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two paroled Yankees, (of course,) giving their names as Patrick Henry Castillo and John Howard, to garrote and rob Mr. Peter D. Bernard, a most worthy citizen of Henrico county, and formerly an enterprising conductor of the printing business in this city. Mr. Bernard had been in the city during the day and was on his way to the house of a friend, when, on reaching the corner of Cary and Virginia streets, he was decoyed into a vacant lot in the rear of Mr. Claiborne Burnett's blacksmith shop by. Marcellus Hicks and Cornelius Gardner, happening to be near at hand heard the alarm, and hastening to the spot found Mr. Bernard flat of his back, with the prisoners sitting on him, one of whom was rifling his pockets, while the other was holding ound about four hundred dollars in Confederate money and some valuable papers which they had succeeded in getting; but Mr. Bernard does not know whether this was all that they had taken from him, as he had on the morning of the robbery about eleven
Hustings Court, yesterday. --William McKenzie, charged with stealing a mule, saddle and bridle from S. M. Williamson; Patrick H. Costello and John Howard, charged with assaulting and robbing Peter D. Bernard; John Ryan, charged with assaulting and robbing James Kelley; and Thomas J. Horaley, charged with robbing William Casper, were examined and remanded for trial before Judge Lyons. Patrick Murphy and William Crawford, charged with stealing a quantity of clothing from James A. Kelley; Wilson, a slave, charged with aiding and abetting a servant of Jas. Lyons to escape from his owner, were examined, adjudged not guilty, and discharged.
Hustings Court. --In this Court yesterday A. Judson Crane, Esq., acted as prosecuting attorney, in place of Little on Tazewell, Esq., whose attention was occupied in another Court. The following cases were disposed of: Patrick Costilla, charged with garroting and robbing Peter D. Bernard, in the month of February last, was tried, found guilty, and sent to the penitentiary for four years. In the cases of John M. Friend, charged with stealing $1,200 from John W. Conner and John Shinn, charged with entering a warehouse on the Dock with an alleged intent to steal, nolle prosequi were entered. In the first case this action was taken on account of the death of the principal witness, and in the latter because of inability to procure witnesses.
ever wrote from the first day he appeared before the public in print. He was a member of the old and well-known Virginia family of Daniel who have been residents of Stafford county for probably the last hundred and fifty years, and who have been noted for talent for several generations past. He came to this city from Stafford when very young, probably not more than eighteen years of age. He first became known as a contributor to the Southern Planter, an agricultural paper, owned by Mr. Peter D. Bernard.--His articles, though upon subjects upon which, it was to be presumed, he had spent very little thought, were written with so much vigor and purity of style that they attracted instant attention, and a general call was made for the name of the author. He was at the time, and for several years, Librarian of the Richmond Library, where he devoted his time to severe study, became a good classical scholar, and laid the foundation of that general and extensive knowledge which is one of t