From the Richmond Dispatch, 8/13/1864, p.1, c. 5
Hustings Court of Magistrates, Recorder James H. Caskie, Presiding. – This court met again yesterday morning and continued its session till about half-past three o’clock, at which time it took a recess till half-past four o’clock. The following is a summary of the proceedings which took place:
John Henderson, charged with stealing fifty pounds of copperas, the property of the Confederate Government, plead guilty, and was sentenced to thirty days imprisonment in the city jail.
J. Lafon Bohannon, charged with stealing a pocketbook containing a small sum of money, the property of W. S. Botts, was discharged.
Maria Canary, charged with buying one ladies dress knowing the same to have been stolen, was found guilty by the jury and sentenced to thirty days imprisonment in the city jail. Subsequently, however, an appeal was made in her behalf for commutation of sentence on the ground of her having five little helpless children dependent entirely upon her for a support, and the court thereupon reconsidered their verdict and lessened the number of days for her confinement to five.
Adolph New, a small white boy about twelve years of age, was guilty of stealing $130, the property of George A. Freeman, from a lady in the First Market, but in consideration of his youth he was discharged upon the promise of his mother to take him home and give him a good whipping.
Henry Hungerford, charged with being interested in the exhibition of the game of faro, was found guilty and sentenced to sixty days imprisonment in the city jail and to pay a fine of one thousand dollars. Hon. Humphrey Marshall, counsel for the accused, took and appeal to a higher court in this case, but the Justices did not stay their verdict in consequence thereof.
Joseph Gussen and Henry L. Wigand, the first charged with feloniously taking away furniture belonging to Smith & Harwood, and the latter with buying the same, with the knowledge of the manner in which it was obtained, were discharged.