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The Daily Dispatch: July 30, 1864., [Electronic resource] 4 0 Browse Search
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Two Youths drowned. --Charles Phillips and Henry Pierce, the first twelve and the other ten years of age, were drowned yesterday morning about half past 7 o'clock, while bathing in James river, a short distance this side of the floating bridge. They were apparently trying their skill in laitance swimming, and being young beginners, as well as youthful in age, it is supposed that they attained too great a length from the shore before being aware of that fact, and had not strength enough led of the melancholy and of their children, which almost overwhelmed them with grief, and their cries and lamentations were truly agonizing to listen to. Soon a crowd of neighbors, assisted by some soldiers who were in the vicinity of the scene of the distressing occurrence, proceeded with grappling irons and by diving to recover their bodies, and their efforts were in a very short time rewarded by bringing to the surface that of young Pierce; but up to noon they had not succeeded in Phillips.