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HOUSE No. 48. 



ANNUAL REPORT 



ATTORNEY-GENERA L^.j^. 



FEBRUAKY, 1850. 



£. BOSTON. 

7 1888 



[Feb. 1850.] HOUSE— No. 48. 



To the Hon. Ensign H. Kellogg, Speaker- of the House of 
Representatives : 

Sir, — In conformity with the provisions of the 186th chapter 
of the Acts of the year 1849, estabhshing the office of Attorney 
General, I submit herewith to the Legislature, the accomf)any- 
ing "Abstracts and Tabular Statements," prepared from the 
Annual Reports, made to me by the prosecuting officers of the 
Commonwealth, of the criminal business in their respective dis- 
tricts, to the 3d day of December last. 

I also append a statement of the cases which have been ar- 
gued and conducted by me, between the 3d day of July, when 
I entered upon the duties of the office of Attorney General, and 
the 1st day of January last. These cases required my attend- 
ance at all the law terms held by the supreme judicial court 
throughout the Commonwealth, with the exception of the coun- 
ty of Norfolk, in which county no cases were reserved for argu- 
ment before the full bench. 

During the period embraced in the Report, I have been fre- 
quently called upon to consult and advise with the Executive, 
the Treasurer and Receiver General, the Land Agent, the Au- 
ditor, the Superintendent of Alien Passengers, and the District 
Attorneys, upon matters connected with the administration of 
the duties of their respective departments, and have prepared 
and furnished twenty-three written opinions upon various ques- 
tions submitted to me by these officers. 

I have also collected and paid over to the Treasurer and Re- 
ceiver General, the sum of $355 57, being the whole amount 
due upon the bonds of a delinquent auctioneer, without insti- 
tuting a suit against the sureties. 

At the August and November terms of the municipal court, I 
attended the grand jury for the county of Suffolk, in their ex- 
aminations of several cases. In the annexed statement I have 



4 ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb. 

omitted all those in which no bills were found, as they are in- 
cluded by the Commonwealth's Attorney for that county, in his 
Report, and are embraced in the accompanying Abstract. 

There are various topics, upon which I have thought impor- 
tant suggestions might be made to the Legi'slature, pursuant to 
the provisions of the fourth section of the act referred to, war- 
ranted by the existing condition of our criminal jurisprudence, 
and which might tend to improvement in "the proper and eco- 
nomical administration of the criminal law." But the brief pe- 
riod which has elapsed since I entered upon the duties of the 
office, and the unusual amount of important business which has 
crowded that period, arising out of an unprecedented increase of 
capital cases, have induced me to defer any suggestions tending 
to a change or modification of existing laws, until a larger meas- 
ure of observation, and better opportunities for a careful consid- 
eration of their tendencies and effect, shall enable me to present 
them with a settled conviction of their necessity or expediency. 
I am admonished also, by the reflection, that such suggestions, 
in a matter of so much importance to the people of the Com- 
monwealth, as the efficient administration of the criminal law, 
to be of any value to the Legislature, or to be entitled ta its con- 
fidence, must be entirely free from the suspicion of being the 
fruits of a crude or hastily formed judgment. 

I therefore have restricted myself in this report, to what is 
required by the statute, as a means of furnishing to the Legisla- 
ture, the materials for a comparison of the statistics of crime in 
this Commonwealth. 

All which is respectfully submitted, by 

JOHN H. CLIFFORD, 

Attorney General. 
February 15th, 18.50. 



1850.1 HOUSE— No. 48. 



STATEMENT 



Of Cases argued and conducted hy the Attorney General^ from 
July 3, 1849, to January 1, 1850. 

County of Berkshire. S. J. Court — Law Term. 

Commonwealth v. Michael Flynn. Arson. Exceptions to 
the ruling of the C. C. Pleas, and motion in arrest of judgment 
— argued — motion overruled, and remitted to C. C. Pleas for 
sentence. 

Same v. same. Perjury. Motion in arrest of judgment — ar- 
gued — motion overruled — remitted to C. C. Pleas for sentence. 

Same v. Eben'r L. Griffin and al. License Law. Motion in 
arrest — argued — overruled. Four exceptions argued — 3 over- 
ruled — 1 sustained. Remitted to C. C. Pleas for sentence on 3 
counts of the indictment. 

Same v. Robert Walden. Malicious Mischief. Exceptions 
— argued — and sustained. Remitted to C. C. Pleas for new 
trial. 

David A. Sumner and al. v. the Commonwealth. Writ of 
Error. Argued — ^judgment for plaintiffs in error. Discharged. 

County of Hampshire. S. J. Court — Law Term. 

Commonwealth v. Betsey Hunt. Lewd and Lascivious Co- 
habitation. Exceptions from C. C. Pleas — argued — 3 excep- 
tions sustained, and defendant discharged. 

Same v. Thomas Tilton. License Law. Exceptions — and 
motion to quash indictment — argued — overruled. Remitted to 
C. C. Pleas for sentence. 

Same v. James Sloane and al. License Law. Exceptions — 
argued— overruled. Remitted to C. C. Pleas for sentence. 

County of Hampden. S. J. Court — Law Term. 

Commonwealth v. Otis Twitchell. Unlicensed Public Exhi- 
bition. Motion in arrest of judgment — argued— overruled. Re- 
mitted to C. C. Pleas for sentence. 

County of Franklin. S. J. Court — Law Term. 
Commonwealth v. Calvin Shattuck. Forcible Detainer. De- 



6 ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb. 

murrer to indictment and joinder in demurrer. Continued for 
argument, at adjourned term in Boston. 

Same v. Patience Bond and als. Assault on an Officer. Ex- 
ceptions from C. C. Pleas. Continued for argument, as above. 

County of Worcester. S. J. Court — Law Term. 

Commonwealth v. Mason Wheeler. License Law. Excep- 
tions from C. C. Pleas — exceptions waived. Remitted to C. 
C. Pleas for sentence. 

Same v. same. Exceptions from C. C. Pleas — exceptions 
waived. Remitted to C. C. Pleas for sentence. 

Same v. Esek Saunders. Violation Factory Labor Law. 
Exceptions, and motion to quash indictment. Nol. pros, in 
consequence of new legislation since the exceptions were taken. 
Act of 1849, c. 220. 

Commonwealth v. William E. Knowlton. Murder. Prisoner 
arraigned, and counsel assigned. Trial assigned for October 9, 
1849. 

October 9. Prisoner's counsel move for a postponement. 
Motion discussed and granted. Trial postponed to December 
26, 1849. 

December 26th, 2rth, 28th, and 29th. Trial. Verdict, guilty. 
Sentence, death. 

County of Middlesex. S. J. Court — Law Term. 

Commonwealth v. Worthy Parker. Assault and Battery. 
Motion in arrest of judgment, and exceptions. Continued for 
argument, at adjourned term. 

Same v. Valentine Robbins. Wilful Trespass. Exceptions 
from C. C. Pleas. Continued for argument, at adjourned term. 

Same v. Josiah G. Chase. Violatioti of City By-law. Con- 
tinued for argument, at adjourned term. This case, being a 
prosecution for violating an ordinance or by-law of a city, in 
which, by the existing provisions of law, the Commonwealth is 
not responsible for any costs, it does not properly come within 
the official cognizance or management of the prosecuting offi- 
cers. But, as the case had been conducted in the C. C. Pleas, 
by the District Attorney, in conformity with a usage which has 
prevailed in that county, it was taken charge of by me before I 



1850.] HOUSE— No. 48. 7 

was apprized of the nature of the prosecution, and continued 
for argument, at the adjourned term. 

Commonwealth v. Daniel H. Pierson. Murder. 
Do. V. do. do. 

Do. V. do. do. 

Prisoner arraigned on the first indictment, and counsel as- 
signed. December 18th assigned for the trial. 

December 12th, a motion was made by the prisoner's counsel, 
before the whole court, at Salem, for a postponement of the 
trial. The motion was argued, and granted by the court, and 
the trial postponed to February 26, 1850. 

