The Robbery at General Wise's House
September 9, 1867
A colored woman named Betsy Payne was accused of stealing silverware from the General.
The Robbery at General Wise's House.-Saturday a colored woman named Betsy Payne was brought before the Mayor to answer for stealing fifty spoons, knives, and forks, and several articles of clothing, the property of General Henry A. Wise, and valued at $297. General Wise presented a diagram of his house, and then testified that the articles had been stolen on Tuesday last; that the accused had charge of the silver ; that suspicion strongly rested upon her ; that he had been also robbed a few weeks previous. The Mayor announced that he was not prepared to hear the case then, and at the request of the General continued it until to-day, bailing the accused in the sum of 8500 for her appearance. Mr. J. Ilarmer Gilmer, Sr., security.
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