Capt John H. Swink

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Capt John H. Swink - to perish." Mdyct anothrr IVJtRXXC t On...
to perish." Mdyct anothrr IVJtRXXC t On Saturday, the 8th inst. a man by the name of Jonathan H'illii, was killed by the discharge of a gun while in the hands of one John Hiving!, at the house of C:it . John II. Swink, about four mile from this town. There hud been a muster at Capt. Swink ' on Saturday s after the company waa dismissed, Ilivings, with oneor two others, got considerably intoxicated j mrne of Ihem proposed to fire at a mark, and Itivings loaded his gun, as he ays, for purpose ; but failing to nuke up a shoot, a number of them went into Capt. Su ink's house, where we sup-poac mere ulaikrv wm drank ; a good deal of wrangling, of course, cmued ; Diving, partiru. larly, wa noisy and troublesome lie sat down by the fire, the loaded gun lying across his hp, with a broken ramrod in it, the muz.le pointing towards the door, while sitting there, he peMrdiyukt.1 sirs, swum to .nap me gun, to let luii it went, vuiiehshed.d.unrcnrtu ier. it not being then primed, he afterwards primed it, and again asked her, aa well as her sister, to snap it, but thry both refused, savin they Were always afraid or a gun, but more especial, ly so w licit loaded, and that they were arraid it Wan then loaded, but even if it were not, tlicy knew it was primed, and that by snapping it would flash, and frighten them ; Itivings then asked a man standing the other aide of the fireplace, to snap it ; thc man refused, but struck at it with a short piece of an l I mm-rod, sthirh,' it is taid, could not hate reached within two feet i, of Itivings j thc gun, howocr, instantly fired, the ball with which it a loaded struck. Willis, ; who wss standing outvdc of the (Uior, in the pi- wza, in the back of his neck, tnd came out at j nis clieek, the ram-rod struck lorn .n the bark of the neck, nuJIodjed there. Hr. 1.0!:- who was instantly sciit for, succeeded r.fier sonic dif-i fictilly, in extracting the piece of run-rod, which 5 was admit four iodic tin length t lt found that it Ibad so injured the spinal tvarrov si to render it impossible for thc rnun to live, lie dicrt soon after. Mr. W,:;'; as a hard working, indu-.lri- ous poor man, lie has kft a wife and two chil- siren. Diving waCXAm!ncdcn Wednesday last, and admitted to bail, till nrt Superior Court. 'i"his is an iittanee of sucU stupid, criminal ! rarrUtmtts, ( though many ca'l it !y a harsher name, that we hope all who bear i f it, will rc-j ta n itfreih in their memories, to prevent, if pos-' siblu-, a recurrence of so revolting a scene. re-.Congress

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  1. Western Carolinian,
  2. 18 Mar 1823, Tue,
  3. Page 3

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