County of Bristol. S. J. Court — Law Term. 

Commonwealth v. John Q,. A. Tripp. Licetise Law. 

Do. V. do. do. 

Do. V. do. do. 

Exceptions from C. C. Pleas — argued — overruled — and con- 
tinued to the November term S. J. Court for sentence. 

County of Essex. S. J. Court — Law Term. 

Commonwealth v. Bimsly Stevens. Common Drunkard. 
Exceptions from C. C. Pleas — argued — exceptions overruled. 
Remitted to C. C. Pleas for sentence. 

Same v. William Clark. Licetise Law. Motion in arrest of 
judgment — argued — overruled. Remitted to C. C. Pleas for 
sentence. 

Same v. William P. Shaw and William H. Mallory. Bur- 
glary. Exceptions from C. C. Pleas — argued — overruled. Pris- 
oners sentenced, viz. : — Shaw, 3 days solitary and 4 years 
State Prison. Mallory, 3 days solitary and 4 years State 
Prison. 

Same v. William P. Shaw, William H. Mallory, and Josepli 
B. Atwater. Exceptions from C. C. Pleas — argued — excep- 
tions overruled. Prisoners sentenced, viz. : — Shaw, 4 years 
State Prison. Mallory, 4 years State Prison. Atwater, 4 years 
State Prison. 

Same v. John P. Lakeman. Assault and Battery. Excep- 
tions from C. C. Pleas— argued — overruled. Remitted to C. C. 
Pleas for sentence. 



8 ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb. 

William P. Dix v. the Commonwealth. 
Do. V. do. 

Do. V. do. 

Three writs of error— argued — ^judgment for the Common- 
wealth ; writs of error dismissed, and the original judgment of 
the C. C. Pleas affirmed. 

Commonwealth v. Rachel Sharp. Murder. Prisoner ar- 
raigned — counsel assigned — trial assigned for December 11th. 

December 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th. — Trial— argued to the 
jury — ^jury do not agree upon a verdict; jury discharged, and 
case continued. 

In the trial of this case, I was assisted by the Hon. Asahel 
Huntington, District Attorney for the Eastern District. 

County of Suffolk. S. J. Court and Municipal Court. 

Harrison Wingate v. the Commonwealth. Writ of Error. 
Entered Nov. term S. J. Court for argument. Still pending. 

Commonwealth v. John McDonald. Exceptions from Muni- 
cipal Court. Still pending in S. J. Court. 

Same v. John Lowell. Same. 

Same v. Certain Lottery Tickets. Information filed in Mu- 
nicipal Court, by the District Attorney. Exceptions to S. J. 
Court, still pending. 

Same v. Thomas Connelly, John Riley, and John Joyce. 
Rape. Mmiicipal Court, August term. Attended the Grand 
Jury, and drew the indictment. Indictment certified into S. J. 
Court, November term. Prisoners arraigned, and December 
31st assigned for the trial. 

December 31st and January 1st, trial. Verdict, Connelly 
guilty of an assault, with intent to ravish. Joyce and Riley 
not guilty. Connelly sentenced to 3 days solitary and 3 years 
State Prison. 

Commonwealth by information v. John Keyes, 2d Comer 
Convict. Municipal Court, August term. Information filed — 
defendant arraigned and convicted. Sentence, 5 days addi- 
tional imprisonment. 

Same v. James Morse. Same. Same. 

Same v. James Swan. Municipal Court, September term. 
Information filed — defendant arraigned — convicted, and sen- 
tenced to 5 days additional. 



1850.J HOUSE— No. 48. 9 

Same v. George Ranselow. Same. Same sentence. 

Same v. David B. Mason. Same. Same sentence. 

Same v. Thomas C. Cummings. Municipal Court, October 
term. Information filed — defendant convicted — sentence, 10 
days additional. 

Same v. Alonzo Reynolds. Same. Same sentence. 

Same v. Charles Sargent. Same. Same sentence. 

Municipal Court, November term. Attended the Grand Jury, 
and drew indictments, in the following cases : — 

Commonwealth v. Philip Dolan and al. Aggravated Assault. 

Same v. John Betton. Arson. 

Same v. George Cox. Murder. Indictment certified to S. J. 
Court, November term. Prisoner arraigned, and trial assigned 
for December 31st. 



10 



ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. 



[Feb. 



Table I. 
SUFFOLK COUNTY. 



OFFENCES. 


a^ 


i 

6 


J2 
1 

< 


•o 

z 


bb 

1 


c5 

o 
Z 


1 

i 
1 




COSTS. 


Against the person fe- 
loniously, 


20 


10 


3 


. 


2 


4 


1 


_ 


$796 42 


Against the person not 
feloniously, - 


252 


117 


24 


31 


16 


43 


15 


6 


5,370 23 


Against property with 
violence, 


67 


48 


8 


1 


6 


2 


2 


- 


1,992 89 


Against property with- 
out violence, - 


289 


201 


32 


9 


17 


11 


6 


13 


7,133 43 


Other offences, - 


965 


577 


23 


83 


68 


101 


70 


43 


10,2.37 14 


Total, 


1593 


953 


90 


124 


109 


161 


94 


62 


$25,530 11 


Table of Offences. 




















Ahduction, 


2 


- 


- 


1 


- 


" 


1 


- 


$12 53 


" and Forni- 
cation, - - - 


1 


. 


- 


. 


. 


- 


- 


1 


9 85 


Abortion, procuring, - 


3 


- 


1 


1 


- 


1 




- 


200 52 


Absconding apprentice, 
&c., - - - 


1 


- 


- 


- 


1 


- 


- 


- 


- 


Accessary to a felony 
after the fact, - 


1 


. 


. 


. 


1 


. 




- 


- 


Adultery, - - - 


11 


3 


- 


3 


2 


2 




- 


215 73 


Arson, - - - 


2 


1 


1 


- 


- 


- 




- 


59 01 


" second degree, - 


2 


1 


1 


- 


- 


- 




- 


70 66 


" attempt at, 


1 


- 


1 


- 


- 


- 




- 


37 39 


Assault, &c., - 


2 


- 


1 


1 


- 


- 




- 


70 59 


" with intent to 
commit a rape, 


1 


_ 


. 


1 


. 


. 


. 


. 


19 68 



1850.] 



HOUSE— No. 43. 
TABLE 12. 



11 



OFFENCES. 



Assault, felonious, 

Assault, felonious, with 
intent to murder, 

Assault, felonious, with 
a pistol, &c., - 

Assault, felonious, at- 
tempt to commit a 
rape, - - . 

Assault, felonious, and 
Robbery & Larceny, 

Assault and Battery, - 

Assault and Battery, 
aggravated, - 

Assault and Battery, 
with a file, &c.. 



Assault and 
felonious, 



Battery, 



Assault and Battery, 
intent to ravish, &c., 

Assault and Battery, 
on a Judge of Police 
Court, - - - 

Assault and Battery, on 
an officer and rescu- 
ing a prisoner, &c., - 

Assault and Battery, on 
a Police Officer, 

Assault and Battery, on 
watchmen. 

Assault and Battery, 
with an axe, on two 
watchmen. 

Assault and Battery, 
with a slung shot, - 



131 


65 


4 


4 


1 


1 


2 


2 


1 


1 


1 


1 


1 




2 


2 


3 


3 


1 


1 


1 


1 



19 



22 



#235 76 
52 53 
18 57 

22 20 



27 11 


2850 16 


95 12 


20 ai 


107 24 


35 90 



9 18 



20 31 


18 71 


74 59 


20 47 


48 72 



12 



ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. 



[Feb. 



Table I. — Continued. 



OFFENCES. 


^ 


i 

a 
6 


1 

< 


■o 


1 


S 

o 


t 
2 

1 




COSTS. 


Assaulting a Consta- 
ble, &c., 


3 


3 














$35 98 


Assaulting and resist- 
ing a Constable, 


2 


2 














33 74 


Assaulting an Officer, 
&c., . 


