The forgery case.
--The examination of Alexander D. Chestwood
, alias Cheatham
, for uttering and passing a number of forged checks, a week or two since, took place before the Mayor
The prisoner appeared none the worse for his confinement in prison, and showed an indifference to his position which was truly remarkable.
There were produced nine or ten, distinct forgeries, varying in sums from $200 to $350. Owing to the absence of some of the witnesses, only six of them were disposed of which are as follows:
The first witness called was Mr. Jacob Ezekiel
, who had received from Chestwood, on the 19th of August, a check on the Exchange Bank of Richmond
for $250, signed by Laniers, Tolleson
, and payable to the order of A. T. Daniel
, Chestwood called at Ezekiel
's store after night, and stated that he had received this check after bank hours, but was anxious to raise the money on it, as he, wished to leave the city early next morning.
Not suspecting anything wrong, E. paid him the money on it. The next day E. presented the check at the counter of the Traders' Bank, when he was informed that Laniers, Tolleson
& Co. did no business with that Bank, the clerk expressing at the some time his convictions that the note was a forgery, Ezekiel
forthwith sought Mr. Tolleson
and exhibited it for his inspection.
That gentleman immediately pronounced it a counterfeit, and remarked that there were several other forgeries afloat on his house.
Witness did not hear or see anything of Chestwood till three or four days afterwards, when his discovery was made in this wise: Miss Ezekiel
, his daughter, had been out visiting, and on her return home discovered the prisoner on Broad street, where he had been stopped by the guard, who were examining his pass.
Chestwood had produced Maryland
exemption papers, and was about passing on, when Miss
E., recognizing him as the man who had passed off on her father the forged check, approached the guard and had him placed under arrest.
The witness was positive as to the identity of Chestwood.
Mr. Alfred Tolleson
was then called, and, after examination of the check, promptly pronounced it a forgery.
The testimony in this case having been concluded, the Mayor
announced that he should remand the accused to the Hustings Court on the 11th inst., and then proceeded to examine.
Mr. James P. Duval
, who paid a check on the Exchange Bank for $250, signed by the same parties.
D. was called on of the 19th of August by Chestwood, who stated that the check was given to him that evening after bank hours, and, desiring to leave Richmond
early in the morning, he would esteem it as a great favor if he would cash it, which D. did.
The next day he heard that it was a forgery, and made no effort to obtain the money on it. He was positive as to the identity of the note exhibited in Court, and that the man who had passed it on him was the prisoner at the bar.
In this case Mr. Tolleson
was equally certain the check was a forgery, and the Mayor
made the same decision.
The third check examined was one signed by Lee
, for $305, on the Bank of the Commonwealth, which had been presented to and paid by Handley
& Cance.--The same reason for desiring them cashed was given by Chestwood in this case as in the others, and on this check he was also sent on to the Hustings Court on the 11th instant to answer.
The next in order was one signed by Laniers, Tolleson
, on the Bank of Virginia, which he had presented for payment to Mr. John D. Halstead
This check was dated August 18, and the amount inserted was $310. On the evening of the day on which the check was dated Chestwood called at Mr.
H.'s place of business and requested him to advance the amount called for till next morning, when he could obtain the money.
His excuse for desiring it that evening was a desire to leave for Lynchburg
H. paid him the money, and afterwards, when too late, found it was a forgery.
promptly pronounced this check a forgery, when the Mayor
, after announcing the same sentence, had called.
Mr. John H. Sherman
, who, on the 20th of August, paid Chestwood, at his request, the amount called for in the check.
The sum inserted was $350, and was drawn by Lee
on the Exchange Bank.
Mr. Newton M. Lee
. readily stamped this check as a forgery, and it was also referred to the Hustings Court.
Mr. Daniel Hunt
, who had also been victimized in the sum of $323. This check was dated the 3d of August, and had the signatures of Sumner
& Arents attached thereto.
It was brought to Mr. Hunt
after supper, and the same representations were made as regards Chestwood's anxiety to receive the money.
called next day on Messrs. Sumner
& Arents, and then ascertained that he had been imposed upon.
, being sworn, denied having signed such a check.
made the same disposition of this check that he did of the others.
There were three other checks remaining to be disposed of; but, as the witnesses were not present, they were laid over till the 11th inst. Of course Chestwood was remanded to jail.