Peninsula Enterprise, February 16, 1884


Sea -- Finfish - Catch : Rock

Rock and perch of fine quality are being caught on Pocomoke.


Weather -- Freezes

The steamer Tangier, due at Onancock on last Wednesday morning, was detained in Baltimore by the floating ice and drift wood, and did not arrive until Friday.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - General Stores

Accomac C. H.

Mr. Chas. B. Lilliston, one of our most enterprising merchants, now occupies his elegant storehouse in our town. For beauty, convenience, &c., it takes the cake" over all others on the Shore. Glass front, gaslight, all the modern improvements in fact, have been utilized to make it "a thing of beauty."


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : SeasideInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Welfare


Business booming, oysters in demand at paying prices.

Petitions, asking help for the poor and destitute of our island, are in constant circulation. Our pauper population has been quite a tax on our charitably disposed citizens since the curtailment of the parish allowance, by the Board of Supervisors. They look upon the almshouse as a prison, and no persuasion can influence them to accept the home with its comforts that is offered them at the expense of the county.


Transportation -- Road - Shell surfacingInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial construction


Our "town council" are trying to buy more shells for the streets.

Mr. Kellam Broughton proposes to build shortly a handsome store-house opposite Bagwell & Wise's drug store. It will be occupied, it is supposed by him and his son Mr. G. K. Broughton.


Fields -- FertilizerSea -- Fish factoriesInfrastructure -- Public : Churches


Messrs. Coleburn & Fowler, capitalists of Conn., of the firm of Fowler, Foote & Co., on Cedar Island, spent a few days with us last week. They left for Norfolk on Sunday, on steamer Foote, engaged at this time in conveying fish guano manufactured by the firm to purchasers in that city.

Mr. James "O." Bell, of "Turf" fame, is at present engaged in delivering fish guano to the farmers of this section, purchased by them of Messrs. Fowler, Foote & Co.

Work has been resumed on the Methodist Church in process of erection here. A tall and handsome steeple is being erected thereon, which when completed, will add much to the appearance of the building. At a meeting held recently by its building committee, it was decided to build an ante-room, by which its seating capacity will be increased.

The Railroad is Coming.

Transportation -- Railroad - ConstructionLaborers -- RailroadLaborers -- Strikes

A special from Salisbury, Md., Feb. 8., to the Baltimore Sun says: Sixteen car-loads of steel rails for the N. Y., P. and N. R. R., have arrived at Delmar, and are being distributed along the line. Contracts for the cross-ties have been made, which are being delivered as rapidly as possible. Sixteen of the laborers employed by the above company struck for higher wages Tuesday, and came to this town to-day. They lounged about the town during the day, and disappeared at night. The grading of the road is being pushed ahead as rapidly as possible, and the road is expected to be completed by the 1st of July.

A New Postoffice.

Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Postal service

The new postoffice established at Grangeville, this county, was opened last Thursday. The mail will be carried to that point direct from Pungoteague, and arrangements which enables the citizens in the vicinity of that postoffice to get their Southern and Baltimore mail two days earlier than they have received it heretofore. The increased mail facilities offered is due to the enterprise of Messrs. A. J. Mears & Sons, who have recently opened a place of business at Grangeville, Every one in that vicinity will of course avail themselves of the convenience offered for an earlier delivery of their mail.

School Report.

Infrastructure -- Public - Government : School administration

Extract from the report of the county Superintendent for the month ending January 31st, 1884.

Number of schools in the county, 76; number of more than one teacher, 14; number of pupils enrolled, 3,514; number in daily average attendance, 2,474.15; number of different schools visited, 19; number of warrants issued, 38; amount of warrants, $1,073.04 1-2. The schools are more prosperous than at any previous time in their history, and the outlook is cheering.

J. C. WEAVER, Supt.

Real Estate Transfers.

Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estate

The following transfers of real estate were recorded in the Accomack County Court clerk's office, during the week ending February 13:

Wm. Parker et als. to Calvin S. Boggs, 1 acre near Cashville; $80.

James H. Evans and wife to Jas. S. Collins, 140x182 1-2 yards near Atlantic; $25.71.

