Peninsula Enterprise, April 30, 1892


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving serviceInfrastructure -- Utilities - Telephone

On motion of Hon. George D. Wise, a bill has passed House of Representatives appropriating $15,500 for the construction of a telephone line from Cape Charles to Assateague Island.


Farmers -- Farmers' organizations

The Onancock Alliance meets in their hall next Saturday. Business of importance demands its attention, and all the members are expected to be in attendance.


Infrastructure -- Commercial - Real estateProfessionals -- Realtors and developers

F. H. Dryden, real estate agent, Pocomoke City, has sold the Gilly B. Mears farm near Gargatha, to James R. Hickman for $2,500, and a portion of the Shivers' farm near Horntown to William J. Gibb for $800.


Moral -- Murder

Judge Gunter, refused the motion for a new trial, in the case of George Drier, who murdered Mrs. F. McFaden, some months ago, heard by him last week, but granted stay of execution for forty-five days. The case will be taken to Court of Appeals of Virginia.


Professionals -- Civic organizations


A committee from "Parksley Board of Trade" visited Temperanceville, last week, for purpose of petitioning for transfer of public institutions to Parksley from present site.


Infrastructure -- Public - Government : Life-saving service

Gallant Rescue.

One of the most gallant acts of life saving, that I have even seen happened here today. John Matthews, aged 7 years, and Joe Crumb, aged 10 years, were sculling about in the channel in separate boats when Joe Crumb accidently fell overboard. John was some distance from Joe but instead of crying for help he as cooly and deliberately as any member of the Life Saving Service, sculled as rapidly as he could to Joe's assistance, reaching him just in time to save him. He was not strong enough, however, to pull Joe in but told him to hold fast to the boat and with him clinging to it he sculled to the shore. Joe's rescue from a watery grave was certainly due to his courage, skill and judgement. This was witnessed by several members of the Life Saving crew and they said that no man could have done more than John did. In 4 years experience as a surfman I have never seen a deed more worthy of a medal than this one.

SURFMAN, Cobb's Island, April 24th, 1892.

Convicted of Felonious Dredging.

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

William Marsh, a citizen of Somerset county, Md., indicted for felonious dredging of oysters on Hurley's Rock, Tangier Sound, Va., was tried at the present term of county court, found guilty and sentenced in accordance with the verdict of jury to three months imprisonment in the county jail and to pay a fine of $300 and costs of prosecution. James E. Fletcher, Jr., Attorney for the Commonwealth, was assisted in the prosecution by R. Taylor Scott, Attorney General of Virginia, and Marsh was defended by J. W. G. Blackstone, John Goode and Attorney General Poe of Maryland. Mr. Poe claimed that under the compact of 1785 between Maryland of Virginia, Marsh was entitled to be tried in Maryland, and it is said, that habeas corpus proceedings will be instituted to bring the question before the United States Courts.

The Virginia Oyster Beds.

Sea -- Shellfish - Oystering : Surveying

Governor McKinney, of Virginia, State Auditor Marye, State Treasurer Harmon and State Fish Commissioner Wilkins, of Northampton, were in Washington, last Monday, on business connected with the proposed surveys of the Virginia oyster beds in the Chesapeake bay and its tributaries. It is proposed to have all the beds accurately surveyed and plotted upon the charts of the coast survey for use in making leases of the beds. They saw Professor Mendenhall, chief of the coast and geodetic survey, who took a great deal of interest in the project and promised to detail one of his engineers, Capt. J. B. Baylor, to assist Commissioner Wilkins, in making the surveys. Capt. Baylor is now at work in the Gulf coast, but he will be able to begin work in the Chesapeake by the first of June. Governor McKinney and party also, visited the United States Fish Commission and talked with Commissioner McDonald about their project. He promised to give them all the assistance possible, and will furnish a steam launch for use in making the surveys.


Sea -- Finfish - Catch : MenhadenNatural resources -- Conservation - Resources

The Committee on Fisheries in the House of Representatives have reported favorably on the Lapham bill, opening all tidewaters of all the coasts to fishing menhaden and mackerel with purse seines, by a vote of five to three. Hon. W. A. Jones fought the bill before the committee with ability and force, but cupidity was stronger than right. If this bill shall pass the House, the Senate, and become a law by approval by the President, it will strike the people of this district a killing blow. It will deprive hundreds of our people directly of the means of livelihood. It reaches yet further. It gives the United States the right to interfere directly in the local rights of the States. It deprives every State of the right to control its own waters. It opens the door to the entrance and marauding of people whose only interest is in the money to be made. It gives to these marauders the destruction of not only menhaden and mackerel, but of every food or other fish that swims in our waters. It is the opening wedge to the utter destruction of the fisheries of this State. Now menhaden and mackerel -- and all fish coming to their nets will be menhaden and mackerel -- next all food fishes, then crabs, then the oysters, clams and the few terrapins, to be given away under authority of the United States, in spite of State laws, and at any season and in any quantity, the marauding pillagers may deem fit. Our State fisheries -- fish of all kinds, shellfish, terrapins, wild fowl -- are to be destroyed, and we would have no redress. It is infamous, such a bill should be reported favorably, still less become a law. Let our representative fight this bill by every possible method -- with the full assurance that the people of the First District are at his back in it without distinction of party. The bill is not properly labeled, it should be entitled "A Bill to Rob the Poor and Steal the Rights of the People." The names of the five men favorable to this destroyer of the rights of State, and the living of the poor men are: Fowler of New Jersey, DeForest of Connecticut, Fithian of Illinois, Magner of New York, and Stump of Maryland. Every honest man should execrate them.

Since writing the above, advices received are that Mr. Stump, after a more careful examination of the bill has concluded that it is too vicious a measure to receive his approval and that he together with other members of committee, absent at the time the vote was taken, will kill the bill.

Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
April 30, 1892