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 - LOCAL AT FAIRS. ImHttifation iw tk$ Ormtd Jury....
LOCAL AT FAIRS. ImHttifation iw tk$ Ormtd Jury. Yesterday morning the Attorney General stated to tbe Court of Quarter Sessions that the Grand Jury bad issued a tubjan dxcti tecum for the production of the minute book of the Fairmount Engine Company, containing the names of the member of that company, for the purpose of aiding them in their investigations in relation to recent firemen' riots. He supported the legality of such n proceeding, and remarked that the Grand Jury were no doubt under some mis - spprehension a to the legal advice whieh W. H. Butler tbe secretary of the company, had received from hia counsel. Mr. Barton said he was counsel for Mr. Butler individually, and for the company to which he belongs collectively, and he felt called upon to give n explanation. The Court were aware that he differed with it in relation to the action of Grand Juries, but a it had decided that process could be issued, and he had been informed that Mr. Butler had been subpernaed lo produce the books, he told him that if the books of the company were in his possession he should give them up. If be had them not, but knew where they were, he should say so, but if be did not know where the books were, it was not necessary that he should go in search of them or give himself any further trouble. The counsel stated that he waa instructed that the books of the company were generally kept in n desk in the engine house, but they had been removed without Mr. Butler's knowledge or consent. He asked that the Court allow Mr. B. to make his statement, either on oath or otherwise. The Court declined to hear any statement from Mr. Butler. The Attorney General remarked, that as Mr. Butler wa tbe secretary of the company, it was hn business to keep the books in his custody, and be wa responsible for their production. Judge Campbell said that it wa then neither the time nor the place for him to take action in the matter, but he would say that it was highly necessary that Mr. Butler should obey that subpoenaend that it was a very singular circumstance that the books should have disappeared. He dismissed the case wi'h the observation, that he intended to hold Butler, and the members of the company, to a strict accountability in regard to thooe books; " . -

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  1. Public Ledger,
  2. 27 Jan 1848, Thu,
  3. Page 2

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