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HOUSE.. ..No. 137.



€ommanu)caltl) of ilTa65acl)U5ctt0.



Attorney-General's Office, Boston,
February 27, 1860.

To the Hon. John A. Goodwin, Speaker of the House of
Representatives : —

Sir : — I transmit herewith, for the use of the legislature, in
conformity with the requirements of the statutes, an Abstract
of the annual reports made by the several district-attorneys for
the year 1859, together with a report of the causes conduct^jd
and argued by the Attorney-General during the same yeai".

I have the honor to be, most respectfully,
Your obedient servant,

^ STEPHEN H. PHILLIPS,

Attorney- General.



ATTORXEY-GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb.



CASES

Conducted and Argued hy the Attorney- General, from January 1, 1859,
to January 1, 1860.

COUNTY OF BARNSTABLE.

Commonwealth v. Samuel S. Rich. S. J. C. Murder of Ebenezer S.
Ward. Trial to the jury, Dec. 6, 7, 8 and 9. Verdict — Guilty of
Murder in the second degree. Sentence, imprisonment in the State
Prison for life — one day solitary.

Commonwealth v. Charles Alvis. S. J. C. Murder of Adeline Pells-
Case continued.

COUNTY OF BRISTOL.

Commonwealth v. Jonathan Reynolds. S. J. C. Obstructing public
justice by threatening witness. Exceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions
overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. Old Colony and Fall River Railroad Company.
S. J. C. Nuisance to highway. Exceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions
overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. Frederick Bubser. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Ex-
ceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to

s. c.

Commonwealth v. John Jones. S. J. C. Liquor Laiv. Exceptions
from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. Julius Kingman. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v, John McKenny. S. J. C. Liquor La%v. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. Mary Lahey. S. J. C. Adultery. Exceptions
from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

COUNTY OF ESSEX.

Commonwealth v. Haoul. S. J. C. Aggravated assault. Exceptions
from C. C. P. Exceptions waived and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. John E. Boyden. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.



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Commonwealth c. George L. Burnham. S. J. C. Liquor Law.
Exceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to

a a

Commonwealth v. Robert Marshall, et al. S. J. C. Petition for the
allowance of exceptions. Hearing before George F. Choate, Esq.,
appointed by the Court to take testimony, Dec. 23, 24, 26. Case
continued.

COUNTY OF FRANKLIN.

Commonwealth v. Charles H. Munn. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Ex-
ceptions from C. C. P. Continued.

COUNTY OF HAMPDEN.

Commonwealth v. Isaac H. Hudson. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Ex-
ceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to
S. C.

Commonwealth v. Isaac H. Hudson. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Ex-
ceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to-
S. C.

Commonwealth v. Edward Fitzgerald. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Ex-
ceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded t

s. c.

Commonwealth v. James McCarty. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Ex-
ceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to
S. C.

Commonwealth v. Albert Snow. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Exceptioos
from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. Daniel D. Warren. S. J. C. Liquor nuisannee.
Exceptions from C. C. P. Continued.

Commonwealth v. Joseph Tinkham. S. J. C. Liqtior Law. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. David Greener. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled and case remanded to S. C.

COUNTY OF HAMPSHIRE.

Commonwealth v. John Bestin. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Exceptions
from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. John Cahill, et al. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Ex-
ceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded ta
S. C.



4 ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb.

Commonwealth v. Arthur R. Cain. S. J. C. Liquor Lam. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. Arthur R. Cain. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. Thomas Boyle. S. J. C. Liquor I^aw. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. Margaret McKenny. S. J. C. Liquor Law.
Exceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to
S. C.

Commonwealth v. Mary Sullivan. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions oveiTuled, and case remanded to S. C-

COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX.

Commonwealth v. William Melley. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. John Doran. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Exceptions
from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. Michael O'Connell, et al. S. J. C. Liquor La^o.
Exceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to
S. C.

Commonwealth v. Andrew H. Foss. S. J. C. Liquor nuisance.
Exceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to

S. c.

Commonwealth v. Ira Temple. S. J. C. Obstructing horse cars.
Exceptions from C. C. P. Argued. Continued.

Commonwealth v. Alonzo Goodwin. S. J. C. Arson. Exceptions
from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. Thomas Hayes. S. J. C. Emhezzlement.. Excep-
ceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions sustained, and case remanded to
S. C.

