Four Negroes drowned.
--On Wednesday last (the day after Christmas) four free negroes were drowned in the Shenandoah river
, in Rockingham county, Va.
, a few miles below Port Republic
They were in a boat, trying to cross the river.
One fell out, whereupon the other three ran to the same end of the boat to render him assistance, which caused that end of the boat to sink, and all three were then thrown into the water, and as they could not swim, all were drowned.
They were all found the next day, and were buried upon the farm of Mr. Strayer
It is believed that they were under the influence of liquor, as a bottle was found in the pocket of one.
They also had a deck of cards and some counterfeit money about them.