Peninsula Enterprise, November 22, 1884


Transportation -- Railroad - Other

The horses of Jacob Bros., being frightened by the cars at Belle Haven station, ran away, throwing out the driver and caused injuries which renders his recovery doubtful.


Moral -- MurderLaborers -- Railroad

Asa Sweetman, colored, killed Austin Dupee, colored, at Cherrystone, Northampton county, Va., Wednesday of last week, by stabbing him through the heart with a knife. Sweetman killed Dupee because he dropped the end of a railroad tie on Sweetman's foot on Wednesday morning. Both men are from the Western Shore of Virginia, and were laborers on the N.Y., P. & N. R.R.


Transportation -- Railroad - Construction

The first through fast express train was run over the N.Y., P. & N. R.R. on Monday night. The steamer Jane Mosely left Norfolk at 6.30 p.m. Monday with fifteen through passengers for the North. She made good time to Cape Charles City, and the train left immediately. The running time was about forty miles an hour. The train arrived at Wilmington at 3 a.m.


Moral -- Vagabonds

The presence of several tramps in our county of late, suggests the fact that we have a law concerning vagrants and overseers of the poor, whose duty it is to see that law enforced.


Transportation -- Water - FreightTransportation -- Water - Wrecks

On last Saturday the schooner A. D. Scull, bound from Promised Land to Baltimore with fish scraps, went ashore on Hog Island, and has become a total loss. The vessel was consigned to Wm. Beere & Co. she hailed from Somer's Point, N. J., and was of 895.55 tons register.


Infrastructure -- Public : Fire companiesAfrican-Americans -- Race relationsInfrastructure -- Public : ChurchesMoral -- Vandalism

Accomac C. H.

An interesting revival is now in progress at the Baptist church in our town. Several of the converts at the meeting are to be baptized at Mt. Custis to-day.

An unoccupied dwelling house in Drummondtown, of Mrs. Laura Kennard of Baltimore, was set fire to and burned, Friday night, the 14th inst. The fire was discovered about 2.30 A.M., and had then made such progress, as to render futile any effort to save the property. It was seen that it was not only impossible to save it, but the location of the burning building was such, that it was thought that the whole business part of the town would be consumed. The wretch who fired the building evidently had that object in view and was only foiled in his purpose by the calm which prevailed at the time, and by the effective work of those present. Mrs. Kennard's loss is about $500. Other parties suffered losses by removal of their goods. The loss of Mr. Hall, whose saloon was nearest the burning building is estimated at $100 or more.

The thanks of our community are due to many of the colored people for the faithful and effective work done by them at the fire on Friday night. Walker Beach, Littleton Wharton, Chas. Coard and Wm. Stran, colored, especially deserve words of praise, and will be remembered by our people if they should ever need their assistance.


Moral -- Other violent crimeInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential constructionInfrastructure -- Public : Fire companies


Abel Upshur, colored, an employee of the Onancock Mill Company, was seriously and dangerously cut about the neck last Saturday night, by Richard Johnson, colored. The affray took place near the beer saloon of Mr. Archie Campbell.

Capt. Thomas Johnson is erecting a new dwelling on his lot between the house wherein he now resides and the lot of Mr. John D. Tyler.

The barn and carriage house of Mr. George W. Powell were destroyed by fire last Friday night, 14th. The fire was undoubtedly the work of an incendiary. Popular indignation runs very high that we should have such a person or persons in our midst and popular opinion has not yet decided what punishment should be meted out to one guilty of such a cowardly and terrible act. The occurrence also, again, causes the agitation of the feasibility of organizing a fire company in town. Unfortunately too few of our citizens are willing to make an effort in that direction. The want of such an organization will not now be so keenly felt as it will be, should a fire break out in the thickly settled and business portion of the town.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Other


Mr. James Ling will have a house warming soon.

A Last Call.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Veterans

Comrades: -- During the first week in December, I shall close the roll of Confederate soldiers of Accomac. I have patiently waited to hear from you. The responses to my call have been few. If you fail to have your names upon the Roll of honor of Virginia's sons, it will be your fault, not mine. I am ready to enroll you. It is required that this enrollment shall show, as far as can now be ascertained, "the name, age, place of enrollment and residence at time, company and regiment or battalion, battery or squadron, to which each such person belonged, or position held by same as general or staff officer, or, if in the navy, to what vessel attached or to what duty assigned; with statement also as to wound or wounds, when and where received, character of present disability, imprisonment, death and where buried, discharge or surrender of such person at the end of the war, and any other particulars in regard to any such persons which in his (the Adjutant General's) judgment should be recorded."

Your comrade,

G. T. Scarburgh.

Accomac C. H., Va., Nov. 20, 1884.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
November 22, 1884