Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, N.C.) Wednesday, February 19, 1896
Posted January 20, 2010 by Myrtle Bridges

Cumberland, N.C., February 19, 1896
At 8 o'clock last night the somewhat quieted nerves of the citizens of this village were 
again strained by the report of a pistol and the subsequent distressing sound a man hollowing
oh, oh, oh! John MANLEY, colored, Mr. Parker's driver, and Walter MAXWELL, a friend from the 
neighborhood, were in the former's room looking at, and contemplating trading pistols, and 
each was examining the other's prohibited weapon, when the "unloaded" one in the hands of 
MANLEY was accidentally discharged, without due notice to either, the ball striking MAXWELL 
on the right side of the nose at about half way from the mouth to the eye. Drs. McDOUGALD 
and CAVENESS dressed the wound, which they pronounced serious, but not fatal. Manley regrets 
it very much, and MAXWELL says it was his own fault, in not telling MANLEY that his pistol 
contained one ball.

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