Peninsula Enterprise, October 18, 1884


Moral -- Firearms

Emerson Watson, colored, 19 years old, living near Oak Hall had one eye put out and his hand badly injured by shooting a gun, last Saturday.


Moral -- Murder

Judge Booker, who presided at the trial of Dr. James D. Pitts, has been in Baltimore since the trial, to receive surgical attention for a wound received in the eye. The result of the wound has been the extirpation of the wounded eye to save the other. The above is an explanation of his delay in deciding the motion for a new trial.


Sea -- Finfish - Catch : MenhadenSea -- Fish factoriesTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - ExcursionsInfrastructure -- Utilities - Telegraph


Our ale wife factories, after having closed for nearly two months, are again commencing operations, Capt. Bunting's catch last week being quite successful.

The excursion to New York last week, via, Old Dominion Line, carried a number of people.

Telegraph rates to all points has been recently increased. Only 75 cents for ten words from Chincoteague to New York. We are not surprised at the 7 per cent. dividend recently declared by the Western Union on its watered stock. We are decidedly in favor of a postal telegraph service.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : OtherProfessionals -- BuildersInfrastructure -- Public : ChurchesTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Other


Mr. E. M. Willis had a valuable coat and seven dollars in money burnt up while fighting a fire, originating it is supposed with hunters in the woods between the premises of Messrs. J. W. Corbin and Wm. E. Hopkins.

Work has been resumed on the Methodist church, and a handsome steeple constructed by master workman, Louis Turlington, now adorns the edifice.

A Mr. Reed of Baltimore, an employee of Powell, Morse & Co., at a serenade given to Capt. Crockett and bride, applied his cigar to a trail he had laid to a two-pound can of powder, and was so badly burnt by the explosion that he had to be taken to the hospital in Baltimore.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideMoral -- Property crimeWeather -- DroughtsInfrastructure -- Public : SchoolsTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Fraternal orders

Saxe's Island.

Oysters are remarkably fat for the season.

Mr. George Glenn's store was broken open the 10th inst. and his money drawer rifled of five dollars and fifty cents.

The dry weather has been the cause of great inconvenience to us this season. The stock has suffered greatly for want of water.

The public school was opened here last Monday with Mr. John L. Taylor, teacher. He taught the same school last year very satisfactorily to our people. The attendance of pupils was good.

The Rechabite hall at this place has been completed and is a handsome and imposing structure. The Order is thrifty and increasing rapidly. Addresses will be delivered by Messrs. John L. Taylor and George W. Weaver, at an oyster supper to be given the first Friday in November. Visitors will be present by invitation only.

The New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad.

Transportation -- Railroad - SteamboatsTransportation -- Railroad - Tugs

The N.Y., Phila. and Norfolk Railroad Company have closed a contract with the Harlan & Hollingsworth Company, at Wilmington, Del., for the construction of two iron steamers. The larger of the steamers is intended to run passengers and mail and passenger coaches across the Chesapeake between Norfolk, Va., and Cape Charles City, Northampton county, Va., the terminus of the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad. She is to be a first-class iron side-wheel steamer, 252 feet length of keel, 36 feet beam and 64 feet beam over all. Her depth of hold will be 14 feet. She is to be provided with a powerful surface-condensing beam engine, and is expected to be swift. Her wheels will be "feather-wheels," like those of the steamers of the Eastern Shore Line and of the Ida and Avalon, belonging to the Maryland Steamboat Company. -- The passenger coaches will be run on the steamer on tracks, and there will be appliances for securely keeping them in position. She will have splendid saloons and other luxurious accommodations for the comfort of passengers.

The second steamer is to be a powerful iron tug, 110 feet long on the keel, 23 1/2 feet beam and 14 feet depth of hold. Her engine will be a compound condensing one, with two cylinders, 22 and 40 inches, respectively, and a 28-inch stroke. She is to be a propeller, and will have a 9 1/2 foot wheel. This steamer is intended to tow barges, which the company will have constructed to convey freight cars across the bay between Norfolk and Cape Charles City. The two steamers are to be ready for service early in the spring.

The work of building the steamers will be commenced in a few days. Until the new steamers are put in service a large boat belonging to another line will be chartered, which, it is stated, will be able to accommodate the fall and winter travel and trade.

