Charge of picking a pocket.
, charged with picking the pocket of James Callahan
, at Daniel Wren
's saloon, on Seventeenth street, was yesterday arraigned before the Mayor
testified that he went into Wren's house on Saturday evening, took a drink, gave a five-dollar note, and received the change; and as he was about leaving, John Wren
approached and ran his hand into his pocket and took out one hundred and two dollars lacking some thirty cents. Callahan
admitted that he had taken a number of drinks of ale before he went in there.
He fully identified the prisoner as the man who took his money.
The first drink he had was between three and four o'clock, and when he went to Wren
's it was between five and six o'clock. He did not keep a memoranda of the number of drinks he took.
He treated two men while at Wren
's. He further stated that John Wren
gave the money to Dan
; and on asking the latter if it was his brother, received an affirmative answer.
He then left the barroom, and had John Wren
arrested the next morning.
stated, on his cross-examination by Mr. Crane
, that he took a number of drinks before he received his pay on Saturday, but could not remember how many.
He met a number of soldiers on the corner opposite Wren
's before going to the saloon, and had a difficulty with them.
He was knocked down by one of these soldiers.
He remarked to them that they might as well give him some of the sidewalk, when one kicked him. When he first went to Wren
's he could not gain admission.
The altercation with the soldiers lasted some ten or fifteen minutes. When he found he could not get in at Wren
's, he went to Ryan
's, a door above.
testified that, on Saturday evening, between six and seven o'clock, he was in at Wren
's saloon, and heard Callahan
ask Dan Wren
if his brother did not wear a "butternut coat," and receiving an affirmative answer, said he had been robbed, and meant to have his brother arrested.
told him he could do as he pleased.
in an altercation with some soldiers before he came in. He was drunk.
The witnesses for the defence were then called:
testified that on Saturday evening he had just paid off his barkeeper and discharged him for the night, when he heard that an altercation was going on up the street, and ordered the shutters to be put up. Some time afterwards Callahan
came in. There were several persons in the house at the time, and Callahan
asked them all up to drink.
He paid witness for eight drinks.
Subsequent to this, Callahan
came in and said he had been robbed by John Wren
He handed witness ten dollars to keep for the night, saying it was all the money he had. This sum he gave back to him on Sunday morning. He was quite drunk at the time.
Witness believed that this charge had been gotten up to extort money.
testified to the fact of the fracas with the soldiers, and that he afterwards came into his saloon and took a number of drinks.
He was very drunk at the time.
Did not see any money.
John J. Brown
testified that he heard a conversation between Callahan
and Daniel Wren
, on Saturday evening, in regard to the robbery.
that he was satisfied that John Wren
had not taken his money.
decided to send the accused on to the Hustings Court for examination; and in consequence of the fact that he had received a Major Croft
stating that he had made his escape from the Libby prison
, he declined to admit him to ball.