on Saturday last disposed of the following cases:
Captain Jacob Castle
and Major Oliver Vest
, of General Breckinridge
's command, were charged with assaulting and beating John McPherson
, proprietor of Congress Hall, on Friday night. McPherson
appeared in court, with his eye considerably bruised, and stated that, about 12 o'clock on the night of the difficulty, the Major
came into his back saloon, and, without the slightest provocation, commenced cursing and abusing him. Upon his remonstrating with them, Captain Castle
first struck him over the eye, and then the Major
also closed in on him. He finally succeeded in disengaging himself from them, and kept them in the house till the police could be sent for. For the defence, a witness stated that he happened to be in McPherson
's saloon when the accused came in. After waiting a short while, during which the proprietor was engaged in quarreling with his servants, one of them, becoming impatient, remarked, "You had better come and wait on us instead of quarreling all night with your negroes." Whereupon McPherson
flew into a rage and rushed upon Captain Castle
At no time, in the opinion of the witness, did Major Vest
interfere, nor was he nearer to the parties than twenty feet. The witness thought McPherson
, upon being informed that Captain Castle
and Major Vest
intended going immediately to their command, discharged them.
The case against William Daley
, charged with the murder of Mrs. Mary Hanley
, was called up; but the accused was recommitted to jail for his appearance this morning.
A fine of fifty dollars was imposed upon James W. Perkins
, a huckster in he Second Market, for forestalling the market by purchasing hares within the corporate limits to sell again.
Confiscation of the hares was ordered.
Benini Catogni was fined for allowing his servant to go at large.
, a notoriously bad free negro, charged with stealing a valise and its contents, valued at five hundred dollars, the property of Major Stephen M. Dickey
, was ordered to be whipped.--The same punishment was inflicted upon Jim, slave of A. D. Chalkley
, and Solomon, slave of Mrs. Peters
, charged with trespassing upon the premises of William Thornton
and assaulting and beating Patsy, slave of said William Thornton