Illustrations of Social Morality
--Among the cases brought to the Mayor
's notice yesterday was one in which James W. F. Banks
was charged with uttering violent threats against Sophrona Williams
These persons came from North Carolina
, and lived together here for some time, without having put them selves to the trouble and expense of the matrimonial ceremony; but latterly they separated, and Sophrona Williams
took to manipulating a sewing-machine
for a livelihood.
Jealousy, however, haunted the imagination of Banks
, and in his mental perturbation he gave utterance to scandalous language whenever opportunity was afforded.
He moreover sent a very insulting note to his retired partner, which said, among other things, ‘"keep out of my site, or I will make your back crack with a cowhide in the streets."’ There were other circumstances unnecessary to quote, but the result of the matter was that Banks
was required to give security in $150 to keep the peace, and the Mayor
was half inclined to deal harshly with the woman for her previous misconduct.
The second ‘"illustration"’ was that of Thomas Kenzie
and Hammet Bowfort, who so forgot the rules of decency as to walk with two negro wenches in the public streets.
The men were required to give security for their future good behavior, and the girls sent to the whipping post.