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dsmen, he defeated the British garrison under Colonel Brown at Augusta, and captured the costly presents designed for the Cherokees. The moment was critical; for Cornwallis, in his eagerness to draw strength to his own army, had not left a post or a soldier between Augusta and Savannah, and the alienated people had returned most reluctantly to a state of obedience. With a corps of one hundred provincials and one hundred Chap. XVI.} 1780. Sept. Cherokees, Brown maintained a position on Garden Hill for nearly a week, when he was rescued by Cruger from Ninety-Six. At his approach, the Americans retired. On the pursuit some of them were scalped and some taken prisoners. Of the latter, Captain Ashby and twelve others were hanged under the eyes of Brown; thirteen who were delivered to the Cherokees were killed by tortures, or by the tomahawk, or were thrown into fires. Thirty in all were put to death by the orders of Brown. Cruger desired to waylay and capture the retreating part
Escaped from work. --A member of the chain-gang levanted last Friday from French Garden Hill. He had the usual quantity of city property attached to his person at the time. We understand that he declined to work, and dared the overseers, Messrs. Williams and Kimbrough, to approach him, which they were careful not to do. They doubtless feared the effect of "chain shot, " though why they should have stood in awe of Wm. Booth, the person in question, we are at a loss to conceive. The "retiring member" walked off unmolested. The overseers afterwards inquired of a police officer down town if they would have been justified in shooting him. We think they would have been — had the operation been performed with the flat of a spade on some prominent part of his corpus.
Imputing theft. --Susette and Betsy Hachus (colored females) were carried before the Mayor yesterday for imputing the theft of a chicken to Mrs. Ann Cleer, a respectable white woman living on French Garden Hill. The complainant feeling indignant at the charge, demanded that the parties should be punished. The Mayor adjourned the case until to-day, when the merits of the chicken controversy will be settled.
Bold Outrage — a citizen Gagged and robbed. --About half-past 2 o'clock yesterday morning, as Mr. F. H. L. Allen, of this city, was on his way to his home on French Garden Hill, he was attacked at the intersection of 9th and Clay streets by three men, who threw him down, seized him by the throat, placed a towel over his mouth to stifle his cries, and robbed him of between $1,400 and $1,500 in bank notes. Notwithstanding this rough treatment, Mr. Allen managed to utter some shouts for assistance, which attracted the attention of Mr. Wm. G. Dandridge, residing close by, who threw open a window and frightened the thieves from their work of plunder. This was a fortunate circumstance; for Mr. Allen had in another pocket a large sum of money — between $3,000 and $4,000--which the highwaymen failed to obtain.--They had no doubt followed him from his establishment on the corner of 14th and Franklin streets, presuming that he had a good deal of money with him, and made the attack in an
Persevering thieves. --Two attempts were made last Monday night to enter the premises of Mr. David Clark, living on 9th street, beyond Leigh; but, owing to the timely waking of Mr. C., who immediately pursued them, they did not succeed in their nefarious designs.--Any further attempts made by chicken thieves or other night prowlers to patronize, in their depredatory excursions, the peaceful residents of that section of the city known as French Garden Hill, will meet with a liberal discharge of buckshot and ball.
witnesses having failed to appear. Mary Carroll, summoned to show why she should not be fined for selling ardent spirits on Sunday, was heard in her own defence and discharged. Bridget Callahan, arrested for vagrancy, was admonished by the Mayor and released. Wm. Jones, a lad, was fined five dollars for participating in a "rock battle," which sum his father was called upon to pay. The Mayor directed the police to give especial attention to the behavior of the boys on French Garden Hill. Isaac Coles, free negro, without a city register, was discharged on condition of his immediate departure for Albemarle, where he belongs. A charge against Blanch Mayden of "threatening to cut Kate Robertson with a knife, " led to the display of a vast quantity of fashionable millinery in the usually gloomy courtroom. Straw hats with black feathers, and straw bats with red and blue ribbands, occupied the place where dilapidated raiment is often conspicuous. The testimony prove
Accident. --Miss Josephine Rupert, one of the young ladies engaged at St. Paul's Church in fabricating equipments for the soldiers, repaired yesterday evening, with a number of her companions, to the belfry of the church, and while in that elevated position missed her footing and fell through the trap door, a distance of forty-five feet, to the floor below, containing the organ. Beyond the fright and bruising consequent on such an affair, she was not materially injured, and was able to be conveyed to her residence on French Garden Hill in a carriage. Her escape was a lucky one.
Children Playing with shooting irons. --Yesterday an occurrence took place which illustrates the folly of either allowing children to play with edged tools or shooting irons. It can be thus briefly narrated: About 2 o'clock a little son of Mrs. Blair. residing on 9th street, French Garden Hill, aged about 10 years, shot with a pistol a negro girl, about the same age, who was assisting him in moulding bullets. The ball went in at the tip of the nose, coming out under the upper lip. The wound is regarded as serious, and that it was not fatal is owing wholly to the direction the ball happened to take after striking the object it came in contact with
Hurricane. --About 10 o'clock, on Thursday night, a perfect hurricane swept over the city. --Such was the power of the wind that shutters were blown off trees uprooted, fences thrown down, and, in some instances, as in the case of a house on French Garden Hill a roof was bodily removed. The Borean blast continued with more or less fury until about 11 o'clock, when it turned into a rain which continued intermittently until daybreak yesterday. Yesterday we had an occasional glimpse of the sun. The air was very cool for the season, and the sky was filled with clouds.
Disreputable House. --Martha Edwards, Sarah Cook, and S. M. Cook, charged with being persons of evil fame, and keeping a house of bad repute on French Garden Hill, were held to bail by the Mayor for their good behavior. Mrs. Edwards lives on 9th street, and proved that she kept a boarding-house; but the evidence of her neighbors fixed her guilt in the mind of his Honor.
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