--We clip the following paragraphs from the Pensacola (Fla.) Observer,
of Sept. 24th:
--It is reported in town this morning, that the Federal
troops have landed in large numbers on the main land, opposite the city.
We give it as we heard it, for what it will bring, though it is possible, and not altogether improbable, that the report is true.
--Quite a large number of Mississippi
recruits arrived here last night to be attached to Capt. Peake
's company, 9th Mississippi Regiment.
They are all fine, athletic looking men, and are, no doubt, fight to the back-bone, like all the Mississippi
--A sad and distressing accident occurred last evening, about seven o'clock, between the main building of the Bedell House
, and the dining- room, which resulted in the fatal wounding of private B. F. Smith
, of the Griffin
It appears that Sergeant Duffle
, of the same company, and the former were fencing with their guns in a playful manner, when coming to a "charge bayonets" the gun in the hands of the Sergeant
accidently went off, and Smith
fell mortally wounded — the ball entering and passing through the right thigh near the groin.
At first, it was thought that he would service, the wound, but the unfortunate man breathed his last about 10 o'clock last night, after lingering in great pain.
He leaves a family in Griffin, Ga.
, to mourn his untimely end.
Let us here admonish those who are constantly handling and using fire-arms to be scrupulously careful with them, and especially with those that are loaded.
Experience teaches us that we cannot be too careful with a loaded musket, and as lamentable accidents like this occur when we least expect it, we cannot refrain from these few admonishing remarks to our troops, as a stern necessity for their and others personal safety.