Stolen property restored
--Several months since, during an Abolition raid into Jefferson county, Va.
, a party, headed by a Michigan Major
, entered the house of Col. Washington
, and after giving it a thorough ransacking.
carried off the plunder they did not destroy.
The leader of the party made himself conspicuous in his attachment to a highly valued family relict in the shape of an or final picture, by Stuart
of Gen. Washington
, which his descendent did not have time to secrete before the arrival of the vandals.
He boxed it up and sent it to his home in the North
as a prize captured by himself in honorable warfare.
Afterwards one of our Generals
, operating in Tennessee
, captured the thief, and he was sent to this city.
When his arrival was noticed the owner of the picture applied for his detention on the ground of his having committed grand larceny.
An arrangement was finally effected between the Government
and the accused by which the latter bound himself to restore the picture or return and meet the punishment due his offence.
He was permitted to leave, and nothing being heard of him for a long time it was thought he had forgotten his parole.
The last flag of truce boat brought the picture, which was delivered by the Yankee
captain to our flag officer in charge, who brought it to Richmond
and delivered it to Gen. Winder
, to be restored to its owner.
seem to have a penchant for old relies belonging to Washington
When in possession of Fairfax
, they broke into the office of the county Clerk and stole Washington
's will, and during the time they had Fredericksburg
they entered the Masons' Lodge
and purloined all the insignia used in making the "Father
of his Country" a member of the craft.
Besides, they made a target of his mother's tombstone.
Power's marble statue of Washington
, in the Masonic Hall
, was not molested, being too bulky for removal.
are truly an enterprising people.