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The Daily Dispatch: December 28, 1865., [Electronic resource], A Complicated case. (search)
A Complicated case. --Judge McEntee, in the Provost Court, was engaged nearly the whole of yesterday in the investigation of a charge against seven negroes of stealing two horses from Mr. James Lyons on the 7th of December. The case was not disposed of, but will be resumed to-day. It was necessary to inflict an amount of corporeal punishment upon one of the number, George Tripp, a penitentiary convict, to extort the truth from him. Another of the party, named Hiram Harris, came to Judge McEntee's office on Tuesday and gave himself up, voluntarily stating that he received the horses from Tripp, took them to Petersburg and offered them for sale. The case is one which presents many difficulties, yet it is believed that the whole seven were in some way connected with the theft.