--Before the Mayor
, on Saturday, the following cases were considered:
Henry M. Jones
a detective in the Chief-of-Police
office of the Confederate States
, was charged with fraudulently obtaining $1,600 in Confederate money upon the illegal sale of a negro named Jim. From Mr. William B. Cook
's statement, the complainant, it was shown that the accused borrowed money, from time to time, from him, upon the promise of personal responsibility; but, in consequence of repeated failures to comply with his word, Mr. Cook
began to suspect the fair dealing of the defendant and insisted upon a settlement.
did not have the money, but offered to cancel the debt by selling a negro girl which he claimed as his property.
agreed to the proposition, and went to lock at the girl, but was unable to find her at either of two places where he had been informed she was living.
He then became importunate, when Jones
offered to and did sell him the negro man, Jim, giving what the complainant supposed to be a genuine bill of sale, Cook
paying over the difference between the amount due him for borrowed money and the price asked for the negro.
Nothing more was thought of the transaction (Cook
believing that he had bought the negro from a party who had the right to sell him) till about two weeks afterwards, when he was called upon for the hire of Jim by a Mr. Evans
, who produced a letter from a Mr. Knoxville
, of Prince William county
, empowering him to act as agent for receiving said hire.
It was at this stage of the case that Cook
obtained a warrant for Jones
Several witnesses were examined for the defendant, their testimony going to prove that he had been empowered by Knoxville
to dispose of the negro man, Jim, and invest the proceeds in the purchase of two negro boys.
The good character of the accused was also attested to; after which, the Mayor
continued the case for further consideration.
Lucy, slave of Robert Collins
, charged with receiving two hundred dollars in Confederate States
notes, stolen from George W. Bagby
, she well knowing it was stolen, was discharged.
The case against James, slave of William Lowman
, charged with having a lot of clothing supposed to have been stolen, was continued.
was charged with drunkenness and assaulting and beating Sally Starke
, his wife.
The testimony failed to establish the guilt of the accused and he was thereupon discharged.
A negro, named Ned
, slave of Drewry Marrows
, was committed to jail as a runaway.