Celia : Commonwealth Cause, Richmond City
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and she denied all knowledge of the burning and robbery. The property here produced in Court witness identifies as his own that was stolen on the night of the fire. There was no person left in the house when witness and his wife went out. Witness hires the negro Celia from Mr. Charles Palmer. Witness never had any cause to complain of the prisoner.
Sallie Law sworn deposed that she left the house with her husband and returned with him and fully corroborates the testimony of Theodore A. Law. Witness called on Celia to run up stairs and carry water and she said that she did not know where the buckets were. Witness had to get the buckets herself to carry the water up. After the confusion was over the prisoner confessed to witness that she stole the property and then put the fire in one of bureau draws and burnt the bureau and the house caught from the fire in the Bureau. Prisoner had been a very good servant and witness had no cause to complain of her. She has a young child. Witness asked her why she did that and she said that she did not know. Mr. Law at one time owned the prisoner and sold her to Mr. Palmer for much less than he have gotten from others.
J. C. Baptist police officer sworn deposed that he went to Mr. Law and he told witness of his loss and witness began to search and found in the prisoners stocking which she had on and in her pocket $3820. Witness then asked her where the gold was and she carried witness down in the kitchen and found