Conducting persons through our lines.
--A negro fellow named George, the property of Dr. Leftwich
, of Pittsylvania
, but in the employ of a Mr. Halnes
, on Union Hill
, was arrested on Friday on the charge of running off slaves and other persons to the Yankees
The evidence against George prevent that on the day of his arrest he called at the restaurant of John McPherson
and inquired for a certain person who had bargained with him to take him through the lines.
pecting something wrong about the matter, the question was asked George what sort of persons he generally carried through our lines, when he replied that he made a trip to the Rappahannock
every week, and would take any person, white of free colored, who wished to go away.
On this negro's person were found one or two passes, obtained from Gen. Elzey
's office, permitting him and a negro named Peter to visit the county of Essex
" not to reveal anything which might be injurious to the Confederacy
For the defence.--Mr. Haines
, the hirer of George, testified that the passports which the negroes had were obtained through his influence; he had been in the habit of handing certain articles to this city from the Rappahannock
in a four horse term which belonged to him, and as the wagon would always be empty in for a load, he thought there would be no impropriety in carrying persons across the lines who had first obtained proper papers entitling them to leave the Confederacy
The negro was his driver, and had never made a trip but he himself went him, and at night they camped out together, Mr. Haines
would not permit any slave, if he knew it, to go down in his wagon, nor any free negro or other person, unless they could show a passport from the authorities entitling there to do so. --George was only acting in conformity with his instructions in looking up persons to be taken through the lines.
As for honestly and integrity, Moines thought his could not be excelled.
At the conclusion of the testimony, the Mayor
announced that he should the prisoner for a further hearing.
As for the good character of any negro charged with crime before him, be would not give a pinch of snuff for it." The practice of permitting persons to pass in rough our lines was one which he utterly deprecated, and, so far as lie in his power, he should put a stop to The Mayor
also intimated that, he should endeavor, before the adjournment of the Virginia Legislature, to get that body to enact some law which would protect the State of Virginia
from the practice by the Confederate
authorities of granting passports to servants from Virginia
to go beyond the jurisdiction of the Confederacy