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The shooting of Clarke.

--James Slater, charged with shooting William Clarke, and Francis Sheridan, charged with aiding and abetting Slater, were arraigned before the Mayor yesterday, and the testimony partly heard. The facts in the case are that Slater and Sheridan went into Clarke's store, on 17th street, last Monday, and while Sheridan was engaged in conversation with the proprietor, Slater fell asleep. Soon afterwards the two went to awake him and help him up, which seemed to irritate Slater, who intimated that he had ‘"one of those little things"’ in his pocket, which might prove dangerous if he was trifled with. Mr. Clarke, however, had no suspicion (according to his own statement subsequently) of anything wrong, when Slater suddenly pulled out a revolver and shot him. The ball entered his stomach, passing through the body, and was extracted from his back the same night by Drs. Conway and Waring. The same shot, as stated yesterday, took off one of Sheridan's fingers. After bring the pistol, Slater ran away from the place, but was soon stopped by persons who heard the report.

The pistol was found in one of his boots. Slater declares that the shooting was purely accidental, and that, so far from having had any ill-feeling towards Clarke, he was his friend. There was nothing elicited yesterday to show that there was any malice previous to the act, and we are inclined to the belief that it adds another to the catalogue of evils resulting from the use of liquor; nor was there anything in the testimony to implicate Sheridan, farther than that he was in Slater's company at the time. Clarke was represented to be in a dangerous condition yesterday, and it was thought he would not recover. The Mayor continued the case until the 13th inst., and remanded the prisoners to jail.

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