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The Daily Dispatch: April 19, 1864., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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Chicken thieves. --John, slave of Miss Julia Watkins; Phillip, slave of Dr. Hancock; Daniel, slave of Mrs. Caroline Garnett; William, slave of Mr. Marcellus Starke; and George, slave of Mr. John C. Hobsen, were before the Mayor yesterday morning, charged with stealing thirteen chickens from a negro named Shadrack. These negroes seem to have been a regularly organized band of chicken thieves, doing business on a large scale. They were caught by officers Griffin and Moore on Sunday together in a house on Marshall street, near St. James Church. In the house were found Shadrack's chickens in the act of being picked and dressed, a revolver and a long double-barrel pistol, both heavily loaded; a large assortment of burglar's tools, a grain bag of feathers, and a long military great coat much besmeared with blood. One of the crow bars fitted into the dints in the door of Shadrack's hen house, which had been broken open. In an out house in the yard was found about a bushel of chicke