A colored Brother in trouble.
, pastor of the Wesley Methodist Episcopal
(negro) Church, on Duval street, was arraigned before Judge McEntee
, in the Provost Court
, yesterday, on the charge of making an assault upon Robert P. Bolling
, also a negro, and threatening to kill him. The reverend
brother, on being arraigned, plead not guilty.
The following testimony was adduced, showing it to have been a very rich case:
Robert P. Boiling
testified that he knew the prisoner.
Witness was one of the trustees of the church of which the prisoner, P. Bowler
, is at present paster.
Witness was present at the fair in the church on Christmas night, and at the suggestion of Daniel Brown
, went to the study to get some tickets for him to dispose of at the door.
On making the request of Bowler
, he told witness to be off; said he should not trouble him; that he (witness) was not a member of that or any other church; and at the same time took witness by the shoulder and pushed him from him, saying that he did not want to be intruded upon.
Just about this time one of the colored sisters took witness by the arm and led him away.
Had never had any difficulty with the accused before this affair.
also threatened that he would kill Bowling
When he took hold of witness he shook him in a violent manner, when Manuel Wright
came between and separated them.
testified that, being at the church on Christmas day, he saw the difficulty between the accused and Robert P. Bolling
had hold of the accused, but did not see him strike him. Witness received a pistol from the accused shortly after the difficulty occurred.
When witness first saw the two men, Bowler
, the accused was pushing Bolling
from the church door.
testified that he was one of the trustees of the church.
He was there on Christmas day, and stationed by Bowler
, who was pastor of the church, to sell tickets; and after selling all that he had, witness sent R. P. Bowling
to the accused for more.
did not return with the tickets.
testified that he was at the church on Christmas day, and saw the difficulty between Bowler
The latter was in company with Bowler
; heard him ask Bowler
for some tickets for Daniel Brown
, who was at the left door of the church.--Bowler
's reply was, "You infernal drunken scoundrel, you have no business here, and I will kill you this night, at the risk of my life;" at the same time he appeared to be trying to get his hand into his inside breast-pocket.
Just about this time, Manuel Wright
came up and parted them.
, at this time, had hold of the coat collar of Bolling
, and was shaking him in a very violent and rough manner.
Brother Bowler was found not guilty of the offence charged against him, and left the Court
with a very dignified air, escorted by at least five hundred negroes, who had assembled on the square on which the court is held.
We should state, to conclude the details of this extraordinary case, that Daniel Brown
testified that when the "sistren" heard that Brother Bowler was arrested, they assembled in great crowds, and some one, he didn't know who, threw about half a pound cayenne pepper right into their midst.