A remarkable Career of villainy checked.
--The arrest of Captain J. M. Wing
, on yesterday, says the N. O. Bee, of the 12th, has brought to light and checked one of the most extraordinary careers of villainy we have ever heard of, showing him to be at the same time a traitor, a swindler, and a seducer.
Before the commencement of the present war, Wing was well known here as a steamboat man, and when the Abolition Koontz
, who is now Commodore
's river flotilla, was ordered to leave our port with the City of Memphis
, while he took the cars to make quicker time, Wing took charge of his boat for him and carried her up the river, to become afterwards a Federal gun-boat.
Wing came back and professed to be an ardent Southerner, but is believed to have been a Northern spy. He seduced the wife of one of our city merchants, a young lady only twenty-one years of age, and who is the mother of an infant child.
This lady, is considered on all hands one of the most beautiful of all the belles of the Crescent City
— a brunette, with splendid complexion and features, and magnificent black eyes that sparkle like diamonds.
To make him the blacker-hearted scoundrel.
Wing has a wife and three children in the city of Baltimore
To raise means for continuing his liaison
in style, he resorted to swindling with a coolness and a skill that showed him to be an adept in the art. Early in June he issued his posters calling upon men, in the holy name of patriotism, to rally around him and fill up, the ranks of the Dugue Guards
, of which he proclaimed himself Captain
On this pretext he found no difficulty in obtaining funds.
Mr. Henry Dugue
, after whom he named the company, gave him over two hundred dollars with which to pay its expenses.
Mr. J. M. Magruder
, a nephew of General Magruder
, in Virginia
, to whom he offered a lieutenancy, gave him four hundred dollars for the same purpose, and another of his lieutenants gave him seventy-five dollars. He is supposed to have collected six or seven hundred dollars from our liberal and patriotic citizens on the same pretence.
While his lieutenants and sergeants were using every exertion to fill up the company, he was secretly working against them to prevent the corps getting ready to be mustered into service, never intending to go into the army.
At one time they had mustered seventy-six men, but by his conduct and working he reduced it down to forty. One of his lieutenants, a planter's son, took him to his home up the coast, paying his expenses, and here a planter sent by him one hundred dollars to his son, another lieutenant in the company.
This was, of course, embezzled by Wing
, along with the balance.
The elegant villain proceeded for some time longer in this system of swindling, when his officers began to ‘"smell a mice."’ Wing cut out, was pursued, and arrested at Kennerville, and was remanded for trial on the 20th.