Large Hunt of stolen goods.
--Watchman Marcellus Hicks
and others succeeded yesterday morning in ferreting out an important receptacle for stolen goods.
On Sunday Mr. Hicks
received information that a barrel of whiskey was deposited in the stable on the back premises of Mr. John Caskie
's residence, on the corner of 7th and Franklin streets. The stable was rented to and occupied by a negro named Edward, slave of Mrs. Mary Cross
, of Hanover
went there several times Sunday, but finding the stable locked, could not get in. He laid in wait yesterday morning, and at an early hour arrested Edward in the act of going into the stable.
In the stable Mr. Hicks
found not only the barrel of whiskey, but twenty-five hundred weight of clover hay, a horse, and a mule; forty bags of shorts, seventeen bags of corn, two bags of meal, two of wheat, and two of flour, all in good bags, and a variety of other articles.
Edward claimed all the property in the stable as his, except the whiskey, which he said had been left there by a negro who intended to have sent it to Fredericksburg
Sunday morning, but missed the train.
He stated that Mr.
C C Burnett
stood master for him, and that he carried on, on his own account, the business of hauling on the streets.
carried the negro and a good part of the plunder before the Mayor
, when Mr. Peter Webster
, Government Wagon master, identified the bags containing the grain, &c., as Government property, and Mr. Geo
, of the Powhatan House
, identified the barrel of whiskey as one of two that were stolen from his bar room one night last winter.
All the marks on the barrel, its guage, and the amount of liquor contained in it, corresponded exactly with those of the barrel lost by Mr Scammel
. Mr. Claiborne
, the party whom the negro claims stands master for him, not being present, the case was continued and the negro committed to jail.
The horse and mule claimed by the negro man were committed to the custody of the police.