Peninsula Enterprise, May 19, 1888


Sea -- Finfish - Methods : Seine

Inexorable law stopped seine hauling on Tuesday. Fish were never so plenty.


Sea -- Finfish - Methods : Pound-netSea -- Finfish - Legislation

It is reported that the fishermen propose testing the constitutionality of the law prohibiting the use of fish pounds, fykes, weirs and like devices for catching fish in the waters of the State.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Newspapers

The Eastern Virginian newspaper, presses, type, good will and fixtures was sold at Onancock, on Saturday last by auctioneer L. James Gunter for U. B. Quinby, trustee. Capt. Henry L. Crockett became the purchaser at $222. It is reported that the paper will be revived under a new name. Who will run it is not yet known, nor its politics, if it shall have any.


Watermen -- Personal injury

On Monday, Messrs. H. Jester, J. R. Hutchinson and J. J. McGee discovered on the shore of Cedar Island about midway between Matomkin and Wachapreague Inlets, a dead body, supposed to be that of the ill fated young man Benjamin Tull, who was drowned at Matomkin Inlet recently.


Moral -- Alcohol

A sufficient number of names having been obtained to the petitions to submit the question of local option to the voters application will be at once made for an election at an early day.


Farmers -- Farmers' organizations

At Eastville on Monday, Dr. M. Q. Holt and John Neely, Esq., addressed the people in eloquent language on agriculture upon invitation of the Chesapeake and Tidewater Agricultural Association. They urged the farmers to combine for mutual protection and development -- and so impressed them that $1,650 of stock were at once taken.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Waterfowl and shorebird


Sportsmen are enjoying themselves, curlew and other birds being abundant.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - BrickyardsInfrastructure -- Commercial - Millineries


John T. Ackley, who was in the brick business at Pocomoke City last year, has located this season at this place, and is making the best brick to be had on this Peninsula. He has put in improved patented machinery capable of making 10,000 bricks per day. He employs ten men, and will have a kiln of 100,000 bricks ready for delivery June 1st.

There is to be a millinery and dress making establishment opened in a few days at Winterville, a half mile of this station, by two very popular young ladies, with new goods from Baltimore and Philadelphia.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - ResortsFields -- Livestock - SheepWatermen -- Personal injuryInfrastructure -- Commercial - Drugstores


If you love sport, and are game to shoot wild fowl, grow fat on bird eggs, feed your brain on splendid fish of all kinds, tickle your palate with the solemn oyster, enjoy the ecstasy of eating the luscious maninose, dip deep in glorious clam chowder, enjoy a bucking pony ride, an ocean sail, the sea-bathing, and "have a good time generally," don't fail to visit Chincoteague and submit yourself to the mercies of mine host of the Atlantic Hotel, the genial and accommodating Captain "Jim Ed" Matthews. If you go once you will not need telling to go again. The good cheer and every provision for pleasure and comfort are only equaled by the clean, neat, airy and fine hotel and the attentive politeness and generosity of the host himself.

Sheep penning will take place on Assateague Island, Wednesday, June 6th.

We learn that the body of Rudolph Young who was drowned the last of April, was found a few days ago by John McGee of this place, who notified his family of the fact.

O. M. Jones is renovating his drug store, when completed it will be much larger.


Watermen -- Personal injury


A rumor that the body of R. W. H. Young, lately drowned at Matomkin Inlet, had been found, has reached here. While it is uncertain if it be his body, friends have gone to claim and carry it to his late home.


Lumbermen -- Personal injuryForests -- Sawmills

Two Men Killed.