1 




1 












13 24 


Assaulting an Officer, 
and attempting to 
rescue a prisoner, . 


4 


4 














57 92 


Assaulting Police Offi- 
cers, . 


2 


2 














73 34 


Assaulting Watchmen, 
&c., . . . 


14 


12 


2 










. 


291 89 


Assaulting Watchmen, 
Rescue, tfcc, . 


1 


1 


. 


. 




. 






14 32 


Breaking and entering 
a church and Lar- 




















ceny, . 


1 




1 




. 


. 


. 




35 27 


Breaking into a school- 
house and stealing 
therein. 


1 








1 








15 21 


Brothel, . 


31 


7 




3 


16 


1 


3 


1 


513 24 


Brothel and House of 
111 Fame, 


8 


5 




2 






1 




94 80 


Brothel and License 
Law, . 


2 


1 




1 










32 15 


Brothel &. noisy house. 


8 


4 




1 


, 




3 




82 45 


Brothel, Noisy House, 
and Sunday, . 


3 


3 














33 54 


Brothels, letting out 
tenements for. 


1 






1 










12 16 


Brothels, letting houses 
for, 


5 






5 










66 65 



1850.] 



HOUSE— No. 48. 
Table I. — Continued. 



13 



OFFENCES. 


1 


> 


J2 
a 

'5 

< 


Z 


c 

1 

IB 


1 


(5 

o 
2 




COSTS. 


Burglary and Larceny, 


1 


. 






1 








#41 80 


Burglary and Larceny, 
attempt at, . 


1 


1 














20 32 


Cheating by False Pre- 
tences, . 


36 


5 


5 


7 


5 


7 


6 


1 


761 75 


Cheating by False Pre- 
tences, and conspira- 
cy to cheat, . 


1 


1 














34 57 


Cheating by False Pre- 
tences and Larceny, 


1 








, 


. 


1 




12 05 


Cheating by a Shop 
Bill, for a Bank Bill, 
and False Pretences, 


1 














1 


44 51 


Civil Actions, (Recog- 
nizances,) 


71 


44 




26 


. 


. 


1 




364 65 


Conunon Drunkards, . 


4 


1 


• 


1 


2 


• 


• 




129 11 


Common Night-walker, 


1 






. 








1 


9 71 


Conspiracy to cheat, . 


3 










3 




. 


10 79 


Conspiracy to cheat, 
and Cheating, 


1 








. 


• 


1 




12 29 


Counterfeit Bank BHls, 
having, with guilty 
knowledge and in- 
tent to utter them as 
true, &c.. 


14 


8 


1 




2 


2 


1 




347 20 


Cruelty to Animals, . 


1 


1 














19 25 


Deputy Sheriff ordered 
to discharge a Wit- 
ness, 


1 






1 












Disorderly House, &.C., 


3 


2 








1 






30 21 


Disorderly and Noisy 
House, and Brothel, 


1 


1 














26 44 


Drunkenness, . 


1 


1 




. 


, 




. 




8 96 



14 ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb. 

Table T. — Continued. 



OFFENCES. 


3 


1 


'5 
a* 


■p 

o 


1 


m 

o 
Z 


1 
1 


a" 


COSTS. 


Drunkenness and Com- 
mon Drunkard, 


1 


1 














^11 65 


Embezzlement, . 


1 




. 






1 






7 17 


Embezzlement and Lar- 
ceny, . 


1 






. 


. 


1 






7 17 


Escape from House of 
Correction, . 


3 


3 




• 










30 40 


Escape from State Pris- 
on, .. . 


1 


1 














8 14 


Forgery, . 


7 


1 


1 




1 


3 






130 06 


Forgery and Uttering, 


5 


2 


* 




1 


1 




1 


61 91 


Fornication, 


' 


2 




1 








1 


40 82 


Having a lighted Cigar 
in a Stable, &c., . 


1 


1 














8 49 


Having Tools, Dies, 
&.C., for coining 
Counterfeit Money, 


1 




J 












23 67 


Highway Robbery, Fe- 
lonious Assault, &c.. 


2 


2 






. 








65 78 


Homicide, 


2 


. 








2 






24 45 


Housebreaking and 
Larceny, 


13 


9 


1 




3 








a33 01 


House of 111 Fame, 
keeping, 


3 


1 


1 


1 










32 41 


House of 111 Fame, 
Brothel, &c. keep- 
ing, . 


3 


2 








1 






63 73 


Intruding a Wharf be- 
yond the Commis- 
sioners' Line, 


16 


4 


1 


2 


8 








364 29 


Larceny, . 


261 


187 


27 


6 


16 


10 




11 


6,443 42 


Larceny, attempt at, . 


5 


3 


1 




1 








94 85 



1850.] 



HOUSE— No. 48. 
Table I. — Continued. 



15 



OFFENCES. 


1 


> 

i 


i 

< 


•6 
S 

1 


bio 
s 

c 


O 


-d 

1 

o 




COSTS. 


Larceny from a Build- 
ing on Fire, . 


1 


1 














#13 88 


Larceny from the Per- 
son, 


] 


1 


. 




. 


. 






44 48 


Larceny and Highway 
Robbery, Felonious 
Assault, 


1 


1 














59 16 


Larceny and Receiving 
Stolen Goods, &c. . 


1 


1 














36 30 


Lewd and Lascivious 
Association and Co- 
habitation, 


1 




1 












22 22 


Lewd and Lascivious 
Cohabitation, . 


2 


. 


1 




1 


. 


. 




42 12 


Lewd and Lascivious 
Cohabitation & For- 
nication, 


1 




1 












19 95 


Lewdness and Expo- 
sure, 


5 


4 




1 


. 


. 


. 




131 93 


Libel, . 


2 










2 


. 




4 61 


License Law, . 


537 


335 


12 


8 


S3 


81 


40 


38 


4,569 57 


License Law & Broth- 
el, .. . 


1 


1 




. 


. 


. 


. 




12 03 


License Law and Bad 
House, , 


1 


1 


. 








. 


. 


12 98 


License Law and Dis- 
orderly House, 


4 


3 










1 


. 


49 29 


License Law and Gam- 
bling House, . 


1 










1 






4 25 


License Law and Noisy 
House, . 


37 


26 


1 


1 


1 


1 


6 


1 


434 56 


License Law and Noisy 
and Gambl'g House, 


1 












1 




9 44 



16 ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT 

Table I. — Contiiuied. 



[Feb. 



OFFENCES. 


.2 
1 


c 
.2 

> 

c 


1 


y 

■o 


1 

1 


o 


1 




COSTS. 


License Law and Noisy 
and Disord'ly House, 

License Law and Sun- 
day & Noisy House, 

License and Sunday 
Law, . 

Lottery, . 

Lottery Tickets, Infor- 
mation against. 

Lunatic, . 

Malicious Mischief, . 

Malicious Trespass, 
&c, . . . 

Manslaughter, &c., . 

Medical Mal-practiee 
and Manslaughter, . 

Misdemeanor, Letting 
Furniture to furnish 
Brothels, knowing, 
&c.. 

Murder, . 

Noisy House, &c., 

Noisy House & Broth- 
el, .. . 

Noisy House and Li- 
cense Law, . 

Noisy House, Nui- 
sance, &c., . 

Noisy and Disorderly 
House, &c., . 

Noisy and Disorderly 
House and Brothel, 


1 

1 

42 
3 

1 

26 

2 

3 
1 

1 

1 
1 
3 

2 

1 

5 

11 

8 


1 

38 

1 

1 
26 

1 

2 

5 
5 

6 


• 
1 

1 


1 


' 


1 

1 

1 

1 
1 


1 
1 

4 
2 


1 


#17 71 

26 03 

420 33 
127 03 

10 38 

492 05 

16 53 

32 65 
25 80 

8 21 

52 04 

27 23 

28 72 
8 91 

64 54 
126 67 
134 46 



1850.] 



HOUSE— No. 48. 
Table I — Continued. 