Incendiary Fire in Drummondtown.

Moral -- Vandalism

The outbuildings on the premises of Mr. Fred Waddy, proprietor of the Waddy hotel, Drummondtown, were set fire to and burned to the ground on last Monday night. The fire was discovered about 1 o'clock, and had made such progress then that it was seen that it was too late to make any effort to put it out, the stables being then enveloped in flames, but in time, fortunately, to save all of his horses, carriages except one, and a few other things. All of his corn, fodder and other forage, besides farming implements, &c., were destroyed also by the fire. The perpetrators of the deed intended doubtless, to burn the hotel also, and made an effort in that direction by setting fire to a railing on the platform on the side of the building on Cross street. This fire was put out by two gentlemen on their way home about 11 o'clock, but the place being in full view of a saloon then open only a hundred yards distant, and the time being so early in the night, they attributed the fire to careless handling of a cigar and gave no alarm. The miscreants foiled here, doubtless afterwards applied the match to the outbuildings, which consumed them. Fortunately, at the time of the fire, the wind was in a northeast direction and blowing therefore in the direction in which the houses were most remote. Had the wind been from another point, all of the business part of the town would now be in ashes. Mr. Waddy being generally popular in this community, the burning is involved in mystery. No clue has yet been obtained to it, though the actions of certain persons have created strong suspicions in the minds of many. The property was insured in Washington Fire Marine of Boston; Rochester German, New York; and Sun Fire of London, represented by Mr. L. W. Childrey for $1,500.

Since the above was put in type, an attempt was made to burn the store of Coleburn & Sons, on Thursday night, and strange to say as early as eight o'clock. The fire was placed in a rat hole in the store, and in a few minutes would have made such progress that it would have been impossible to put it out. The whole matter is a mystery, and is a cause for serious alarm. It looks now as if the fiend wishes to burn down the town.

Northampton County.

Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estateTransportation -- Railroad - Construction

Deeds recorded since September term of court:

C. M. Dunton, trustee, and Sophia E. Thomas, to N. Y., P. & N. R.R., right of way; $100.

Frank Parsons and wife to John W. Parsons, 15 acres near Capeville; $400.

Wm. J. Wyatt and wife to Major Turner, 4 acres; $300.

Same to Luther Kilmon, 4 acres; $100.

L. F. Godwin and wife to Harry W. Brickhouse, 1 1-9 acres near Johnsontown; $27.

A. F. Cobb and wife to F. L. Gaylard and other, nearly one acre near Cobb's mill; $186.

Thos. M. Scott and wife to R. V. Nottingham, 1 acre at depot at Eastville; $300.

Same to Henrietta Sutton, 1 acre at depot at Eastville.

Wm. L. Scott and wife, lots at town of Cape Charles.

To D. H. Johnson, Accomac, lot 622; $180.

To John H. Roberts, Northampton, lots 595 and 598; $330.

To Robert J. Womble, Baltimore, lot 591; $165.

To Pembroke M. Womble, Baltimore, lot 599; $165.

To S. B. Travis, Northampton, lot 617; $165.

Transfers of personal property, viz:

Sloop Lillian, Levin W. and Thos. H. Nottingham, owners, to Capt. Hudgins.

Injunction recently granted by circuit court, restraining the R. R. Co., from removing fences from road bed until cattle guards were put up in cases in which the following parties were plaintiffs: Jno. W. Tankard, Patsy Fatherly, J. T. Rogers, Obed Kelly and Catharine E. Nottingham and others.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Other

Mr. John E. McGowan, of Union, S. C., died at the Atlantic hotel, Chincoteague Island, Va., October 11th, 1884. He was employed in the U. S. Signal Service, and the assistant in the office at this place. He made many friends in our community by his gentlemanly deportment and kindness of heart. The funeral service was attended in the M. E. Church on Sunday afternoon, September [sic] 12th , in the presence of a large audience, and conducted by the Rev. J. D. Reese, pastor of the church. Strange, but friendly hands bore him away and laid him in his grave under the sighing pines, and in the absence of all kindred, dropped a tear as they covered him up. He died and was buried, "a stranger in a strange land."

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
October 18, 1884