Dispatch, July 7, 1888


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Onancock, July 5, 1888.

The glorious Fourth was extensively observed yesterday on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. There was an excursion over the railroad to Old Point and Norfolk, but before the train reached this point it was filled to overflowing with excursionists from Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and hundreds of people who had gotten up early and gone to the stations along the road were unable to get on the cars and had to go back home. Some, however, managed to climb to the tops of the coaches, and sat there till they reached Cape Charles City, where they took the steamer to Old Point and Norfolk. Those who did not get off had plenty of places to go during the day. At Sanfordville, in the northern part of Accomack, an immense crowd attended the laying of the corner-stone of the Rechabite temple, and State-Senator Blackstone delivered an oration. Nearly two thousand people were present at Belle Haven, on the diving-line between Accomack and Northampton counties, to witness and participate in the ceremonies of laying the corner-stone of the hall which the Good Templars and United Workmen are building there. At Wachapreague, on the seaside, an equally large crowd assembled to witness the regatta of the sloops. The first race, for a handsome silver pitcher, was won by Ken Harmon in his sloop John W. Edmonds; the second, for silver pitcher, by the sloop John W. Daniel, owned by Thomas C. Kellam; and the third, for silver goblet, by William S. Milliner in sloop Bettie Wise. After the races a free fight took place, in which several were knocked down and others came out with black eyes and bloody noses.

There was no observance of the day in Onancock, the largest and most progressive town on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, but next year it is proposed to have a genuine old-fashioned patriotic demonstration here, especially if Cleveland shall be reelected, as nearly everybody over here believes he will be.

Mr. William C. Marshall, of Fauquier, for the last four years associate principal and instructor of mathematics and modern languages in the Onancock Academy, has resigned that position to accept a similar one in the Episcopal Female Institute at Winchester. Mr. and Mrs. Marshall have many warm friends on the Eastern Shore who will regret to learn that they will not return to Onancock.

Richmond, Va.
July 7, 1888