17 



OFFENCES. 


1 
1 




i 

< 


-6 
St 


bio 

c 


o 


1 

o 

<5 


^ bJO 


COSTS. 


Noisy and Disorderly 
House, Brothel, and 
License Law, 


1 


1 














#17 59 


Noisy and Disorderly 
House, Nuisance, . 


1 


. 




1 


. 


. 






26 10 


Nuisance, 


5 


2 


. 


1 


1 




1 




50 26 


Nuisance in Harbor, . 


2 






1 


1 








35 92 


Offence not mentioned. 


1 


. 




. 




1 








Office breaking and 
Larceny, 


1 


1 




. 


. 


. 






21 83 


Omnibus, Ordinance 
cases, . 


18 






18 


. 


. 






171 40 


Ordinance, City, viola- 
tion of, . 


2 


1 






1 








24 89 


Ordinance as to Mar- 
ket, violation of. 


1 


1 








. 






9 12 


Perjury, . 


4 


. 






' 


4 






49 92 


Perjury and License 
Law, 


1 








1 








5 29 


Perjury and Suborna- 
tion of Perjury, 


1 


. 








1 






1 97 


Publishing Advertise- 
ment for Abortion, 
&c., under new stat- 
ute. 


2 






2 










10 38 


Rape, . 


2 






. 


1 


1 






97 57 


Receiv'g Stolen Goods, 
&c., . 


20 


9 


3 


3 




1 


2 


2 


519 42 


Receiving Stolen Mon- 
ey, with guilty knowl- 
edge, «fcc., . 


1 




1 












25 56 


Resisting a Watchman, 
attempting a Rescue, 
&c., . 


1 
















19 33 



18 



ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. 



[Feb. 



Table 1 — Contbnicd. 



OFFENCES. 


s 


1 


'5 
-15 


•p 

Z 


tuo 


o 
2 


1 

i 




COSTS. 


Riot and Assault, &c., 


2 


1 


. 




, 




1 




#130 78 


Riot, and Assault and 
Battery, 


2 


1 






, 


1 






90 03 


Riot, and Assaulting 
Watchmen and Offi- 
cers, 


1 


1 














51 60 


Sending threatening let- 
ters to extort mon- 
ey, &c.. 


3 






a 




1 






11 21 


Ship-hreaking and Lar- 
ceny, . 


1 


1 














47 15 


Ship-breaking and Lar- 
ceny, attempt at, 


1 


1 


. 




, 








22 19 


Shop-breaking and Lar- 
ceny, . 


32 


25 


3 


. 


1 


1 


2 




1,002 94 


Shop-breaking and Lar- 
ceny, attempt at. 


2 






1 


, 


1 






29 17 


Shop-breaking and at- 
tempt at Larceny, . 


2 


2 














38 40 


Shop-breaking and Lar- 
ceny, and receiving 
Stolen Goods, «Si-c., . 


1 


1 








' 






42 23 


State Prison, Second 
comer, . 


13 


13 


. 












141 22 


po. Third do. 


2 


2 


. 




. 








22 44 


Stubborn Child, 


1 








1 








10 28 


Sunday Law, 


5 


5 


. 












58 41 


Threatening to Accuse 
for extorting Money, 


1 


1 


. 












34 94 


Uttering a Counterfeit 
Check on a Bank, . 


1 




1 












17 26 


Uttering a Forged Ac- 
ceptance, with guilty 
knowledge, . 


1 












1 




56 67 



1850.] 



HOUSE— No. 48. 



19 



Table I — Continued. 





^ 1 


sn 


r— ^1 


OFFENCES. 


•2 

3 


% 


2 
'3 




1 


n 


s 
s 
s 


§1 


COSTS. 








cr 






























o f 






t- 


O 


< 


E, 


M 


z 


'^ 


Q 




Uttering a Forged Note, 


1 




. 






1 


. 






Vessel-breaking & Lar- 




















ceny, . 


5 


5, . 










• 


^176 31 




1593 


953 90 

1 


124 


109| 161 


94 


62 


#25,530 11 



Tlie Attorney of the Commonwealth for the county of Suf- 
folk, in addition to the business embraced in the foregoing Ta- 
bles, states in his Report as follows : — 

"In reference to the municipal court, there has been an 
increase of important business during the past year, and, in addi- 
tion to the great number of persons sent for long periods of time 
to the several penitentiaries for adults and minors, the sherifi" 
of this county has received for fines and costs, imposed by this 
court, within the year, the sum of eighteen thousand four hun- 
dred and ninety-eight dollars and fifty-one cents, $18,498 51 
And the jailor has received a further sum, upwards 
of twenty-five hundred dollars, for the like fines 
and costs, paid in jail, by persons sentenced in 
the court, _ - - - _ 2,500 00 

And I have paid over to the treasurer of the Com- 
monwealth, the sum of eleven thousand two 
htmdred and seventeen dollars and eighty-four 
cents, collected on recognizances in criminal 
cases, from the bail of persons who have avoid- 
ed, and fled from justice, _ - _ 11,217 84 



$32,216 35 



" In the court of common pleas I commenced an action of debt, 
in the name of the Commonwealth, on a bond, given at the jail, 
for prison hmits, the condition of which was broken, and I re- 
covered judgment in October term, 1849, for debt, $115 18 



20 ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb. 

And costs of suit, _ . _ . ^15 21 

And for the execution, - - - - 25 



$130 64 



" In the supreme judicial court, at the March term, 1849, I 
argued the Commonwealth's questions of law, before the full 
bench, and had the general oversight and management of the 
other cases. 

"And I conducted a capital trial for murder against Wash- 
ington Goode. He was convicted by the jury, on the 4th day 
of January, 1849, and afterwards was executed. 

" 1 have examined, at request of His Excellency the Gov- 
ernor, and given written opinions in fifteen cases of requisitions 
of, and for fugitives from justice. 

"On one occasion I have been consulted by the Treasurer of 
the Commonwealth, and gave a written opinion on the question 
proposed. 

"In eleven instances, I have been notified by poor debt- 
ors confined in prison on executions for debt in favor of the 
Commonwealth ; and in all those cases I have drawn up inter- 
rogatories in writing, and had them carefully examined, before 
they were admitted to take the poor debtors' oath." 



1850.J 



HOUSE— No. 48. 



21 



Eastern District. 



Table II 

Essex County constitutes this District 
ESSEX COUNTY. 



OFFENCES. 


c 
.2 


a 


< 


1 

p- 

■o 


n 

1 


c 


1 

5 
o 
2 


Def 'It on Re- 
cognizance. 

o 


Against the person, fe- 
loniously, 


2 




1 






1 






#155 84 


Against the person, not 
feloniously, . 


35 


18 


7 


f 


J 8 








1,038 35 


Against property, witli 
violence, 


14 


8 


. 


] 


L 5 








906 88 


Against property, with- 
out violence, , 


31 


9 


6 




J 6 


8 






791 00 


Other offences, . 


185 


67 


4 


li 


> 83j 19 






3,907 94 


Total, 


267 


102 


18 


i: 


^ 102 


28 






#6,800 01 


Table of Offences. 




















Adultery, 


4 


2 






2 










387 68 


Assault, . 


3 


2 






I 










32 85 


Assault and Battery, . 


23 


8 




] 


L 8 


• 








708 64 


Assault on an Officer, 


3 


3 


, 














88 05 


Assault, aggravated, . 


5 


4 
















150 01 


Affray, . 




. 
















15 65 


Burglary, 




1 
















17 93 


Bigamy, . 




1 
















2 75 


Burning Barn, . 




1 
















55 34 


Cheating, 




. 
















23 35 


Common Drunkard, . 


5 


. 




f 


i 2 










152 03 


Common Carrier, 


4 


. 






4 










82 28 



22 ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb. 

Table II — Continued. 



OFFENCES. 


.2 


1 


'5 


-3 

£ 




! 


o 




COSTS. 


