Proceedings in the Courts.
Mayor's Court--Monday, October 27.
--There was the usual number of cases before the Mayor
to-day, but none of such special importance as to call for comment.
We subjoin a summary:
and Margaret Parvo, arrested for fighting on Main street Sunday and collecting a large crowd, to the disturbance of the peace, were, in default of ball, sent to prison.
The conduct of these women before the Mayor
was in marked contrast to their rowdy manifestations during Sunday night, while confined in the lock-up.
, a mulatto girl, resident of Manchester
, was arraigned for drunkenness, a charge fully proved by the oath of one of Major Griswold
She was ordered to be whipped, and committed for want of security for her good behavior.
, a lad dressed in uniform, was arraigned for stealing $180 from Thomas T. Emmett
, in the First Market
, last Wednesday.
The testimony was sufficient to warrant the Mayor
in committing him for examination before a called Court of Hustings, November 1st. It appears that Turpin
enjoys some notoriety as ‘"a picker-up of unconsidered trifles,"’ as he stands charged on the Mayor
's book with picking Thomas J. Stiff
's pocket of $19, about one month since, and was on ball to answer that offence when he embarked in the last speculation recorded above.
Mary A. and Joseph Thomas
, who were summoned to Court at the instigation of Bridget McDonough
for an alleged assault, were discharged, the complainant not appearing.
, who required the assistance of two crutches to enable him to get along, was charged with drunkenness and interfering with the marketmen at the First Market
could give no satisfactory reason for his conduct, he was compelled to subside into the prisoners' box, under the pressure of a demand for $150 bail for his good behavior.
, who occupies a room in a tenement on Main, between 24th and 25th streets, was charged with keeping ‘"a disorderly and ill governed house"’ This, interpreted, means that Needham
got drunk in his room and made manifestations contrary to law and good manners.
He was sent to prison.
was committed, failing to give bail on the charge of mistaking his wife and children for enemies, and walloping them, accompanied with threats to kill each and all.
Michael Lotts and John Franco
had disturbed the quietude of the inhabitants of lower Main street, Sunday, by engaging in a set-to on the pavement, for which they were prin the cage.
said their conduct on the occasion constituted a findable nuisance.
Each of them was mulled in the sum of $15, and held to bail in $150 not to engage in any more fights for one year from date.
, a resident of Castle Thunder, was sent up by Captain Alexander
for trial, on the charge of stealing $60 and an overcoat from Michael J. Conner
, who, one of the witnesses, a North Carolina
soldier, testified, was ‘"a dinky old gentleman,"’ having been put in for intoxication.
The proof was clear enough that the fellow made way with the funds, and equally clear that he promised, if they would carry him back to the Castle
, he would show where he had hid the money.
saw no reason why Capt. Alexander
could not try the case.
The prisoner was sent back ‘"unwhipped of justice,"’ and the ‘"dinky old gentleman"’ left to get his money the best way he could.
The case of Harriet, slave of Banks Ward
, hired to Mrs. J. C. Robinson
, and who is charged by her mistress with breaking open her trunks and stealing $325 in bank notes, a gold chain, thimble and bracelet, was partially heard and continued until Wednesday.
The proof was pretty strong, showing that if the woman did not do the stealing she knew who did.
Ben, slave of R. C. Howe
, and Robert, slave of Dr. Pollard
, were both whipped for being found in possession of pistols by the police.
, arrested for lying down in Locust Alley, ‘"insensibly drunk,"’ was committed for further examination, it being believed that his name is not John Myers
, and that he is a deserter from the army.
Hustings Court--Hen. Wm. H Lyons, Judge--Monday, Oct. 27th, 1862.
was occupied the entire session of to-day in trying the case of James Slater
, charged with shooting Wm. Clarke
, in March last, with a pistol, inflicting a mortal wound, of which the said Clarke
Judge W. W. Crump
appeared for the prisoner, and Littleton Tazewell
, for the Commonwealth
About 7 o'clock P. M., the argument of counsel, pre et con,
was concluded and the case being submitted to the jury, who immediately retired, and in about an hour thereafter they returned into Court with the following verdict:
‘"We, the Jury, find the prisoner, James Slater
, guilty of murder in the second degree, and do fix his term of confinement in the Penitentiary at ten years."’
The same magistrates also examined William S. Conley
for feloniously cutting Mary J. McMinn
on the arm, on 2d street, and Thomas Dobson
and Michael Burns
for stealing Julius H. Gantt
All the parties were sent on for trial before Judge Lyons
Henrico Circuit Court, Monday, Oct. 27th.
--But little business was transacted in this Court to-day further than some civil cases in chancery.
The case of Joseph Bernard
, charged with shooting John O. Taylor
, will be called up Tuesday, provided a jury can be empaneled.
Witnesses will bear the fact in mind and be punctual in attendance.
Confederate States Court.
--No business of importance was done in this Court yesterday.
Adjourned over until Wednesday morning at eleven o'clock A. M.