The Times-Picayune of New Orleans on the 22 n of January, 1883 has told of smuggling at the Lewes Breakwater. It tells that the quaint family town on the Delaware has regained notoriety it once possessed as a haunt for smugglers as it did in 1878 before government secret service agents caused the risky traffic to abandon the Breakwater area.
Recent withdrawal of these agents has allowed the immediate revival of the nefarious business without interruption, but on a much smaller scale that the 1878 operations. Town folk know the open secret of rum and cigar smuggling to the tune of more than $30,000 annually being offloaded and brought to shore by darkness of night without knowledge of Dr. Burton, the resident Deputy Customs Collector. Lewes possesses very favorable facilities to make smuggling successful, direct on the navigational track and safe harbor, a safe stop for sailing vessels from southern ports. Traders of questionable character rarely, if ever, pass Lewes on their inward passage.
The present band of smugglers numbers near one dozen men who are notified by the pilots who have negotiated with ship captains., to make connections for landing the smuggled goods.
To effectually prevent the activity there must be established at the Breakwater a 'office' to to give unwavering vigilance day and night by government men.
Right now, the quaint village of Lewes is full of rum and cigars, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.