The Pickings of the Medical Purveyor's Department and clothing Bureau.
--We mentioned yesterday the arrest of T. H. Bowman
, an employee in the Medical Purveyor
's Department, and of W. T. Spillers
and Alfred Moss
, employees in the Clothing Bureau
, on the charge of stealing government goods from their respective departments.
The parties were brought before the Mayor
The facts stated were correct in the main, except as to the cause which brought about the discovery of the thieves and the recovery of a quantity of the stolen goods.
This discovery and recovery we attributed to the ingenuity of the detectives, but in point of fact they were entirely due to the conduct of Mr. R. W. Powers
, druggist, as will appear from a sketch of the case as it appeared from the testimony before the Mayor
Last Wednesday, Moss
offered for sale to Mr. Powers
eight ounces of morphine in ounce bottles, and seven ounces of quinine in bulk, demanding for the morphine $100 an ounce, for the quinine $50 an ounce.
He said he had bought the drugs at Wilmington
and had them about a month.
suspecting from the peculiar manner in which the morphine was put up, that the articles had been stolen from the Medical Purveyor
's Department, told Moss
he would buy them and pay him for them at 5 o'clock that evening.
readily acceded to this arrangement and left the store.
took one of the bottles of morphine to the Medical Purveyor's office
, and there learned from Mr. T. H. Drew, jr.
, that it had been stolen from that department.
It was then arranged that Mr. Drew
should come to Mr. Powers
's at 5 o'clock, and see who called to receive the money for the medicine.
being in attendance when Moss
called at Mr. Powers
's store, and telling Mr. Powers
that he did not know him, Mr. Powers
for the drugs.
Thursday Mr. Drew
on the street, and had him arrested by the detectives, who, on taking him into custody, learned that he and Spillers
roomed together at the boarding-house of G. W. Bowman
, father of S. H. Bowman
, on Franklin street, below 15th street. On searching this room they found a large quantity of government cloth and thread, and some other drugs, pilfered from the Medical Purveyor
were then arrested.
All the parties being kept separate, each made a confession.
said he had stolen the drugs from the Purveyor
's department, and given them to Moss
to sell on their joint account, and that Moss
having sold them cheated him in the settlement.
said he sold the drugs stolen by Bowman
, but that he himself stole a large lot of sewing-thread, which had been found in his room.
said he stole by himself, and on his own account, all the cloth found in his room.
All three united in saying that they were not the only employees of these departments that stole, but that it was a usual practice among the employees.
having heard the above facts, committed the accused to jail, to be tried for grand larceny before the Hustings Court.
are tailors, detailed from the army to work in the clothing bureau.
is a youth of seventeen or eighteen, whose father lives in this city, but who came originally from somewhere in the Valley