--In the absence, yesterday, of the usual sitting magistrate at the above popular place of resort, Recorder James
did the honors of the occasion with that ease and expedition which ever characterizes that gentleman's ministration on the bench of justice, and which denotes the possession of an eye quick to see and a comprehension adequate to any occasion.
, representing himself as a member of Imboden
's Battery, was arraigned for steeling from the Columbian Hotel
, on Friday night, a hand trunk, containing clothing valued at $49, the property of a boarder named E J. Stewart
The name prisoner was also arraigned for stealing at the same time a carpet sack, containing $29 worth of clothing, &c., belonging to Wm. S. Wilkinson
, on the same night.
It appeared that Mr. Luck
, manager of the Hotel
, had seen the accused loitering about the Hotel
before supper-time on. Tuesday night, and had ordered him away.
He pretended to go but while Mr. Luck
was eating supper some of the servants who had been directed to watch the prisoner should he return, informed him that Toothaker
was then in the baggage room erasing the name off of a trunk.
Going up stairs he met him in the act of leaving the building.
The clerk reported that his name was registered, and all was right, but Luck being incredulous, disregarded the guaranty, and also a faint attempt on the part of the man to ‘"play drunk,"’ and called in the watch, when a search revealed the correctness of his surmises, Messrs. Stewart
appearing and identifying the stolen baggage.
The proof being clear, the defendant was sent on to be examined before a called Court of Hustings, on the 2d Monday in June.
Wm. Francis Guy
, hitherto arrested on suspicion of being implicated in the murder of Patrick Kelley
and Wm. Downes
, on 17th street, was placed before the Recorder
for examination; but the witnesses in the case falling to identify the party as being present on the night of the butchery, he was acquitted.
Appearing to be a soldier, or in some way connected with the army, the Recorder
deemed it proper to send Guy
before the Provost Marshal
, in order that his status might be satisfactorily ascertained.