Peninsula Enterprise, November 28, 1896


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving serviceProfessionals -- Builders

Mr. John O. Taylor, Accomac C. H., has been awarded the contract "for guttering and spouting" Smith's Island Life Saving Station and expects to do like work at all the stations in the district.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Rabbit and squirrel

Rabbits are very plentiful in the county this year especially in Atlantic district. The sportsman in that district is a poor marksman who cannot, according to our informant bag from 10 to 15 in an afternoon.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Bicycling

A party of bicyclists, prominent citizens of Snow Hill, Md., viz: Messrs. W. S. Wilson, O. D. Collins, A. D. Irvin and W. F. Johnson, en route to Cape Charles, spent Monday night at Hotel Doughty in our town. They made the run in two days.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - BanksInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Lighthouse serviceInfrastructure -- Public : ChurchesTransportation -- Water - Freight


Our Boatsmen Bank is open from 7 a. m. to 8 p. m. for the convenience of the depositors, many of whom are oystermen and cannot attend to their banking business until after night.

The Post Light at Fisherman's Point was lighted up on the 18th inst., with A. Frank Jones of Assateague as keeper at a salary of $300 annually. The appointment of Mr. Jones is a good one and satisfactory to our people generally.

The corner-stone of Union Baptist Church will be laid Wednesday, December 2d. Everybody is invited to be in attendance and a large crowd expected on the occasion.

Schooner J. R. Moffitt loaded with oysters this week for Fair Haven, Conn., and Schooner Sunbeam left with a like cargo for Norfolk. Schooners D. J. Whealton, Emma Robinson and J. R. Moffitt arrived this week with cargoes of coal which was disposed of at $5.40 per ton.


Sea -- Fish factoriesInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential construction


The menhaden fishing business at this place has closed for the season.

Another dwelling has been erected by Mr. A. T. Evans on his property at this place.

Steamer Daisy arrived from Baltimore last week with a load of coal for S. K. Martin & Co.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionInfrasturcture -- Public - Government : County


Mr. D. H. Johnson will move into his new store in a few days.

Mrs. Genette Fox has moved into her new residence on Dunne avenue.

Pate & Mason have moved in their new store and their slab palace now has a deserted look.

Our magistrate court has grown so large that it looks as if we will have to have a judicial building. It was reported that over fifty cases would be on the docket for last Saturday. Our young attorneys, Messrs. Bundick and Rew, were on hand to balance the scales of justice.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Diseases and parasites


The "green gill" has afflicted our oyster crop, and our oystermen are seriously depressed as a consequence. This condition of the bivalves, added to the low prices, makes the outlook for the season even more discouraging.

Game Laws -- Reward for Violations of Same.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : BirdNatural resources -- Conservation - GameSea -- Market hunting

An Act to prevent the extermination of partridges (or quail) in the State of Virginia, approved January 27, 1896.

1. Be it enacted by the general assembly of Virginia, That it shall be unlawful for any person to kill or capture any partridges (or quail) in the State of Virginia for the period of two years, or to offer for sale or buy any partridges (or quail) so unlawfully killed or captured in said State within the aforesaid period.

2. Any person violating this act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and fined ten dollars for each offense and imprisoned in jail until the fine be paid, but not exceeding thirty days.

3. In any prosecution of a person for a violation of this act, proof of the possession of any such birds shall be prima facie evidence of guilt.

4. The operation of section two thousand and seventy-nine of the code of Virginia, and of any special game law so far as it relates to this particular game and is in conflict with this act, is hereby suspended for the period of two years.

5. This act shall be in force from its passage.

For information leading to the conviction of anyone violating the above state a reward of $20 will be paid.



Farmers -- Innovation

The surest road to independence for the South is to produce more at home of what it needs and buy less from the outside. This applies especially to the agricultural and manufacturing interests, and the suggestion is worthy of study. The custom has been for years to buy everything from the outside, and there has been no restriction. Everything we eat, drink and wear, or use, with some exceptions is purchased either in the North, East or West, when the same might be produced at home at less cost in the end.

We have the raw material at our doors and yet, instead of utilizing is, we send it away to be manufactured and pay two prices for it, when it is returned. There are very many things that the farmer buys abroad that might as well be made at home at a great saving, and the same may be said of manufactured goods. In lumber, leather, and mineral wealth, the South is unsurpassed, yet very little of it is manufactured at home. Why is this?

The above extract from an editorial in the Norfolk Virginian, merits the consideration especially of the people of the Eastern Shore. It can be truly said of us that everything we eat, drink or wear with some exceptions, is bought elsewhere, and many things which we attempt to supply ourselves with are not made in sufficient quantities to meet out needs. We manufacture nothing and send away the surplus that we get for our staple crops, to buy our hay, corn, pork and many other things which, not only could be produced here, but at less cost and of better quality than it can be by those from whom we purchase it. Why is this, we can ask with the Virginian? Times are hard, with us, but do we not help make them so by relying only on one or two crops and taking all of that to buy necessaries which we could supply ourselves with at home? It certainly looks to us, that a step would be taken in the right direction to raise fewer potatoes, that won't sell and more of something else that we are compelled to have and must buy.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
November 28, 1896