Arrest Clipping from Cincinnati Commercial, Fri, Mar 20, 1868.

Clipped from US, Ohio, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Commercial, March 20, 1868

EAST TENNESSEE.Correspondence Cincinnati Commercial. ' » _Collecting Taxes and Carrying Mails.Tazewell, Tenn., March 3,1868.Our little town has been considerably agitated during the past two weeks, first by the attack on some revenue officers sent to seize an illicit distillery about nine miles from here. The officers met a wagon coming away from the still-house with some contraband liquor aboard. The officers pressed the wagon, and went to the still-house, which they found deserted, as the men were at a raising a short distance off, but they found a fire in the furnace and a run in the still. The officers proceeded with the work of demolition by cutting up the worm, tearing out the still and loading all in the wagon. In the meantime the men got word of what was going on, at once proceeded to the still-house, and met the wagon leaving it, whereupon one shot was fired, hut without effect. Then one of the men rode up to the officers and struck one with the butt of a pistol in thehead. And as the officers deemed “discretion the better part of valor, they surrendered, and agreed to pay for the damage done.which was put at 1160. The officers were held as hostages for the payment of the money.Accordingly two men were sent to town to procure the said amount, as the officers had deposited all their money and valuables with a merchant here, but the merchant would not deliver the money to the messengers, so the officers were kept prisoners until morning, when they were set at liberty, but their horses retained. During the following evening one of our townsmen went out with the money and brought in the horses.Next came the robbing of the mail between here and Russelville, where the mail leaves the railroad and is carried through the country byhorse. iThe mail sack had been cut open at a seam, and the con ten tariffed by the mail-boy, who extracted several valuable letters from the sack. Letters were picked up along the road for miles, which were picked up and returned to Tazewell to the owners. The mail-boy was caught in the act and arrested, and is now confined in the Knoxvillejail awaiting trial In the United States Court. Yesterday being County Court day quite anumber of people were In town—in fact the street* were full. About noon a party came together who had long entertained hostile feelings toward one another. It appears that Win. Fugate had some misunderstanding, some two months ago, with a young man named Patterspn, together with several of his friends, who made at Fugate with cocked pistols, and obliged him to retire, as he was unarmed. Fugate is considered one of the bravest and most desperate men in thecounty, but there were too great odds against him.Fugate went Into a store to get his shawl, which he put on with the intention of leaving town;as he stepped off the porch Patterson struck Fugate in the back, some say with the butt of a pistol, but it is not certain what he struck with, whereupon Fugate drew his pistol, turned and fired, the shot taking effect in the left side of Patterson. At this juncture Captain Reily interfered to prevent the shooting, and took hold of Patterson and kicked at Fugate, telling him to quit his firing, which was disregarded; Boyd Ellis (a friend of Patterson) Joined In the firing, whereupon, Neil Jennings opened on the side of Fugate.During the melee there were fifteen shots fired, of which Patterson received four and Ellis five. Patterson was carried into the store and hi* wounds dressed, after which he was removed to a public house, where he lingered in great agony until this morning, when death put an end to his suffering. Ellis was carried into adoctor’s office, and upon examination, it was found that none of the woundsfwere dangerous,but very painful.After the shooting, Fugate, Jennings and Captain Reily mounted their horses and rode leisurely out of town without a scratch, no attempt having been made to arrest them. Warrants have been issued for the arrest of the men, but their character is so well known that no officer has been found willing to serve the warrant.Reily was the captain of the home guard during the late war, and served with great distinction. His company was composed of the best mettle in the country, Fugate and Jennings being of the number; and at one time they drove a superior force of rebels from the town.C. G R.