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The Daily Dispatch: May 25, 1863., [Electronic resource] 4 0 Browse Search
The Daily Dispatch: May 26, 1863., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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Mayor's Court, May 23d --John G. Scott and John Dowie were arraigned for assaulting and robbing James Overby of a gold watch, a pocket-knife, and $27 in money. Overby was sergeant of a guard stationed at the navy yard at Rocketts. The prisoners came by and extended a pressing invitation for him to step aside and take a drink with them. He did so; but had hardly gotten out of sight of the sentinel when they garroted him in the most approved style, one holding him by the threat to preventOverby was sergeant of a guard stationed at the navy yard at Rocketts. The prisoners came by and extended a pressing invitation for him to step aside and take a drink with them. He did so; but had hardly gotten out of sight of the sentinel when they garroted him in the most approved style, one holding him by the threat to prevent an outcry, while the other appropriated his effects. After accomplishing this they left their prostrate victim and made off. As he happened to know them, but little difficulty was found in putting the guard on their track. The case was continued until Monday. The case of Thus. V. Carr, a clerk in the Comptroller's office, charged with forging papers to draw pay due deceased soldiers, was called up, when the Mayor determined, as the offence was committed against the Confederate Governmen
plea in abatement" in the shape of violent personal resistance to the proposed abduction. Private enterprise yielded to the majority of the law, and both were carried to the lock up. The Mayor was about committing them to jail for want of security for their good behavior, when it appeared that they were soldiers of the 6th Ga. Reg't, bound South. The Mayor said he would offer no impediment to their going. They were let off. John G. Scott and John Davis were examined for assaulting James Overby, a soldier, of the City Battalion, Friday night, at Rocket's, and robbing him of a gold watch, pocket knife, and $27 in money. They were remanded to the Aldermen's Hustings Court, and as the proof against them was positive they will no doubt in due time get to the penitentiary. The case of Jesse Shepperson, for striking M. W. Swain a violent blow on the head with a stick of wood, was continued, Swain being hors de combat by reason of his wounds. Richardson N. Binus was remanded