Peninsula Enterprise, February 21, 1885


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

Captains Chandler, Turner, Sparrow, and White of the Eastern Shore, indicted for unlawful dredging in Matthews county have been acquitted. A test case was made in the case of Capt. Chandler and after a trial lasting from Tuesday to Saturday last, the verdict of not guilty was rendered.


Transportation -- Railroad - Corporate

Mr. A. J. Cassatt was elected last Tuesday President of the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad, to succeed Hon. Wm. L. Scott, resigned.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PlantingTransportation -- Railroad - FreightInfrastructure -- Public : FencesFields -- Crops - White potatoes : AcreageInfrastructure -- Commercial - Real estateInfrastructure -- Public : Churches


The oyster planters in Old Plantation Creek are shipping splendid oysters, over the railroad and are not receiving very remunerative prices.

The fence law is again agitating our people, with, perhaps, a large majority in favor of fences.

Our farmers are preparing to plant about the usual crop of round potatoes despite the low prices last year.

Mr. Joseph Redman, formerly of England but for the last five years a resident of New Jersey, has bought from T. S. Warren and J. F. Parsons their farm near Cape Charles, containing 420 acres for $4,000.

Mr. A. B. Jordon, formerly of Smithfield, Va., but for the last two years a resident of this county has opened a private school for girls and boys near this place. Mr. J. is a fine scholar and no doubt will make an excellent teacher.


Sea -- WreckingTransportation -- Water - StrandingsInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving service


How is it that the wreckers get nothing for saving the coconuts from the wreck on Williams' shoal? Hereafter we advise a settlement before the removal of the cargo. We learn the parties who got the wreck off are compelled to take the old hull for pay.

Mr. J. T. Kenney has just returned from Washington, having succeeded in effecting a settlement with Henry Lape of Wilmington, of accounts due parties in Maryland and Virginia, for material and labor furnished in the construction of Life Saving Stations in 1883.


Infrastructure -- Public : FencesTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racingWeather -- Other


We want a "no fence" law here. The farmers of our acquaintance are in favor of it by a large majority. The gentlemen who aspire to represent us in the next legislature, had better be making up their mind on this question. The scarcity of timber makes such a law a necessity.

The tide was higher in Onancock creek last Monday, than it had been for several years.

Mr. A. G. Kelley has bought of Mr. Levin Parker a very fine mare, and withal a very fine trotter, for the sum of $225.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : PoachingWeather -- Other

Saxe's Island.

To the present time it has been the dullest oyster season with us since 1877.

Parties were seen dredging on Birds and Island rocks in Pocomoke sound, last week, and again on last Sunday, while the police boat was at anchor, and crew at home, in open violation of the law. The young growth also are being caught on the rocks in Tangier sound, and carried to Baltimore to the irreparable damage of the tongers. Virginians and Marylanders both are violating the law, and Sunday is the day especially set apart for that purpose.

The tide rose higher at this point last Tuesday than it has done since October gust in 1877.


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

The latest news from the dredging cases at Matthews C.H., is that a test case was made and after a patient hearing of five days a verdict of not guilty was rendered. We are glad to hear that our men did not violate the law. It is pertinent just here to protest against the continued indignities by improper arrests, to which the oystermen are so often subjected. Bare suspicion, often provoked solely by the presence of oysters on a boat, is reckoned sufficient cause. It is to be hoped a little sound sense will prevail to prevent, the zeal of office from consuming our officials to the injury of our people and their business.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideLaborers -- Fisheries

It we are to believe the frequent statements of the Baltimore sun, and give credence to our own personal experiences, the lot of the average dredgers in the waters of the Chesapeake is simply fearful. We do not believe, allowing fully for all the lazy dogs who complain to avoid work, there is much exaggeration in the stories told. We have rumors of murders, constant stories of beatings, refusal of wages; and cases where human nature failing to withstand the inhuman force of the logic of belaying pins and revolvers, fainting escapes as best may. All this and more. It is true, the proper authorities take cognizance, with effect, of all these troubles. No doubt employers have at times great difficulties and are often blamed needlessly. -- But we are compelled to believe that where there is so much "smoke there is some fire". The poor devil who is employed as dredger slave has some rights. We demand for him a hearing -- and our columns are open to him. He has a right to justice, and for him we demand it; at the same time we are ready to hear both sides and give justice where it belongs.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
February 21, 1885