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The shooting of Clarke. --James Slater, charged with shooting William Clarke, and Francis Sheridan, charged with aiding and abetting Slater, were arraigned before the Mayor yesterday, and the testimony partly heard. The facts in the case are that Slater and Sheridan went into Clarke's store, on 17th street, last Monday, and while Sheridan was engaged in conversation with the proprietor, SlaSheridan was engaged in conversation with the proprietor, Slater fell asleep. Soon afterwards the two went to awake him and help him up, which seemed to irritate Slater, who intimated that he had "one of those little things" in his pocket, which might prove da the same night by Drs. Conway and Waring. The same shot, as stated yesterday, took off one of Sheridan's fingers. After bring the pistol, Slater ran away from the place, but was soon stopped by perof evils resulting from the use of liquor; nor was there anything in the testimony to implicate Sheridan, farther than that he was in Slater's company at the time. Clarke was represented to be in a d
The Daily Dispatch: December 5, 1861., [Electronic resource], Federal reports from Southeastern Kentucky. (search)
Fatal result --William Clarke, who was shot last Monday by James Stater, expired at his residence on 17th street, near Venable, on Tuesday night. An inquest was held yesterday by Acting Coroner Sanxay, and several witnesses were examined, but no facts of interest were elicited beyond those already published, except that Mr. Clarke stated after he was shot that there was no altercation between them. Francis Sheridan, who was present at the time and had a finger shot off by the discharge which wounded Clarke, made a statement to the effect that he and Slater started out that morning for a day's pleasure, and took several drinks before reaching Clarke's house, and his impression was that both were very drunk when they went in. He remembered nothing that occurred there previous to the shooting. The pistol was his own, and he was totally ignorant of the way in which it got into Slater's possession. He did not know who fired, and in fact, seemed to know very little about the circums
sually punctual visitors were among the missing. One came in at a late hour, presenting a rubicund visage, which contrasted strangely with the look so long sicklied o'er the pale cast of thought, and on inquiry we learned that the destruction of silver-top, during the previous night, had been frightful. In the prisoner's box were four or five strangers who had imbibed too much of the sweet oblivious antidote, and as a consequence fell into the hands of the Phiristines and were disposed of in the usual way. Francis Sheridan, charged with complicity in the murder of William Clarke, having been again taken into custody, was present, but his examination was postponed. Wilham, slave of K. Coleman, was awarded 39 lashes for assaulting and cutting another negro. George, slave of Louisa Burton, was brought up on the charge of stealing a bridle and a horse collar, and apprehending that he might also steal a force if he was permitted to go at large, the Mayor sent him to jail.
The Murder of Clarke. --The Mayor yesterday investigated the charge against James Slater and Francis Sheridan, of Killing Wm. Clarke, but few interesting facts were elicited beyond those already given in this paper. The evidence against Slater was strengthened by the dying declarations of the deceased, though it will be for another tribunal to decide whether there was any previous malice leading to the commission of the deed of blood. Slater seems to be fully aware of the perils of his s to decide whether there was any previous malice leading to the commission of the deed of blood. Slater seems to be fully aware of the perils of his situation, and exhibited a depth of feeling in court which would not be likely to proceed from a heart thoroughly hardened. We did not perceive any strong testimony against Sheridan, but the Mayor determined to remand them both for examination before the Hustings Court. Slater has recently been employed as a mechanic at the Tredegar Iron Works.
a general demurrer to the presentment, and the Attorney for the Commonwealth joined therein. Ann Winkers, indicted for retailing ardent spirits, failed to appear, and the Court gave judgment for $60 fine and costs. A nolle prosequi was entered in the case of Michael Flaherty, indicted for misdemeanor. Clara Coleman, indicted for keeping an ill governed house, was admitted to bail in the sum of $100 for her appearance next term. The following persons, indicted for misdemeanor, entered into recognizance in the sum attached to their names, for their appearance at the next term of the Court: Cosamore Castiglioni, $500; James Eddins, $100; Dillon McCormack, $150; J. B. Godsey and A. A. Raine, for issuing shinplasters, $500; Wm. Burns, for exhibiting faro, $3,000. George R. Peake was fined $10 for permitting his slave to go at large. The examination of James Slater and Francis Sheridan, for the murder of Wm. Clark, was postponed to the next term of the Court.
Hustings Court. --The following magistrates were on the bench yesterday, Recorder Caskie, and Alderman Bray, Binford, Regnault, Smith, and Anderson. James Slater and Francis Sheridan, charged with the murder of William Clarke, on the 2d day of December last, by "shooting him with a plated loaded with gunpowder and leaden balls." were arraigned for examination, Messrs. W. W. Crump and Edward Y. Cannon appearing as counsel. The Court, after hearing the evidence, discharged Sheridan froSheridan from further prosecution, and remanded Slater for final trial. Joseph Keller, charged with breaking into the drug more of Dove & Co. and stealing $5.56 and $3.40 worth of postage stamps, on the 15th day of December, was examined and remanded for final trial. Henry, a slave, the property of Bernard Peyton; Ephraim, the property of Harriet Kellum; and Jack, the property of J. H. F. Mayo, were tried for stealing a trunk containing money and clothing belonging to Peter H. Anderson. Jack was