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Police Court.

--A number of cases were disposed of at the Police Court yesterday, a summary of which we subjoin.--Timothy C. Curren, charged with a violent assault on Martin Miller, offering no valid excuse for his unlawful proceeding, was committed for trial before the Hustings Court. --Susan, slave of Robert Butler, who was arrested for going at large in an unlawful way, was let off on satisfactory explanations being offered.--Richard, slave of Eliza Lyon, charged with stealing a pistol worth $40 from Stephen T. Dent, was convicted and ordered twenty-five lashes.--Thomas Linton was arraigned for feloniously breaking into Elizabeth Annaker's wardrobe, and stealing $200 in C. S. Treasury notes and $30 in specie, belonging to George Annaker, a soldier in the army. It appeared from Mrs. Annaker's testimony that Linton, who had been stopping at her house during the absence of her son, had taken advantage of her temporary absence from home, and broke open the wardrobe with a hatchet, thus placing himself in possession of the funds, a part of which he used for several mornings after the operation in procuring bottles of whiskey. Officer Kelley found on the person of Linton about $40 in notes and $10 in silver. The prisoner acknowledged to getting drunk, but seemed disposed to repudiate the allegation that he had surreptitiously possessed himself of the money, intimating that the job had been performed by some occasional visitors at Mrs. Annaker's, and that it was his well- known kindness of heart that induced him to step forward and save a portion of the funds. In order to allow Linton time to get the parties together that he says were conversant with the circumstances attending the affair, the examination was postponed till Wednesday. --Richard, slave of Margaret Young, found by the watchmen in the street acting disorderly, and who had no pass, was ordered five lashes — Sam, slave of Joseph Jackson, found without a pass, was discharged.--So was Artemus Moore, a Chesterfield free negro, found without his register — Button Allen, for stealing a shirt worth $5 from A. S. Shafer, and coat worth $25, and pocket handkerchief worth $2.50, from R. B. Epstin, was sent before the Hustings Court.--Frances Taylor, arrested for disorderly conduct in the street and drunkenness, was required to give security for her good behavior.--John Cadigan, arrested for cutting John Finney in the shoulder several times with a knife, on 17th street, Saturday night, was discharged the circumstances justifying a little indignation on his part. --Wm. H. Murphy professing to be Captain of company F, 15th Louisiana regiment, and John Dwyer, were brought to the bar and required to answer for swindling a verdant citizen of Halifax, named John C. Gholson, out of $1,080, $500 of which he was lucky enough to recover. Gholson testified that he could neither read or write, and that arriving in town in search of a substitute, two friends of his, named Bradley and Taliaferro, undertook very kindly to put him through all right. Dwyer was procured as a substitute, and agreed to serve for $1,200, and was paid $1,080 of the amount. By one of those fortuitous circumstances which can only happen under a similar state of affairs, ‘"Captain"’ Murphy appeared and announced his readiness to accept Dwyer into his company. Certain papers were made out by the obliging ‘ "Captain,"’ Dwyer received the $1,080, and the anxious searcher after a substitute left them waiting for him to return with the balance of the money, which he was to procure from Colonel Barksdale. On seeing the papers made out by Murphy, Col. B. pronounced them worthless;

whereupon Gholson hurried back to try and recover his funds. He did not find Dwyer or Murphy till next day, and then succeeded only by the aid of an officer Gholson got $400 of his money from a man with whom Dwyer had deposited it, and $100 from ‘"a lady"’ with whom he had left it. The balance Dwyer said he had either lost in the street, spent, or paid away. The Mayor said it was either a conspiracy to rob between the two men, or it was not. If the former, they would be held for trial for grand larceny. If, however, Dwyer performed his agreement according to law, the case would terminate. The case was continued till Wednesday. --John Cochran and Jas. Curren were committed to jail to be tried before the Hustings Court for maliciously assaulting Martin Will with a flat iron, with intent to disable, disfigure, and kid him.

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