Clarke, Robert H.: Commonwealth Cause, Richmond City
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Austin a slave the property of James Abram sworn deposed that he works at the Artillery work Shops on 7th Street and occupied a room with the prisoner and when witness returned to his room from his work on the night of the 16th day of December 1863, witness found his trunk had been broken open and two hundred and twenty five dollars in confederate money pair of gold ear rings and between two and three dollars in gold stolen from the trunk - Witness at once suspected the prisoner because no other person had access to the room, witness at once informed the police who went in search of the prisoner and arrested him and found the ear rings and a portion of the money upon his person.
Lewis M. Carter police officer sworn deposed that he went in search of the prisoner and arrested the prisoner and found upon him $34 in money & the Gold ear rings which the man Austin had described before he arrested him. Prisoner gave no account of the property.