Commonwealth v. P^mery R. Cobb, et al. S. J. C. Adultery. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. Cajzar H. Dobbyn. S. J. C. Liquor Latv. Ex-
ceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to

s. c.

Commonwealth v. Thomas Meeney. S. C. J. Liquor Law. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. William F. Rowe. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Ex-
ceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to
S. C.

Commonwealth v. Heman M. Simonds. S. J. C. Uttering counter-
feit money. Exceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled and case
remanded to S. C.



I860.] HOUSE— No. 137. 5

Commonwealth v. Stephen Sweetzer. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Ex-
ceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to
S. C.

Commonwealth v. Michael Golding. S. J. C. Liquor Lmw. Ex-
ceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions sustained, and case remanded to

s. c.

Commonwealth v. Brid,a;et Thornton. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. Michael Savage. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case i-emanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. "William Donahoe. S. J. C. Ldquor nuisance.
Exceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions sustained, and case remanded to

s. c.

Commonwealth v. Charles Mahoney. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Ex-
ceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to

s. c.

Commonwealth v. Mason W. Presby. S. J. C. Assault and battery.
Exceptions from C. C. P. Argued. Continued.

Commonwealth v. Thomas Rooney. S. J. C. Liquor nuisance.
Exceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to

s. c.

Commonwealth v. Bridget Thornton. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Ex-
ceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to
S. C.

Commonwealth v. James Burk. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Exceptions
from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. James Burk. S. J. C. Liquor Laiv. Exceptions
from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. The Proprietors of the Middlesex Canal. S. J. C.
Quo warranto — non-user of franchise. Judgment of forfeiture.

COUNTY OF NORFOLK.

Commonwealth v. Bridget Leo. S. J. C. Liquor Laiv. Exceptions
from C. C. P. Exceptions waived, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. William Burke. S. J. C. Assault. Exceptions
from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. Edward Kenney. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions waived and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. Mary Sullivan. S. J. C. Liquor L^aw. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth i\ Mary Sullivan. S. J. C. IJquor Law. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.



6 ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S REPORT. [Feb.

Commonwealth v. Mary Sullivan, et al. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Ex-
ceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled and case remanded to
S. C.

Commonwealth v. Timothy Sheehan. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Ex-
ceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to
S. C.

Commonwealth v. James Doherty. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. John Murphy. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

COUNTY OF PLYMOUTH.

Commonwealth v. William L. Dean. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Ex-
ceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to
S. C.

Commonwealth v. Michael Sullivan, et al. S. J. C. Creulty to
animals. Exceptions from C. C. P. Nol. pros'd.

COUNTY OF SUFFOLK.

Commonwealth v. Thomas Brown. S. J. C. Subornation of perjury.
Exceptions from M. C. Exceptions waived, and case remanded to
M. C.

Commonwealth v. Thomas F. Bowden. S. J. C. Larceny in building.
Exceptions from M. C. Argued. Continued.

Commonwealth v. Abijah Jenkins. S. J. C. Receiving stolen goods.
Exceptions from M. C. Exceptions waived and case remanded to ]\I. C.

Sarah E. Wells v. Commonwealth. S. J. C. Writ of error. House
of ill-fame. Writ dismissed.

Commonwealth by Information of the Insurance Commission ei's v.
Shawmut M. F. Ins. Co. Injunction issued and Receivers appointed.

Commonwealth by Information of the Bank Commissioners v. Bass
River Bank. Injunction issued, and Receivers appointed.

Commonwealth by Information of the Bank Commissioners v. People's
Five Cents Savings Bank. Injunction issued and made perpetual, and
Receivers appointed.

In the matter of George P. Burnham v. John Morissey. Habeas
Corpus. Contempt of House of Representatives. Petitioner remanded
into custody. [The Attorney-General appeared for the respondent in
this case at the request of the officers of the House of Representatives.]

Moses Tenney, Jr., Treasurer and Receiver-General v. T. B. Lawrence
and W. W. Goddard. Two actions of contract on notes given for Back
Bay lands. Judgments for plaintiff" for full amount of notes, interest and
costs.



I860.] HOUSE— No. 137. T

COUNTY OF WORCESTER.

Commonwealth v. Chax'les Glllon. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions waived and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. John Langley. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. James Sullivan. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions waived and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. Charles F. Nettleton. S. J. C. Liquor Law.
Exceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to

s. c.

