Peninsula Enterprise, June 1, 1889


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Postal service

Very many complaints reached us last week of the failure to receive the ENTERPRISE on time and inasmuch as it was duly forwarded the attention of the mail agent on N.Y. P. & N. R.R. is called to the matter. We will advise him that it is his duty to put the mail off on his way up the Peninsula and not on his return from Delmar.


Mental illness

Jackson Kellam, the young man who shot himself at Belle Haven, last week, is still alive, but the physicians attending him continue in the opinion that he cannot recover. He has changed his mind and now wants to live.


Architecture -- Other public buildings

The work of removing the records from old to new clerks' office has been completed and now it will be in order for Board of Supervisors at next meeting to take steps for its removal. It will be sold, it is said, at auction to the highest bidder.


African-Americans -- Racial violence

Joe Finney, colored, started out last Saturday night with the intention, he said, "of cleaning up the town of Onancock," but did not get very far before he had a very sore head inflicted with the pistol, with which he proposed to 'get away' with the town, and subsequently was sent to jail by the mayor, to await the action of the grand jury for drawing a pistol and threatening to shoot a citizen of the town. His partner in the melee, one Dan West, colored, managed to crawl away after the boys were thro' with him and has since left for parts unknown.


Infrastructure -- Utilities - Ice

Hopkins Bros., & Co., Hunting Creek, have just received a cargo of Northern ice, also a fine cargo of Cecil county hay, which they are offering very cheap. Give them a call.


Transportation -- Railroad - Rates and faresFields -- Livestock - SheepTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - FishingTourists and sportsmen -- Field sports - Hunting : Waterfowl and shorebirdInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Lighthouse service


The fare to Philadelphia from this point has been reduced ninety cents, due to a recent change in the schedule of rates over our R.R. from Franklin City. The regular rates now are 3 cents per mile instead of 4 cents and excursion rates have been reduced from 3 to 2 cents per mile.

The annual sheep penning on Assateague takes place this year, Wednesday, June 5th. Sheep, lambs and wool will be sold on the occasion. Refreshments will be served to those in attendance.

The steam Yacht Sebylia arrived here last Sunday from Philadelphia, having on board Mr. Fred Betty, Col. Wm. B. Mann, Dr. Hazzard and others, the former being a millionaire about 15 times. They spent the entire week here in gunning and fishing.

Commander J. E. Reed, here this week on a tour of inspection to Assateague and Chincoteague Lights, reports them in good order.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Fraternal ordersAfrican-Americans -- Society


Whitesville Lodge No. 2980, G. U. O. of O. F., will have a corner-stone laying and general turnout on the 4th day of July.

Shad For the Elizabeth River.

reprinted from Norfolk Landmark, May 23.Sea -- Finfish - Catch : Shad and herringNatural resources -- Conservation - Resources

Dr. John W. Wilkins, Jr., State Fish Commissioner, and Capt. A. T. Ashby, his assistant, of Northampton county, are in the city on business connected with fish propagation. They expect many thousand young shad from the United States Fish Commissioner, at Washington, by the Washington steamer this morning. The young shad will be distributed in the various branches of the Elizabeth river today. Dr. Wilkins and Capt. Ashby have heretofore placed many shad in the waters of the Eastern Shore, and the lower Potomac river. Fine results have always followed these efforts for fish propagation, and we may expect an abundance of shad in the water surrounding Norfolk in two or three weeks.

Inquest Held Over Body of Drowned Man Found in Gargatha Inlet.

Watermen -- Personal injuryMoral -- Property crime

At the inquest held Friday, May 24th ultimo, over the body of the dead man found in Gargatha Creek by Messrs. Turlington, Belote and others, Winslow Smith identified it as the body of his son, Capt. Henry P. Smith, of Wellfleet, Mass., and it was sent home for burial by rail from Hallwood on Sunday night.

The following facts were brought out at inquest: That said Henry P. Smith drowned off Chincoteague in a storm of April 6th, was found by Messrs J. W. Turlington, N. Belote, W. H. Bundick and Wood West, colored, in Gargatha Bay on May 15th, who after taking from his person $140 in money, photographs, knife, &c., hauled him on the marsh, from which place he again went adrift and was afterwards found by them and buried on May 21st, in Mr. Turlington's graveyard.

The sum of money divided between the four parties above named was delivered up to coroner at inquest.

