Street fight.--a detective Shoots himself.--East Saturday evening at two o'clock a rencontre took place on Main street, near the Old Market, between Government detective Robert B. Craddock and James M. Ford, a printer, in which the detective was not only severely handled, but managed to shoot himself with his own pistol. To understand the affair it will be unnecessary to explain some of the antecedent circumstances. Some time in February Mr. Ford assisted a foreigner named Brandt to get his passport to the United States, and saw him start. Some days afterwards he received the following letter from Brandt:
Rappahannock this morning, the party I went with (Mr. H. Wenskowsky) and myself, were asked for our papers by the same detective, who, you recollect, took me up to Gen. Winder at the time I got my passport. He gave his name as Robert B Craddock. He could find nothing wrong about our passports, but said we had to return with him to Richmond; but after swindling us out of seventy odd dollars in greenbacks, one hundred and seventy five dollars in Confederate money, and seventeen dollars in bank notes, he let us proceed on our journey. --You will please attend to this matter, and oblige,
Driver knows all about it. I think you had better inform Gen. Winder of it.
This letter Mr. Ford took to Gen. Winder, but the driver alluded to being a negro, it was not considered by the General that there was any evidence to support a charge, against Craddock; but the fact of Ford's having carried the letter to headquarters produced in Craddock a bitter feeling towards him, and he was heard to threaten revenge. The parties met repeatedly after this, but nothing was said by either until Saturday, when, as Ford was going down Main street in front of the market, Craddock walked up and tapping him on the shoulder, said he wanted to talk with him about the charge he had made against him. A fight ensued, in which Craddock drew a pistol which exploded in his hand, the ball taking! effect in the musettes on the front of his right thigh and coming out just above the knee. The fight was stopped by bystanders, and the parties gave bad in the sum of $500 each to appear before the Mayor this morning.