Disorderly House, 


^ 




1 




3 


' 






#179 97 


Disturbing Peace, 


3 






2 




1 








59 06 


Escape, . 


1 










1 








16 34 


Forgery, . 


1 








1 










8 87 


Gaming, . 


2 








2 










29 60 


Highway, 


9 




. 


1 


5 


3 








139 56 


Larceny, . 


27 


9 


6 


2 


3 


7 








696 04 


License Law, , 


120 


53 


1 


6 


56 


4 








2,080 41 


Lottery, . 


3 








3 


. 








37 09 


Lewdness, 


1 


1 
















17 40 


Lewd and Lascivious 






















Cohabitation, 


2 


2 
















47 38 


Libel, . 


1 










1 








16 04 


Murder, . 


1 




1 














147 14 


Nuisance, 


8 








3 


5 








137 29 


Obstructing Cars, 


1 










. 








22 94 


Peddling, 


2 




• 


■ 




1 








35 23 


Perjury, . 


3 






1 




2 








66 29 


Riot, 


1 


















121 41 


Riot and Assault, 


1 


















58 80 


Rape, attempt to com- 
mit, 


1 










1 








8 70 


Rescue, attempt to, . 


1 










1 








33 43 


Receiving Stolen Goods 


2 






. 


2 


. 








62 74 



1850. 



HOUSE— No. 48. 



23 



Table II — Continued. 



OFFENCES. 


J 


2 
.5 

J 


i 

< 


1 

2 


tio 

1 


o 


1 
1 

(3 
O 

2 


^ "c, 


COSTS. 


Sodomy, . 
Shop-breaking, 
Sunday Law, . 
Trespass, 
Vagabond, 


3 

10 

3 

2 

1 


3 

6 

1 


■ 


1 


4 
2 
1 

1 








#135 09 

764 99 

81 91 

68 62 

10 21 




267 


102i 18 


17 


102 


28 






#6,800 01 



24 



ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. 



[Feb. 



NORTHERN DISTRICT. 

This district comprises the county of Middlesex. 

Of the cases mentioned in this report, 111 were appeals, — of 
which the following disposition was made, viz. : — 38 convic- 
tions, 16 acquittals, 7 quashed, 29 nol. pros'd, S defaulted on 
recognizances, and 13 are still pending. 

Table III. Northern District. 



OFFENCES. 


1 
2 


.'5 

a 

6 


i 


p^ 

■o 
2 


1 


o 
Z 


i 
1 

o 




COSTS. 


Against the person, fe- 
loniously, 


8 


1 


' 




6 


1 




_ 


.$265 82 


Against the person, not 
feloniously, . 


67 


26 


11 


6 


12 


12 


. 


• 


1,807 56 


Against property, witli 
violence. 


40 


19 


5 


2 


10 


3 




1 


1,524 08 


Against property, witli- 
out violence, . 


94 


62 


10 


4 


7 


7 


2 


2 


3,285 42 


Other offences, . 


215 


104 


12 


40 


31 


13 


4 


11 


5,136 70 


Total, 


424 


212 


38 


52 


66 


36 


6 


14 


#12,019 58 


Table of Offences. 




















Adultery, 


10 


5 


. 


2 




2 


1 


• 


509 48 


Altering Bank Bill, . 


1 


. 






I 








65 


Arson, 


4 


3 


1 


^ 










252 66 


Assault and Battery, . 


45 


19 


9 


5 


5 


7 






1,266 27 


Assault, felonious, 


5 


1 






3 


1 






200 04 


Bowls, 


2 


2 






. 


. 






52 35 


Burglary, 


3G 


17 


5 


I 


9 


3 






1,329 76 


Burglary and attempt 
at Arson, 


1 


1 












. 


88 49 



1850.] 



HOUSE— No. 18. 



25 



Table III — Cont'mued. 



OFFENCES. 


c 


i 

.2 

1 

5 


5 


o 


1 


o 


o 




COSTS. 


Burglary, attempt at, . 


1 


1 




. 










m 28 


Cheating, 


3 


• 




1 




2 






93 31 


City Ordinance, viola- 
tion of, . 


7 


. 




6 


1 








88 53 


Common Drunkard, . 


15 


11 


2 


2 




. 


. 




268 65 


Common Railer and 
Brawler, 


1 






1 






* 




43 12 


Counterfeiting, . 


5 


5 


. 




. 


. 




• 


18 54 


Counterfeit Coin, 


1 












. 




65 


Counterfeit Coin, pos- 
session of. 


1 




^ 










1 


46 94 


Counterfeit Money, ha- 
ing, with intent, «fcc.. 


3 




. 


1 


2 


. 


1 


33 54 


Counterfeit Money and 
Altered Bills, utter- 
ing, . 


' 


5 














78 08 


Delivering Spirits to 
Prisoners, 


3 


3 










• 




33 46 


Disorderly House, 


3 


1 


. 




1 




1 


* 


82 28 


Embezzlement, . 


1 


1 






• 








26 70 


Escape, . 


2 


2 






• 


• 






16 78 


Extortion, 


1 




1 












16 41 


False Pretences, 


6 


1 


1 




4 








91 74 


Fornication, 


5 


5 














62 56 


Larceny, . 


86 


59 


8 


3 


7 


C 


2 


1 


2,829 18 


Larceny, from the per- 
son. 


1 


1 








1 


j 

1 
• 1 • 


8 35 


Lewd and Lascivious 
Cohabitation, 


6 


3 


1 




1 


1 




1 • 


215 07 



26 ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb. 

Table III — Cofitimied. 



OFFENCES. 


1 


1 


1 
'3 

< 




1 


B 
o 


o 


If 


COSTS. 


Lewd and Lascivious 




















Person, 


1 








• 


. 








$17 98 


Libel, 


5 


. 


. 




3 


2 








226 70 


License Law, . 


118 


56 


7 


24 


14 


6 




2 


9 


2,304 15 


Malicious Mischief, . 


5 


1 


2 




1 










83 32 


Murder, . 


3 








3 










65 78 


Nuisance, 


10 


2 






6 


2 








142 87 


Obstructing Road, 




1 






. 










50 79 


Perjury, . 








• 


2 


1 








343 00 


Perjury, subornation of, 




. 






1 










97 


Poisoning Cattle, 




1 
















29 10 


Polygamy, 




1 
















151 76 


Pub. Amusement, with- 
out License, . 




. 






1 


. 








22 93 


Receiving Stolen Goods 












1 






1 


36 10 


Removing Land Marks, 






1 




. 










167 48 


Rescue, . 




1 
















24 70 


Riot, 




3 






. 


1 








460 56 


Sureties of Peace, 




. 
















11 47 


Town By-law, violation 






















of, . 




1 
















18 32 


Trespass, Malicious, . 










1 










54 78 


Trespass, Wilful, 




















21 95 




424 


212 


38 


52 


66 


36 


6 1 


14 


#12,019 58 



1850.J 



HOUSE— No. 48. 



27 



SOUTHERN DISTRICT. 

This district comprises the counties of Bristol, Plymouth, 
Nantucket, Barnstable, and Dukes. 

Table IV. Southern District. 
BRISTOL COUNTY. 



OFFENCES. 


1 

a 


J 


< 


y 

2 


a 

Pi 

1 


w 

o 

z. 


1 
1 


II 


COSTS. 


Against the person, fe- 
loniously. 

Against the person, not 
feloniously, . 

Against property, with 
violence. 

Against property, with- 
out violence, . 

Other offences, . 


1 

21 

9 

51 
145 


8 
5 

33 

66 


3 
4 


2 

4 
27 


4 
34 


1 

4 

4 

13 
6 




1 

8 


#246 23 

128 19 

764 79 
1,705 13 


Total, 


227 


112 


7 


33 


38 


28 




9 


#2,844 34 


Table of Offences. 

Adultery, 

Arson, 

Assault and Battery, . 

Assault on an Officer, 

Assault, with intent to 
Ravish, 

Burglary, 

Breaking Jail, . 

