Mayor's Court, Thursday.
--The docket in this court to-day was a short one, though, owing to the number of witnesses examined, nearly two hours were consumed in its consideration:
The most important case disposed of was that against Henry S. Arnold
, charged with stealing a lot of chloroform, calomel, quinine, and other medicines, belonging to the Confederate Government.--Arnold
hails from King George county, Virginia
, is young and respectable in appearance, and has once been wounded in the service, but at the present time claims to be detailed for light duty.
The medicines which he is accused of stealing were discovered in the store of Mr. C. M. Berrian
, druggist, on the corner of Broad and Twenty-fifth streets; and that gentleman asserts that he bought them from the prisoner.
The first witness called was Dr. Drew
, chief of the laboratory department of the Medical Purveyor's office
of the Confederate States
. Dr. Drew
recognized the chloroform as being the property of the Government
from the peculiar manner in which it was put up — the mouth of the bottles being sealed with plaster of Paris
, a mode he had never seen adopted before.
He could not say that there had been any medicines stolen from his department, but was of the opinion that the robbery was committed at some hospital, and was some which had been issued by him.--A clerk under Dr. Brew
stated that, some weeks since, he went to the ore of Mr. Berrian
to see a young man, and wis, ere his attention was attracted to these from the peculiar manner in which they were put up. He examined the bottles and thought they were some which he had filled and sealed up at the Purveyor
On inquiry, he was informed by Mr. Berrian
's clerk that the medicines had been bought from Arnold
, and was shown a memorandum written in the handwriting of Mr. O. R. Morrison
, an employee at the department, which memorandum had been wrapped around one of the glass stoppers which was tied to the neck of the bottle.--Mr. Morrison
was called, and identified the writing as his own; also thought the medicines were some which had been issued from the Medical Department.
This witness, as also did the one preceding him, thought he could identify a bottle of copailer from the peculiarity of the label; but upon calling to the stand Mr. George W. Gary
, the printer for the department, it was shown that he might easily be mistaken, as numbers of the same description could be printed at any printing establishment in the city.--Mr. Berrian
testified that Arnold
came to his store about a month since, in open day, and sold him the medicines which were claimed as belonging to the Government
At the time he bought them the prisoner informed him that he was from King George county
, and that the articles he had sold belonged to a blockade-runner from that county, who had recently brought them from Baltimore
Having frequently bought medicines put up in similar bottles, and in precisely the same style, both before the war and since, he felt no hesitation in buying them.
As to there being anything unusual or exclusive in the manner of sealing the chloroform bottles, that was not the case, for he had often bought it put up in the same style.--An expert, who had been in the apothecary business for upwards of forty years, stated that he had never seen chloroform bottles sealed with plaster before the war, nor had he known it to be put up in that style since the war at any other establishment but the Medical Purveyor
's Department.--The ease was thereupon sent on for examination before the Hustings Court, and the prisoner admitted to bad in the sum of five hundred dollars for his appearance.
Mary E. Faceman
, a free negro, was charged with stealing a dress, valued at three hundred dollars, from Mary Shehan
After a short examination of one of the witnesses, it turned out that the offence was committed in Henrico county
, whereupon the Mayor
refused to have anything further to do with the case, and referred the parties to a county magistrate.
, slave of Colonel G. W. Richardson
, made, his appearance to answer the charge of having a lot of clothing supposed to have been stolen.
The mother of the accused was produced as a witness, and gave an account of the clothing in question, clearly exculpating the prisoner from any guilt, and the case was therefore dismissed.