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Serious affray.

--We are pained to learn that a serious affray occurred on Sunday night last, in the Southern portion of the city, near Dodd's mineral spring, at the house of a Mrs. Crawley. Between 11 and 12 o'clock at night, a soldier named W. P. Baker, a private in the Waxhaw Jackson Rangers, now encamped two miles from the city, went to the house of Mrs. Crawley, knocked and demanded admittance. Mrs. Horton, whose husband is a soldier in Virginia, is living with her mother, Mrs. Crawley. The females were immediately aroused, and peremptorily refused Baker admittance. He urged his demand, and threatened to enter forcibly if the door was not opened. Becoming much alarmed, Mrs. Horton quietly slipped out at the back door, and going to the house of Mr. Geo. Davis, near by, informed him of the attack made upon them and begged his assistance. Mr. D. married a daughter of Mrs. C. He immediately arose and dressed himself, and fearing he might have some difficulty, took his gun with him. On repairing to the house of Mrs. C., he found Baker, a stranger to him, evidently intoxicated and still demanding admittance and making his threats. Davis at once remonstrated with Baker, and begged him to leave, which Baker refused to do. Davis continued his remonstrances, until both became excited. Baker drew his bowie-knife, and threatened to stab Davis, and suiting the action to the word, he advanced upon Davis, still threatening, when Davis raised his gun and shot him, Baker being near enough to be burnt by the gun. The lead entered his breast, making an aperture as large as a quarter of a dollars. He was alive when we last heard from him, but no hopes are entrained of his recovery.

Mr. Davis was up for trial before Judge Saunders, on Monday evening last, and the Judge hold him to bail in one thousand dollars to make his appearance at the next term of our Superior Court.--Raleigh Standard.

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