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The Daily Dispatch: March 5, 1861., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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Terrible Tragedy. The occurrence of a bloody tragedy in Sumter county, Fla., on the 16th ult., has been briefly noticed. It appears that Rev. Geo. Andrews, pastor of a Methodist Church in the county, had seduced a young lady, a relative, residing at his house, and had also brutally beaten her, and for these acts was summoned to appear at Sumter C. H., on the day named, for trial by the people. The Augusta Chronicle says: For these misdeeds a summons was issued for him to appear at the C. H. at Sumterville, before the people, on Saturday, the 16th ult. Having heard of this, and of the parties who were to serve the summons, Messrs. McLendon and Lang, he proceeded to the house of the former, and took dinner with the family. After dinner, they went to the workshop.--Andrews asked McLendon for the loan of his horse, to go to Adamsville, which was granted. He had in his possession, one double-barrel gun, one yauger rifle, two repeaters and two bowie-knives. While the h