Peninsula Enterprise, February 16, 1895


Transportation -- Railroad - Corporate

The New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk road reports for the year 1894 gross earnings, $904,691; increase, $47,963; expenses, $705,846; increase, $13,366; and net, $118,845; increase, $4,598.


Moral -- Murder

The trial of the nine colored men from Accomac, in the city of Baltimore last week, charged with the murder of Constable Carver, on June 7th last, was concluded Saturday night, and John Handy, George Holden and George Parker were adjudged guilty of murder in the second degree; Alfred and Leonard Conquest were convicted of manslaughter, and the others -- George Brown, Thomas Smith, George Holman and John Williams -- were declared not guilty.


Weather -- Snow storms

Mother earth in this section was never covered with the "beautiful" snow better suited for the indulgence of the tastes of those fond of sleighing than the present one, and every sort of rig has been called into requisition for the enjoyment of it which fancy or convenience has suggested -- cutters and baskets, neat and attractive, and according to latest styles, bateaux, canoes, old carriage bodies, good boxes, strawberry crates, &c., and drawn by one, two, four or six horses or mules as the tastes and necessities of the parties required.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Military

A military (infantry) company is being organized here. Over twenty members have been secured so far. As soon as the requisite number is secured, application will be made to the adjutant general to register the company into the Virginia National Guard. Anyone wishing to join can apply to

C. C. Bell,Franktown, Va., Feb. 11, 1895.


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


During the month of January, twelve thousand and five hundred barrels of oysters were shipped from this place -- the largest number ever sent from here during any month in the history of the Island.

Messrs. J. W. Bunting & Son have opened their shucking house -- the third, and all running on full time when the weather permits.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Waterfowl and shorebirdWeather -- Freezes


Much duck shooting is being indulged in about the air holes in the ice on our waters.

Steamers Pocomoke and Eastern Shore are iced in at Crisfield, Md.

The skating here has been fine. Our creek is entirely ice-bound. Ice out on the bay as far as one can see.

Sleigh bells jingle all the time on the streets. The Accomac sleighing party, that visited our town the other evening in a boat drawn by four horses, lost the bottom of their boat near Pennewell's, on Main street, and had to walk home. A party of 21 sleighers from Locustville, in large bateau drawn by six horses visited out town Monday night.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Bayside


Our oystermen are shipping great many oysters but are not getting very much for them, although there has been some advance.


Infrastructure -- Utilities - Ice


Our citizens are getting more ice and say it is the finest they ever harvested.

Mr. George C. Walker has gotten home, and says he will not leave home in his schooner again in winter. She is now at Annapolis and fast in the ice.


Infrastructure -- Public : Sidewalks, etc.


Snow, snow, snow -- the streets are covered with snow, sawdust and charcoal walks not distinguishable.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving serviceTransportation -- Water - StrandingsSea -- WreckingTransportation -- Water - WrecksTransportation -- Water - Freight

Work of the Life Saving Men.

On Friday morning, 8th inst., 3 o'clock, a fishing schooner, the Water Lilly, bound to New York, went ashore on Fishing Point, near Assateague, and is a total wreck. Capt. Peterson and his crew of three succeeded in getting ashore in a small boat -- thoroughly wet and one of them badly frost-bitten.

Schooner Boneta, in Wachapreague for load of oysters for New York, was taken out of the inlet by the ice on Tuesday night and abandoned by the crew. She was taken up fortunately by the anchors when she had dragged nearly on the bar. Wachapreague Life Saving crew went after her and carried her into harbor next morning -- no damage.

The German steamship Elsie Mariah, bound from Hamburg to Baltimore, in ballast, went ashore on Little Machipongo Shoals, 7 miles south of Parramore's Beach station, 6 a.m. Wednesday, 13th. Life Saving crew of station, Capt. John W. Richardson, went to the rescue and took off 8 of the crew of 35. She will be gotten off without much damage. The assistance of the Merritt Wrecking Co., of Norfolk, was expected, according to our latest advices.

