Dispatch, September 11, 1888


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Fraternal ordersMoral -- VandalismMoral -- AlcoholProfessionals -- Teachers

Cape Charles City., September 9, 1888.

The corner-stone of the new Masonic Temple at Wachapreague was laid yesterday in the presence of a large crowd. State-Lecturer Little and other distinguished members of the order were present and participated in the impressive exercises. A festival and musical entertainment followed, from which a good round sum was raised for the proposed building.

The dwelling house on the farm near Greenbackville belonging to ex-Congressman George W. Covington, of Maryland, was destroyed several nights ago by an incendiary fire. Loss about $900; partially insured.

The election recently held in Matompkin district on the question of local option resulted in a victory for license by a vote of 198 to 116. Two years ago the district gave a majority for local option, but the law has been so badly enforced that public sentiment favored its repeal. The vote was a small one.

The Peabody Normal Institute for the white teachers of the public schools in Tidewater Virginia that has been in session here for the past week is well attended, and every train brings fresh arrivals. Professor Charles H. Winston, of Richmond College, is in charge with three assistants. There are two sessions every day; one beginning at 9 and ending at 12; the other lasting from 2 to 4 in the afternoon. Public exercises are frequently held at night, when popular lectures are delivered on interesting reading given. The people of the town and surrounding country manifest much interest in the proceedings and do everything in their power to make the visitors have a pleasant sojourn here. Public exercises will be held every night during this week up to Friday, when the institute will close with the examination of the public school teachers of Accomack and Northampton. Richmond is well represented here by Professor Winston and his daughter Miss Annie; Albemarle by Miss Nannie Hill, daughter of General James C. Hill, Railroad Commissioner of Virginia; Fluvanna by Professor Haden, Miss Tompkins, Miss Cleveland, and Miss Shepherd, and Fauquier by Mr. Sidney Smith.

The other counties represented in the institute are Accomack, Northampton, Sussex, Norfolk, Southampton, Princess Anne, and Warwick.

Richmond, Va.
September 11, 1888