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The Daily Dispatch: June 19, 1862., [Electronic resource],
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Exciting-Chase. --A deserter from Captain Marmaduke Johnson's artillery company, named John Keyser, alias Wm. Shultz, who has been a resident of Castle Godwin for the past five weeks, hit upon a novel expedient yesterday evening to get out of his imprisonment. About the time the day-god retired for the night, and things generally had begun to assume a dusky hue, Keyser blacked his face with soot from a fire-place in an upper story of the Castle, and set out on his pilgrimage, taking with him a broom and basket, to make sure of his presenting an Ethiopian tout ensemble sufficiently plausible to deceive the guard at the door. He was successful, the second class militiaman at the door passing him as a servant connected with the establishment. The absence of the prisoner was soon noted, and chase being given, he dropped his broom and basket and ran through Shockoe Creek in the direction of the depot of the Central Railroad. One of his pursuers, Mr. Fred. Shaffer, a warden at the
Financial. --Secretary Chase has negotiated, privately, with parties in New York, $2,000,000 7.30 notes at par, receiving in payment demand notes and three per cent. in money, besides the accrued interest on the 7.30 notes. The transaction, says the Herald, has given rise to much comment in financial circles.