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The Daily Dispatch: October 12, 1863., [Electronic resource], Farewell address of Lieut.-Gen'l Leonidas Polk. (search)
Perjury --Don Juan J. Williams, charged with perjury in the last Shell case before the Hustings Court, was examined by the Mayor last Saturday. Shell was at Wolfe's restaurant last May, when a row occurred, in which Patrick Curtis was so violently beaten that he died the following night. As he was a mere spectator, the Commonwealth called on him as a witness. Some days before the trial of Shell, Mr. Tazewell, the Commonwealth's attorney, met Williams in the Clerk's office, and asked him what he know of the fight. Williams stated that he was sitting on a table when the fight began; that he saw Shell pick up a decanter, seize by the throat, bend him backwards over a table, and strike him two heavy blows on the head, breaking the disaster, and causing the wounded man to fall to the floor — When this statement was made Williams was not on oath. At the trial of Shell, Williams, after being sworn, was called to the witness stand, and testified that the fight was a general one;