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Mayor's Court.

--The following is a summary of the cases which were before the Mayor yesterday morning:

Leslie C Craig, a young man of genteel appearance, was charged with stealing a gold watch from John A. Hicks, acting as curator of the estate of Wm. C. Murdoch. Mr. Hicks, upon whose complaint the warrant of arrest was obtained, testified that a few hours before the funeral of Murdoch took place he was appointed by the County Court of Henrico curator, and after procuring the proper papers authorizing him to administer upon his effects proceeded to attend his funeral. On the way to the burying-ground in a back with four other gentlemen Craig, who was among the number, offered to pay the undertaker the funeral expenses; but he, (Hicks,) claimed the privilege, as curator, to settle all claims against the deceased, and has since done so. After the funeral, Hicks, in the presence of Cralg and two or three other gentlemen, called by Murdoch's residence to examine his papers and take possession of his effects. On inquiring of Cralg for the money left by the deceased, that gentleman took a key from his pocket, and on opening a trunk which belonged to M. took from it a roil of notes, which he handed over to him. On Thursday morning, Richs again went to Murdoch's late residence for the purpose of making some further examination, and, knowing that the deceased had a very fine gold watch inquired of Craig what had become of it, receiving in response the answer that he had it, and would hand it over to him in an hour or so, when he returned from the post office, whither he was going. Suspecting that Craiz was not disposed to deal fairly about the matter he soon after went in pursuit, and finding him in the neighborhood of the Mayor's Court, again demanded the watch, which the accused refused to give up, whereupon he got out the warrant which led to the arrest.--For the defence, Craig proved that himself and the deceased were from the same State, and had served together in the same company for a long time. They had always been warm friends, and during Murdoch's illness he (the accused) had attended to all his affairs and been his constant companion. A short time before his death he handed Craig his watch, and requested that he should wear it for his sake. The Mayor promptly discharged the accused, informing Hicks that there was no sort of testimony that a larceny was intended.

Adeline, slave of Mary Fox, charged with assaulting and beating Mrs. Ellen C. Dekolb, was called to the bar. The evidence fully substantiating the accusation, His Honer ordered the negro to be soundly thrashed.

After a partial examination of the charge preferred against Charles, slave of Henry S. Weldon, of stealing one hundred and twenty pounds of bacon and fifty pounds of flour belonging to Wm. A. Jones, the case was continued till this morning.

Timothy Kielty and John McKinley, were up before His Honor charged with engaging in a fight in the street. The evidence proving that Kelly had on several occasions abused, and made some grave threats against, McKinley, and that McK, was in search of a Magistrate to obtain a warrant protecting him from further abuse, when the two coming together a fight ensued, the Mayor required the former to give him security for his good behavior for twelve months, and fined McKinley ten dollars for participating in the fight.

Wm. Wall was fined $10 for permitting a vicious dog belonging to him to run at large. He was also informed that unless the animal was removed beyond the corporate limit within two days time, he would order him to be killed, and another fine would be imposed.

A fine of $10 was imposed upon Edward K. Woodward, charged with permitting a servant in his employ to go at large, contrary to the ordinances of the city.

John A. Belvin was fined $10 for allowing a cellar door on his premises to remain in a dangerous condition. Mr. B. informed the Mayor that the matter should be forthwith attended to.

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