Disturbing Peace, 

Disorderly House, 


4 

1 

19 

2 

1 
5 

1 
1 
8 


3 

7 
1 

5 

1 

8 


3 


2 


1 
4 

1 


1 
3 

1 

1 








59 52 

215 04 
31 19 

128 19 
3 83 

182 56 



28 



ATTORNEY GENERAUS REPORT. 



[Feb. 



Table IV — Contimted. 



OFFENCES. 


.1 

i 


1 

§ 


'3 
< 


1 


1 
in 


1 

o 


1 

o 


1^ 


COSTS. 


Drunkenness, . 


14 


6 




3 


4 






1 


#104 84 


Escape, . 


1 


. 


1 














20 74 


Exposure of Person, . 


1 




1 














22 5G 


Forgery, . 


1 


1 
















16 49 


Gambling, 


2 


2 




• 


• 










11 47 


License Law, . 


69 


39 


1 


18 


4 


3 






4 


947 82 


Lewd and Lascivious 
Cohabitation, 


2 


2 


. 




. 










15 56 


Larceny & Shop-break- 
ing, 


49 


32 


. 


3 




13 






1 


737 45 


Malicious Mischief, . 


4 


1 






2 


1 








11 12 


Nuisance, 


23 


2 


. 


1 


19 








1 


188 98 


Peddling, 


1 


• 


• 








1 








) 


Polygamy, 


1 


• 


• 








1 








• 


Receiving Stolen Goods 


1 




• 
















10 85 


Robbery, . 


3 












3 










Rescue, . 


1 




1 
















20 74 


Scu-e Facias, . ; 


8 


2 






2 








2 


76 60 


Sunday Law, . 


2 








1 










30 40 


Vagrancy, 


2 






2 










• 


8 39 




227 


112 


7 


33 


38 


28 




1 9 


$2,844 34 



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HOUSE— No. 48. 



29 



Table V. Southern District — Contimicd. 
PLYMOUTH COUNTY. 



OFFENCES. 


1 

5 


§ 


i 

'B 


's 

•o 


1 


o 


1 
i 

CO 

1 


It 


COSTS. 


Against the person, fe- 
loniously, 








, 




. 




. 




Ag'ainst the person, not 
feloniously, . 


6 


3 






. 


3 






#53 83 


Against property, with 
violence. 


3 


1 








2 






63 25 


Against property, with- 
out violence, . 


19 


14 




1 




4 






330 00 


Other offences, . 


20 


8 




5 


3 


4 






280 96 


Total, 


48 


26 




6 


3 


13 






#728 04 


Table of Offences. 




















Adultery, 


3 


1 








2 










17 84 


Arson, 


2 


1 






* 


1 










63 25 


Assault and Battery, . 


6 


3 








3 










53 83 


Burglary, 


1 










1 












Conspiracy, 


1 








• 


' 












Exhibition, unlawful, . 


1 


. 








1 










. 


Gaming, . 


3 


1 






1 


. 










29 91 


License Law, . 


4 


• 


















157 63 


Larceny & Shop-break- 
ing, 


19 


14 






. 


4 










330 00 


Nuisance, 


7 


5 






2 


. 










40 17 


Sunday Law, , 


1 


1 


















35 41 




48 


26 




6 


3 


13 










#728 04 



30 



ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT 



[Feb. 



Table VI. Southern District — Cont'mved. 
BARNSTABLE AND NANTUCKET. 



OFFENCES. 


i 
■i 

a 


■i 

.a 

> 

i 


1 
1 

< 


I 


T 

m 


o 


■2 
1 

o 


1! 


COSTS. 


Against the person, fe- 
loniously, 




. 




. 










. 


Against the person, not 
feloniously, . 


2 


1 




1 




. 






$38 20 


Against property, with 
violence. 






' 


. 












Against property, witli- 
out violence, . 


7 


3 




1 




3 




. 


102 22 


Other offences, . 


44 


32 


1 


1 


9 


1 






328 48 


Total, 


53 


36 


1 


3 


9 


4 




• 


#468 90 


Table of Offences. 




















BARNSTABLE. 




















Adultery, 


1 






• 




1 


• 




• 


Assault and Battery, . 


2 






1 


. 




. 




38 20 


License Law, . 


31 


31 




. 


. 


. 


. 




274 1^ 


Larceny & Shop-break- 
ing, 


4 






1 


. 


2 






53 78 


Nuisance, 


2 








1 




. 




7 83 


Receiving Stolen Goods 


1 






• 


. 


• 


. 




1 75 


NANTUCKET. 




















Larceny & Shop-break- 
ing, 


2 


1 


. 






1 






46 69 


Malicious Mischief, . 


1 


. 




1 








. 


9 97 


Nuisance, 


1 


. 


1 






. 


. 


. 


35 92 


Rescue, . 


8 


. 


• 




8 


• 


. 


• 






53 


36 


1 


3 


9 


4 1 . 1 . 


#468 90 



1S50. 



HOUSE— No. 48. 



31 



Table VII. Recapitulation. Whole No. in the Southern 
District. 



OFFENCES. 


B 
3 


a 
•:= 
> 


4 




'a 

1 


o 


1 

S 

to 

o 


^1 


COSTS. 


Against tlie person, fe- 
loniously, 


1 


• 








1 


. 






Against the person, not 
feloniously, . 


29 


12 


3 


3 


4 


7 




. 


#336 26 


Against property, with 
violence, 


12 


6 




. 




6 




. 


191 44 


Against property, with- 
out violence, . 


77 


50 




6 




20 




1 


1,197 01 


Other offences, . 


209 


106 


5 


33 


46 


11 




8 


2,314 57 


Total, 


328 


174 


8 


42 


50 


45 


_ 


9 


#4,041 28 



32 



ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. 



[Feb. 



MIDDLE DISTRICT. 

This district comprises the counties of Worcester and Nor- 
folk. 

Table VIII. Middle District. 

WORCESTER COUNTY. 



OFFENCES. 


3 

i 


1 

6 


i 

"1 
< 


1 


bb 

1 


c5 

o 
Z 


■6 

a 




COSTS. 


Against the person fe- 
loniously. 

Against the person not 
feloniously, 

Against property with 
violence. 

Against property with- 
out violence, - 

Other offences, - 


3 

37 

4 

36 
402 


2 
11 

20 
213 


4 
3 

3 

6 


9 
1 

5 

30 


1 

13 

7 
148 






1 

5 


#337 63 

578 40 

317 70 

868 45 
2,252 99 


Total, 


482 


246 


16 


45 


169 






6 


$4,355 17 


Table of Offences. 

Adultery, 

Arson, 

Assault and Battery, . 

Assault on an Officer, 

Brawler, . 

Bowling Alley, . 

Common Drunkard, . 

Contempt, 

Cheating, 

Counterfeit Money, . 


6 
2 

33 
4 

1 
6 
17 

7 
4 

1 


4 

7 

4 

1 

3 
6 

1 


2 
4 

1 

• 


1 

9 

2 
1 


1 

13 

1 
5 

10 
1 
3 










1 


327 78 
295 25 
511 37 

67 03 

53 13 

82 13 
28 13 
31 07 
40 60 



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HOUSE— No. 48. 



33 



Table VIII — Cotitiniied. 



OFFEiNCES. 


i 

.9. 


.2 

'> 

c 

O 


'5 

z 

< 


2 

Oh 


bJO 

■3 


o 
Z 


1 

o 




COSTS. 


Disorderly House, 


2 


1 


, 


. 


1 










Employing Children in 
Factory, witliout In- 
struction, 


4 








3 










#22 08 


Embezzlement, . 


2 








1 










107 03 


Fast Driving, . 


1 


















8 36 


Gaming, . 


6 








4 








, 


44 00 


Idleness, . 


2 








. 










101 35 


Larceny, . 


29 




3 




3 








1 


689 75 


License Law, . 


319 


182 


5 


20 


108 








4 


1,318 20 


Murder, . 


2 








1 










260 40 


Manslaughter, . 


