Peninsula Enterprise, June 18, 1892


Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Law enforcement

Attorney-General R. Taylor Scott, of Virginia, had Clerk Oldham, this week, to furnish him a transcript of the record in the trail of William Marsh, at April term last, of our county court, for felonious dredging of oysters in Tangier Sound. It is evident from this circumstance that Mr. Scott is preparing Virginia's view of Maryland's claim to the right that her citizens shall be tried within her own borders for such offenses, and if Judge Bond decides adversely to Virginia's view of the matter, the case no doubt, will be carried to the Supreme Court of the United States. Marsh is now out on bail.


Mental illness

Mr. Walter W. Marsh, stealthily left the home of his son, George Marsh, at Hoffman's wharf, before day, Friday morning last week, and after tying himself fast to wharf, jumped into the creek and was drowned. He was doubtless insane at the time of committing the act. He was 63 yeas old.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Horse racing

On Wednesday, of last week, a fine horse, of Morrill stock, the property of George James Northam, which was in the training care of John W. Otwell, of Wattsville, valued at $500, was poisoned by some miscreant and died the following morning. He was of great promise, having trotted without training a quarter in 44 seconds.


Infrastructure -- Public : Schools

At a meeting of the Board of Trustees of Margaret Academy at Pungoteague, last Saturday, it was decided, to sell the property, and Messrs. Ben W. Mears, William T. Mason and Dr. John L. Harmanson, were appointed a committee to dispose of the same at private contract or public auction, as in their opinion might seem best. Ten of the fourteen members of the board were present at the meeting.


Infrastructure -- Public : ChurchesWatermen -- Personal injuryInfrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving serviceMigration


The "Sanctified Church" in course of erection in upper part of the Island will seat more people than any church on the Island. With a population of 2,500 we now have nine church edifices.

The body of a drowned man was found on Wallop's Island, on 10th inst., by member of Life Saving crew. He was about 45 year old, weighed about 180 pounds and was dressed in blue uniform, with brass buttons having the letters N. H. D. S. & V., on them. A Waterbury watch and piece of paper with May on it were the only things found in his pockets. The body was cared for and buried by Capt. Whealton and crew.

Mr. Eba Whealton, of Folly Creek, bought a lot on Chincoteague, last week, with the view, it is reported, of building a handsome dwelling on same and making it his home again some time in the future.


Sea -- Shellfish - Clamming : BaysideSea -- Shellfish - Clamming : PricesTransportation -- Water - SailboatsInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential construction

Marsh Market.

Clams selling here last week for $2.75 have declined to $2.00. Large quantities of them are being shipped to Baltimore.

Schooner Oriental, owned by Mr. J. A. Hall, is at Pocomoke City for enlargement and repairs. She will have 10 feet added to her length.

Capt. Wade Chase is having a handsome dwelling erected near Shiloh Church.

Board of Supervisors.

Infrasturcture -- Public - Government : CountyInfrastructure -- Public - Government : TaxationInfrastructure -- Utilities - Water

The Board of Supervisors met on the 15th inst., according to notice, examined and passed upon the accounts that had been left with the clerk since the last meeting, allowed a year's pay to the licensed physicians for attention to the poor, also a year's pay to the overseers of the poor, declined to allow anything to the dentists of the county, settled with Archibald Annis' committee on account of Mr Annis' services as superintendent of the poor, ordered a pump to be placed in the public square opposite court-house, for public use, reduced the county tax (levy) from thirty to twenty cents on every hundred dollars worth of property and fixed the tax for county and district school purposes at 10 cents each.

Meeting of Farmers at Parksley.

Farmers -- Farmers' organizationsTransportation -- Railroad - Rates and faresTransportation -- Railroad - Regulation

About one hundred leading farmers of Accomac responded to the call of Dr. George W. LeCato, President of the County Alliance of Accomac, "to take some action in reference to the refusal of the N. Y., P. & N. R. R. Co. to reduce the freight rates in accordance with the decision of the Inter-State Commerce Commission."

Dr. LeCato, in calling the meeting to order, submitted a report of the efforts of the Alliance to secure a reduction of the freight rates on N. Y.. P. & N. R. R., the success with which they had been attended and the steps to be taken to enforce the order of the Inter-State Commerce Commission for a reduction of 20 per cent. on vegetables and 25 per cent. on potatoes.

Benjamin T. Gunter, Jr., made an address setting forth the object of his visit with Dr. LeCato to the Chairman of the Commission and the success with which it was attended. He reported, that the conference with the Chairman of the Commission was in all respects satisfactory. He stated, that a successful fight could be made against the Railroad Company by a small outlay of money to pay counsel to assist the United States District Attorney, and the Commission would bring suit to compel obedience to its order. He closed his remarks by insisting that the people stand by their rights and make the fight.

N. B. Wescott being called, gave a history of the Commission, the object for which instituted, the relief through it the people expected and could secure if true to their interests, the fight of the Delaware State Grange and the success attending it, and closed with an eloquent and forcible appeal to the people to fight the Railroad Co. until they get their rights.

At the conclusion of the addresses, the question was put by the President of the Alliance, "Shall counsel be employed for the fight against the N. Y., P. & N. R. R." The response was unanimously in the affirmative, and on motion, it was resolved, that committees be appointed in every neighborhood to raise the necessary funds and that Hon. John Goode be employed as counsel to assist in the fight against the Railroad Co.


Farmers -- Farmers' organizationsTransportation -- Railroad - Rates and faresTransportation -- Railroad - Regulation

The steps taken by the farmers in mass meeting at Parksley, on last Saturday, will be approved by almost the entire people of the Eastern Shore and they will show their approval by contributing promptly the small sum needed to make the fight against the N. Y. P. & N. R. R. Company. They would not be true to themselves, if they did not resist the encroachment upon their rights by the Railroad Company -- however remote the prospect of success. To refuse to act, with the positive assurance that the Commission gives them, that success is within their grasp if they will stretch forth their hands to receive it, they would not deserve relief from the ills of which they complain. Of course everyone not intimately associated with the Railroad Company and interested in its revenues will approve of the action of the Parksley meeting, of whatever calling and pursuit, and esteem it not only their duty, but a pleasure to contribute the mite required of them.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
June 18, 1892