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THE WAR IN AMERICA. 4.

MINING COMPANY REVELATIONS.

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THE AMERICAN NEGROES AND MR.…

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ENCOUNTER WITH POACHERS.

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ENCOUNTER WITH POACHERS. On Thursday night, about eleven o'clock, a desperate encounter took place between gamekeepers and poachers at Davidscraig Wood, near Gallowmuir, in the parish of St. Ninian's, Stirling. It would appear that Mr. James Thomson, head keeper to the Countess of Dunmore, had 1 reason to suspect that serious depredations were com- I mitted by poachers in that locality, and on the night in question he proceeded, with nine assistants, to the spot named, when, before they had taken the positions assigned them, eight or nine men were observed coming along the high road towards the plantation. Suspecting that they were the individuals wanted," the watchers squatted down with the view of observing their movements. These having been of a suspicious nature, Mr. Thomson went forward alone to the men to see if he crnld recog- nise any one of them. On getting into close quarters he minutely inspected them, but never questioned their right to be there, nor did he even speak to them. Notwithstanding, one, named Morrison, raised a cud- gel which he carried, and struck the gamekeeper a violent blow on the back of the head, which had the effect of stunning him for a time. On regaining consciousness he at once cried out, and his coad- jutors immediately ran to his assistance, when they laid hold of Morrison and had him secured. A general scuffla then ensued, in which sticks were freely used by both parties, and the stones thrown by the poachers were flying about in every direction. In the course of the miUe a very large stone, thrown with great violence, struck Mr. Thomson on the forehead, making a very serious wound, which cut through his cap, and laid his skull bare from the brow to the top of the head. Another of the keepers had his head severely cut. The dog be- longing to the poachers-a powerful and ferocious animal—attempted to create a diversion in favour of his masters by biting at the heels of their opponents, where- upon one of the keepsrs shot it dead upon the spot. After the fight had been vigorously conducted for a con- sideraole length of time the poachers took to their heels, leaving three of their number in the hands of the keepers. These were taken to Dunmore and locked up. The names of the three men whom the keepers ha.d captured were Andrew Morrison, who struck the first blow; James Morrison, his brother; and William Evans, all residing in Camelon. Another man, named Kelly, has since been apprehended, but four are still at large.

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