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Arson and attempt to kill, in Southampton county.

--Last Thursday night there was a daring attempt to kill Mr. Edward Cloyd, a respectable citizen, residing in the vicinity of Branchville. Some unknown persons went to his house in the night, during his absence, and set fire to his stable. It was soon discovered by the servants on the premises, one of whom ran out in order to put out the fire and save the building. He was fired on, and deemed it prudent to return to his quarters. Another then went out, and he was also fired on by the depredators. Neither, however, sustained any injury, the balls having missed their marks. It is surmised by the neighbors that it was the intention of the desperadoes to kill Mr. Cloyd. Both of his horses were lost.

We advise the citizens of Southampton to hold a public meeting, and send a committee to Richmond, to Governor Peirpoint, and request that they be permitted to raise a company of one hundred men, or more if necessary, for the purpose of protecting themselves against a repetition of such outrages.--Norfolk Virginian.

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