— Mr. J. D. Kerr, who had a leg broken by the blowing up of the steamer Delta on Black river, is recovering, as are the rest of the injured by that accident.
[ The Wilmington Morning Star – Wilmington, NC — April 30, 2887 ]
A River Steamer Burned.
The steamer Susie took fire Monday morning last about 3 o’clock, at her wharf at Point Caswell on Black river, and was completely destroyed. The boat was owned by Mr. J. L. Croom of this city, was valued at $2,500, and was insured with Messrs. Atkinson & Manning to the amount of $1,500. The Susie was commanded by Capt. Dolbow, and had recently been put in thorough repair. She left Wilmington last Friday afternoon and arrived at Point Caswell that night, and after discharging freight Saturday had taken on board six cords of wood preparatory to starting on the return trip Monday. The fire was discovered by Mr. L. Vollers, who, as the boat was lying close to his turpentine distillery, cut loose the lines by which she was moored to the wharf and set her adrift. The steamer floated down the river about three-fourths of a mile where it burned to the water’s edge and sank. The steward, a colored man named Jno. Croom, and a white man named McInnis, were the only persons on board when the fire was discovered. They were asleep and were aroused by Mr. Vollers, and barely escaped with their lives from the burning boat.
[ The Wilmington Morning Star – Wilmington, NC – May 4, 1887 ]
The Visiting Military.
A telegram received by Col. Jones yesterday evening, from Major Campbell, commanding the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry, stated that the company will leave Fayetteville on the steamer Cape Fear at seven o’clock this morning, and will reach Wilmington at eight or nine o’clock this evening.
The Maxton Guards will arrive by train on the Carolina Central Railroad at five minutes past nine o’clock this evening.
The Wilmington Light Infantry and the Coronet Concert Club will meet these companies on arrival and escort them up Market street to Camp MacRae, where the battalion will go into camp for the night.
The Sampson Light Infantry will arrive at then o’clock to-morrow morning, and will be met at the depot on Front street by the battalion. The regiment will then be formed and march to the City Hall where the reception ceremonies will take place.
[ The Wilmington Morning Star – Wilmington, NC — May 18, 1887 ]
A Colored Boy Accidentally Shot
A colored boy named Tom Wright was shot and seriously wounded accidentally, yesterday morning on the steamer Cape Fear, by another colored boy named Bob Perry. Both boys were coming to Wilmington with the Fayetteville Independent Company, and Perry had a pistol which he was handling, when it fired, the ball lodging in Wright’s side. At the time of the occurrence the steamer was about five miles below Fayetteville, and immediately turned around and went back to that place, where the wounded boy and his companion were left. It was on account of this accident that the arrival of the steamer here last night was delayed. Bob Perry, the wounded boy, is a son of Ben Perry, a well known colored barber of Fayetteville who died a few years ago, and Tom Wright is a son of Tom Drake, who was the drummer for the Independent Company for many years, until his death.
[ The Wilmington Morning Star – Wilmington, NC — May 19, 1887 ]