IT WAS TRUE. -- Quite a sensation was created in Washoe a couple of months ago, by a telegram from the East, announcing that John Church, publisher of the Virginia Union, and one of the delegates to the Baltimore Convention, had been arrested and thrown into Fort McHenry. No denial came, and no confirmation of the report, and people were left to satisfy themselves about it by guesswork. From members of the Washoe delegation who have just arrived by the steamer, we learn that, by an accident, Mr. Church really got into the Fort, and was confined there for about three hours. He was in a boat, with a young nephew, skirmishing about the bay, to see the sights, and, when pretty close under the guns of Fort McHenry, the nephew stripped off his clothes and jumped overboard for a swim. The sentinels did not see him jump, but they saw him when he rose to the surface of the water, and were astonished and alarmed at the unusual spectacle. They thought he was an escaped prisoner, and they lost no time in capturing him and his party. When the facts came out, they were liberated, of course. Church was present when the dispatch announcing his imprisonment was framed by Messrs. Winters and Birge, and did nothing to interfere with the joke.
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THEY GOT HER OUT. -- Ann Barry, who has spent most of her time in the County Jail for years past, at the public expense, and who is so soaked with gin that she would burn like a tar barrel if she should ever catch fire, wandered off in a gang by herself, yesterday, and jumped into the Bay. However, by some mistake or other, they got her out.
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VERDICT FOR THE MOSES TAYLOR. -- At about six o'clock yesterday evening the case of Mary Remarque against the steamship Moses Taylor, went to the jury, who, after an absence of some fifteen or twenty minutes, returned with a verdict for the defendant. An appeal to the Supreme Court will probably follow.
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A NEW STAR. -- Anna Dillon, a frail daughter of Erin, recently arrived in this Rahab's paradise, per steamship America. Her peculiar amiability of temper while under the influence of the "potheen," which was all the time, won for her appellation of "Gentle Annie." And now that she is here, Maria Holt, Julia Jennings & Co. must look to their laurels. Annie is still quite young, and might be quite pretty, and she might prove damaging to the fame of her illustrious seniors above mentioned. Yesterday, for the second or third time, her name appeared prominent on the Police calendar. Annie's offence might be ienominated, "Drunk, as usual." She forfeited her bail as before.
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Note: Rahab was the name of a prostitute in the Bible, Hebrews 11:31. "Potheen" is illicit Irish whisky.
BOY THIEVES. -- Ah Foo and Ah Yem, two small Chinese boys, were arrested yesterday by Captain Lees and Officer Watkin, charged with grand larceny. Ah Foo has been a servant for Dr. Hartmann, No. 21 1/2 Geary street, and on Saturday last he watched his master conceal one hundred and thirty dollars in a box and cover it with mineralogical specimens. The next morning, at seven o'clock, when the Doctor came in, he found Ah Yem and Ah Foo and suspecting that everything might not be right, he examined his box and discovered that his money was gone. The artless Ah Foo immediately hid his head behind the sofa, and without waiting to be accused, said he did not steal the money, but remarked afterward that he would go and find it. Generous; boy but not above suspicion. The story here set down is the Doctor's -- the boys say they never saw the money and know nothing about it; they further say that the window was up all the time, and the box within reaching distance from the street.
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BOARD OF EDUCATION
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It was stated that almost the whole of the Grammar Class of the Mason Street School had declined giving their participation in the exercises at the National Freedmen's Association's Concert, by the Public School children, at Platt's Hall, on Friday, August 12th.
Mr. Pope suggested that the class referred to be informed that they will be required to come out and give their aid on that occasion. The subject gave rise to an indefinite amount of speech making, in which the words "patriotism" and "stigma" occurred frequently. The matter was referred to a Committee to act.
Mr. Thompson, on behalf of the Lincoln and Johnson Club, requested the use of a room in the Ninth District School House, to hold weekly meetings in. The request challenged a lively opposition, and was withdrawn by Mr. Thompson.
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