--Some ten days since the C. S. officers having charge of the Federal
goods received by our Government for distribution among the Yankee
prisoners, were informed that several boxes, containing overcoats, shirts, etc., had been broken into and robbed of their contents.
By whom, or at what particular time the robbery had been committed, the officers could not tell; but, with the hope of recovering the goods, Maj. Turner
gave such information as he had to Capt. McCubbin
, of the detective force, and that officer started his aids in search of the goods.
On Friday morning last a member of the City
Battalion, then doing street duty saw John B. Henderson
at the First Market
wearing a blue overcoat, and proposed to purchase it. Henderson
to call at Mrs. Riley
's, where be bought two overcoats--one for himself and one for his brother.
, on seeing these coats, took charge of them, and that night sent two men to Henderson
to purchase all he had. The men found Henderson
, who carried them to Frank Gilday
's, on Main street, near 21st, where they were shown seventeen overcoats, believed to be Yankee
, and agreed to buy. Just then officers McCubbin
made their appearance, took charge of the coats, and lodged Henderson
in Castle Thunder.
The next morning Gilday's house was searched, and several pairs of drawers, socks, and shirts were found.
From this point other houses were visited, and a large number of shoes, socks, pants, etc, were seized.
As the parties found in the possession of these goods were civilians, they were turned over to the Mayor
for trial, and yesterday morning several hours were spent in their investigation.
The first point necessary for the Commonwealth
to establish was, that a larceny had been committed.
Neither Capt. McCubbin
nor his men had any legal knowledge of the theft.
They only knew what Maj. Turner
, when called, could only state what had been reported to him by Capt. Self
; and when Capt
, Self was sworn he had no knowledge of the theft, or the character of the goods said to have been stolen, save from the report made by Capt. Monroe
, his assistant.
Owing to the absence of Capt. Monroe
, the investigation, was adjourned until this morning.