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An Atrocious act.

--On Wednesday night last, about 12 o'clock, Mr. Oliver P. Baldwin, residing at Ashland, Va., was awakened by an oppressive smell of smoke in his room. As soon as possible he hurried out of doors, and discovered a fire progressing under his house just in time to extinguish it before it had gone too far to render the safety of his property possible. A large pile of shavings and other combustibles had been heaped up under the house, immediately at the foot of the stairs leading to his chamber. The match had been applied and the fire had already made some headway; but, with the assistance of his family and the almost superhuman efforts of Mr. B., the flames were subdued without any material damage being done. Some suspicion is entertained as to the one who committed the deed, and it is to be hoped that the guilty one may be arrested and made to suffer the severest penalty of the law.

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