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Alleged Forgery. --Franklin Richmond, a white man, was arraigned before the Recover on Saturday, charged with forging H. M. Smith's name to two orders--one on A. E. & P. F. Wolfe for $15 worth of clothing, and the other on John M. Higgins, Franklin street, for $2 worth of groceries. On information furnished him, officer Blankinship committed the accused to the first station-house last Friday evening. The Recorder declined to proceed with the examination, on account of the absence of material witnesses. The case will be heard again on the 25th inst.
Forgery case. --Franklin Richmond, a young married man, a blacksmith by trade, was arraigned before Recorder Caskie, charged with forging H. M. Smith's name to two orders, one for clothing on Wolfe & Brother, the other for groceries on John M. Higgins. The first order, purporting to be written by Smith, reads as follows: Richmond, Nov. 19, 1861. Mr. Wolfe: Let Mr. James Wilson have clothing to the amount of $15, and present your bill to me. H. M. Smith. Respectfully, It was written in ink. The second, in pencil, reads as follows: Richmond, Jan. 25, 1861. Mr. Higgins: Please let Mr. Davis have $2.50 worth of groceries, and charge me. H. M. Smith. Respectfully, On the bills being presented, Smith denied all knowledge of either Wilson or Davis, or of the transaction. The handwriting in both orders was the same, and circumstances pointing to the prisoner, he was arrested, and identified by Wolfe and Higgins as the party who had
Attempt to break jail. --An attempt to break out of the city jail was made on Friday night by the inmates of cell No. 4, whose names are Wm. Cummings, (bigamy,) Charley Smith, (forgery,) Thos. Wilkinson, (grand larceny,) and Franklin Richmond, (forgery.) The parties uprooted the floor and got under the jail; but finding the job of getting out by that means rather hard, gave it up, came to the surface, and went to sleep. Wilkinson is serving out a term of six months, preparatory to going to the Penitentiary, to which he has been sentenced. Some of the parties will no doubt be tried before Judge Lyons this week.
Harvey Wash, James E. Carter, and Franklin Richmond's cases are set for trial to-day before Judge Lyons. It is hoped that all witnesses and jurors in the cases will be in attendance promptly at 11 o'clock, as the Court is anxious to dispose of its business as soon as possible.
The Daily Dispatch: may 21, 1861., [Electronic resource], Stop the Runaway--20 dollars Reward. (search)
Grand Jury Presentments. --The Grand Jury of Judge Lyons' Court yesterday indicted the following persons for felony: John W. Chronister, James E. Carter, (two cases,) James Clendining, Charles Smith, (six cases,) and Franklin Richmond, (two cases.)
Sent to the penitentiary. --Franklin Richmond was tried before Judge Lyons yesterday for forging Henry M. Smith's name to an order for $15 worth of clothing on A. & P. F. Wolf. On his arraignment he plead guilty. The jury sent him for three years. In a second case against him a nolle prosequi was entered.