Schooner Sunbeam, Capt. Stiles, loaded with oysters from Wachapreague for New Jersey, went ashore on Friday morning 8th inst., about a mile of Assateague Life Saving Station. Capt. Tracey and crew responded promptly to their signal of distress, but did not get very far before they were surrounded by ice and unable to move one way or the other. One of the crew left at the station, seeing their peril, called for a volunteer crew from Assateague and twelve brave men, viz: Howard F. Jones, John L. Anderton, Samuel Quillen, Edgar Hopkins, J. B. Jones, William Lewis, William Scott, William Jones, Daniel Jones, William Cherrix, Emory Elliott and George Massett, surfman promptly responded to the call, and after beating around and pulling through the ice for about 4 hours succeeded in getting close enough for Capt. Anderton to throw a line to the ice bound crew and in pulling them from the ice in which they had been imprisoned about 6 hours. The Life Saving Crew with some of the volunteer crew then went to the rescue of the crew of the Sunbeam -- and all after a hard struggle succeeded in making the Life Station, where they were kindly cared for by Capt. Tracy.

Help Poor Bob White.

Natural resources -- Conservation - Game

Under the heading, "Help Poor Bob White," the Baltimore Sun puts in a plea for the partridge. We unite in the plea and quote the Sun.

"It is against the law to either shoot of trap this noble bird at this season, and farmers and others should see that no marauding in this line is done. In addition to preserving this gallinaceous bird the agriculturalist knows that the partridge in the farmers friend and that he destroys myriads of injurious insects, thus protecting the grain crops and the fruit from much injury. Every one, whether resident of the city or country loves to hear the call, "Bob White," on bright summer days through harvest time and early fall, when the young ones are nearly grown, and to watch the male partridge perched on the fence as he gives out the note. It is impossible to look at him then without feeling admiration and love stir the heart. He is in trouble now. Let every one who can help him. Bait the haunts of the partridges in your vicinity daily with corn and wheat. Use your gun on the hawks and owls and put your pack of hounds in the foxes."

Partridges have been getting scarce in this section for some time, and without help, this spell will finish them. Let all help Bob White.

A reward of $25.00 will be paid for sufficient evidence to convict any person for killing partridges during this cold spell, or since the shooting season closed on 31st of last December.

J. W. Bowdoin, Eastern Shore Game Protective Association.

Distressing and Fatal Accident.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sportsfield sports - Hunting : Personal injury

Mr. Judson F. Wessels, of near Woodberry, this county, while out gunning on Friday afternoon of last week on the marsh near Gargatha Inlet with Southey Webb and another companion, was accidentally shot in the knee by Mr. Webb, receiving a wound from the effects of which he died in a few hours thereafter. He was a young man of fine character and highly esteemed in the community in which he lived -- aged about 30 years.

The particulars of the distressing and fatal accident are advanced by our correspondent, below:

Friday morning a company of three, James E. Parkes, Southey Webb and Judson F. Wessels started down the creek on a ducking trip, and finding the creeks blocked with ice they left their boat and took a tramp on the marsh. While returning to their boat they saw some ducks alight in the marsh and went to look for them. While marching down on the ducks, Webb's feet flew from under him and he fell on the snow and ice, causing his gun to discharge, the load taking effect in Wessels right knee, almost severing his leg from his body. After trying for a few minutes to stop the blood which was flowing very freely, Parkes and Webb took Wessels on their backs and started for the home of John T. Savage -- as that was the nearest house to them -- reaching there in about three hours. Drs. Bowdoin and Sledge were summoned at once but could do him no good, and he died a few hours after their arrival.

Funeral services were held over him on Monday morning at Zion Baptist Church, of which he had long been a consistent member in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends.

He leaves a wife and two small children and hosts of relatives and friends to mourn their loss.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
February 16, 1895