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Commonwealth as Job Adkins.

--The above defendant, well known as the author of a book on mining, and as the General Supperintendent of the Midlothian Coal Mining Company, was carried before the Mayor yesterday, by virtue of a warrant obtained on the 29th of last June, by a person calling himself Edward Turner, wherein it is alleged that on the night of the 1st of June, Adkins did assault said Turner, near the store of Sam. Hastings, on 14th street, and, by force, take from his person one gold watch, valued at $40, and one silver watch, worth $10. Turner told the Mayor that Adkins had met him, knocked him down, and took the property mentioned; and that he, Turner, was not drunk at the time, Messrs. B. H. Nash and W. W. Crump, who appeared for Adkins, introduced sundry witnesses in his behalf; one of them, Sam. Hestings, testifying that on the night in question Turner approached the window of his store, coming from Manchester, and, leaning against it, his suspicious were excited. That at the time he and Adkins, who roomed with him whenever in town, were together, and that Turner, seeing the two, staggered towards them and entered into conversation with Adkins, ending by calling him ‘"a damned Abolitionist."’ Mr. A. denied the charge and rose up, when Turner, to steady himself, caught hold of him by the collar of his coat, when Adkins struck him in the mouth, drawing blood. The affair then ended, and Turner left. The private watchman of the Confederate States provision depot, formerly next to Hastings store, proved that Turner was very drunk on the occasion, and lingered around the door of that institution for some time, where there was a crowd of soldiers. He seemed disposed to be offensively loquacious. He saw nobody attempt to rob him.

Dr. Charles S. Mills testified that he had appointed Mr. Adkins agent of the Midlothian Coal Company; the trust reposed in him was an important one, and he had unbounded confidence in his integrity. Adkins, besides being honest, was, in his opinion, an exceedingly liberal man.

Mr. James Walsh testified that at any time within the last ten years Adkins could have gotten from his friends all the money he could possibly have use for, and could do so now.

Counsel said that, on the evidence adduced, they should ask for the release of their client from such a preposterous and groundless accusation. Courting, however, the fullest investigation, they were willing to a continuance to any future day. Mr. Turner having intimated that his brother, Thos. M. C. Turner, might have been mistaken for him on the above occasion, the case was continued until to-morrow, and Mr. Adkins admitted to bail in $500 for his appearance at that time. Counsel for defence said, that it would prove, indeed, very singular, should Mr. Turner's brother have on his lip just such a scar as he admitted Adkins gave him on the night of the 1st of June, under the circumstances detailed.

More space might be devoted to this case, but it is hardly deemed necessary, when it is remembered that it is to come up again. In justice to Mr. Adkins we may say, that however honest his accuser may be in intention in arrainging him for an offence of the above nature, the public will be very slow to believe that he would commit any such crime as that charged against him.

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