Mayor's Court.--The following cases were disposed of by the Mayor
J. P. Oliver
, one of the men sent on to the Hustings Court to answer an indictment for playing "keno," was permitted to renew his bail, his original surety having declined to stand longer in that capacity.
He gave Jesse Talbott
as his surety.
was charged with being drunk and disorderly, riding in a hack, breaking the glass, and refusing to pay his fare.
discharged him with the understanding that he would settle the matter with the owner of the hack.
, charged with breaking into the house of T. B. Fletcher
, in the night time, breaking the lock of the money drawer, and taking therefrom a sum of money — amount not stated.
It will be remembered that the Mayor
decided a complicated case between these parties on Friday, in which Fletcher
was sent on to the Hustings Court for an assault upon Ferguson
Mr. Chastain White
, who appeared for Ferguson
, said this was an aggravated matter on the part of the complainant.
was bound over on Friday for an assault upon Ferguson
, and immediately afterwards went and broke into the house himself; and he now turns round and has Ferguson
arrested for breaking into his own house.
The arrest was made at a late hour, and his client had no opportunity of getting his witnesses.
He therefore hoped that the case would be continued, and Ferguson
permitted to give bail for his appearance.
Mr. John S. Caskie
, counsel for Fletcher
, opposed the motion for a continuance.
He believed that an investigation would show that Fletcher
was the aggrieved party.
reviewed the testimony elicited on Friday, and claimed for his client the right of possession in the house aforesaid.
Mr. A. Judson Crane
, who also appeared for Fletcher
, suggested that his Honor first settle the question in his own mind as to the ownership of the property.
Of course his Honor could not so settle the question as to affect the claims of either; but unless he concluded the matter in his own mind he could not give an intelligent decision.
claimed that he had fully established Ferguson
's claim to the house on the previous day, and that Fletcher
was merely employed there; that he made nightly returns to Ferguson
of the business of the day, and that the employees had agreed to sue Ferguson
on Friday night for their salaries.
He ought, then, to ask that he be discharged; but he would not do so, and only asked that he be bailed to appear on Monday.
His Honor afterwards decided to continue the case, until half-past 3 o'clock in the afternoon, and admitted Fletcher
to bail in the sum of two hundred dollars each.
, who held possession of the keys of the house, was requested to give them up to Ferguson
by his counsel.
To this the counsel for Fletcher
strenuously objected, both claiming for their clients the ownership of the house.
His Honor decided to retain the keys in his own possession.
, charged with making an assault upon Thomas A. Goodman
The latter is considerably the larger and stouter of the two.
The affair took place last Friday night at the bakery of Hundley
& Cance, on Broad street, where the parties are employed, and originated in a dispute about work.
Bromm, who is foreman of the establishment, is reported to have struck Goodman
on the right arm with a stick, producing a severe contusion, and followed it up with a blow on the left temple with a bar of iron, causing an ugly gash; and the consequence was that Goodman
appeared the next day with his head bound up, as if in chancery.
decided to continue the case until Monday, and held the accused to bail in the sum of five hundred dollars for his appearance.
became his surety.
Colonel S. T. Bayly
appeared as counsel for Bromm.
At half-past 2 o'clock the Mayor
resumed his seat, and proceeded with the investigation of the complicated case of Fletcher
It seems that Ferguson
brought a counter charge, of breaking into the house, against Fletcher
, and at the evening session of his Court his Honor heard both, with a repetition of the arguments of counsel pro
finally decided to discharge both parties and to dismiss the case.
He declined to settle the question of ownership, which is a matter beyond his jurisdiction.
The house in question is a roughly-built shanty, standing on Broad, between Ninth and Tenth streets, and from its outward appearance we should not think the whole concern was worth such a controversy as has been made over it.