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Freedom of speech. --John Hagan, charged with being disorderly and using profane language in the street, appeared before the Mayor yesterday. It seems that John, who is an ardent Breckinridge man, was talking politics with his acquaintances, when officer Seal came along and informed them that they were too boisterous, and must desist. Mr. Hagan claimed the right of speech; words waxed warm between them, and, it was deposed, he cussed the officer. He was then taken from his buggy by the policemen who had assembled, and escorted to the watch-house. The Mayor would doubtless have disposed of the case in his Court, but the accused expressed a willingness to have the question of his constitutional rights tested, and it was thereupon sent to the Grand Jury. Mr. Hagan maintains that in this time of political excitement, all citizens have the privilege of a free and loud expression of opinion.
m. Some one shouted, "Johnson is here — let him answer for himself." (Cheers and hisses.) Mr. Johnson arose, and the confusion still prevailing, the Chairman said he would vacate his place if order was not preserved. He appealed to the meeting to listen to Mr. Johnson. Mr. Johnson said he did not come there to speak, nor did he intend to make a speech; but he thought if any one wished to speak he ought to be heard. (Here there was another boisterous interruption, and officers Seal and Boze were observed making their way through the crowd.) Mr. Johnson resumed. He did not wish to see this meeting disturbed. He hoped they would be allowed to do what they proposed to do. But having heard his name called, and fearing that his silence might be misinterpreted, he wished to say that he took no part in the proceedings. It was known that he was a candidate for the Convention, and all he wanted was a fair chance when the time arrived.--He did not consent to the use o
Violence. --A message was received at the lower station-house yesterday afternoon, that a man living on Cary street, opposite the old gas works, had killed his wife. Officers Seal and Bibb hastened thither, and found that though no murder had been committed, one John Moore had given his wife a severe beating. They did not find the offender there, and were looking for him last evening.
r, a native of Germany, took the requisite oaths and was admitted a citizen of the United States. In the case of Wm. Cavenagh, Thos. Devlin and Jas. McCorson, indicted for misdemeanors, the prosecution was abated as to Devlin, defendant, being dead. The other parties being put on trial and found guilty.--Cavenagh was fined $10 and McCorson $5, with costs, and ordered to 30 days imprisonment, and thereafter until said fine be paid. In the case of John Hagan, indicted for abusing officer Seal while in the discharge of his duty, a rule was awarded against J. Callahan, J. Wright, and Dr. Picot, his witnesses, for non- attendance. In the case of Henry Flowers, for misdemeanor, a rule was awarded against Michael Fleming, a recusant witness, returnable forthwith. Oliver Crosmore, indicted for misdemeanor, gave $200 bail for his appearance at the next term, with R. M. Lowry as bailsman; in a similar case, Jno. McDonough gave $150 bail for his appearance — Peter McCabe, sec
Joseph Wrenn, a lad, hailing from the Monumental City, was apprehended at an early hour yesterday morning in the lower part of the city by officer Seal, on the charge of appropriating to his own use and behoof, a two dollar and twenty-five cent umbrella, the property, goods, and effects of Mr. G. A. Farrar. The owner discovered the transaction, and handed over the trespasser to the officer's care. It did not appear that the "early bird" who was accused had obtained possession of the property by the kind of "confidence game" similar to that practiced by those "fishers of men, " who are occasionally "hooked" in out of the way places and brought before the Recorder for playing their tricks on two-legged gudgeons. The umbrella was standing alone, and Wrenn being a youth "infinite in faculties" chose to adopt it. He did wrong, but there being no special felonious intent apparent, the Recorder chose to let Wrenn out of his cage with an admonition, and the "early bird" evaporated wi
. --Present: Aldermen Sanxay, Bray, Sadler, Hill, Timberlake and Anderson. A nolle prosequi was entered in the case of Henry Flowers, indicted for misdemeanor.--The same course was pursued in relation to Henry Burruss, a free negro, indicted for remaining in the State contrary to law. Wm. M. Fisher, indicted for habitually carrying concealed weapons, gave $100 security for his appearance at the next term, and was discharged from custody. John Hagan, indicted for abusing officer Seal while in the discharge of his duty, was put on trial, and the jury having heard the evidence and retired, returned and reported to the Court that they were unable to agree, whereupon one of the jury was withdrawn, and the case was continued until the next term. The prosecution against Wm. G. Pollard for allowing his slave to go at large, was dismissed. Wm. Cavanagh and Jas. McCorson, heretofore fined for misdemeanor, paid the same and were discharged. The case against Alber
Child Run over and killed. --Yesterday afternoon, about 5 o'clock, a little child named William Graham, son of Michael Graham, was run over by a horse and wagon driven by Joseph Haberstraw, on 17th street, between Broad and Marshall, and almost instantly killed. A wheel probably passed over the little fellow's head, as indicated by the fearful contusions upon it. The circumstances having been communicated to the police, Haberstraw was taken into custody by officers Seal and Bibb, and the case will probably be investigated by the Mayor this morning. The prisoner is a miller by profession, and proprietor of the mill in the Valley known as "Victor's."
Unsuccessful Hunt. --Officers Seal and Morris, who departed on an exploring tour in search of Cockston, Muldawn and Riddell who escaped from jail a few days since, have returned to this city. They kept "watch and word" for the fugitives at the main outlets, but they did not see them.
Troublesome duty. --In addition to the other duties of the Mayor (always onerous,) has been imposed that of issuing passports to nonresident sojourners who evince a desire to repair to more congenial latitudes during the pendency of the present troubles. On Thursday the Mayor deputed Capt. Seal, of the police, to attend to the matter, and that officer remained in the Court-room the entire day. Yesterday, while the Mayor was holding his Court, an individual applied for an exodus pass whom the Mayor would have been entirely justifiable in seizing. The fellow would have sold readily at $10 per pound as guano. He was more odoriferous than the most highly scented Peruvian, Jarvis Island or Manipulated. A good many of the immigrants conform to this description. Let them go.
erm of imprisonment for the offence. It was after this that the people suspected him of killing Wright, and he left. He came here as volunteer from Camden. His case was continued for further inquiry to be made into it.--Ths. Hollen, drunk, disorderly, and flourishing an Allen's revolver, committed in default of surety for his good behavior.--Thomas B. Anthony, old and wiry-faced, with matted and dishevelled locks, arraigned for noisy manifestations on Broad street, Sunday. Arrested by officer Seal after being reprimanded and promising to go home peacefully, which he did not do by a jug full. Seal occupied twenty minutes in getting him stowed away. His resistance was determined, but did not avail. Required to give security; and failing, sent down.--Mary Moore and Teney Kidd, arrested for raising a disturbance of a continual character in a cellar inhabited by them. A third party, named "corn juice," though not prominently brought forward, no doubt instigated the ladies in their d
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