Peninsula Enterprise, January 23, 1886


Moral -- Other violent crimeTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Trespass

George Finney, who was serving a term in our jail for an assault upon Major George P. Barnes, and escaped some weeks ago, delivered himself up to the sheriff on Wednesday and was remanded to jail.


Moral -- Murder

At the trial of John R. Sturgis, set for next Wednesday, Judge H. S. Neale will preside.


Moral -- Other

Another effort has been made by attorneys of Judson Hickman to get him released on bail, on the ground that his health was being impaired by confinement. Judge Gunter, before whom the matter was heard on last Wednesday, declined to bail.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Fraternal orders

A Lodge of the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the second in the State of Virginia will be instituted at the Granger's Hall near Keller to-day, by Deputy Grand Master Workman, Dr. George T. Truitt, of Pocomoke City, Md,


Architecture -- Commercial buildingsInfrastructure -- Commercial - General Stores

A mammoth storehouse 100x27 feet is to be erected in the spring by Slocomb & Ames, Onancock. We congratulate our friends upon this evidence of thrift, but while it is gratifying to us it does not surprise us. So enterprising a firm could not but move forward.

Appropriation Wanted For Starling River.

Transportation -- Water - Channel and harbor dredgingSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Markets

A petition from citizens of the county is circulating and being generally signed for an appropriation by Congress of $3,000, for deepening "Starling River" to Sykes Island. We are very sure that this small pittance will be readily granted as it will so materially benefit an important section of our county and promote the commercial interests of a large portion of her industrious and patriotic sons. Steamboat communication with Baltimore by way of this river will give a new impetus to the oyster trade in which the people of the Island are so largely engaged.

Railroad Meeting.

Transportation -- Railroad - Corporate

The annual meeting of the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad Company was held at its office in this place on Monday last. After transacting the usual business the meeting adjourned, and the distinguished visitors among whom were Messrs. Wm. A. Patten, vice-President; Wm. Carriss, Jr., Auditor and Secretary, H. W. Dunne, Superintendent; James McConkey, of the P. R. R., and others took the train for Cape Charles.

Installation of Officers.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Fraternal orders

At a regular meeting of Fidelity Lodge No. 1, Ancient Order of United Workmen, at Accomac C. H., last Monday, the following officers were installed for the ensuing term: Benjamin T. Melson, Master Workman; Samuel J. Stevenson, Foreman; Thomas H. Kellam, Overseer; James C. Rowles, Recorder; N. P. Killmon, Financier; Wm. B. Wilkins, Receiver; James P. Dougherty, Guide; Levin T. Melson, Inside Watchman; John W. Bonnewell, Outside Watchman. John W. Edmonds was elected as delegate to Grand Lodge, which meets in Baltimore, the second Tuesday in February.

Cape Charles Lighthouse.

Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Lighthouse serviceNatural resources -- Shoreline migration

Bids will be opened February 13th by Major J. A. Smith, corps of engineers, lighthouse board, fifth district, whose office is in Baltimore, for the necessary work and material to afford adequate protection to the Cape Charles (Va) light station from the encroachments of the sea. The lighthouse was situated on a projecting point of land, but the sea has gradually cut through the soil to the rear, until it now stands on a miniature island. The foundation has also suffered, and to such an extent that immediate steps were necessary to prevent the lighthouse from falling. Ineffectual efforts were made to purchase ground in the vicinity of the light, in order that jetties might be constructed. It is now proposed to protect the lighthouse by three rows of piles, placed 24 inches from centres. The interior of the pile structure is to be lined with close sheath piling of 3 inch thick plank. The triple row of piles will be connected on top across each row by 12 by 12 square pieces; on top of these timbers a grillage of six longitudinal 12 by 15 inch timbers will be placed, and on top of this a concrete wall will be built. New concrete foundations will be made for all the dwellings.

Our Jail.

Architecture -- Jails

MR. EDITOR. -- As one whose duty it is to investigate matters concerning the public, I must ask you to excuse me for calling your attention to our public jail. Its condition is simply fearful and if the Board of Supervisors have the least regard for honest purpose they will change entirely the condition of affairs there. I wish distinctly to say I have nothing to say against the administration of the jail by the sheriff or the keeper, they do all they can now. -- But, I do say no more terrible place for a prisoner exists in this State. "Punish, but do not destroy your prisoners" -- is the demand of public justice. The courthouse has been renovated -- let the jail be not only renovated -- but really benefitted by a change for the health of those therein confined. As a former member of a committee to examine our jail I know its condition.


Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
January 23, 1886