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.
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.