay, of Pocomoke City, is soliciting stock to build a small steamer to ply between Pocomoke and Sykes Island.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Maryland-Virginia boundary

A special dispatch to the Baltimore Sun says, "That the steamer Governor McLane, of the Maryland State fishery force, arrived at Crisfield last Monday, and that the object of her being there is to put a tower in Watkin's Point to serve as a range to the oystermen in Pocomoke Sound in locating the boundary line between Maryland and Virginia. The tower will be forty feet high.


Transportation -- Railroad - Corporate

All the old officers of the N. Y., P & N. R. R. Co., were re-elected at the annual meeting of the directors and stockholders at Cape Charles City, last Monday. The officials, it is stated, were very much pleased with the earnings of the company during the present year.


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

There are three Hog Islands -- one in the Potomac where the oyster trouble occurred; one on the Atlantic coast, where Mr. Cleveland went duck shooting, and one at the mouth of the Patuxent River in the Chesapeake Bay. It is on the latter island that the quarantine station will be placed.


Farmers -- Farmers' organizations

The next regular meeting of Pungoteague Grange will be held at their hall on next Wednesday, 30th inst., and all members that can possibly attend are expected to be present.


Professionals -- BuildersInfrastructure -- Public : Churches

The Franktown church building committee requests any contractor who may desire to build their church to meet them at Franktown, April 3rd, 1893, or to correspond with them before that time.


Moral -- Property crime

A verdict of not guilty was returned in the case of the Commonwealth vs. Thomas Nelson, tried at Eastville, last week, charging him with forging name of F. T. Disharoon to a pay roll receipt of the N. Y. P. & N. R. R. for about $70. Other cases against him are being tried this week, but the result not ascertained at the time of going to press.


Transportation -- Water - Sailboats

The crew of the schooner John M. Price, of which mention is made elsewhere, arrived at Chincoteague last Wednesday.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Newspapers

Belle Haven.

The entire outfit of The Farmer and Fisherman was moved down on Friday last, and its first copy at this place made its appearance on Thursday.


Transportation -- Water - FreightSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Seed


Capt. John W. Bunting and Sons are busily engaged in manipulating and shipping phosphates.

Very many of our small oyster boats started down the bay this week in search of seed oysters.

Letters have been received from the crew of the schooner John M. Price, which was blown off shore during the night of the 19th of February. They were at the time these letters were written, at Queenstown, on their way from Liverpool, and they will arrive here the last of the month.


Transportation -- Road - MaintenanceInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Postal service


Our roads and streets are in an execrable condition.

Additional mail facilities have been secured by our postmistress for this place. A lock pouch is now sent on the Sunday night express train.

The contract for taking the mails from this point to Mappsville and Belinda, has been awarded to parties in Washington.


Fields -- Crops - Strawberries


The Philadelphia strawberry crate movement in this vicinity does not seem to disturb the Baltimore trade all.

Public School Report for February.

Infrastructure -- Public - Government : School administration

No. of schools in operation 119; No. of graded schools 28; No. of pupils enrolled 4,887; No of pupils in average daily attendance 3,412; No. of schools visited by Supt. 16.

John E. Mapp, Supt. Schools.

To the Growers and Shippers of Berries.

Fields -- Crops - StrawberriesProfessionals -- Commission merchants

We take this method of informing you, that at a meeting of the receivers and dealers in berries, held February 14th, in the rooms of the Philadelphia Produce Exchange, the following resolutions were adopted, and ratified by the Produce Exchange on March 1st, 1893:

1st. That, beginning March 1st, and in future, we return the standard crates and slats to the shippers, but the small baskets or cups to go with the sale of the fruit. Any shipper wishing to use the gift crate can do so, but the same will not be returned.

2nd. That we discourage the unbusiness-like habit of furnishing crates free to shippers, as the system tends to encourage dishonest dealings, and that shippers of berries, should refuse to accept or use, any such free crates, but furnish their own packages.

The above resolutions were endorsed by most of the commission merchants receiving shipments from the Eastern Shore and the same is published at their request for the information of our farmers.


Farmers -- Farmers' organizations

Major Mann Page, the president of the State Farmers' Alliance, stated in a late interview that under no circumstances would he accept the third party nomination for Governor, but his reasons for declining the honor, to wit, that the Alliance is a non-political organization and he could not therefore constantly permit himself to be nominated, will seem just a little "thin" to old members of that body on the Eastern Shore who remember the effort made by the officers of the State Alliance to turn it over to the third party. Indeed the County Alliance does not exist in Accomac today, in the main because of the efforts made through the State Alliance to disrupt the Democratic party in Virginia. Major Page should have said, perhaps, that he declined to be the candidate of the State Alliance because the State Alliance was not strong enough as a political organization to elect him.


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

Captain Foster, who has been engaged for the past two weeks in assisting to protect the oyster beds of Virginia, reports, "that the depredators have cut out and that he is expecting orders from the Governor of Virginia to withdraw." The protection given is not a matter of surprise, but why the valuable and effective services of the Chesapeake and its commander should be dispensed with so readily, does not occur to us, unless as has been alleged, they were only intended for ornamental purposes in the oyster navy of Virginia. If, however, Captain Foster and his crew are to be recalled to the "lives of inglorious ease," which, it has been stated, they have been leading around Gwinn's Island or on shore with their families, let the Chesapeake at least be left behind them -- and it is the duty of the Governor of Virginia to profit by the suggestion, if he proposes to protect the oyster beds in Pocomoke and Tangier Sounds. He must be convinced, at least everyone else has been, who has noted the depredations of the Marylanders in these waters this winter, how inadequate is the protection afforded by sail vessels. To steal oysters and then sail away, it can be readily seen, is a very easy matter when there are no swifter crafts in pursuit. Speed is needed, Governor, to prevent the oyster loving Marylanders from depredating upon us, and in the name of the people we protest against the withdrawal of the only boat which is able to overtake them in their illegal pursuits or incite in them the fear which causes them to practice that discretion which is the better part of valor.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
March 25, 1893