A New issue.
--The recent police foray upon some of the gambling houses in this city promises to open legal proceedings as long as an ordinary suit in chancery.
It will be remembered that three houses were entered one Saturday night, at a late hour, by parties of police officers, who not only made arrests of proprietors and dealers, but seized upon a large amount of personal property, consisting of faro tables, &c., a considerable sum of money, and checks for money, and bore the whole off in triumph.
The persons arrested have been indicted for misdemeanor, and their cases are now pending in Court; and the property is held by the authorities, to be hereafter destroyed as the law directs.
With a view to test this matter, the counsel for John A. Worsham
have instituted a suit in the Hustings Court against Wm. N. Kelly
, of the police, for trespass, laying the damages at $5,000. This will bring up the question as to now far a man may be protected in his own domicil, and the decision will be looked forward to with much interest.
In addition to the property above mentioned, there is a sum of money, which the Mayor
has determined to retain, and has pronounced his judgment final, allowing no appeal.
To meet this, a mandomus
has been applied for in the Circuit Court, and this opens another interesting question.
Taking it all together, we have a fine prospect of interminable legal proceedings to tax the ingenuity of the lawyers, bother the beads of the Courts
, and excite the curiosity of the people.
Like the case of Jarndyce us Jarndyce, it may hold on until the game of life of this generation has been played out, and the several parties to the suits have shuffled off the mortal coil.