Mayor's Court, yesterday.
, the young man arrested on Saturday charged with stealing several package of money from the coat pocket of John J Palmer
, and entering by false Keys the cafe of Smith
, Eaily & Co., proprietors of the Sentinel
newspaper, and stealing there from $11,000, was led to the bar. The prisoner during most of the session of the Court
occupied a seat beside his counsel, and maintained a composure truly remarkable under the circumstances.
The first witness who testified was John J Palmer
, principal cash clerk at the office from which the money was stolen.
He stated that on Saturday, as was his custom, he wrapped up in a few packages, (the number of which he could not recollect,) the funds and checks which were left on hand after settling up with the employees.
These he placed in the breast pocket of his coat, which was hanging over his leak.
Just then himself and Mr. A. M., Bally
, one of the proprietors, left the counting room in order to examine a hole which had been bored into a door on the same floor, commanding full view of the Counting-room.
During the whole of this time, from the commencement of assorting out the money, to going to look at the hole in the door, Samanni remained in the counting room reading a paper Palmer
were not absent more than fifteen minutes, but before they returned the accused had left, and his voice was heard in another portion of the building.
In a short while after, Palmer
missed the packages from his coat pocket and was about going into another room to make the loss known when S. hurriedly passed by him and went down the steps into the street. --Knowing that no one but himself, Mr Baily
, and Samanni were in the room, he became satisfied that the prisoner was the thief, and therefore obtained a warrant for this arrest, which was given to officers Perrin
For some months back various amounts of money had been stolen from the iron safe in the counting room, but having the most unbounded confidence in Samanni, he was not suspected by Mr Palmer
as being the thief until within a few days before his arrest.--Officers Perrin
found the prisoner in the Theatre, where he was arrested and taken to the cage.
On the way to the person Samanni
what were the charges against him, and when informed that it was for robbing the Sentinel
office he seemed very much agitated; but on reaching the cage and finding that the warrant only charged him with stealing the packages from Falmer's coat he seemed greatly relieved, and remarked that "it was a small affair," at the same time denying his guilt.
further stated that on searching Samanni be found on his person three keys, which were pronounced by Mr. Palmer
as belonging to the safe, the originals to which only Mr Baily
had possession of. He immediately went after Mr B and returned with him to the cage.
Samanni and Baily
were then left together in a separate room, where they remained in conference for some time.
When B came out he told Perrin
that S had acknowledged stealing $11,000 from his safe.--The closing evidence was given by Mr Baily
, who stated that a considerable amount of money had been stolen from the iron safe in the Sentinel
office, the keys to which he constantly carried about him. --On Thursday night week $1,000 were stolen, and again on last Thursday night $600 were taken.
This convinced him that some one had duplicate keys to his safe, and he therefore determined to set a trad to catch the thief.
Accordingly a hole was bored in a door, through which everything going on in the counting room could be observed, and next Thursday night, the night on which the previous robberies had been committed, was set apart as the time to keep watch.
Up to this time Mr. Bally
had no suspicion of Samanni's dishonesty--"always regarded him as one of his boys, and would have trusted him with anything he owned." On meeting with the prisoner at the cage, after his arrest, he compared the original keys with the ones which were found upon Samanni, and asked him a could treat him so?
He told him there was no use in his denying his guilt, and for the asked of his own confluence, as well as for the benefit of the firm who had lost so heavily he had better make a confession.
Samanni then stated that he had abstracted from, the safe since the first of April about $11,000, but that he could not recollect what he had stolen prior to that time.
The prisoner also stated he had squandered a large amount of money on a certain woman of revile fame in this city, and suggested that search should be made of her premises, which was done, but nothing was found there.--Mr Baily
then stated that he was not able to lose so much money, and desired to know whether a part, at least, could not be made good, when Samanni replied that he would try and reimburse him for what had been stolen.
In conclusion, Mr Baily
remarked that he was particularly struck with the honorable bearing of the prisoner during the whole of their interview, and were it not for the fact that the proof was so strong against him he could hardly realize that he was the guilty party.
then sent him on for indictment by the Grand Jury
of the Hustings Court.
An effort was made by his counsel to obtain bail for his appearance, but it was reinsed, and he was thereupon remanded to prison.
Lizzie, slave of Wm Garey
, was charged with breaking into the house of William Tyreo
and a calling five dresses and undershirts, valued at fifty dollars. The testimony in this case was conclusive, and she was remanded for further examination before the Hustings Court.
Mary, slave of John Blake
, and Margaret, slave of John Clendening
, were charged with stealing two hundred dollars worth of house hold furniture from Robert and John Lowry
This case has been continued for several days.
After reviewing the testimony the Mayor
discharged Mary, but sent Margaret on to the Hustings Court.
Mrs. Mary Thornton
and her son Thaddeus were charged with breaking into the store of Henry M Jones
, and stealing there from about one thousand dollars worth of sugar, coffee, soap, soda and gun cape.
stated that he could prove that young Thornton
had stolen the articles, that they had been found in Mrs. Thornton
's house, and that Mrs.
T. had sent her son out to sell a part of the stolen goods, knowing at the same time that they were stolen.
He further stated that some time since, having discovered that he had been robbed, he lacked and nailed up his back door and gave Mrs. Thornton
the key. The door to which she had the key was the one by which entrance was obtained to his store on the night of the last robbery.
He could prove all these statements and desired the Mayor
to postpone the case till his witness could be obtained.
The matter was therefore put off till Wednesday. [Mrs. Thornton
occupied the upper part of a house on Second street, over Jones
, slave of Mr. Holliston
, charged with assaulting and beating Henry, a little son of Wm. M. Read
, was ordered to be whipped.
The little fellow is only, four years old, and when he was in the court room yesterday the marks inflicted on him by the negro girl could plainly he seen.
A whipping was also given John, slave of Childrey
, charged with stealing $22.50 from some person unknown.
, a watchman at Weisiger's Government Clothing Store, charged with being drunk and sleeping on his post, was discharged with an admonition.
John and Ambrose, slaves of R D Early
, slave of R. C. Epperson
, and William, slave of Wm. Lewis
, were charged with stealing $335 and some valuable papers from Wm. E. Leffew
The evidence being insufficient to convict them they were discharged.
A fine of five dollars was imposed upon Mr. George Anderson
for his son throwing stones in the street.