Peninsula Enterprise, December 1, 1894


Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sportsfield sports - Hunting : Personal injuryTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Raccoon and opossum

Three colored boys, while out hunting last Tuesday night near Craddockville, cut down a tree to take an opossum from it. The tree fell on one of them, aged about 12 years, killing him instantly.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

The revival meeting at Drummondtown Baptist Church closed last Monday night with an increase of eight to the membership of the church. Some five or six more of the converts during the meeting will be baptized and join the church at an early day.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Hotels

The Keller Hotel has been recently enlarged, remodelled and thoroughly renovated from top to bottom and will re open next week with a new proprietor; who promises to be a model hotel man in all respects. We take pleasure in introducing as the new candidate for public favor, Mr. E. A. Bloxom, and cordially commend him to the travelling public.


Sea -- Shellfish - Clamming : SeasideLaborers -- FisheriesLaborers -- WagesInfrastructure -- Public : ChurchesProfessionals -- Teachers


Our oystermen are making a good thing catching clams. The market is good and they realize from $2 to $4 per day.

The revival services at the M. P. Church closed last Sunday night. We had an excellent meeting. Thirty persons were converted and twenty-seven of them joined the church, and two joined by transfer, making a total addition of 29 to the membership. We had an exceedingly good order during the whole two week services. We are thankful to Rev. Dr. J. E. T. Ewell who helped us the first week and to evangelist Rev. B. F. Jester, of Wilmington, who labored faithfully with us the last week. Our pastor, Rev. George J. Hill, was always on time and labored earnestly for the salvation of souls although he had to spend six hours each day at the head of the graded school at New Church. He is an earnest and faithful Christian.


Transportation -- Water - SteamboatsInfrastructure -- Commercial - NewspapersTransportation -- Water - FreightInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving serviceInfrastructure -- Public : Churches


Steamer Absecom belonging to J. W. Bunting and Son, is now at Pocomoke to be lengthened 35 feet.

A newspaper, to be known as the Chincoteague Islander, independent in politics, will be started here on 1st December, with J. W. Fields and Frank J. Townsend, editors.

A new surf boat has been received by Capt. James Tracey for the Life Saving Service.

Schooner Thomas Thomas arrived this week with cargo of coal and was loaded with oysters for Fair Haven, Conn. -- schooner Medora Frances and sloops Maggie and Undine took like cargo to Norfolk.

The "Sanctified" band has about disbanded. The board of trustees met last week for the purpose of selling their church. The leader, Joseph Lynch, has left for parts unknown and said when he left that he bid the Island a long and last farewell. Sister Sadie Collins, principal deaconess, has gone also and practically renounced the faith before going. It was not what she expected it would be she said and declared that the "two by two" arrangement was no longer to her liking. W. J. Chandler, another of the leaders, is arranging to protect his securities and will leave also. Private meetings are being held occasionally, but will not continue to be held long it is believed. The end of the craze is near doubtless, now that the deluded band is without leadership.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - OtherInfrastructure -- Public : Schools


Prof. G. G. Joynes shipped "Prince of Virginia," a handsome two year old game cock to W. H. Overbaugh, Hanover, Pa., Thursday. "Prince" is from imported blood and will doubtless hold his own in Pennsylvania.

The corner stone laying of the Margaret Academy annex took place Thursday under the auspices of the Masons.

Steamer Tangier was in the storm of Monday night last in the Chesapeake. She put in here on regular trip with her guards and joiner work forward smashed in.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Packing


Our shucking houses are shipping large quantities of oysters and the trade promises to be lively.

Farming That Pays.

Farmers -- Farm size and structurefields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : Yieldfields -- Crops - Sweet potatoes : Storage

An item which appeared in the ENTERPRISE, last week, as to the number of barrels of sweet potatoes raised this year by Mr. W. L. Elzey, on his farm near Exmore, Northampton county, has elicited the following corrected statement, not only of his potato crop, but of other products also. He had 60 acres of his farm in cultivation this year and the yield from same was 2,700 barrels of sweet potatoes, 250 barrels of Irish potatoes, 80 barrels of corn, 20 tons of scarlet clover hay, 8 tons of red clover hay -- and we presume a variety of other trucks not reported to us. Of the 2,700 barrels of sweets he has shipped 1,300 barrels with net returns from same of $1,610 -- the balance of the crop being stored for the winter markets, from which returns received heretofore have been more remunerative than for those shipped during the summer and fall.

