--The municipal election at Elizabeth City, N. C.
, on Monday last, resulted in the choice of Dr. Rufus K. Speed
over Mr. Cohoon
, the present incumbent of the Mayoralty.
The election was hotly contested, and was marked by a fatal affray at the polis, the following particulars of which were furnished to the Norfolk Herald
by a correspondent.
Pooles are both young men and natives of Baltimore
About 12 o'clock M., between Messrs. John
W. and Walter C. Poole
, and Julius C. Dashiell
and Henry Culpeper
and others, revolvers were freely used-seven or eight shots being fired, and causing a general stampede of persons around and near the polls.
received a mortal wound, the ball entering near the centre of his forehead and perforating the brain.
Two balls passed through his hat. John W. Poole
was shot at by Culpeper
, and so closely that the powder took effect in his face.
W. C. Poole
was cut at by some one with a knife, ripping his coat open just in front of the abdomen.
The affray is considered as growing out rather of an old fond, than of the election.
The evidence before a Court of Investigation is very contradictory as to who fired the shot by which Culpeper
It matters but little, however, as public opinion generally excuses the killing of Culpeper
, he having fired the first shot.
The other parties named were, however, held to bail in the sum of $1,000 each.
During the affray, Mr. Garner
, editor of the Southron, was accidentally pushed from the stair-steps leading to the polls, and had his shoulder dislocated by the fall.
died from the effects of the wound.