A suspicious character.
--A tall, gaunt, suspicioned of humanity, calling himself William E. Day
, was arrested Monday, on the arrival of the Fredericksburg
cars, as a suspicious charter, by detectives Maccubbin
From Day's own statement, it appeared that he came from North Carolina
, with an improved model of a cannon, which he designed to show to the War Department.
Without any special encouragement from that arm of the service, he had, on his own hook, undertaken an exploration of the several camps in the neighborhood of Fredericksburg
, examined the defensive works, &c., at Mathias' Point
, and other places, and was on his return here, when his purse underwent a collapse.
Nothing daunted, he got on at Fredericksburg
, and by insisting (falsely, as he acknowledged,) that he had paid for a ticket at that station, he was enabled to reach Richmond
, not, however without exciting a doubt as to his honesty, and causing him to be looked upon as a suspicious character, and be arrested on his arrival.
On his arraignment on Monday, he requested the Mayor
to telegraph to a party in Goldsboro', N. C.
, for information.
Yesterday, he was before the Mayor
again, when that officer said that the reply he got was by no means satisfactory.
Day then entered into a relation of the circumstances attending his coming to Richmond
, and said that he was anxious to get back to North Carolina
, as a party for whom he was a witness in Court would lose $150 if he did not return.
He made no definite answer to the inquiry as to how he purposed to get there without possessing any pecuniary resources.
Day seemed willing to take the chances of an exercise of his ingenuity for his passage home to a further detention, but the Mayor
did not seem exactly to coincide with him as to the propriety of enlarging his sphere of usefulness.
He was detained, in hopes something further would turn up to throw light on the object and purpose of his visit here, and subsequent inspection of our means of defence.
Day will no doubt prove one of those worthy fellows who have a well grounded antipathy to work, and who does not deem it Dishonorable to get his living by his wits.
This impression was produced by seeing a hand-bill lying on the Mayor
's desk, headed "William E. Day
," and in which the latter individual announces to the inhabitants of — that he will give a lecture on Astronomy, and ‘ "point out and give a general illustration of the permanent objects of the visible creation, which constitutes suns, planets, satellites, astrodites, comets, nebulous, &c., &c., celestial scenery, &c."’ The hand-bill also stated that the ‘ "plurality of worlds would be considered."’--There are a good many men who do a deal better among the stars than they do ranging down among common earthly folks, and Day seems to be one of that number.