Annual Inspection of N. Y. P. & N. R. R.

Transportation -- Railroad - Corporate

The annual track inspection of the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad Company took place Monday and Tuesday.

The party from Philadelphia arrived Monday morning, consisting of Messrs. A. J. Cassatt, president; William A. Patton, vice-president; William Cariss, Jr., auditor; John Keller and Uriah H. Painter, directors; R. H. Nichols, chief engineer of the Elmira and Canandaigua Division of the Northern Central railway, and S. P. Hutchinson, of the Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

The officials of the road expressed themselves as being highly pleased with the improvements all along the road.

Mr. R. H. Nichols, of Elmira, N. Y., who is to be the successor of Mr. Dunne as superintendent of the road, was very much pleased with his inspection of the line, and will assume charge of his duties some time during the month of December. He is a man of considerable experience in railroad business in both the transportation and construction departments, was born in Baltimore, and is about 40 years of age. For several years he was connected with the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad in various capacities, after which he went to the Northern Central Railway system, where he is at present in charge of the Elmira and Canandaigua Division as chief engineer.

Murder in Second Degree.

Moral -- Murder

A jury was empannelled about noon on Monday, for the trial of Arthur W. and William L. Wright for the murder of John H. Fisher, consisting of the following gentlemen: William H. Boggs, Henry C. Davis, John T. Nock, Abel T. James, William F. B. Mapp, John L. Warren, James C. Heath, P. T. H. Ayres, John B. Henderson, James C. Doughty, John T. Young and Sheppard T. Bull.

The evidence was concluded about noon on Wednesday, and after argument by the counsel, case was submitted to jury about 7 p. m. of that day.

On Thursday morning a verdict was rendered by them of murder in second degree, fixing the punishment of Arthur Wright at 16 years in the penitentiary and of William Wright at 15 years in the penitentiary.

The evidence detailed to the jury was substantially as reported heretofore in these columns, and the verdict is generally approved as a proper one and such as was warranted by the evidence submitted.

The jury was an excellent one, and no one ever doubted that it would do its duty. We are not able in this case as in similar cases of this kind, to say how the jury stood when they retired to consider their verdict, a matter always of interest to the public, as the jury had an agreement to divulge none of the secrets of the jury room, but it has leaked out in spite of their determination to be silent in the matter, that four of the jurors at first favored a verdict of murder in the first degree.

The speeches in the case of the Commonwealth's attorney and of Messrs. J. W. G. Blackstone and N. B. Wescott representing the defense were regarded as exceptionally able.


Farmers -- Innovation

An article in this issue, under the heading of "Farming that Pays," contains a lesson which many of our farmers could study to advantage. With acreage under cultivation less than the average farmer on the Eastern Shore one of the largest growers of sweet potatoes among our farmers, raises not only all the corn that he needs for his own use, but thirty tons of excellent hay. With him, the principal crop is sweet potatoes, but unlike many of our farmers he does not see the wisdom of taking the revenue which he derives from the crop to pay for the provender which he can raise and which he knows that he must have. Diversity of crops has often been urged through these columns as the way to competency and independence, and the correctness of that proposition is certainly patent to many this year, who have raised sweet potatoes and can't sell them -- they have not raised hay but have got to buy it, without the money to buy it with because of lack of revenue from sweet potatoes. Our farmers will continue to raise sweet potatoes as their principal crop, of course, but it is a lack of judgement in them to have to buy anything which they can raise on their farms, and worse than a lack of judgement to have to buy provender which they know they will need and must have. Diversify your crops gentlemen, and if you won't do it, at least make enough hay to meet your needs in that respect. Don't bring further discredit upon yourselves as intelligent farmers by buying your hay in the future.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
December 1, 1894