3 


















77 23 


Mischief, . 


1 


















10 75 


Nuisance, 


20 


2 






14 










185 08 


Robbery, . 


1 




















Rescue, . 


1 


1 






. 










45 27 


Shop-breaking, . 


1 




1 














22 45 


Scire Facias, . 


9 


9 
















20 73 




482 


246 


16 


45 


169^ . 




i G 


#4,355 17 



34 



ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. 



[Feb. 



Table IX. Middle District — Continued. 
NORFOLK COUNTY. 



OFFENCES. 


1 
1 


Convictions. 
Acquittals. 


-5 


s 


i 


B 
S 

t 




^ 2 


COSTS. 


Against the person, fe- 
loniously, 

Against the person, not 
feloniously, . 

Against property, with 
violence, 

Against property, with- 
out violence, . 

Other offences, . 


16 

21 

17 
93 


9 

15 

14 
34 


1 

2 

1 
4 


2 

2 

1 
25 


3 

1 

'28 


• 




1 

1 

1 
2 


$279 88 

1,310 67 

314 32 
654 47 


Total, 


147 


72 


8 


30 


32 






5 


$2,559 34 


Table of Offences. 
Assault and Battery, . 
Assault on an Officer, 
Bowling Alley, 
Burning Dwellinghouse 
Burning Bam, . 
(Cheating, 
('melty to Horse, 
( 'ontempt, 

Common Drunkards, . 
Dninkenness, . 
Disturbance, 
Fast Driving, . 
Firing Crackers, 


14 
2 

4 
1 
6 
2 

1 
2 
3 
1 
1 
1 
o 


7 
2 
2 

4 
2 

2 

• 




1 

1 
1 

1 


2 
1 

1 

2 

1 
1 

2 


3 
1 

1 






. 


1 

* 

1 


242 76 

37 12 

73 05 

485 62 

451 03 

34 51 

17 01 

12 87 

36 71 

9 42 

25 98 



1850.] 



HOUSE— No. 48. 



35 



Table IX — Contbwcd. 



OFFENCES. 


.1 

s 
p 


.1 
3. 


•3 


■6 
I 
■o 


a 
m 


5 


o 


Def 'It on Re- 
cognizance. 

o 


House-breaking, 
License Law, . 
Larceny, . 
Mischief, . 
Nuisance, 
Obstructing Cars, 
Shop-breaking, . 
Threatening Letter, . 
Trespass, 


5 

59 

15 

4 

12 
2 
8 
1 
1 


5 

28 
12 

" 

2 

6 




2 

1 
1 


10 

3 
5 

1 


• 
18 

7 

1 
1 










1 
1 

1 


$151 78 

329 27 

279 81 

70 2<> 

62 39 

17 51 

222 24 




147 


72 


8 


30 


32 








_ 


5 


$2,559 34 



Table X. Recapitulation. Whole No. in Middle District. 



OFFENCES. 


a 


s 
> 


1 

1 


s 


1 
1 


o 

2 


T3 

? 
z 


C S 

1^" 


COSTS. 


Against the person, fe- 
loniously, 


3 


2 


• 




1 








$337 68 


Against the person, not 
feloniously, . 


53 


20 


5 


11 


16 






1 


858 28 


Against property, with 
violence, 


25 


15 


5 


3 


1 






1 


1,628 37 


Against property, with- 
out violence, . 


53 


34 


4 


6 


7 






2 


1,182 77 


Other offences, . 


495 


247 


10 


55 


176 






7 


2,907 46 


Total, 


629 


318 


24 


75 


201 






11 


$6,914 51 



36 



ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. 



[Feb. 



WESTERN DISTRICT. 

This district comprises the counties of FTarapshire, Hamp- 
den, Franklin, and Berkshire. 

Table XI. Western District. 
HAMPSHIRE COUNTY. 



OFFENCES. 


i 


5 

1 


§ 
'3 




1 




g 

o 




COSTS. 


Against the person, fe- 
loniously. 

Against the person, not 
feloniously, . 

Against property, with 
violence, 

Against property, with- 
out violence, . 

Other offences, . 


4 

6 

27 
54 


1 

6 

33 
24 


6 
6 


1 

5 


2 

1 
13 


6 
6 


1 




#112 94 
183 09 

410 G3 

848 44 


Total, 


91 


44 


12 


6 


16 


12 


1 




$1,555 10 


Table of Offences. 

Assault, &c., 

Breaking Jail, . 

Burglary, 

Capias for Contempt, . 

Common Drunkard, . 

Counterf 't Money, pass- 
ing, . 

House-breaking, 

Indecent Exposure, . 

Larceny, . 


4 
2 
2 
2 

4 

1 

1 

21 


1 

1 
2 
2 
1 

3 
1 

10 


1 

G 


1 
1 


2 
1 


] 
3 


1 




112 94 
2G 07 

3G CO 
3 10 

28 9G 

67 08 

25 01 

37 11 

292 88 



1850.J 



HOUSE— No. 48. 
Table XI — Continued. 



OFFENCES. 


s 
.2 


J 


■I 

< 


•o 
2 


fan 
c 

•5 


o 


to 
c 
Z 


^1 

~ bo 


COSTS. 


Lewd and Lascivious 
Cohabitation, 

License Law, . 

Malicious Mischief, . 

Nuisance, 

Polygamy, 

Receiving Stolen Goods 

Riot, 

Shop-breaking, . 


2 

36* 
2 
4 
1 
2 
3 
3 


16 
1 

2 
3 


3 

1 
1 




1 
3 


10 
1 
2 


4 
1 

1 

2 










#73 48 

425 39 

1 60 

137 24 

75 

50 67 

114 74 

121 48 




91 


44 


12 


6 


16 12 


1 






#1,555 10 



' 5 continued from 1845, still pending. 



38 



ATTORNEY GENERALS REPORT. 



[Feb. 



Table XII, Western District — Continued. 
HAMPDEN COUNTY. 



OFFENCES. 



Against the person, fe- 
loniously, 

Against the person, not 
feloniously, . 

Against property, with 
violence, 

Against property, with- 
out violence, . 

Other oifences, . 

Total, 



17 



47 



14 



21 



17 



30 



15 



#129 10 

636 20 

212 77 

833 25 
1,423 34 



#3,234 66 



Table of Offences. 

Adultery, 

Aiding Prisoner to Es- 
cape, . 

Assault, &c.. 

Assault, aggravated, . 

Assault, felonious. 

Assault on an Officer, 

Billiard Table, keep- 
ing, 

Bowling Alley, keep- 
ing, . 

Burning Store-house, . 

Capias for disregarding 
Summons, 

Common Drunkard, . 



1 1 



109 80 

61 91 
429 35 
56 71 
129 10 
150 14 



76 69 
22 76 

7 32 
17 38 



1850. 



HOUSE— No. 48. 



39 



Table XII — Cotitinued. 



OFFENCES. 


c 

1 


a 

o 

U 


5 

1 

< 


— " 

e 

Ph 

■o 

z 


1 ^ 

a!. 


No Bill. 
Not arrested. 

Dei'lt on Re- 
cognizance. 


COSTS. 


Destroying Personal 
Property, 


2 






2 






j 


$22 02 


Disturbing Public Wor- 






















ship, . 








1 




•' 






• 


65 


Drunkenness, . 








. 




. 






1 


10 53 


False Pretences, 




. 




1 


1 


5 






. 


222 90 


Fornication, 




1 








2 








79 30 


Gaming, suffering. 


















. 


84 36 


House of Ill-fame, 


2 


1 






• 










34 14 


Larceny, . 


29 


10 






3 


7 




1 


G 


771 65 


Lascivious Cohabitation, 


2 


■ 






. 


2 








36 41 


License Law, . 


8 


3 




, 


3 


2 






. 


63 28 


Malicious Mischief, . 


8 


2 




3 


1 


2 








215 58 


Not providing suitable 
House of Correction, 


1 


. 




1 










. 


