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Fires. --A bout 11 o'clock, on Monday night last, a fire broke out in the upper story of the old-wooden tenement on 9th street, near the corner of Broad. The building was owned by the Hon. James Lyons, and for a number of years has been used as offices for several of the legal fraternity of this city.--In the third story some of the Congressional and Legislative committees held their meetings, while the first and second stories were used respectively by Hon. James Lyons, Judge William H. Hon. James Lyons, Judge William H. Lyons; Blackburn Hughes and Littleton Tazewell, Esqs, as law offices. This house was considered one of the oldest in that section of the city, and for forty years has been occupied by some of the most distinguished lawyers of the times — among whom we will name Judges Roane and Washington, and, it is said that great orator Patrick Henry. The property was insured in the Mutual Insurance Company, and sustained about $1,500 worth of damage. The roof was the only portion destroyed by fire, althou
Examination of Mrs. Patterson Allan. --The examination of Mrs. Caroline Allan, which was commenced about the 1st of December 1863, and after several days' continuance adjourned over till the present time, was again resumed before Commissioner Wm. F. Watson yesterday morning. At a few minutes past eleven o'clock the accused lady was conducted in the court room, leaning upon the arm of her husband, and soon thereafter the counsel for the defence, Gen. Geo. W. Randolph and Hon. James Lyons; Patrick H. Aylett, Esq., C. S. Attorney, and C. S. Commissioner Wm. F. Watson, made their appearance. Mrs. Allan was attired pretty much in the same manner as she was at the close of the previous examination, and remained during the progress of the trial with her veil closely drawn over her countenance. The attendance was not so numerous as heretofore, and with few exceptions only embraced those immediately connected with the case. After some little delay the Commissioner announced his readin
The Daily Dispatch: February 12, 1864., [Electronic resource], Expulsion of citizens from "Subjugated" towns. (search)
pay a fine of five hundred dollars, and a capias ordered to be issued for said fine and costs. The Attorney for the Commonwealth, with the advice and direction of the Court, entered a nolle prosequi in the case of Thos. Collier and Mike Walsh alias George W. Nelson, indicted for grand larceny. The charge against Robert Clarke, of stealing $300 in Confederate notes and a cheek for $475, belonging to Wm. J. McDowell, was then investigated, and the accused sent on for trial before Judge Lyons's Court. The Court then went into a hearing of the case of Shafer Wiley, indicted for assaulting Lieut. Thomas J. Davis with a slung shot. The jury sworn in the case, after hearing the evidence adduced, returned a verdict of guilty, and assessed the prisoner with a fine of $1,000. The accused was also sentenced to confinement in the city jail for twelve months, and thereafter until the said fine and costs be paid, or he be otherwise discharged by due course of law, and for the first
The House met at 9½ o'clock, and immediately resolved into secret session. At 10½ o'clock the doors were opened and business resumed in open session. Mr. Lyons, of Va., in a fitting and touching manner, announced the death of Hon. Muscoe R. H. Garnett, and offered the following resolutions, which were adopted unanimouslgreeing vote of the two Houses, on the bill to establish a Bureau of Foreign Supplies, submitted a report, which was concurred in by the House. On motion of Mr. Lyons, of Va., a committee of three was appointed to wait upon the President and inform him that the Congress were ready to adjourn. The Chair appointed Messrs. LyonsMessrs. Lyons, Curry, and Gartrell. The remainder of the open session was occupied in receiving bills from the Senate, and the bills of the two Houses which had received the sanction of the Executive. At 12 o'clock the resolution adjourning the House was adopted, when the Speaker, Hon. Thos. S. Bocock, delivered a handsome parting add
Judge Lyons's Court, yesterday. --John Reed was set to the bar on an indictment for stealing a horse from John R. Coakley, whereupon the jury was empauncied and sworn. Witnesses having been examined and the case argued as well for the Common wealth as for the prisoner, a verdict of guilty was rendered, and his term of confinement in the penitentiary assessed at four years. Thomas Maloney and Joseph Stephens, jointly indicted for breaking and entering the store of Wm. Holt Richardson and stealing a quantity of clothing, were set to the bar, and upon their arraignment elected to be tried separately, whereupon the Court took up the case of Maloney, who was tried, convicted, and assessed with three years confinement in the penitentiary. The Court then went into the trial of Jos. Stephens, and the case having been fully argued a verdict of guilty was rendered by the Jury, and the prisoner assessed with one year's confinement in the penitentiary. Sentence was then pron
