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A tin Serape.

--A. Berile, a young man of rather genteel appearance, was yesterday before the Mayor for offering to sell a lot of tin belonging to the Confederate States.

Capt. Pleasants, who made the arrest, stated that hearing that several suspicious looking boxes had been deposited on Thursday night in the back room of a restaurant on Main street, kept by a man named beckman, he proceeded thither and found that his information was correct. In a short time after going to Beckman's, Berile came in, when he proceeded to question him with regard to the manner in which he obtained the boxes of tin. The explanation of the accused not being sufficiently satisfactory, he took him in custody, and lodged him in the lock-up for examination.

Capt. W. N. Smith, Superintendent of the C. S. Laboratory, gave Berile an excellent character. He had been employed for the last three years as shipping clerk of that establishment, and he had never had reason to suspect him of any improper conduct. Some time since the prisoner applied to him to exchange fifteen boxes of "large" for "small" tin, exhibiting at the same time an order from the proper authority, which had been approved by Lt.-Col. Brown. Seeing that the papers had been properly made out, he (Smith) did not hesitate to make the exchange, and therefore agreed he should have it. Berile took a part of it, promising to deliver an equal number of boxes as soon as it reached the city; it was then on its way to this city from Wilmington, but owing to the difficulties of transportation its arrival had been delayed. Capt. Smith further testified that a few days ago, finding that the tine expected from Wilmington had not yet arrived, he told one of the clerks to make a bill out against the accused for the boxes he had taken away, believing that the whole number which he had applied for had been delivered up to him. He was then informed that none had been taken away, and therefore dismissed the subject till he was called upon Thursday night with reference to the arrest of the prisoner. He was still of the opinion that Berile's intention was to make good the fifteen boxes of tin which he had offered to exchange.

Wm. S. Wood, a tinner on Main street, had frequently bought articles in his line from the accused. A few days ago he was asked by him whether he did not wish to purchase some tin, and how much he was willing to pay. He expressed a willingness to buy it at $350 per box, and received the promise of the prisoner at the bar that he would let him have it as soon as it reached the city — it was then on its way from Wilmington, but had been delayed for want of transportation. He was always under the impression that the accused's name was Jones, and was positive that he had never known him as Berile.

The brother of the accused was then called and made oath that he had been informed by the prisoner that he expected from Wilmington in a few days a lot of tin, which he had authorized a man in Wilmington to buy for him at an auction there. It was the intention, as the witness understood him, to turn it over to the Confederate States, in exchange for some which he had received from the Laboratory.

At the conclusion of the evidence the Mayor announced his intention to send the accused on to the Hustings Court for trial, and received bail for his appearance in the sum of $500.

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