the news from England — Robberies — escape foom Prison — Fatal accident — Amusements.
[special correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Lynchburg, Va., Dec. 20, 1861.
The late foreign news has created quite a flutter in this community, and every one seems well pleased at the idea of a rupture and probable war between England
and the Yankee
Soon after the arrival of the mail bringing the Richmond papers, which contained the news, groups of persons could be seen about every where perusing the papers and earnestly discussing the important intelligence contained therein.
For some time past this city has been infested by gangs of robbers, and notwithstanding that several have been sent to the penitentiary, others still manage to keep up their trade with considerable success.
Their victims are generally soldiers who have been recently discharged and paid off. Some of their acts are of the most daring character, being perpetrated in open day in a public thoroughfare.
Three or four of these worthies who had been lodged in jail, succeeded in making their escape on last Wednesday night, and are now at large.
Their egress was effected by prising open the jail door with a crowbar, and from statements of other prisoners, it appears that a party of some five or six outside co-operated with, and armed them with revolvers after they got out. Up to this time they have not been recaptured.
A sad accident occurred yesterday in the neighborhood of Amherst C. H.
It appears that the son of W. E. Coleman
, of that place, a youth, together with two other boys, were out gunning, and while stopping to rest were seated on a fence, when the gun of one of the boys was accidentally fired off, and the contents lodged in the body of young Coleman
, who was instantly killed.
The Queen Sisters, from Charleston, S. C.
, have been performing here during the present week, and in justice to them I will state that their performances are highly appreciated by our community.
The Palmetto Band, by which they are accompanied, add greatly to the interest of their exhibition.
They will probably visit Richmond
before they return home. O. K.