From the Richmond Dispatch, 8/26/1864, p.1, c. 6
Mayor’s Court – Recorder Caskie presiding. – Ill health on the part of the Mayor has deterred him from officiating for the past few days. Yesterday morning he left the city for a short recreation in the country; and during the interim of his absence the police affairs of the city will be under the management of Recorder James K. Caskie, whose efficient management has hitherto given general satisfaction. The following is a true transcript of the business disposed of yesterday morning:
Dennis Sweeney was charged with unlawfully turning out of door Elizabeth Grimes, stepdaughter of Dennis’ second wife. The accused testified that Miss Grimes was anxious to cause a disturbance between himself and wife; and because he intimated on Wednesday that himself and wife were the only ones who had any right to exercise authority over the premises, the complainant flew in a passion and procured the warrant upon which he was arraigned. After a careful sifting of the testimony, the Recorder discovered nothing more in the affair than an ordinary family difficulty, over which he had no control, and therefore, dismissed the case with a little wholesome advice to all parties concerned.
E. Wilkes, the owner or hirer of Louisa, who for some time since has been going at large, disposing of her time contrary to a city ordinance, was fined and advised to beware of a second offence.
Joseph Angle, charged with running drays and wagons on the street without conforming to the ordinance with respect to licensing and numbering the same, was fined five dollars.
A fine of fifty dollars and confiscation was imposed upon Timothy McNemara, charged with buying a load of watermelons to sell again at advanced prices. The evidence proved that Tim resorted to the strategic plan of bargaining for the melons in the First Market and having them driven to his residence, on Main street, between Nineteenth and Twentieth, before settling for the same, in order to evade the law.
Martha, slave of Mrs. Page, charged with using insolent and abusive language to a youth named George W. Murray, was discharged, the evidence being insufficient to convict her of the offence.
Leopold Rose, charged with permitting a nuisance to exist on his premises, was allowed a limited time to abate the same before the requisitions of the ordinance will be enforced.