1 94 


Nuisance, 


5 








4 


1 




1 

j 


35 19 


Polygamy, 


2 


1 


1 


. 










77 0] 


Profane Swearing, 


1 


1 












. 


17 72 


Receiving Stolen Goods 


3 


1 


1 










1 


61 60 


Scire Facias, 


17 




3 


9 




. 


1 4 


47 64 


Selling Unwholesome 
Provisions, . 


» 


. 








1 






42 26 


Setting up a Lottery, . 


1 


* 








1 






37 71 


Setting up a Show, 


' 


1 










■ 1 ■ 


143 62 


Shop-breaking, . 


4 


3 






1 


. 


! 
■ i • 


167 99 




u. 


47 


14 


21 


17 


30 


5 j 15 


$3,234 m 



40 



ATTORNEY GENERALS REPORT. 



[Feb. 



Table XIII. Western DisxracT — Conlhmed. 
FRANKLIN COUNTY. 



OFFENCES. 


o 

1 

S 


c 

% 

o 

U 


1 

< 




% 


o 
2 


1 

o 
Z 


~ St 


COSTS. 


Against the person, fe- 
loniously, 

Against tlie person, not 
feloniously, . 

Against property, with 
violence. 

Against property, with- 
out violence, . 

Other offences, . 


2 

|20 

4 

6 
61 


7 
1 

2 

29 


1 
1 

. 


1 

2 


7 

1 
11 


2 

5 

1 

2 
15 


1 


3 


$70 30 
594 40 
398 37 

153 62 

999 41 


Total, 


93 


39 


2 


4 


19 


25 


1 


3 


$2,222 16 


Table of Offences. 

Adultery, 

Assault and Battery, . 

Assault, felonious, 

Assault on an Officer, 

Bowling Alley, 

Burning Barn, . 

Carrying a Pauper to 
another Town, 

Common Drunkard, . 

Drugs, Administering, 

Forcible Entry, 

House-breaking, 

Larceny, . 


1 
19 
1 
1 
3 
1 

1 
1 
1 
2 
1 
6* 


1 



1 
2 

1 
2 


1 
1 


1 

1 




7 
1 


5 
1 

1 

1 

. 
1 
2 


1 






53 20 
511 60 
15 52 
82 8(5 
56 93 
174 21 

1 67 

28 48 
10 59 

202 81 
21 35 

153 62 



1 comiiiued from 1848. 



1850.] 



HOUSE— No. 48. 



41 



Table XIII — Continued. 



OFFENCES. 


I 


> 

a 

6 


i 

s 

1 


T5 


bjo 

1 

1 


! 


1 

i 
1 


II 


COSTS. 


License Law, . 
Malicious Mischief, . 
Malicious Trespass, . 
Murder, , 
Perjury, . 
Sabbath Law, . 
Threatening, &c., 


46* 
2 
1 
1 
2 
1 
2 


23 
1 

1 






2 


8 

1 
2 


10 

1 

■ 
1 

2 


. 




3 


$712 58 
46 01 
35 37 
60 78 
33 01 
2 97 
18 60 




93 


39 


2 


4 


19 


25 


1 


3 


^.,999. 16 



' 6 continued from 1848. 



42 



ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. 



Feb. 



Table XTV. Western District — Contiimed. 
BERKSHIRE COUNTY. 



OFFENCES. 


5 
1 


1 

c 
O 


1 

1 

< 




1 


o 
Z 


o 
Z 




COSTS. 


Against the person, fe- 
loniously, 


2 


1 








1 






#92 07 


Against the person, not 
feloniously, . 


28 


9 


5 


5 


3 




1 


5 


592 27 


Against property, with 
violence. 


19 


9 


2 


4 


3 


1 




. 


952 68 


Against property, with- 
out violence, . 


32 


11 


5 


5 




6 




1 


1,175 60 


Other offences, . 


117 


37 


4 


17 


21 


19 




15 


1,459 33 


Total, 


198 


67 


16 


31 


27 


27 




21 


$4,271 95 


Table of Offences. 




















Adultery, 


3 


1 








1 






83 87 


Arson, 


1 


1 






. 


. 






370 31 


Arson, attempt, 


4 






3 


1 


. 






99 91 


Assault and Battery, . 


25 


6 


5 


5 


3 






5 


520 69 


Assault, felonious. 


] 


1 








. 






73 56 


Assault on an Officer, 


3 


3 














71 58 


Abortion, attempt to 
procure. 


1 








. 


1 






18 51 


Bigamy, . 


1 


. 






. 


1 






6 61 


Burning Barn, . 


3 








2 








123 00 


Burglary, 


2 


2 






. 








84 91 


Common Drunkard, . 


1 


. 






1 


. 






23 02 


Drunkenness, . 


8 


1 


1 


1 


2 






3 


180 52 



1850.] 



HOUSE— No. 48. 



43 



Table XIV — Continued. 



OFFENCES. 




O 


< 


■p 
2 

Ph 

"o 






1 

CO 

o 


If 


COSTS. 


Embezzlement, . 


1 


. 


. 


1 










$■8 26 


False Pretences, 


4 


2 




2 






. 




39 14 


House of Ill-fame, 


1 


• 


. 






1 




• 


47 62 


Larceny, . 


21 


5 


3 


2 




6 


4 


1 


769 75 


License Law, . 


68 


29 


3 


. 


14 


9 


2 


2 


534 28 


Lascivious Behavior, . 


1 




• 


1 




. 






8 28 


Malicious Mischief, . 


3 






2 


• 


1 


. 




164 03 


Nuisance, 


6 




. 


1 


1 


3 


1 




85 40 


Passing Counterf 't Mo- 
ney, 


5 




1 


. 


. 


. 






357 60 


Perjury, . 












2 




1 


227 88 


Receiving Stolen Goods 






1 


• 


• 








85 


Robberj', . 






• 


• 










95 31 


Riot, 








. 




1 






11 11 


Scire Facias, 


14 


5 




6 


3 








68 42 


Shop-breaking, . 


8 


5 


2 




, 


1 






179 24 


Threatening, 


1 


• 


' 


1 


. 








18 29 


Town By-law, violation 




















of, . . . 


5 


• 


• 


5 


' 










198 


67 


16 


31 


27 


27 


9 


21 1 


#4,271 95 



44 



ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb "50.] 



Table XV. Whole No. in the Western District. 



OFFENCES. 


1 

1 


a 
> 


1 
< 


-o 


1 


2 


1 

o 




COSTS. 


Against the person, fe- 
loniously, 


9 


3 


1 


■ 




4 


1 




$^97 47 


Against the person, not 
feloniously, . 


76 


29 


8 


8 


14 


9 


1 


7 


1,935 87 


Against property, witli 
violence. 


36 


19 


3 


7 


4 


3 


. 


. 


1,746 91 


Against property, with- 
out violence, . 


97 


37 


14 


6 


5 


21 


6 


8 


2,573 10 


Other offences, . 


313 


109 


18 


41 


56 


57 


8 


24 


4,730 52 


Total, 


531 


197 


44 


62 


79 


94 


16 


39 


#11,283 87 



Table XVI. 



Shov)ing the whole amount of Criminal Business in 
monwealth. 



the Com- 





1 


t 




:? 






t 


H 




OFFENCES. 


3 


6 


1 

< 




1 


o 


I 
1 


p 


COSTS. 


Against the person, fe- 
loniously, 


43 


16 


5 




9 


11 


2 




#1,853 18 


Against the person, not 
feloniously, . 


512 


222 


58 


61 


70 


71 


16 


14 


11,348 55 


Against property, with 
violence. 


194 


115 


21 


14 


26 


14 


2 


2 


7,990 57 


Against property, with- 
out violence, . 


641 


393 


m 


33 


42 


67 


14 


26 


16,162 73 


Other offences, . 


2382 


1210 


72 


264 


460 


201 


82 


93 


29,234 33 


Total, 


3772 


1956 


222 


372 


607 


364 


116 


135 


#66,589 36