The finders of the dead body gave as reasons for leaving the dead body on marsh, that they did not think it would drift away, that they could not tow it on account of head tide, and they could not take it in their boats because of the danger of spoiling their fish.

The evidence among the finders was conflicting as to whether they ever intended to go back after the dead body at the time they left it on marsh, but the search for same was made by them four days thereafter and found by them on 21st on information of Mr. Baker, that he had seen a dead body on beach.

One of the party at inquest testified that he did not report the finding of dead body because "he did not know the law required it and did not know who to report to." The amount of money reported as found on dead body was nearly as shown by evidence of Mr. F. M Hickmon, Crisfield, Md.

The jury holding inquest "severely censured Turlington and Belote for their action in taking the money off the body and turning it adrift and commended the matter to the attention of the attorney for the Commonwealth."

Railroad Development.

Transportation -- Railroad - Corporate

The New York special in Tuesday's Baltimore Sun says: "The New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad Co., have a project on foot for the building of a line to Goldsboro, N. C., for the purpose of opening up a heavily wooded country which lacks railway facilities, and also with the ultimate object of gaining a foothold in the Southern coal and iron producing centres."


Infrastructure -- Public : Camp meetings

The friends of the M. E. Church of this place (New Church), expect to hold a camp the first of August. All denominations are cordially invited to camp with us. We have a grand grove of oaks near the station, and plenty of water. Tents will be put up for any friends at a distance who may desire to tent with us and will notify us to that effect. Come friends and let us have an old fashion camp-meeting.

J. E. GRAHAM, Pastor.

New Church, Va., May 30th, 1889.

Trotting Races and Base-Ball Match.

Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - BaseballTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing

There will be two trotting races and a base ball game at the Fair Grounds at Cape Charles City on Tuesday, June 11, 1889. The first trot will be for the 2.40 class for a purse of $50 -- $25 to first, $15 to second and $10 to third horse; the second is for the 3 minute class for a purse of $50 -- $25 to first, $15 to second and $10 to third horse. The ball game will be called at 1 o'clock, sharp, and the races afterwards. An entrance fee of 10 per cent. will be charged to horse contending for the purses, but no charge will be made for feed for race horses, which can be quartered at the Fair Grounds. Admission to grounds 25 cents. Entries close June 8th, 6 p. m., and applications for same may be addressed to Benj. F. Toy, Cape Charles, Va.


Transportation -- Road - MaintenanceTransportation -- Road - Legislation

EDITOR ENTERPRISE: -- Your article on the public roads prompts the writer to call the attention of the Board of Supervisors; and especially those persons recently elected for duty on it for the coming term -- to the existing laws so that they may change the present system, if they want to. They will find the law referred to in the Code of 1887, commencing on page 286, sections 963 to 983, both included, which enables them to make a change for a better road system. It takes the management of the roads out of court and courthouses and places it under the direction of each supervisor in his district -- the money that we now pay, and which does no good, is to be applied to work on the road, and not to law. This of itself will be a wonderful benefit, if it can be done -- but it will not be allowed to pass from the court without a big fight against it. The law provides for a surveyor or overseer of roads in each district, and if five are appointed, and are given sufficient pay to keep them constantly employed, it will be much better than the 125 overseers run by courthouse decrees. I will not occupy more space in your paper on this subject, for it has been clearly demonstrated heretofore in your columns and not denied, that the economy and reason for good roads was all on one side of this question -- while the fogyism and money was on the other and the latter had possession of the situation. It is to be hoped that an arrangement can soon be effected which will be for the better.



Infrastructure -- Commercial - Newspapers

Northampton, the land of newspapers, was the birthplace last week of another -- "The Cape Charles Headlight," the third in a town five years old and which has less than a thousand inhabitants. The first number is well gotten up and the paper in other respects shows a vigorous babyhood, indicating that its proprietors expect it to grow. In its salutatory, the announcement is made that it is expected especially to "shine" as the disseminator of local news -- first at Cape Charles, but eventually will report all current events of the whole Peninsula. Political questions, we imagine are not to be a disturbing element in the "make up" of our contemporary, the first issue not containing a straw showing which way the wind blows. Capt. Geo. G. Savage's name stands at the head of the paper as editor, and that fact is sufficient to justify the conclusion, that it will merit the patronage of the public and the enterprise surely has our best wishes.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
June 1, 1889