Attempt of Burglary.
--The night police will have to be exceedingly vigilant, and each citizen will be compelled to end his aid, to prevent the hundreds of burglaries that will be attempted this fall
Already a gang of desperadoes are systematically at work entering private dwellings and store-houses, and carrying off every article of food and clothing that can possibly be removed.
Not even the churches are spared by these villains, who boldly force the doors and appropriate the robes of the ministers and the Bibles in the pulpit to their own purposes.
On Friday night last one of these depredators made a during effort to work his way into a store on Marshall street, near 5th, but made a failure because of being watched for. About 12 o'clock at night a gentleman in the store heard a loud rap at the front door, and suspecting all was not right, gave no answer.
Some short time after he heard some one working at the fastenings of the door with a crow-bar or other lever, and, arming himself with a well loaded rifle, took a convenient position to give the thief a warm reception.
After laboring industriously for more than an hour, and finding that the door would not yield to force, the robber gave up that job and retired for a short time, but afterwards returned with a brace and bit and attempted to bore through the window casing, so as to remove the bar and key. After waiting till half-past 2 o'clock, and finding that the thief was not likely to succeed, the gentleman in the store advanced cautiously to the window, and taking the range as accurately as he could, levelled his rifle and fired through the window.
Supposing that he had killed the robber, he waited a short time for the watchmen to come up, when he went out and discovered that his game had fled, leaving behind his brace and bit, an overcoat, and a portion of his pants, which seemed to have been torn off by one of the five balls fired from within.
Let our citizens be on the alert for these depredators, and when they appear give them lead pills for their pains.