Dispatch, November 27, 1888


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Onancock, November 24.

Petitions were circulating in Onancock and in other parts of Lee district, asking the county judge to order an election on the question of local option at an early day. The district has been under local option for more than two years, but it is claimed that the law is openly violated in very part of the district except on Tangier Island, where there has never been such a thing as a liquor-saloon in this generation. Some of the Prohibitionists of Onancock are stirring to counter-act the movement for a new election by making a flank movement against the liquor-dealers. About thirty persons in and around Onancock have been summoned to appear before the grand jury and tell what they know about the violation of the local-option law. Several important witnesses have disappeared during the week, but the local-optionists hope to have force enough on hand to surround the enemy. During the last two years there have been more than fifty prosecutions in the county for violating the local option law, but thus far only a few convictions have been obtained. Lively developments are expected, and much feeling has already been stirred up in the community.

Mr. James Hodges, a farmer living near here, bought a cow in Baltimore last week and brought her home. A few days ago a United States officer arrived here and found that the cow had been attacked with pleuro-pneumonia and had been marked as a victim before she was sold to Mr. Hodges. He had the cow killed and instituted suit for $2,000 against the Eastern Shore Steamboat Company for transporting the condemned animal to this place.

Mr. Everett Waddey, of Richmond, is now at Accomack Courthouse engaged in putting the shelves and furniture in the new clerk's office, which is the handsomest and best arranged structure of its kind in Virginia.

The Good Templars of Accomack Courthouse had a Martha Washington tea-party there last night. Deputy-Sheriff Benjamin Melson personated the Father of his Country, while Miss Tinie Ailworth represented Lady Washington. The affair was a fine success, more than $50 being cleared for the building of a suitable lodge at that place.

Typhoid fever, which has prevailed for some months past in several seaside neighborhoods, is gradually disappearing, no new cases having been reported for more than two weeks.

The first snow of the season fell here yesterday. The weather is cold and business very dull.

Richmond, Va.
November 27, 1888