Charged with Felony.
--Samuel H. Jefford
, a man of some notoriety both here and elsewhere, made his appearance before the Mayor
yesterday, to answer the charge of stealing $30 from Martin L. Covington
, on the 15th of May last.
testified, that he left Norfolk
, on the steamer " Curtis Peck
," in route
for home, and being anxious to see all the places of historical note along the river, made the acquaintance of the prisoner by asking him a few questions.
to be quite intelligent, Covington
entered into conversation with him, and when the breakfast bell rang, the two left the deck together, Covington
going to the bar and taking a julep, at the invitation of Jefford
After imbibing the two started to the breakfast saloon, but had only gone a few steps, when they discovered a very pleasant gentleman sitting at a table, passing cards to and fro, and offering to bet two to one that no man could name either one after seeing the faces of all, so rapidly could he pass them. --Jefford
, having no designs on Covington
, asked to see the pasteboards manipulated, and doubtless believing that he could turn an honest penny, pulled out a roll of notes to bet, and then inquired of Covington
as to the kind of money he had. Covington
replied that he had very little of any kind with him. Jefford
wished to know if he had any small notes.--Covington
replied that he had three $10 notes, and supposing Jefford
wished to get change for a $30 note, pulled them out and allowed J. to take them.
then rolled the notes together, laid them down, raised the wrong card by accident, and the gentleman at the table pocketed the pile, Jefford
remarking to Covington
, on losing the bet, that the money was gone C. replied that he hoped his was not, that he had no interest in the bet, never bet a dollar in his life, and must have his money.
insisted that C. was partner in the bet, which C denied, and reported the circumstance to Capt. Gifford
, who set about recovering the money.
had paid his way to Richmond
, but attempted to leave the boat at City Point
, where the winning man went on shore.
He, however, was prevented from doing so, and, on getting to this city, was turnover to the police.
was called for the defence, and testified that he took passage for Richmond
in the Peck that morning, getting on board at the Williamsburg wharf
— that Covington
advised him against playing with the card man, as he had lost $30 that morning — and that Jefford
, and himself, took two or three drinks together, in the course of the morning.
Other evidence was adduced during the investigation, at the conclusion of which the Mayor
remanded the accused for further examination before the Hustings Court, at its December term.