d direction to the whole.
The Mayor yesterday said in his court-room that not one-tenth of the free negro population of Richmond were charged with tithable, which one can well believe, knowing their universal objection to physical exertion, by which alone they could acquire sustenance.
The officer in question has very properly, we think, directed the police to bring before him all free negroes who have not paid their taxes.
Such parties will no doubt be committed as vagrants, and set to work either on projected fortifications for city defence or on the various streets that may need repairing during the summer months.
Yesterday, John King, free negro, was brought up for the non-payment of his taxes and committed as a vagrant.--Bill Graves was committed for going about without a certificate of his freedom.--Scott Harris, Joe Gilpin and Kitt Scott were lectured as vagrants, and it is believed sent to jail, as the officers started with some half-dozen colored subjects to the lock up.