Commonwealth v. John Burns. S. J. C. Liquor Laio. Exceptions,
from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. Thomas Hopkins. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Ex-
ceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions waived and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. William E. P. Smyth. S. J. C. Nuisance to
highway. Exceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case
remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. David Bruckheimer. S. J. C. Peddling jeioelry.
Exceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions sustained and judgment arrested.

Commonwealth v. R. W. Shattuck. S. J. C. Liquor Law. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. Daniel Byron. S. J. C. Perjury. Exceptions
from C. C. P. Exceptions sustained and judgment arrested.

Commonwealth v. John Taylor. S. J. C. Liquor Nuisance. Ex-
ceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to
S. C.

Commonwealth v. John Grimes. S. J. C. Liquor nuisance. Ex-
ceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions sustained and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. John Burns. S. J. C. Liquor Laiv. Exceptions
from C. C. P. Excejjtions overruled, and case remanded to S. C.

Commonwealth v. Joseph S. Hill. S. J. C. Liquor nuisance. Ex-
ceptions from C. C. P. Exceptions overruled, and case remanded to
S. C.

Commonwealth v. William Thornton. S. J. C. Adultery. Excep-
tions from C. C. P. Nol. pros'd.



ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S REPORT.



[Feb.



TABLE

Shounng t/ie number of Criminal Cases pending on qveslions of
Law in lite Svpreme Judicial Covrt during lite year ]869,a«c?
the disposition thereof, by Counties.



COUNTIES.


■3

S
p.

«


Decided for the Com-
mon-wealth.


1 1

c

1 §




■i

■o

5
1 1

o ^


3

«
■a

C

c

o

o


Barnstable, .
Berkshire,
Bristol, .
Dukes,

Essex,

Franklin,

Hampden, .

Hampshire,

Middlesex,

Nantucket,

Norfolk, .

Plymouth,

Suffolk, .

Worcester,












7

4
1

9

7

23

9



4
15


7

3

8

7

18

9

1

3

11


3

1
4


2
1


1
1
1


Totals,


81


67


8


3


3



I860.]



HOUSE— No. 137.



T A B I. E

Shoif'ing' the number and nature of Criminal Cases pending in
the Supreme Judicial Court, during" the year 1859, on ques-
tions of Laiv, and the disposition thereof.



OFFENCES.


u

B

C

o.

C3
O


Decided for the Com-
monwealth.


J3

OS c

•G S

1 i




a

•3
C
S

c S

1 1


a
tc
u

■c
c;
C
_c

c
o


Liquor law,








53


51


1


-


1


Liquor nuisance,








7


4


2


-


1


Adultery, .








3


2


1


-


-


Assault and battery, .








2


1


-


1


-


Nuisance, .








2


2


-




_


Arson,










1


-


-


-


Assault, (aggravated,)










1


-


-


-


Burning,










-


-


-


1


Counterfeit money,










1


-


-


-


Cruelty,










-


1


-


-


Embezzlement, .










-


1


-


-


House of ill-fame.










1


-


-


-


Larceny in building, .










-


-


1


-


Obstructing public justice,










1


-


-


-


Obstructing railroad, .










-


-


1


-


Peddling jewelry,










-


1


-


-


Perjury, .










-


1


-


-


Receiving stolen goods,








1


1


-


-


-


Subornation of perjury.










1


-


-


-


Totals,


81


67


8


3 .


3



ABSTRACT



rrnul lleprts of tjje §htxui'%iUxnp,



FOR THE YEAR 1859



12



ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S REPORT.



[Feb.



Table I. SUFFOLK COUNTY.



OFFENCES.


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s
8

o


c
o

'>

a
o
O


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<


o
u

o
'A


5
a
o

'3


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s
o
Ph

a


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O


o S

"s c
,« to

"


Costs.


Against the Person
feloniously.






















Assault, with intent to






















kill,


7


5


-


2




-


-


-


-


$193 79


Assault, with intent to






















ravish.


7


4


1


-


-


1


1


-


-


201 54


Assault, with intent to






















rob,


1


1


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


28 28


Manslaughter,


12


4


2


-


1


4


-


-


1


2,195 89


Mayhem, .


