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The old powder house. Among the recent accessions of our Society's library we find a newspaper clipping entitled The Old Wayside Mill. It bears no date and is evidently from some local paper of over thirty years ago. It describes a structure well known to Medford people by sight, but not within our city's bounds. Historian Brooks (in 1855) alluded to it thus:— When the circular stone windmill, now standing on Quarry hill in Somerville, was built, the inhabitants of Medford carried their grain there. Before the Revolution the mill was converted into a powder house and has been used as such to our day. Just what he meant by our day does not appear. Mr. Usher added no information and little mention has ever been made of it in the Register, which now for almost the first time varies from its course of Medford almost exclusively. It is well to remember that until 1754, Medford was a small town lying four miles along but one side of Mystic river. We have always had a c
U. S. Court. --The term of the U. S. Circuit Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Judge Halyburton presiding, commenced yesterday. The following Grand Jury was sworn, and adjourned over until to-day: Jno. L. Tate, Foreman; Conway Whittle, B. B. Mosely, A. G. Newton, W. B. Rogers, Robert E. Moran, John R. Ludlow, Herbert M. Nash, Jesse J. Simpkins, W. H. Harker, E. C. Boblison, W. A. Todd, Lewis S. Slaughter, Joseph R. Spratley, Peyton Johnston, Logan Waller, William P. Ragland, R. L. Wiglesworth, C. McCarthy, Henry Exall, E G. Leigh, William J. Cheatham, R. F. Taylor, P. J. Haskins. The following criminal cases are set for trial this term: Wm. A. Northern, for embezzling money from letters. John Gaskins, for a similar offence. The crew of the Storm King, for engaging in the slave trade. Frederick Brooks, a negro, for stealing letters.
The Daily Dispatch: November 28, 1860., [Electronic resource], Large Fire in New York (search)
Federal Court--Judge Halyburton presiding. --In the U. S. Circuit Court yesterday, the Grand Jury returned true bills against Capt. Lockhart, of the "Storm King." for engaging in the slave trade, and against two foreigners interested in the same enterprise. The crew of the vessel were discharged from further prosecution, but detained in jail as witnesses in the case. A true bill was returned against John Gaskins, for purloining letters, and against Frederick Brooks, a negro, for a similar offence. The Grand Jury will meet again to-day, to consider other cases.
The Daily Dispatch: November 29, 1860., [Electronic resource], The Secession Movement at the
U. S. Circuit Court--Judge Halyburton presiding--The following are the indictments returned by the Grand Jury on Tuesday, to which allusion was made in yesterday's paper. Against John Gaskins, for purloining letters, a true bill, 4 counts. Against Frederick Brooks, a free negro, for stealing letters, a true bill. Against Francisco Padrone Calleros, for being engaged in the slave trade, on board the Storm King, a true bill. Against Joseph Silva, for the same, a true bill. Against Antonio Fernandez, for the same, a true bill.--Against John Lockhart, (Captain of the vessel,) for the same, a true bill. Against the same for a misdemeanor, (connected with the above offence,) a true bill, two counts. The Grand Jury found not true bills in the cases of Henry White, William Warner, James Gillmore and William Spencer alias Cranston, crew of the Storm King. On yesterday, it was ordered that the Clerk of the Court furnish the counsel of Francisco Padrone Calleros and his associa
Convicted --Frederick Brooks, a free negro was tried yesterday in the U. S. Circuit Court, Judge Halyburton presiding, for purloining letters from the mail, and found guilty. He will be sentenced to the penitentiary.