--Wilson C. Hewitt
, proprietor of the Hewitt House
, at Liberty
, Bedford county
, Va, was arrested in that place last Thursday, charged with counterfeiting notes of the Central Bank of Alabama
and the Merchants' Bank of Bainbridge, Ga.
The arrest was effected mainly through the exertions of Detective Officer Washington Goodrick
, of Richmond
, who was employed by an officer of one of the banks to assist in ferreting out the operator.
The notes were printed in Lynchburg
, upon the order of Roger L. Martin
, who stated in his letter that no paper of a suitable kind could be obtained in Alabama
, and, as he had visited Liberty to see a sick son, he concluded to have the printing done in Virginia
Of the Central Bank notes $13,500 were printed, of the denomination of $2, $3, $4, signed C. Bon
, and P. Cann
, Cashier; of the Merchants' Bank, $4,000, signed by J. L. Long
's son was agent of the Express Company, and the packages of notes were thus received without difficulty.
A considerable amount of this bogus money has been circulated in Pendleton county
, and in Southwestern Virginia
, and a good deal passed upon soldiers travelling through Liberty.
It is probable, also, that some has found its way to Richmond
, and the public are cautioned against it. Hewitt
was examined on Saturday, and remanded to jail for trial.
Soon after he was taken into custody he contrived to swallow something which he took from his pocket, which is believed to have been a roll of counterfeit notes, and the fact was noted at the time by the officers.
It is supposed that Hewitt
has circulated from $5,000 to $10,000 of the Liberty
Savings Bank notes, which are scarcely less fraudulent upon their face than the others, as there is no such institution in existence.