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The Daily Dispatch: April 18, 1862., [Electronic resource], Interesting from
Attempt to Swindle --Winnie Morton, a free negroes, was arrested and carried before the Mayor yesterday for feloniously obtaining by false pretences $150 worth of clothing from Miss Anna Louise Taylor. The sagacity of the intended victim prevented the wholesale depletion of her wardrobe contemplated by the enterprising colored female, and the latter, after her felonious designs became apparent was duly caught by Officer Chalkley and locked up, a prey to the reflections that must have contended for mastery in her ebony colored but guilty bosom. The Mayor remanded her for trial for felony on the second Monday in May next.
Hustings Court, April 17th --Present: Recorder James K. Caskie, and a full bench. James M Taylor, heretofore commissioned as Notary Public by Gov, Letcher, appeared and gave bond for the faithful performance of his duties as such. A nolle prosequi was entered in the case of R. H. Barnes, indicted for an assault on a negro, on his paying the costs of Court. Richard Copeland was tried for exhibiting the game of faro in a house opposite the Spots-wood Hotel. His was one of the edifices so successfully stormed by the Mayor's indefatigable police, who succeeded in carrying off a lot of valuable but curious furniture, which they did not know the use of, (in a horn) The jury, acting on the evidence before them, which was remarkably flimsy as regards any faro-dealing by the defendant, returned a verdict of not guilty. Michael Sullivan, proprietor of Noah's Ark and other chattels, was put on trial for buying a lot of old iron, supposed to have been stolen from Joseph