Abel T. Johnson, special commissioner to John E. Collins, 3 acres on Chincoteague Island; $200.

Same to Wm. T. Bloxom, 6 acres on Saxe's Island, $508.

Henry T. Rayfield and wife to Henry R. Boggs and wife, 6 acres near Cashville; $160.

John E. T. Window and wife to Jas. R. Bull, an undivided half of 10 acres near Hawk's Nest; $187.50.

Benjamin T. Gunter, special commissioner to David R. Mister, 14 84-100 acres near Belle Haven; $385.

Upshur B. Quinby, special commissioner to L. Floyd Nock, 19 acres at Drummondtown (Adair's "ice house" lot;) $2,010.

Same to Charles B. Lilliston, one quarter of an acre at Drummondtown (Adair "Joynes" lot;) $835.

M. Oldham, Jr., trustee, to Joseph G. Beloate, an undivided one fifth of 245 acres near Cross Roads; $187.


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

MR. EDITOR -- Dear Sir:

Justice to myself demands that I shall not rest under the imputation of being a lawbreaker, and therefore a bad citizen, cast by the message of Gov. Cameron. He alludes to the second Naval demonstration made by him when Commodore Skaggs and laughing maidens of the "Dancing Molly," so completely outmanuevered him, and boasts of having captured six vessels which he claimed to be apparently guilty of unlawful dredging, and therefore of felony. He states that the courts released the prisoners and property. Despite the means resorted to by certain parties the attorney for the Commonwealth declared there was no evidence to send on -- and the examining justice (the only court they were before), promptly discharged the "apparently" guilty captains captured by this desperado and junketing naval force, commanded by Commodore Cameron and having as chief aide Danville Sims, and justice requires that I should state how false it is that I was even "apparently" guilty of a violation of the law.

All the captured vessels, my own of course included, having gone home for rest, and being also weather-bound, had from Saturday to Thursday been in Pungoteague Creek. On our way to our grounds in the Potomac River, not more than six miles from the mouth of Pungoteague we were overhauled and captured. We were moving on, had no dredges out, nor oysters aboard, yet we were subjected to the indignity of arrest and trial before a justice, and subjected to loss, as the result of a trip costly to Virginia, yet delightful to the commodore and aide Danville Sims. Now there was no guilt "apparent" or real. Yet, the governor slurs us with the charge that we were. My people know the facts, but, there are many who do not, and I deem this statement of facts necessary for them only. In conclusion I must be allowed to express the hope that when next the redoubtable "Commander of the Army and Navy" with always, of course, aide Danville Sims, desires a "little frolic" on the blue waters of the Chesapeake, he will do so quietly, and not try to justify himself by parading the "apparent" guilt of men whose whole life has been honest; but, we beg him to capture Commodore Skaggs, and the blue-eyed lassies of the "Dancing Molly."

Respectfully, EDWARD J. CORBIN.

Hoffman's Wharf, Va., Feb. 14th, 1884.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Maryland-Virginia boundary

THE joint committee from the Legislature of Virginia and Maryland met in Richmond last week as arranged. The result of their conference is published in full in this column. The termination of the discussion was one not unexpected by us, but was evidently a surprise to the Marylanders. The spirit animating the Maryland joint committee was by no means worthy the honest purpose and fair dealing of that great State. It met its just rebuke at the hands of the Virginia Legislature. Personally, the Marylanders were received with open arms -- but their unfair and one-sided propositions were speedily consigned to merited death. The ultimatum of the Virginians refused to recognize Maryland as having any right or title in Pocomoke Sound, "except north and west of the boundary line as established by BLACK and JENKINS."

N. Y., Phila. and Norfolk R.R. Co.

Transportation -- Railroad - Corporate

POCOMOKE CITY, Md., Feb. 5, 1884.

A general meeting of the stockholders of the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad Company will be held at the office of the Company in Drummondtown, Accomac county, Va., on MONDAY, the 10th day of March, 1884, at 10 o'clock A.M., for the purpose of taking action upon the proposed consolidation of the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad Company with the Eastern Shore Railroad Company.

By order of the Board of Directors.



Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
February 16, 1884