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The Daily Dispatch: May 25, 1861., [Electronic resource] 3 1 Browse Search
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Probable fatal Rencontre. --A serious difficulty occurred at the dinner-table on board the steamer St. Johns, yesterday, as she was coming up on he regular trip from Florida.--Among the passengers were Mr. R. Kerr Elliott, of Fayette county, Fla., and a Mr. Staggers, of the same State. Sharp words passed between the parties at various times during the trip, and yesterday, while sitting opposite each other at the dinner-table, the quarrel was resumed by Staggers, with very abusive languagnguage. He finally arose, with a case-knife in his hand, leaning over towards Elliott, when the latter deliberately drew a pistol and fired. Staggers fell, the ball having entered his left breast just above the nipple, and passed, it is thought, through the lungs. He bled profusely from the wound, and was well nigh exhausted when the boat reached the city. He was immediately taken to a hotel and every attention given, though we hear the wound is likely to prove fatal.--Savannah Rep., 22d.