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The Daily Dispatch: December 5, 1861., [Electronic resource], Federal reports from Southeastern Kentucky. (search)
Fatal result --William Clarke, who was shot last Monday by James Stater, expired at his residence on 17th street, near Venable, on Tuesday night. An inquest was held yesterday by Acting Coroner Sanxay, and several witnesses were examined, but no facts of interest were elicited beyond those already published, except that Mr. Clarke stated after he was shot that there was no altercation between them. Francis Sheridan, who was present at the time and had a finger shot off by the discharge which wounded Clarke, made a statement to the effect that he and Slater started out that morning for a day's pleasure, and took several drinks before reaching Clarke's house, and his impression was that both were very drunk when they went in. He remembhat they were by no means intoxicated, though they might have been drinking. The jury rendered as their verdict that William Clarke came to his death by a ball from a pistol, shot by James Slater, but, from the evidence, they could not say whether i