1


-


-


-


-


1


-


-


-


-


Murder,


1


-


-


-


-


1


-


-


-


18 85


Rape,


2


2


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


504 45


Robbery, .


39


32


3


2


-


2


-


-


-


1,069 56


Totals,


70


48


6


4


1


9


1


-


1


$4,212 36


Against the Person, not






















feloniously.






















Assault and battery, .


141


62


21


14


24


19


-


-


1


$3,082 44


Assault, aggravated, .


58


33


7


10


2


5


-


-


1


1,645 37


Assault on officer,


19


13


1


-


3


2


-


-


-


403 37


Causing death of pas-






















senger by negligence.


1


-


-


-


-


26


1


-


-


60 82


Totals,


219


108


29


24


29


1


-


2


$5,192 00


Against Properly.






















Appropriation, unlaw-
ful, ....


1


-


-


-


-


1


-


-


-


$28 35


Arson,


1


-


-


-


-


1


-


-


-


-


Breaking and entering.


127


76


10


2


21


16


-


-


2


2,535 93



I860.]



HOUSE— No. 137.

Table I. — Continued.



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OFFENCES.


s

3
1

o


B

>

s
o


<


2
o


c
o
■a
'3
i-J


•S


5

o
A ■


u
<

o
A


C A

o S

■a =

3 3
^ t£


Costs.


Break in5


•d

<

o
•A


O u

If


Costs.


Rescue,

Kescue, attempt at,


1
1


1
1


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


$24 53
24 53


Totals,


11


2


-


4


-


-


5


-


-


$293 00


Against ChaMily, Mo-
rality, and Decency.

Adultery, .

Common drunkard, .

Concealing birth of
child,

Disorderly house,

Drunkenness,

House of ill-fame.

Idle and disorderly per-
son.

Indecent exposure,

tion.
Lewdness, .

Obscene books, having,

&c, . . .

Obscene papere, hav-
ing, &c., .

Polygamy, .

Prize fighting, .

Night-walker,

Sunday law,


10
38

1

48

2

122

18
3

2
1

1

1
4
1
31
1


4
19

23

1

62

4

2

1

1

2

1
6

1


1
2

3

1
4

3

1

1


1

1

1

3
5

2
1


3

7

1
11

23
5

1
1

11


1

9

8
18

13


-


1

8


1

4

1


$107 49
561 58

68 39

769 06

31 18

1,756 60

330 62

67 00

31 32
10 70

26 03

149 96
156 31

391 97
12 15



I860.]



HOUSE— No. 137.

Table I. — Continued.



15



OFFENCES.


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3
C
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1
C

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c
o

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n

o


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<
o


.S3 bo


Costa.


Unwholesome meat,






















selling, &c.,


2


1


1


-


-


-


-


-


-


$131 03


Vagabond, .


2


1


1


-


-


-


-


-


-


36 50


Totals,


288


129


18


u


63


49


-


9


6


$1,700 89


Against Public Policy.






















Boarding a vessel.


1


1


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


mi 05


Cows, leaving at large,


1


-


-


1


-


-


-


-


-


24 85


Dbg law.


3


-


-


2


-


1


-


-


-


37 24


Gaming,


1


1


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


11 51


House oiFal, removal, .


2


-


-


2


-


-


-


-


-


50 76


Liquor, adulteration of.


3


-


-


-


-


3


-


-


-


-


Liquor, nuisance,


168


59


2


4


70


12


20


-


1


2,834 26


Lottery,


3


2


-


1
1


-


-


-


-


-


43 05


Milk law, .


6


2


-


1


-


3


-


-


-


54 37


Pilot law, .


1


-


-


-


-


1


-


-


-


31 28


Seamen, enticing,


1


-


-


1


-


-


-


-


-


24 98


Slung shot, carrying, .


1


-


-


-


1


-


-


-


-


15 18


Totals,


191


65


2


12


71


20


20


-


1


$3,148 53


Other Offences.






















Conspiracy,


3


-


-


-


3


-


-


-


-


$43 97


Libel, ....


1


-


-


-


-


-


-


1




14 82


Threat,


1


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


1


23 52


Totals,


5 -


-




3


-


-


1


1


$82 31


Totals for County, .


1251 568

1


112


88 245


176


36


11


15


$28,357 82



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ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S REPORT.



[Feb..



Table II. EASTERN DISTRICT.

[Essex County constitutes this District.]



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