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The Daily Dispatch: February 19, 1861., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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Tragedy at Fort Smith. Ark. Fort Smith, Feb. 15> --A terrible tragedy occurred in this city last night. A party of five overland mail and Little Rock coach drivers entered the grocery of a German, named Hagge, and commenced quarrelling; pistols were drawn on both sides. The bar-keeper, named Butcher, was shot through the heart, and died instantly; Hagge received a shot in the forehead, and died at 8 o'clock this morning. Three of the drivers, George Bennett, Matt Ellis, and Pony Farmer, are under arrest, and guarded by a company of military. The other two escaped. Intense excitement exists among the citizens. The prisoners are now undergoing an examination before the Mayor. They will undoubtedly be hanged to-day. Fort Smith, Feb. 16.--As the trial of the prisoners for the murder of Hagge and Butcher was drawing to a close yesterday, a mob entered the Justice's office and demanded the prisoners for the purpose of lynching them --One of the prisoners, named Pony