Norfolk Landmark, January 10, 1874


Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Waterfowl and shorebirdTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Personal injurySea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcement


A man named Gabriel Shores, of Tangier Island, was drowned on Monday last while out shooting ducks.

The report originated through the Crisfield (Md.) correspondent of the Baltimore Sun to the effect that Commodore O. A. Browne had fired on Maryland dredgers is a canard. Captain Browne was only experimenting with his gun, no vessels being near at the time. The item was widely circulated and even induced the editor of the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Eagle to extensive moralizing on the "Peaceful Oyster." The Marylanders who scented the war star were doubtless hardly scared to go home with such a yarn; however, a little scare won't hurt them and may be the means of saving some gunpowder in the future.

Norfolk Landmark
Norfolk Virginia
January 10, 1874