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Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 48
The two young offenders. In the neighborhood of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, there lived a man whose temper was vindictive and badly governed. Having become deeply offended with one of his neighbors, he induced his two sons to swear falsely that he had committed an infamous crime. One of the lads was about fifteen years old, and the other about seventeen. The alleged offence was of so gross a nature, and was so at variance with the fair character of the person accused that the witnesses were subjected to a very careful and shrewd examination. They became embarrassed, and the flaws in their evidence were very obvious. They were indicted for conspiracy against an innocent man; and being taken by surprise, they were thrown into confusion, acknowledged their guilt, and declined the offer of a trial. They were sentenced to two years imprisonment at hard labor in the Penitentiary of Philadelphia. Isaac T. Hopper, who was at that time one of the inspectors, happened to be at the pri