Attempting to obtain money for passports.
, arrested on Tuesday last on the charge of attempting to obtain money from Isaac Jacobs
on false pretences, was arraigned before the Mayor
yesterday, for examination.
, according to the testimony of Mr.Jacobs
and Mrs. Jacobs
, had but recently made their acquaintance.
A few weeks ago, he called on Mr. Jacobs
and inquired whether he would not assist him in obtaining a passport to leave the city, but was refused.
In a few days afterwards, however, he returned and desired to know if Jacobs
knew of any one who wished to purchase a passport, as he had a lot of them on hand which he would dispose of, which application was also negatively replied to.-- Since that time, Jacobs
had business in Wilmington, N. C.
, which required him to leave the city for a few days, and during his absence Bernstein
called on Mrs. Jacobs
for $1,500, which he said her husband owed him for passports he had furnished him.--Mrs Jacobs
declined paying him the money till she was authorized by Jacobs
himself to do so. She was then waited upon by Mr. G. A. Myers
, counsel for Bernstein
, who offered to compromise the matter by taking $1,000, at the same time advising her to pay over the money, as she would thereby avoid the trouble of having her husband's effects sold in order to make the money which was claimed as due to B. This proposition was also rejected, and so the matter rested till Monday last, when Jacobs
returned to the city, and hearing of the transaction obtained a warrant for Bernstein
positively denies making any bargain with B. which obligated him to pay over to him $1,500, or any amount whatever.
had stated to Mrs. Jacobs
that if she would pay him the money asked for he would immediately go North.
For the defence, Mr. Wm. F. Watson
appeared as counsel, and stated that Bernstein
was already under bonds in the sum of $3,000 to answer the charge before Judge Halyburton
of dealing in forged passports; but that it could be proven Jacobs
had counterfeited the passports in question, and the only reason why he had not been arrested, was because it was believed he had left the city for the purpose of reaching the Yankee
Mr. G. A. Myers
made an explanation of his connection with the case.
, after making an ineffectual attempt to obtain the money said to be due him from Jacobs
, called upon and engaged him as counsel to settle the matter.
He (B) had represented that Jacobs
had left the city with the intention of going North, and had contracted the debt with his client in a legitimate business transaction.
Believing that the story of Bernstein
was correct, and knowing that under such circumstances a man's effects were good for his pecuniary obligations, he undertook the settlement of the matter, and in advising Mrs. Jacobs
to pay the $1,000, was only doing what he conscientiously believed was to her advantage to comply with.
He (M) knew nothing about the passport question.
Mr. J. C. Danna
, counsel for Jacobs
, denied that his client had either uttered forged passports or intended to leave the Confederacy
; but, on the contrary, had already enlisted in the Confederate
He desired to introduce a witness who would prove that Bernstein
had been hawking about the markets passports for sale.
declined hearing any more testimony at that time, however, and adjourned the matter till this morning, in order to obtain other witnesses.
was then admitted to bail in the sum of $1,000; but a distinct charge of felony having been preferred against Jacobs
, His Honor refused bail in his case and remanded him to prison for his appearance.