--O. A. Ericsson
was yesterday examined on the charge of unlawfully breaking into and entering the coal house of Mrs. Elizabeth West
, and taking therefrom five bushels of coal, valued at $10, belonging to her.
, who is an intelligent and refined lady, testified that she was a tenant of Ericsson
's. Immediately upon taking rooms at his house, she was advised by E. To have some bars nailed across the window of her coal house in order to protect it from night thieves.
and herself had separate places of deposit for their coal and wood, there being different keys to each place.
Some time since, the accused desired her to vacate the premises, but it being impossible to procure a place and being under the impression that he merely wanted her to leave so as to get more rent for the rooms, she declined doing so. He afterwards, during her absence from the city, had taken down the bars which were nailed across the window, as well as broke the lock from the door of the coal house, in the face of her repeated remonstrances against his doing so, and threat of legal prosecution if such a highhanded step was taken.
Before breaking the lock to the coal house, he demanded of her the key, which she refused to surrender to him. After breaking into her coal house, he had a quantity of wood and coal deposited therein put into the yard.
regretted very much the necessity of bringing this case before the Mayor
, but she had been treated very badly by E., and having no other protector, the law was her only recourse.
There being no witnesses for the defence, the Mayor
, at the conclusion of Mrs.
W's. testimony, denied the right of any person to forcibly break into the premises of any one under any circumstances, and thereupon bound him over in the sum of $500 to keep the peace and be of good behavior for twelve months.