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The killing of Dr. Mather at New Orleans.

--The killing of Dr. Mather at New Orleans, by a Mr. Withers, has already been noticed in our columns. We find the following particulars of the affair in the N. O. Delta of the 31st ult.:

Yesterday afternoon as Dr. Mather was sitting in his house, a servant came and whispered to Mrs. Mather some message from Mrs. Withers, which, on inquiry by Dr. M., proved to be a request for quarters at his house, Mrs. W. saying that her husband was much excited and had threatened to take her life if she did not leave. Dr. Mather, against his wife's earnest entreaty, proceeded to Wither's, and was there met by his mother, who told him that her husband was up stairs, much excited, and had a pistol, with which he had threatened to shoot her. Dr. Mather said he would go up stairs and expostulate with him; his mother endeavored to prevent him, and not succeeding, followed him into the room, where Withers stood with a revolver in his hand. On his entering the room, W. said: ‘"I suppose you come to call me a coward, too, as your mother has."’ The Doctor replied, ‘"no, he did not."’ ‘"I intend to kill her for it,"’ exclaimed Withers, ‘"Oh, no,"’ said the Doctor, ‘"you cannot do that."’ ‘"Then I will shoot you."’ At this, Dr. Mather threw open his coat and said, ‘"You can do so if you dare."’ Whereupon Withers fired, the ball lodging in Mather's breast, who fell upon his knees and called out: ‘ "Don't shoot me !"’ But Withers fired a second and a third time. The second ball took effect in Mather's body, and at the third, Mrs. Withers rushing between them, the ball passed through her hand and up her arm, where it lodged. Dr. Mather died of his wounds last night. Withers is in prison.

Dr. Mather had quite recently returned from Pensacola, where he had been engaged with the Army, and was, at the time of his death, raising a volunteer company for the war. Withers, from all we can learn, had been drinking freely.

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