Peninsula Enterprise, January 19, 1884


Transportation -- Railroad - ConstructionTransportation -- Railroad - Corporate

"Straws show which way the wind blows," and we are very glad to copy the following from one of our exchanges, as it shows that the wind of future prosperity is to blow for us. The franchise must be believed to be valuable, else one hundred per cent would hardly be offered Messrs. Cassatt and Scott for their bargain. "A report was current in Philadelphia Saturday, (12th inst.) that A. J. Cassatt and Wm. L. Scott, who are building the road to Cherrystone, Va., and recently bought the Eastern Shore railroad, had been offered $500,000 for their rights and franchises by a syndicate. Their whole outlay thus far is stated to be not over $275,000, but the offer of the syndicate was declined.


Mental illness

Mrs. Nancy Lilliston, of Saxe's Island, sent to the Eastern Lunatic Asylum 18 months ago, returned home on the 5th inst., entirely restored in body and mind, greatly to the joy of her family and numerous friends.


Weather -- Freezes

The steamer Eastern Shore called by Onancock on Tuesday for the passengers and freight, the steamer Tangier being detained in Baltimore by the ice. The Tangier resumed her regular trip on last Tuesday afternoon.


Fields -- Fertilizer

We have examined the report of the State Chemist of Virginia, in which he gives the elements of plant food contained in a long list of guanos and phosphates; also, the certificate of the same chemist, giving result of analysis of Cedar Island Guano, manufactured by Capt. Orris A. Browne, and we find nothing therein which gives such high analysis, and is sold at such low figures. We can cheerfully recommend it as being a first-class article. Home enterprises should by all means be patronized, when the best is offered for the least money. Our farmers who tried it last year were much pleased with it, and will use it again. See advertisement elsewhere in this issue.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionProfessionals -- BuildersInfrastructure -- Commercial - Groceries

Accomac C. H.

The elegant storehouse of Mr. Charles B. Lilliston, on Court street, now rapidly approaching completion, is a monument to the good taste of the owner and the skill of Mr. Welly Coard, the architect and builder.

The butcher-shop on Main street, being erected by our public spirited townsman Dr. Wm. R. Parramore, for the use of Mr. Wm. Bundick, will soon be ready for occupancy, when our people will be able to get fresh meats, fish, oysters, clams, &c., at all times of best quality.

1524 Papers This Week.

Infrastructure -- Commercial - Newspapers

The above is the number of ENTERPRISES issued from this office this week, Fourteen Hundred and Thirty of them being our bona fide list of subscribers while the additional ninety-four represent an order from one of our enterprising county business men. And the end is not yet. Every week brings new applicants for advertising space right here at home, which compels us to decline many foreign favors of legitimate wares.

Our paper is certainly enjoying a boom in this respect, and a glance over our columns will convince the most skeptical of the fact. It now contains the advertisements of some sixty or seventy county business houses or agencies, among which are several new ones this week, that we will notice in a future issue.

Philadelphia Rejoices.

Transportation -- Railroad - ConstructionTransportation -- Railroad - Freight

In announcing that "a controlling interest in the Eastern Shore system of railroads has been purchased, it is understood by capitalists favorable to the great Pennsylvania corporations' interests," the Philadelphia Times felicitates its readers with the tempting prospect of "strawberries, peaches, spinach, lettuce and all the early spring fruits and vegetables," and in the winter the most delicious oysters from Maryland and Virginia waters, rushed to market by means of fast freight arrangements. The object of the movement, says the Times, is to do for the great cities of Philadelphia, New York and Boston by rail what is now done for Baltimore by steamboats and other river and bay craft. The scheme contemplates, also, connection with the Norfolk truck region via Cherrystone and Pocomoke City and the different lines of steamers from Norfolk, by which it is expected to greatly expedite all of these good things to their Northern destination.

A Canoe Found.

Transportation -- Water - Sailboats

Messrs. John H. Stant and Jefferson D. Williams, residing in Free School Neck, a few days ago found a large canoe in the inlet near Pig Point, on Pocomoke Sound. She has a large cabin, is about 30 feet long, and 8 to 9 feet beam. Her foresail and rudder were gone. Two pairs of oyster tongs, two oars, one very large paddle, and two shovels were found aboard, while in the cabin a small sail, rolled up, was found. Whether she got adrift, or the "toilers of the sea," who were her crew were lost, we cannot tell. The owners of the craft are requested to come forward, prove property, pay charges, and take her away.

What Our Representatives Are Doing.

Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : LegislationInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Maryland-Virginia boundaryTransportation -- Railroad - ConstructionTransportation -- Water - WharvesNatural resources -- Conservation - GameInfrasturcture -- Public - Government : County

The following bills have been introduced in the Legislature by our representatives:

By Dr. Fletcher -- "Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia, That all citizens of Worcester county, in the State of Maryland, who have heretofore planted oysters in Chincoteague Bay, on the south side, the recently established line between Virginia and Maryland, and north of what has heretofore been considered the true line, upon the supposition that they were planting oysters in the State of Maryland, shall have the same rights of property and possession in oysters as citizens of Virginia for the space of two years."

By Dr. Fletcher -- Bill to extend the time for the completion of the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk railroad.

By Mr. Wescott -- Bill to allow John F. Powell to erect a wharf at Franklin City, in Accomac county, on Chincoteague Bay, for the purpose of shipping oysters.

By Mr. Wescott -- To amend act for protection of game.

By Dr. Wilkins -- Bill to increase the salary of the Judge of Northampton.

A Word About the Oyster Navy.

Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcementSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Legislation

MR. EDITOR: In your article on the means for protecting the oyster interest, you dissent from the views expressed before a committee of the Legislature by "a citizen of this county" in regard to the necessary force to do the work. If the work is worth doing at all, it is worth doing well, and the State cannot afford to make a botch of a matter of so much importance. It would be folly -- aye, more than folly -- to put a force to work to protect the "oyster fundum" inadequate to do so. It would be money idly spent. The interest is a very large one, occupying the time and means of many hundreds of our citizens both here and at other points. The force advocated is by no means too great, as a glance at the map of the bay and tributaries will readily show.

That the captain of the steamer should "be his own pilot" seems to ignore one or two important facts. That he should be a pilot -- and a good one -- may be readily admitted, but as he will be the commander of the fleet, he will have too much of other matters to occupy him to permit him as to be pilot also. To do fully and properly this important work, the people interested most directly demand that there shall be adequate means to do it -- and protest against a force too feeble either in its strength or organization. The matter while affecting those who engage in it most directly, at the same time is of great interest to the whole State. To this the snug sum of $190,000 now lying in the Treasury to the credit of the oyster fund -- the net earnings of the old steamers -- gives good testimony. Let the Legislature ponder the matter well, and enacting a law efficient in its action, give a force ample to do its work fully and well. An efficient law and an ample force will profit the State, and its citizens engaged in the oyster trade; the opposite will be a failure and an injury.


Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
January 19, 1884