previous next

Mayor's Court.

--The docket yesterday for the Mayor's consideration was a numerous and dark one. About twenty-five or thirty negroes, arrested since Saturday morning, were arraigned for various trivial offence nearly all of whom were let off with a few stripes. The following are the only ones worthy of especial mention:

A negro man named John, arrested by officer Morris on Sunday for passing a rious note on another negro named Ben slave of J. B. Catiton, made his appearance to undergo an examination yesterday. The complainant testified that John called upon him some time since and offered to purchase a watch from him. His price being $75, and John offering what purported to be a State bank bill, representing it to be worth two for one, fifty dollars of which he was willing to give, he (Ben) though it a good bargain, and gave him the watch with any dollars change in good money. He afterwards learned it was of no account, and called on John to refund the watch and the change he had given him. This the accused refused to do, alleging that if he had, made a bad bargain it must be adhered to. The case was then put in the hands of the police, and brought before His Honor yesterday morning, as stated above, who, on account of material evidence in the case, continued it till this morning. The bill referred to in this case was a well gotten up advertising case for some patent medicine, similar to a genuine bank note in appearance, and is well case entered to deceive any one at first sight.

John, slave of Samuel Ayres, was arraigned yesterday on the charge of burglariously entering the residence of Major S. B. Frence on the night of the 25th of September and stealing a lot of choice liquors, silver ware, window shades, loaf sugar, and candles. The evidence proved the guilt of the accused, and John was sent on to the Hustings Court on the second Monday in October.

A free negro named Ben Scott, arrested on the charge of entering the house of John Graves and stealing sundry articles of wearing apparel belonging to said Graves, was partly examined by the Mayor yesterday, and its further consideration deferred till this morning.

Mary Wiley, a white woman of a depraved character, was yesterday arraigned on the charge of unlawful intercourse with a negro man on Sunday night last. Failing to give security in the sum of $200, she was sent to jail.

The negro woman Emeline, who was committed to prison on Saturday on the charge of stealing one black dress from Mrs. Mary Dornin, of the value of $100, was yesterday again brought before His Honor, and additional evidence given, which testimony proving her innocence she was discharged.

G. E. Delarue was made to give up some watermelons which he had purchased contrary to a city ordinance.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
John Graves (2)
Mary Wiley (1)
Ben Scott (1)
Morris (1)
S. B. Frence (1)
Mary Dornin (1)
G. E. Delarue (1)
J. B. Catiton (1)
Samuel Ayres (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
October (1)
September 25th (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: