Attempt to pass counterfeit money.
--Yesterday morning Deputy Marshal Henry Myers
and detective Washington Goodrich
arrested two negroes, named Johnson
, (free,) and Carey
, slave of Wm. S. Blackburn
, of Middlesex
, charged with passing counterfeit money.
presented at the counter of the Confederate States
Treasury Department a $100 counterfeit bill for exchange.--Goodrich
was immediately sent for, and took him in custody, when the negro stated that he had received it from the negro boy Carey
, at Camp Lee, to exchange for him.--Deputy-Marshal Myers
was sent after Carey
, and succeeded in making his arrest.
The case was examined before Commissioner Walson
yesterday afternoon, and it was found that Carey
had received the bill from a soldier in payment for a watch, and did not know it was worthless.
Having some doubts, from his inability to spend it, of its genuineness, he had given it to Johnson
to dispose of, if good.
Johnson at once proceeded to the Treasury Department, and there learned its value, when his arrest ensued.
In view of these facts, the Commissioner
very promptly acquitted them both.
The bill was a glaring counterfeit,
and believed to be one of those recently issued and offered for sale from Yankee land.