Mayor's Court. --George Oxley was remanded to the Hustings Court on the charge of receiving three coats valued at $25 each; six shirts, valued at $5 each; three pairs of pants worth $30, and one pair of shoes worth $25, from Jno. L. Pleasants and Wm. W. Edwards, a few days since. Wilson, slave of Joseph Angle, arrested by order of the Mayor on the charge of stealing sundry articles of value from James Lyons, was called to the stand; but on account of the absence of witnesses, the hearing of the case was continued till this morning, and the accused bailed to appear. A white man, named James Disney, was fined $5, for shooting pigeons in the street, contrary to law. Mrs. E. P. Yarrington was fined $10, for permitting her slave Emma to go at large, contrary to law. A similar fine was imposed upon Edward D. Eacho, charged with permitting Margaret, a slave for which he is responsible, to go at large in the city without a proper pass. Mrs. Mary S. Apperson paid
charge of treasonable correspondence, was renewed before Confederate Commissioner Watson; Mr. P. H. Aylett representing the Government in the prosecution, and Messrs. Lyons and Randolph appearing for the defence. The principal part of the testimony turned upon establishing the handwriting of Phillips, comparing a book in posstective Cashmeyer. These letters and papers Mr. Aylett desired to introduce to establish the character of said Phillips, and to prove his loyalty to the South. Mr. Lyons opposed the admission of these letters as testimony. He made no objection to the introduction of the letters to prove the handwriting of Phillips. Geo. F. ps, but had not that familiarity with his handwriting that would enable him to distinguish it when presented. This concluded the testimony in the case, when Mr. Lyons, counsel for the defence, asked the discharge of Mrs. Allan upon the ground that the evidence submitted in the case failed utterly to prove that the letter signe
The Daily Dispatch: February 20, 1864., [Electronic resource], Suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. (search)
rged with conniving at the escape from his owner of William, the property of James Lyons. Mr. Lyons testified that Wilson, whose wife is owned by him, had been in tMr. Lyons testified that Wilson, whose wife is owned by him, had been in the habit of visiting his premises. Up to a very recent date he had looked upon him as an honest, worthy negro; but, a short time since his servant boy William had rmed officer Griffin of the fact that he knew where he was, but would not tell Mr. Lyons, as he had been treated badly by him. Mr. Lyons had endeavored on one, or twoMr. Lyons had endeavored on one, or two occasions to induce the prisoner to tell him where his runaway servant could be found, but had been unable to gain any satisfactory information concerning him. Sincy been endeavoring to injure the standing of his house servants, but that he (Mr. Lyons) had received indubitable evidence implicating the accused as the principal aonly proper way to eject an unprofitable tenant was to make an appeal before Judge Lyons. Benjamin Degroot, presented some time since, on the charge of unlawful
Hustings Court. --Owing to the fact that the presence of Littleton Tazewell, Attorney for the Commonwealth. was required before the Circuit Court yesterday, Judge Lyons's Court was not in session. The trial of criminal cases will be resumed this morning.
Wm. Langford, Joe Childress, and Walter Beck, youths, the oldest of whom was not more than ten or eleven years of age, were charged with stealing from Dan Hunt a lot of window-glass. The testimony elicited in this case fully established the guilt of the accused; but the Mayor discharged them upon the ground of their extreme youth, recommending them to their parents for proper punishment for the offence which they had committed. His Honor remanded for examination before the Hustings Court a negro fellow named Wilson, the property of Joseph Angle, charged with conniving at the escape of a negro boy belonging to James Lyons, and also with being concerned in several robberies which have been recently committed upon his premises. A fine of $10 was imposed upon James Smith, an Irish huckster, charged with buying cabbage in the upper market to sell again, contrary to a city ordinance. Several negro boys were punished for disorderly conduct in the streets on Sunday last.
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