On Monday afternoon the boiler in Frank S. Smith's steam saw mill near Painter's burst, carrying death and destruction. The boiler was bought in 1883 of Geo. Page & Co., of Baltimore, and was supposed to be in good order having been thoroughly overhauled this spring. A few minutes before the explosion Mr. Smith passed the engine and noticed the register stood at 90 pounds with plenty of water. For about 15 minutes it had stood still while the belts were being changed from plainer to saw. The fireman, Tobe Savage, called the engineer Capt. E. V. Holt and hold him that the steam gauge would not work, that he had a good fire and the register marked only 60 pounds. Capt. Holt came up and examining the steam and water gauges told the fireman to get some shavings. The latter had gone but a short distance when the boiler burst killing Holt instantly. He was found under the fallen timbers dead. A piece of iron about the size of a pound weight had struck him in the mouth and passed through his head; he was badly scalded, his neck, one arm, and both legs broken. The negro Savage was blown forty feet away, badly scalded and one leg broken. The mill was completely destroyed. But for the heavy rain at the time everything would have been burned. The safety valve was set to blow off at 125 pounds pressure, and the register showed only 90 pounds at the time Mr. Smith left the mill. Mr. Smith says it had plenty of water and only an ordinary head of steam on -- which never exceeded 100 pounds. The loss is estimated by the owner to be not less than $1800.

Capt. Holt leaves a widow and three little girls. No blame is attached to any of the employees who are regarded as good careful hands as could be found anywhere. This is the first accident of kind on the Shore where so many engines are run.

Since the above was put in type we have learned that the negro fireman, Tobe Savage, died from his injuries on Wednesday.

School Report.

Infrastructure -- Public - Government : School administration

Public school report for month ending April 30th, 1888: Number of schools in operation, 59; number of pupils enrolled, 2,255; average daily attendance, 1,581; different schools visited by superintendent, 35; male teachers employed, 24; female, 35; schools of more than one teacher, 16; warrants issued by superintendent, 4; amount of said warrants, $78.46.



Letter from Cape Charles City.

Infrastructure -- Public - Government : TownInfrastructure -- Public : TownsInfrastructure -- Commercial - Insurance companies

MR. EDITOR -- Our city is as busy as a bee. The banging of carpenter's hammer and the loud and oft repeated cry of "mo' mort" give notice of improvements being daily made. The paint brush, the kalsomine can, whitewash brush are busy making bright and neat the pretty cottages and more pretentious houses. Hon. Wm. L. Scott has the good old fashioned idea of the eternal fitness of things, and has wisely and in excellent taste made the bodies of all his buildings white and painted the roofs red. A man with so much good sense is a fit leader in the House. Your Mr. Warrington, of Keller, was in our city last week working in the interest of the Hartford Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company, and the Hartford Life and Annuity Company; so active and intelligent has he been that in one day he secured policies to the amount of $12,000. The ink slinging between our two weeklies has come to a halt, -- we hope for good and all. These spats amount to nothing more than annoyance to the public, and attract attention only because they are printed, and we suggest the space occupied might easily be better used in efforts to build up their county. Besides the eyes of all the world are not on them. An opposition ticket was nominated on Monday night, with J. E. N. Sterling for mayor, and J. J. D. Taylor, William Sterling, Severn Savage, Wm. C. Truitt, S. B. Travis and L. Brittingham for councilmen. Messrs. J. E. N. Sterling, J. J. D. Taylor, William Sterling had been nominated for the council by the Democrats who the next night again met and promptly "scratching" them off their ticket, substituted the names of Dr. D. F. Wilkins, C. A. McKenney, B. F. Dunton and W. W. Hutchinson. The colored element seems about to complicate matters by putting a third ticket in the field. Should they do so and tie closely together what the result may be is beyond my ken as they constitute more than a third of our voting population. News from Norfolk shows a grand enthusiasm and a high confidence in the results of the coming campaign. The sending of John J. Gunter as delegate and naming of Dr. A. Brockenborough as alternate to the National Democratic Convention at St. Louis was most wise. By the way, what splendid congressional timber these two young old fashioned Jeffersonian Democrats present. Either one would make the brown nag break before reaching the last quarter stretch.

Col. H. W. Dunne has at last come back to us. He looks as if he evidently enjoyed matrimony and his genial face is, if possible, more smiling than ever. Welcome home, Colonel, and may you and your gude wife live to celebrate your centennial wedding day.

Our farmers are beginning to think they were more scared than hurt while they were so concerned about their crops. True, they have suffered damage but in nothing like the degree they first anticipated. The weather seems about to break, and we hope for a season of good, clear and warm growing weather. It would benefit the people almost as much as the crops.



Cape Charles City, 5,16,88.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
May 19, 1888