Peninsula Enterprise, May 5, 1894


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Boat racing

A regatta, open to 14 and 16 feet batteaux, will take place at Wachapreague, next Saturday, 12th inst. Valuable prizes will be offered.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

Rev. J. M. Dunaway baptized twenty persons at the Dix farm landing, on Folly Creek, Sunday afternoon.


Moral -- Property crime

Mr. William Hickman, a farmer residing near Accomac C. H., was robbed of $75, on last Monday, at this place. The money was taken from his pocket. Mr. Hickman thinks he knows who the thief is.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

Rev. J. R. Harrison closed the revival services at the Onancock Baptist Church on Monday night. There were about 30 conversions in the meeting. Dr. Harrison has been preaching this week at Locustville.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Bicycling

Dr. S. B. Ward, Belle Haven, and Mr. Frank Lankford, Franktown, made a tour of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia, about 350 miles, last week, on their bicycles and the run from Marion, Maryland, to their homes, on Saturday, a distance of about 80 miles was made in 10 hours.


Professionals -- LawyersTransportation -- Water - FreightSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Seaside


Mr. Caleb Bowdoin has completed his law course at University of Virginia. He is the first graduate in law from our Island and will hang out his shingle soon, probably here, and if he does, Chincoteague will liberally patronize him.

Schooner Elliott was loaded here this week with oysters for Fair Haven, Conn.

Shot on Oyster Beds.

Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Poaching

The news was received at time of going to press, that Burr Gladding, Lloyd Trader and others were shot Thursday night, while dredging, it is charged, the oysters of Capt. W. Somers and others on South Bar, in Muddy Creek. Gladding received 19 shots to his side and his wounds, it is stated are fatal. Trader was shot in the legs.

Meeting of Oystermen's Association.

Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : LitigationInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Maryland-Virginia boundary

A meeting of the Oystermen's Association was held at Accomac C. H., last Monday, called by Dr. John W. Bowdoin, treasurer of said Association, for the purpose of making report of the disbursement of the funds placed in his hands to defray expenses incurred in the protection of the interests of Virginia in Pocomoke Sound. A detailed statement submitted by him was satisfactory to the meeting and unanimously approved.

The following resolutions offered by Capt. John W. Marsh were unanimously adopted:

Whereas, Hon. William A. Jones, Representative in Congress of the First District of Virginia, and James H. Fletcher, Commonwealth's Attorney for the county of Accomack, have gratuitously contributed their valuable professional services to the maintenance of the contention of our citizens in the inter-state oyster controversy between Virginia and Maryland, recently decided, without a dissenting opinion, by the Supreme Court of the United States, upon every point involved, in favor of Virginia, now, therefore, be it resolved,

That the profound thanks of the people of Tidewater Virginia and particularly of the citizens of the Eastern Shore of Virginia be and hereby are extended to said gentlemen for their most valuable aid, and that copies hereof be sent to each of them and also handed to the local papers for publication.

On motion, it was further resolved, that to the Hon. John W. Gillet, for his able, unanswerable and exhaustive "Review of the claim of Maryland of the right of her citizens to fish in the waters of Pocomoke Sound" the highest recognition of his services is due and hereby tendered, for it was the basis practically upon which of the Circuit and Supreme Courts of the United States rested their decisions.


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

One would imagine from the language of our friend of the Eastern Shore Press that only the 200 oystermen of Tangier "are the ones interested in this question" of the removal of Capt. Reed. The contrary is true, for every man of "the 2,000 on the mainland" who are engaged in the oyster business is equally interested with the Tangiermen. It is certainly "natural" that these 2,000 "should want a man on whom they could rely, a man interested in the business as they are and who is in sympathy with them, a man who would remain at his post of duty at all times when it is possible for him to be there." These 2,000 wished just such a man -- and they found him, alert, brave, tried and worthy, in Capt. A. J. Read. These 2,000 depend equally with the 200 of Tangier upon oystering for a living, and their voice, ten times the weight of those of Tangier, should have been listened to. That they were not heard does show "ignorance, carelessness and stupidity on the part of the Board." The Press admits that "the wishes of the oystermen should be consulted in preference to all others." We agree to that, and we believe also with the Press that "the oystermen of Accomac county know what they want." They do, and they wanted Capt. Reed, and the Board ignoring 2,000 of them "showed ignorance, carelessness and stupidity," so gross as to bar all idea that it "is composed of men eminently fit to attend to its business." We make no war on Tangier or Capt. Murphy. We do arraign the Board as having negligently, ignorantly, carelessly and stupidly attended to its business and we protest against its action as unjust and utterly wrongful.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
May 5, 1894