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FRIGHTFUL TRAGEDY IN NEW YORK. I ir The following frightful affair has occurred in a Refreshment saloon in New York :— Felix Larkin, a tall powerful man, well known as a politician and sporting character, went at a ilate hour with two friends, named O'Day* and iM'Lean, to a refreshment saloon in the Eighth Ward, kept*by a man named Campbell. They found it closed, and Campbell refused to admit ,them. Thereupon Larkin threatened to burst Open the door, and after soxe par'eying, Campbell admitted them. Larkin's conduct then appeared to have been most outrageous, and Campbell evi- dently feared violence. The two men for an in- stant stood face to face, glaring at each other like wild beasts, and then, without uttering a word Campbell hurriedly came from behind the counter, and, probably to deceive Larkin and his friends, 'Walked over a table on which a hunk of roast beef Was lying. Putting one hand on the table as though he were going to cut the meat, he raised the other quickly and gave several loud knocks in quick succession against the partition which divides the Saloon from the sleeping apartments. All this time Larkin was watching Campbell like a cat, and when the door of the bedroom swung open and the bar keeper and the cook strode forth, he divined the secret of the knocking. In a second he and Campbell had clinched, and, as the bar- keeper sprang also on Larkin, O'Day flung his full Weight against the barkeeper, knocking him from 11 Larkin's side. A pistol was discharged by one of the parties, which struck the wall behind the Counter, and the fight then became general, Ann Hines, the cook, joining in the melee with a huge club, with which she lay about her, regardless of Consequences, though, when she could, directed her blows against Larkin. How or when Campbell had seized a terrible long dirk, with which he fought Larkin from the start, is not known but In the struggle, according to the testimony of Lar- kin's companions, the horrid weapon was used With fearful execution by the saloonkeeper. He alld Larkin fought at close quarters, and from one ) part of the room to the other—every time an op- portunity offered the long blacle of the dirk bury- ing itself in some part of Larkin's body. That the latter would have been, judging from his great "strength as compared v,ith the muscular build of antagonist, more than a match for Campbell is Certain, but for the blows that were dealt him over the head, it is alleged, by the woman and the bar- keeper. The struggle, though horrible in its every minute particular, was a very short one, for M'Clean, one of Larkin's two friends already men- tioned, ran from the place immediately upon the appearance of the barkeeper and cook, in search of an officer, and found one on the adjoining corner. On the arrival of officers MAdams and Dupke, O'Day and the barkeeper were 'found straggling together at one end of the room, while Larkin was discovered in one of the eating stalls With Campbell holding his head against the wall With one hand and arm, and plying the knife with the other. Campbell desisted on perceiving the officers, when Larkin, covered with blood from head to foot, staggered out of the stall, revolver in hand, an I w hile in the act of raising it in the direc- tion of hi3 antagonist reeled and fell heavily to the floor. & HAYTI.—A letter from Port-au-Prince of the 7th Siys—Revolution and massacre exists north, south, ea*t, and west, at all points of the horizon Thousands 0: persons have been slaughtered, and the struggle g nerated by the cupidity of a few ambitious people, his nor. advanced a step. The bombardments con- tinue; such is the predominant taste of Salnave, ever ISl"ce lie has been in possession of two steamers, the Galatee and Salnave, old war ships of the American navy, armed with rifled canon of 100 and 120. The Petite-Anse, in the north, near the Cape, and Jeremie, in the south, have both been bombarded. This last attack has given rise to an incident well calculated to create diplomatic difficulties. The Galatee, directing the fire of her guns on the last named town, without stint or discrimination, battered down the French consulate, although the tricoloured flag, hoisted at the top of a tall pole, was visible from all points of the offing, and consequently from on board the Haitian corvette, where, besides, the President was Prese-it in person. Our natiooal colours did not protect the house of our consul, a building situated at no great distance from the shore, and very easy to recognise; and what is more frightful to relate is, that under the ruins* accumulated by the ravage of the balls six persons met their deaths, three women and three children, two of the latter sons of the consul. Seven other persons also were seriously wounded. Besides all this, all the towns in the power of the insurgents are threatened with a similar fate; Jacmel, Les Cayes, Aquim. Miragoane, and- Jeremie over again; for the first bombardment and massacre did not pro duce the effect that Salnave intended. DISTRESSING AND FATAL FIRE AT WEST HARTLE- POOL.—A distressing occurrence took place at West Hartlepool on Thursday night, by which the livels of t*vo unfortunate children were horribly sacrificed. It appears that on the above night, about seven o'clock, a woman named Mary Charlton, the wife of a sailor, Who resides in Thomas-street, West Hartlepool, went home, after doing a day's washing at the house of her husband's mother, in Catherine-street, and put her 'two children, Sarah Ann, aged three, and Eliza, aged I five, to bed in the front upper room, blowing out the candle, and leaving it, with a box of matches in the stick, on a chest of drawers on the far side of the bedroom. She locked the door of the room after her, and then left the house, which they jointly occupy With a person named Gutnaby, for the purpose of fetchina some firewood from the house of her mother- tin-taw, and also to make a few small pUl'chr!sôs. During her absence, about 8.15, the other tenant of the house smelt a smell of burning and found smoke to be issuing from the room occupied by the poor children, and being unable to fasten the door she rushed out of the house and gave an alarm of fire. A sailor named Blacking, who lives in an adjacent Street, was passing at the time and entered the house, tan upstairs and forced open the door of the bedroom, When a dense volume of smoke burst forth, and the air thus admitted caused the bedding to blaze. The brave fellow, although aimost suffocated, groped his Way to the bed and bore out the lifeless bodies of the two unfortunate children with which he sank ex- hausted at the foot of the stairs. He was at once Relieved of his burden by the neighbours, who by this time had crowded round the door, and brandy was given him to revive him. The youner of the children Was found to be burned about the body and thighs, and the elder one less seriously so and from the fact of Mrs Gutnaby hearing no cries, it is presumed that one of the little sufferers got out of bed and lighted the candle, throwing the match beneath or near the bed, to which they returned, laid down to sleep, and then were partially suffocated before the fire assailed their bodies-a supposition strengthened by the fact that the bed was utterly destroyed, whilst the drawers on which the candle was left and found, were only blistered by the heat. Soon after the sad event the Mother returned, and her grief, as well as that of the father, was agonising to witness. The flames were f3oon subdued, but the contents of the room were Nearly all destroyed, j