--John L. Liggon, Jr.
, again appeared before the Mayor
yesterday to answer any charge that might be brought against him for shooting a soldier in the street on Tuesday morning last.
The soldier's name is J. M. Derby
, and he is now at Chimborazo Hospital, receiving surgical treatment.
The circumstances of this affair, as detailed by eye witnesses, are these: On Monday morning last Mr. Liggon
, being in Government employ, detected one of the prison guard in the act of trading with a Yankee prisoner and had him arrested.--Derby
being a friend of the guard, and learning that Liggon
was a paroled Yankee prisoner, determined to punish him for his interference.
On Tuesday morning, when young Liggon
left his father's residence on Franklin street, Derby
saw him and began to abuse him. Liggon
took no notice of him, but returned home.
Some short time after he again started up town, accompanied by a small brother and his brother-in-law.--When the parties reached 25th street, on their way to Main, Liggon
and others directly in his path, but, to avoid further insult, he crossed the street.
, on seeing him, immediately gave pursuit, and, coming up with Liggon
, caught him by the shoulder and then struck him in the face.
With this Liggon
stepped back and drew his pistol.
attempted to seize the weapon, bearing the muzzle down, when Liggon
fired, the ball entering the fleshy part of Derby
's left leg, just above the knee, and inflicting a painful wound.
instantly made off, and Liggon
proceeded to the Mayor
's office and gave himself up. Since the occurrence Derby
has expressed regret for his conduct, and declares that he would not have brought on the difficulty had he known that Liggon
was a Southern man and not a paroled Yankee.
, after hearing the witnesses, promptly discharged Mr. Liggon
from further custody.