From the Richmond Dispatch, 8/24/1864, p.1, c. 6
Mayor’s Court. – Continued indisposition of the Mayor prevented his attendance yesterday. Recorder James K. Caskie administered upon the following subjects:
John Maxwell, white, was charged with trespassing upon the premises of Jesse Hutcheson and breaking the window blinds from his house. Maxwell professed entire ignorance of the disorderly conduct alleged against him, and asked his discharge upon the plea of intoxication; but the testimony given by officer Crone, who arrested him, having proved that considerable damage had been done to Mr. Hutcheson’s house, he was committed to jail to await such time as the damages can be assessed and the appearance of Mr. Hutcheson can be procured before the Court.
Thomas Quinn, charged with assaulting and beating Ann Riley, was committed, in default of security in the sum of $200 for his future good behavior. Mary Riley, charged with using abusive and threatening language towards Lucy A. Heffley, was required to give security in the sum of $100 for her future good behavior.
Charlotte, slave of William Sutton, charged with stealing one pillowcase, and a small lot of butter, sugar and flour, belonging to a servant in the employ of George W. Minnis, was again brought up for a hearing. This case has been continued for several days on account of the absence of a witness alleged to be important for the prosecution. Said witness being again absent yesterday, the Recorder declined further to continue it, and discharged the accused.
A white woman, named Jane Wright, was charged with having in her possession a stone jar and five pounds of butter which was stolen from Alexander R. Holladay. Officer Jenkins executed a search warrant upon the premises of Mrs. Wright, and found the jar, about two thirds filled with ashes; but the sides and rim around the top were smeared with butter, which indicated that it had been recently emptied of that article. Mrs. Holladay identified the jar as one which had been stolen from her, filled with butter, some weeks since, at the time that her residence was broken into and robbed of several thousand dollars’ worth of groceries. Susan Wright, a daughter of the accused, claimed the jar as hers, and said that sometime since she begged it from a negro man for the purpose of putting oak ashes in, which it was her custom to save. The Recorder discharged Mrs. Wright.
Jacob Goldenstine was fined twenty dollars for purchasing Irish potatoes in the First Market to sell again. The potatoes were confiscated and ordered to be sold for the benefit of the city treasury.