Another raid upon the gambling houses.
--The police made another demonstration against the ‘"sports"’ on Thursday night, in pursuance of the Mayor
's purpose to root out, break up, and destroy every vestige and trace of a gambling establishment in Richmond
, and to put to rout the presiding and patronizing spirits, horse, foot, and dragoon.
One party, consisting of Officers Seal
, and several watchmen, went about the hour of 12 to a house on the corner of Main and Eleventh streets, and effected an entrance from the rear, over a winding stairway.
The door was burst open, and some eight or ten persons found themselves suddenly confronted with the enemy.
One individual endeavored to leap through a window, but received a stunning blow from a policeman outside, and surrendered at discretion.
Messrs. Andrew Muller
, Carlos W. Ellis
, and Jesse White
were taken into custody, and the officers carried off a faro table, a roulette table, dealing box, checks, and $119 in money as trophies.
A free negro named Henry Holman
, doorkeeper of the house, was also taken along to the station- house.
The parties were taken before the Mayor
yesterday, and admitted to bail in the sum of $1,000 each for their appearance on Wednesday, the 22d inst.
Another body of police, including officers Kelly
, J. M. Carter
, and several watchmen, entered the house of James T. Southall
, corner of 14th street and Exchange alley, but found nothing contraband nor any signs of a game.
This was somewhat of a surprise to the invading party, who expected to surprise a cosy little circle of professional and amateur sportsmen, with tables, cards, and chips in abundance.
The occupant, not at all disconcerted, invited the officers to take a drink, which they declined, and soon afterward withdrew, with nothing to show as the result of their expedition.