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A Distressing case. --On Friday last two children of Mr. James Slater, Jr., respectively five and three years of age, were playing on the side walk in front of their father's door, on Broadway, near Pratt street, when the eldest told the youngest to jump down into the cellar, the door of which was open, which he did. The back, the door of which was open, which he did. The back part of the child's head struck the lower step, and the skull was fractured. At first the injuries were thought to be slight, as the child did not complain. It lingered until Sunday, when it expired. Mr. and Mrs. Slater are both absent from the city.--The Baltimore Exchange. , the door of which was open, which he did. The back part of the child's head struck the lower step, and the skull was fractured. At first the injuries were thought to be slight, as the child did not complain. It lingered until Sunday, when it expired. Mr. and Mrs. Slater are both absent from the city.--The Baltimore Exchange.
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, aan 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" own statement subsequently) of anything wrong, when Slater suddenly pulled out a revolver and shot him. The baone of Sheridan's fingers. After bring the pistol, Slater ran away from the place, but was soon stopped by pert. The pistol was found in one of his boots. Slater declares that the shooting was purely accidental, a to implicate Sheridan, farther than that he was in Slater's company at the time. Clarke was represented to b
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inger 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 e 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 circumstance, except that Slater and himself were in an advanced stage of drunkenness. Others, however, who saw them directly afterwards, expressed the opinion that they were by no means intoxicated, thodered as their verdict that William Clarke came to his death by a ball from a pistol, shot by James Slater, but, from the evidence, they could not say whether it was a premeditated or malicious act, bce, they could not say whether it was a premeditated or malicious act, but would leave the test to another tribunal. The examination of Slater will take place before the Mayor on the 13th inst.
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 SlaterSlater 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 sSlater 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 beforert 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 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
Grand jury presentments. --The grand jury of inquest in and for the body of the city of Richmond, Geo. W. Smith, foreman, was yesterday sworn in Judge Lyons's Court, and having received their charge, retired, and returned with true bills against the following persons for felony, viz: Richard L. Bohannon, Wm. Clarke, John Dawson, Peter Disney, James M. Elmore and Tazewell Carr, Chas. Girth, Joseph C. Henry, Wm. N. Miller, Luke McKenna, Jacob Schoff, Andrew Sullivan, John T. Smith, James Slater, Joseph Wagner, Elizabeth Woodcock, John Walthall. The case of John Hagan, for alleged extortion in obtaining money from James Evans to employ a substitute in the battery, was called up by Mr. Hagan's attorney, who argued against the legality of Evans being sworn as a witness and sent before the grand jury to testify against their client. After hearing arguments pro and con, the Judge took time to consider. The grand jury, after making the above presentments, adjourned until Monda
Hustings Court. --Monthly term. March 17th. Present: Hon. Wm. H. Lyons, Judge. Harvey Wash, who stands indicted for passing counterfeit money, appeared in court and entered into a recognizance in $3,000 to appear at the next term for trial. The last will and testament of C. E. Grinwald, den'd, was admitted to probate. The witnesses against James Slater, charged with murder, appeared and entered into a recognizance to appear and bear testimony against him at the next term. Tazewell Carr, indicted with James M. Elmore, [who has escaped from jail,] for robbing a soldier of the 4th Alabama regiment, of his watch and a sum of money, in Butchertown, was tried and acquitted by a jury. Wm. N. Miller, the bogus. Colonel, charged with forgery and swindling, will be tried this morning at 10 ½ o'clock. James P. Neagle, charged with malicious shooting, will be tried on Wednesday morning at the same hour. John Walthall will be tried [for the second time] ne
Murder trial. --James Slater is to be tried before the Hustings Court, Judge Lyons, today, for the murder of Wm. Clarke; an operation which, it is said, he performed several months since, in Adams Valley.
Judge Lyons's Court. --James Slater was brought before the Hustings Court, Judge Lyons, on yesterday, to be tried for the murder of Wm. Clarke in Adams's Valley, several months since, but the absence of several witnesses material for the defence necessitated the continuation of the case until the next term. The prisoner was thereupon taken back to jail. Clarke, it will be remembered, died from the effects of a pistol shot wound, given by Slater in one of those sudden and bloody affrays tJudge Lyons, on yesterday, to be tried for the murder of Wm. Clarke in Adams's Valley, several months since, but the absence of several witnesses material for the defence necessitated the continuation of the case until the next term. The prisoner was thereupon taken back to jail. Clarke, it will be remembered, died from the effects of a pistol shot wound, given by Slater in one of those sudden and bloody affrays that need so often to disgrace the city, before the proclamation of martial law.
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