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Mayor's Court.

--The proceedings before this court yesterday morning were devoid of interest. We give a summary:

Jane King, a free negro, charged with receiving three hundred dollars' worth of wood, knowing the same to have been stolen, was ordered to receive twenty lashes.

The charge against John Houck for drunkenness and beating his wife and resisting the police, was dismissed.

Mrs. Lucy Binford, charged with taking unlawful possession of the house of Jefferson Powers, and injuring the same by tearing up and burning the flooring of said premises, was arraigned for a hearing. The complainant proving the offence alleged against the said Mrs. Binford, the case was dismissed upon the promise of repairing damages and vacating the premises.

Peter Lawson, charged with violating a city ordinance by purchasing beef within the corporate limits to sell again was fined fifty dollars and the beef ordered to be confiscated. [In this case the defendant produced a certificate from Captain John G. Moffitt, assistant quartermaster, authorizing him to purchase ten thousand pounds of salt beef for the use of the army; but the Mayor took the ground that no officer of the Confederate Government had the right, under such contract, to purchase beef or other articles of subsistence within the corporate limits to the detriment of the citizen consumption, and therefore insisted upon the execution of the fine and confiscation.]

Charles Pryor, free negro, charged with stealing a valise and contents, valued at fifteen hundred dollars, the property of Major Stephen M. Dickey, was arraigned before his Honor; but continued absence of witnesses necessitated a postponement of the case. John, slave of A. Rick, was ordered a whipping for receiving the said valise, knowing the same to have been stolen.

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