Peninsula Enterprise, June 20, 1896


Fields -- Crops - Corn

F. H. Dryden, Pocomoke City, offers for sale 700 bushels of white corn, f.o.b. cars at King's Creek, at 40 cents per bushel.


Moral -- Murder

Mr. Wood Chase, of this county, left on Tuesday for St. Mary's county, Md., in charge of the sheriff of that county. He goes there in answer an indictment against him of several years standing. He will be able to prove, beyond any doubt, that he is not guilty of the offence for which he is to be tried.


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

Governor O'Ferrall has sent to Captain Costin, commander of the steamer Accomac, of the oyster navy, at his request, sixty 1-pound shells for his Hotchkiss gun. This ammunition is to be used in keeping Maryland depredators out of the Virginia waters.


Moral -- Property crime

Joseph Bocaly, the cook of Virginia Oyster Police Steamer Accomac, who robbed Capt. Costin a few days ago of a considerable sum of money and valuable papers is now in jail at Accomac C. H. Sheriff Wise arrived with him from Wilmington, on last Saturday.


Infrastructure -- Public : Towns

The necessary amount of money, it is stated, has been subscribed by the citizens of Cape Charles, to pay the cost of a wigwam to seat one thousand people, which will be erected for the accommodation of delegates and visitors to the Democratic and Republican conventions, which meet at Cape Charles in July.


Infrastructure -- Utilities - Telephone

New phones have recently been put on line between Onancock and Accomac C. H., and "they work to perfection."


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing

In the races on the track of the Worcester County Driving Park Association at Snow Hill, Md., last week, John L., owned by John Otwell, of Horntown, and entered in the 2:45 class, won with ease in three straight heats. Maggie D., owned by W. B. Duncan, of New Church, won second money in the free for all race and T. B., owned by William J. Matthews, of Chincoteague, won in the three minute class, with five entries and five starters, third money.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionProfessionals -- BuildersArchitecture -- Commercial buildings

Accomac C. H.

Mr. A. J. Lilliston has commenced work on the new storehouse for Ashby & Beloat. It will be 95 X 30 feet, and will be ready for occupancy the first of September or earlier.


Sea -- Finfish - Catch : Drum


Several fishermen from Philadelphia and Wilmington, are at the Atlantic.

Capt. W. C. Bunting and crew, of Steamer Absecom, caught over one hundred black drums last week, weighing from 30 to 60 pounds, which were sold at from 25 to 50 cents each.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SurveyingMoral -- Alcohol


The steamer Accomac reached our town Wednesday with Senator Stubbs and Delegates Hathaway and Booker on board. They were then joined by Senator LeCato and Prof. Brent and the party proceeded to Fox Island where the testimony of several witnesses were taken. The commission returned to Onancock and telegraphed Dr. John Bowdoin, the Fish Commissioner, asking him to appear before them Thursday morning. The steamer at this writing is lying at the wharf and commissioners are at the hotel.

Mr. W. T. Bundick has been appointed elector for the First Congressional district by the Prohibitionists.


Forests -- Barrel factories Forests -- Sawmills


Mr. A. F. Mears, to make room for his barrel stock, is building an addition to his factory.

Fire broke out in Hopkins & Waples' saw mill, Tuesday night, between 12 and 1 o'clock, and was making strong headway when discovered by Mr. E. J. Savage. In ten minutes more is would have been beyond control. The origin of the fire is unknown, but due, it is supposed, to a crack in the furnace. It was put out without much trouble and before much damage was done.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Insurance companiesInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial construction


The committee appointed at the last session of our Legislature, to investigate the Fox Island survey, began their work last Wednesday.

The most of the insurance companies concerned in our big fire are making satisfactory settlements.

Pate & Mason are now occupying their new quarters, and propose to make things go while their permanent building is being erected.

Baseball Notes.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Baseball

Mappsville and Wachapreague will cross bats at Onancock again Saturday, June 20th, instant. The score last Saturday was 17 to 9, in favor of Wachapreague.

The correct score, between Mappsville and Mutton Hunk nines on the 6th, as decided by the official umpires and score keepers was 14 to 14 at the end of the ninth inning, making it a tie game. This demanded play to continue until one side had scored more runs than the other in an equal number of innings, which the Mappsville nine was ready to do, but the Mutton Hunk refused to play, although they were advised to do so by their own official umpire. Acting according to rules the umpires (and not umpire) decided the game a forfeiture by the Mutton Hunks to the Mappsville nine.



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

The arrest of Marylanders, by the Virginia Oyster Police, for catching oysters with scrapes in Virginia waters has caused, as was expected, an outcry from some of the small fry politicians in Maryland. The opportunity was considered especially favorable for catching votes, by one of the number with congressional aspirations, and the water had hardly dried on the paddles of the depredators in our waters, before the Governor of Maryland was wired, "Four Maryland citizens have been arrested by Virginia Oyster police. All clearly within Maryland territory." Of course there was no time for an investigation, which would justify such a telegram, but if prejudice against us could be stirred up and votes caught, what did this embryo Statesman care. We choose to believe that out officers, whose duty it was to know where the line was, did know it, and in the performance of their duty did arrest parties who were depredating upon our waters, and such we believe will be the conclusion of all right-thinking men on both sides of the lines. Why should our officers wish to arrest unoffending Marylanders? Of course they do not. There are too many ties binding the citizens together to wish to disturb those pleasant relations without cause.


Infrastructure -- Public : Schools

Another session of the Margaret Academy has closed, and it is gratifying to us to be able to report, that it has been a successful one. Every one interested in the cause of education will join us in congratulations to the trustees and teachers of the school for the good work which has been done there and in best wishes for its future. Some idea of that work may be obtained from the distinctions conferred on the pupils in the various branches taught there, and the high stand which its pupils have taken in the past at higher institutions of learning, furnishes ample proof of its efficiency as a preparatory school. In our opinion there is no better in the State, and it is a duty which our people owe themselves to patronize it so liberally that it will not only be kept up to its present standard, but be made a better school even than it is now. Steps were taken by the trustees at a meeting of the Board, last week, to raise funds with which to erect better buildings for the school.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
June 20, 1896