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Serious charge upon Trivial Evidence.

To the Editor of the Richmond Dispatch:

In your paper recently, the reporter noticed the arrest of H. P. Ritter, of North Carolina, upon the suspicion of being a spy.

The arrest was made upon an anonymous communication to Colonel Gallaird, at Weldon, stating that "H. P. Ritter was a Yankee spy, and had been paid ten thousand dollars to go to Salisbury and mark out the different fortifications and ascertain the force there." It was written in pencil upon a dirty piece of paper, and badly spelled, and signed "A Confed officer, Capt. in Lee's army."

It appears that Dr. Ritter is and old and well-known resident of Eastern North Carolina, and had been to Salisbury for a servant he had hired there, and also to transact other business. Upon his return to Weldon, with his servant, he was arrested, as stated. Upon his examination, he showed, by the testimony of Colonel James W. Hinton, Sixty-eighth regiment North Carolina troops, commanding at Salisbury; W. R. Skinner, clerk of the court at Edenton, and Hon. William N. H. Smith, member of Congress from the First district of North Carolina, that there was no just cause for the suspicion; but, on the contrary, that he was well known as a gentleman of most exemplary character, and loyal to the Confederate Government. He has been honorably acquitted by the authorities.

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