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The Daily Dispatch: February 7, 1862., [Electronic resource], Late Northern news. (search)
Called Court --A Called Court of Hustings, consisting of Aldermen Timberlake, Smith, Bray, Anderson, Lipscomb, and Binford, assembled yesterday, at 11 o'clock, at the City Hall, to examine John Hagan for alleged extortion in the matter of obtaining money from Jas. Evans. The warrant of Recorder Caskie, selling the Court, states "that John Hagan, on 2d of January, in said city, (of Richmond,) feloniously by false pretences, then and there made by him to one James Evans; that he, the said John Hagan, was then and there a public officer, authorized by law to procure free negroes to work on the batteries and fortifications then being erected for the defence of the city of Richmond, and to accept substitutes to work in the place of the said free negroes, and to compound with said free negroes for their labor on said batteries and fortifications, by receiving money from them in place of said labor, did obtain from the said James Evans the sum of forty dollars with intent to defraud."