Mayor's — Court, yesterday
--Recorder Caskie presiding.
--Charles W. Havennor
, member of the Twenty-fourth Virginia cavalry was charged with attempting to pick the pockets of Joseph Smith
and Warren D. Payne
, soldiers, at the Georgia Wayside Inn
, on Main street, on Thursday night. The evidence proved that, late on Thursday night, when Havennor supposed everybody in the building was asleep, he noiselessly got up, and, going to Smith
began feeling about his pockets, which caused him to star; whereupon he left and went over to Payne
Just as he was about inserting his hand in Payne
's pocket, that gentleman jumped up, cried "robber, " and pursued Havennor to the door, where he was arrested with the assistance of other occupants of the room.
For the defence, it was shown that the accused is a man of respectability; had been on a spree for some days, and when in an intoxicated state was completely bereft of reason.
In consideration of his not obtaining anything in his attempt to rob, and the statement made relative to his character, the Recorder
dealt leniently in the matter, and turned him over to the provost-marshal
, to be sent to his command.
A charge of swindling was preferred against Frederick Gerrard
, a free negro.
Susan, slave of William H. Fry
, had apprised the prisoner of the fact that she had in her possession one hundred and fifty dollars in gold
belonging to a free boy named Jim Davis
This money Gerrard
determined to have, and he accordingly went to Susan and represented that Jim had been arrested on a serious charge, and had solicited him to call on her for the money he had left in her hands, to be used for the purpose of helping him out of the scrape. --Susan refused to give up the money unless he would bring some white person to corroborate his statement.
The prisoner went off, but returned in a short while after with a white man as witness; whereupon the money was paid over.
The transaction took place some days ago, since which time officer Charles H. Moore
has worked night and day to procure his arrest.
is represented as a desperate character, and has already had an extensive experience before the court of this city.
remanded him for examination before the Hustings Court.
, a white man, was charged with buying a load of melons in the First Market
to sell again.
stated that his negro boy bought the melons, and that they were not purchased for speculating purposes, but to furnish seed for another crop.
Upon producing evidence substantiating this statement, the Recorder
discharged him without fine or confiscation.
The following negroes were ordered to receive thirty-nine lashes each: Albert, slave of Peterfield Trent
; William, slave of Austin Gentry
; and James, slave of George Bagby
, charged with stealing three pairs of shoes from Hannah Lattimer
and one felt hat from John Thompson
; John, slave of William Greanor
, charged with stealing a bowl of butter; William, slave of William T. Taliaferro
, for stealing a lot of horse shoes
, nails, and some corn, the property of the Confederate States
; John Campbell
, claiming to be free, but without papers, and having in his possession one bag of corn, supposed to have been stolen; and Joe, slave of Mrs. Shepherd
, charged with driving a wagon across the sidewalk and refusing to give his name to the police.