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.
, 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 Farmer, broke from custody and attempted to escape.
He was immediately fired upon and instantly killed.
The crowd then secured the remaining prisoners and made for a place of execution, but before they could carry out their designs the authorities interfered and secured the prisoners, and lodged them in Green
The excitement in regard to the affair still continues, and is intense.