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the charge of striking and cutting, on Sunday evening, Francis Craven, watchman at the Danville depot. It appeared from therought out a black and tan terrier that he claimed to own. Craven saw him, and said the dog belonged to Mr. Sampson, Freighte, in the progress of which Eanes drew a pistol and struck Craven, in doing which it exploded and fail out of his hand. CraCraven then gave him a thundering beating; his hands were tied behind him and he was put in the hands of Watchman Hicks for connowing the circumstances attending the case, arrested both Craven and Eanes, and with aid attempted to carry the parties to . When near Burnett's shop, above the depot, somebody gave Craven a heavy blow on his face. The party proceeded on, and when near Duval's drugstore Craven was struck with a slungshot. The detective here declared his inability to protect him, and arly simultaneously with the announcement somebody stabbed Craven in the back with a dirk. Eanes was searched, but it was n
Hustings Court. --This tribunal resumed business yesterday at eleven o'clock, Recorder Caskie presiding. Henry Hudnall gave the required bond as a Notary Public and qualified as such. Charles Toothaker, charged with feloniously stealing a quantity of clothing belonging to E. J. Steward, was remanded for trial before Judge Lyons. Thomas F. Eanes, charged with feloniously assaulting and stabbing Francis Craven, watchman at the Danville Depot, was remanded for trial and refused bail. Mary Sullivan, a young white female, charged with stealing sundry articles of wearing apparel from Archibald B. Miller, also with stealing two pairs of boots from Wm. F. Childress, and also, with stealing a silk dress, the property of Edwin Knotts, was remanded to be tried upon each charge. August Fisch, a soldier, charged with stealing five hundred dollars from Zella Glenman, a Cyprian, was discharged, it being shown that the prisoner did not intend to commit a theft. The
mes Jones, a white man, was arraigned on the charge of stealing a truck and contents, the property of Capt. James G. Hawthorn. It appeared by the evidence of Francis Craven, watchman at the Danville Railroad Depot, that Jones and one or more other foot-pass waylaid an old negro named Billy, belong to B. J. Sizer, of Manchester, as he was bringing the trunk to Richmond, about 3½ o'clock yesterday morning. The old darkey gave the alarm, and when Craven arrived at the spot he found Jones with the trunk nearly opposite Mayo's new tobacco warehouse. He gave chase, and Jones, flourishing a bludgeon with which he had been beating the negro, retreated into the depot yard. He was clamped by Craven and givan in charge of the watch Mr. Sizer identified the trunk, having marked it at his tavern, at the request of Capt. H., who was going South. The prisoner professed to recollect nothing about the occurrence. He was committed for examination on the charge before the Hustings Court next Sa
Mayor's Court. --The Mayor's docket yesterday was a short one and soon gotten through with. The following is a list of the cases: Francis Craven was charged with attempting to kill, by striking him with an iron bar, a negro man belonging to O. H. Chalkley, employed at the Danville railroad depot.--Witnesses for the prosecution proved that the attack made upon the negro was because he refused to permit Craven to take away some chickens which belonged to him, while Captain Carter, of the night police, who made the arrest, stated that he told him the fellow had used some insulting language towards his wife. The statement of a prisoner not being considered legal testimony, Craven was sent on for indictment by the grand jury of the Hustings Court. William Ferguson, a free negro, and Lewis, a slave, were charged with keeping ill governed snack-houses on 14th street, under the Exchange Hotel. Ferguson was notified to abate the nuisance by speedily closing the establishm
Hustings Court. --The magistrates again held their court yesterday. In the absence of the commonwealth's attorney, R. T. Daniel, the prosecution of criminals was conducted by A. Judson Cranc, Esq. We give below a summary of the proceedings: James H. Marshall, charged with stealing nine dollars in gold and forty-two dollars in Confederate notes from William Walsh, was examined, and sent on for final trial before Judge Lyons. Francis Craven, charged with assaulting with an iron bar, with intent to kill, Washington, slave of O. H. Chalkley, on the 30th of July, 1864, was also remanded for trial before Judge Lyons. The examination of Catharine, slave of Mary Voss, charged with aiding and conniving at the escape of Zipperah, slave of Robert F. Morris, resulted in her conviction, whereupon she was ordered to receive thirty-nine lashes, and then to be sold beyond the limits of the State of Virginia. The Court will meet again this morning at eleven o'clock.
t. --Judge Lyons, after an absence from the city for near two months, has returned, and convened his court yesterday. The Grand Jury, composed of the same gentlemen who have acted in that capacity for years past, were duly sworn and received their charge from the Judge, after which they retired to consider the business which had been prepared for them. They soon after returned into court and made the following presentiments for felony: John Leathers, William S. Isaacs, Antonie Samanni, (two cases,) Charles Doherty, James Smith, James H. Marshall, John J. Boler, Joseph Neidham, Francis Craven, James H. Saunders and Granville Montelle. The Grand Jury was then discharged. John Leathers, indicted for stealing a shirt from Elijah Brittingham, was put upon trial, and, after an examination of witnesses and argument of counsel, the case was given to the jury, who, after a short retirement, returned into court and rendered a verdict of acquittal. The court then adjourned.
Judge Lyons's Court. --Judge Lyons called his court together at 10 o'clock yesterday, when the following business was disposed of: Francis Craven, indicted for brutally assaulting, with an iron bar, a negro man in the employ of the Danville Railroad Company, was convicted by the jury sworn in his case, and sentenced to thirty days confinement in the city jail, and to pay a fine of four hundred dollars. In the cases of Miles R. Bohannon, indicted for forgery, and James H. Saunders, indicted for stealing, nolle prosequi were entered, and they were discharged. The grand jury, who had taken into consideration several cases prepared for them, returned a number of true bills, after which the court adjourned till 10 o'clock this morning.