g with them half a dozen negro men in arms.
These negroes, it was subsequently ascertained, had run away from that place some ten days previous, and had now come back after their wives and children.
They succeeded in obtaining them, and during the night about one hundred other negroes joined the party, when they marched off in the direction of Norfolk.
A few days before this occurrence a considerable number of negroes had made their escape, and a young man from Pasquotank county, named Job Williams, secreted himself, in company with several others, near the line house, with a view to intercept and capture them.
At a late hour of the night some forty negroes made their appearance, armed with pistols and cudgels, and, discovering Mr. W.'s place of concealment, one of them fired and shot him through the femoral artery.
Before falling he discharged both barrels of his gun, when the negroes fled.
Mr. W. was taken by his associates to the hotel, where he died before a physician could r