Peninsula Enterprise, January 29, 1887


Farmers -- Farmers' organizations

The Red Bank Farmers' Association will meet in their hall at Marionville, Northampton county, at 7 p.m., next Wednesday.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racingInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionArchitecture -- Commercial buildingsTransportation -- Water - StrandingsInfrastructure -- Commercial - Hotels

Cape Charles [City].

Eighteen of Hon. W. L. Scott's racehorses arrived here on 26th inst., and were taken out to his farm, where they will be trained for next season's races.

Mr. J. J. Bunting is having a storehouse and dwelling erected on Mason avenue, 50x21 feet.

The steamer Northampton which went ashore on Cherrystone bar some days ago has not been gotten off yet. Steamer Accomac is now on her route.

Capt. Geo. G. Savage, who recently purchased the Chesapeake hotel, has not yet decided whether he will convert it into a private dwelling or run it as a hotel.


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideFields -- FertilizerWeather -- Northeast stormsTransportation -- Water - StrandingsMoral -- Property crime

Hoffman's Wharf.

Capt. B. H. Kelso reports that "oystering" is good at present time, and says he sold two weeks "catch" for $400.

The American Fish Guano Co., after a brief respite from labor, have begun to manufacture their popular fertilizers, Virginius and Ocean guano.

During the northwest gale last Monday, schooner Allie Dudley, A. R. Read, captain, went ashore on a sand reef between Woody Island and Pungoteague bar. She is very little damaged. Steamer Eastern Shore put back in harbor the same day and remained until storm had passed over.

A theft was committed on Hoffman's wharf, on Thursday night of last week, of 60 pounds of tobacco and one-half barrel of flour belonging to E. A. Hopkins & Co. It was landed on that day by steamer Eastern Shore, and not being moved, that night was stolen.


Transportation -- Road - ConstructionInfrastructure -- Commercial - General Stores


Mr. L. J. Hyslop has a gang of men at work, opening the new road leading to this place from seaside, in accordance with a recent order of the County Court of Accomac.

A new store is to be opened soon by Messrs. Ames & Beloate at this place.


Infrastructure -- Public : SchoolsInfrastructure -- Utilities - IceInfrastructure -- Public : Sidewalks, etc.


It is gratifying to know that a growing interest is being manifested in all our schools of this town and vicinity under the present corps of good instructors. Some marked improvements have lately taken place in the town Academy, and a larger number of accessions and better attendance are reported for the schools at Hunting Creek and at Masonville. At the latter place where the population is gradually on the increase -- the flourishing school under the leadership of Miss Minnie Lucas will soon be enlarged and better accommodations afforded in every particular.

Messrs. H. T. Mason and Frank Barnes have recently built an ice house on a high elevation in the woods of Mrs. Levin D. Lewis adjoining the town. The structure is one of the largest of the kind in the county and at present contains about one hundred and twenty tons of clear ice. The joint owners of the same say, they will be prepared during the hot summer season to supply the large demand for ice in this immediate vicinity at reasonable prices.

The citizens of our town have recently taken active steps for the securing of suitable walks along our muddy streets. An improvement of this kind has long been much needed and it rejoices the hearts of many to know that the efforts thus far put forth in that direction have been met with encouraging success. Just as soon as the required amount is raised the work will be commenced.


The Inter-State Commerce Bill has passed the House of Representatives, by a vote of 219 to 41 and now only needs the signature of the President, which will undoubtedly be appended, to become the law of the land. The Virginia delegation voted solidly in the affirmative excepting Mr. Libbey. -- The large majority by which it passed the House, shows that the most of the republicans, whether it was in accord with their views or not, were at least discreet enough to vote for a measure, which the people with no uncertain sound, seemed to have demanded. Having become a law, it remains to be seen whether the railroad authorities will succumb to the inevitable and gracefully accept its provisions for their government, or will engage in a warfare against it. The former course would seem to be the one dictated by wisdom, if for no other reason, because an effort to antagonize and defeat its operation might lead to more radical measures, less easy to be defeated and which would restrict their powers more. The object of the bill is to correct evils that have grown with the growth of transportation lines, which could not be remedied by the action of the state authorities, and that much the people through their representatives had the right to demand. But all means of transportation deserve to be encouraged and fostered, and it is to be hoped that this nor subsequent legislation will cumber them with unnecessary restrictions. The purpose of the bill is thus succinctly stated in an editorial of the Baltimore Sun:

To require all charges by railroads for the transportation of freight and passengers to be "reasonable and just," and this reasonableness and justice in making rates is to characterize the treatment according to localities as well as persons. This laudable purpose is sought to be effected by prohibitions which are to be enforced by the courts, aided and guided by a railroad commission. There are, for example, to be no unjust discriminations, whether by special rates, rebates, drawbacks or any of the other devices of which railroad management is so prolific. Every person, firm, corporation and locality is to receive like compensation. More is not to be charged for a short than for a long haul, provided the circumstances are substantially similar. To vitalize competition all pooling agreements to put up rates are forbidden. Publicity of rates is required, and the liberty of railroads to alter rates is restricted within due limits. Power to investigate both the management of all railroads and the circumstances connected with any alleged violation on their part of the act is lodged in a commission of five persons to be appointed by the President. The terms of office of these commissioners will be held to have begun on January 1, 1887, but the act itself will not become operative till March 29th of the present year.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
January 29, 1887