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RWR mistaken - Txarihg Down a Flag. Among ths eases before J...
Txarihg Down a Flag. Among ths eases before J edge Atocha, yesterday, was one ia which the rent fragments of a little silk Spanish Spanish flag figured prominently. The flag was about nine Inches long and four and a half wide, and had been presented to a female member of tto family of Mr. Toarnd by a Spanish officer. 1 Oa Tuesday evening last a young and enthusiastic Union lady, Mk: Weeks by -name,, -name,, when passing the residence of M'me Toume, at the corner of Baronas street and Triton Walk, just after dark, observed observed tbe flag in question, and being unable to distinguish the oifisranoo between yellow and white by gas light, concluded that the flag was a rebel banner' red, wbito aad red" and determined within her patriotic soul that it should not bang there twenty minutes. After After fully satisfying herself, a lady friend who was with ber, and a young gentleman who acted aa their escort, that the flag was indeed "red, white and red," shs 'proceeded homeward, homeward, told hsr father in tsrms of lofty indignation indignation about the rebel flag that M'me Toume' had displayed among tbs brazen branches of her parlor chandelier, and siksd who would volunteer to tear it down. Her soul was fll'e i with ardor, and ber enthusiasm soon awakened the ambition of a young soldier who was present, present, named George F. Cook, of the 9th Connecticut Connecticut Volunteers. ' Such sweet parsoasioa from se Avir a mouth, O, to what effort would it not peraoade !" In a abort time a party consisting of ths soldier. Miss Weeks, her father, Robert H. Weeks, Mrs. Weeke and Miss Jarvis, started for Castle Tourne, where the defiant symbol of rebellion spread ite silken folds amid ths jets of gas. Thsy arrived in safety, and with one epnng the soldier, Cook, leaped over a chevsux de fries in the ehapo of an iron fence, and entered the hostile citadel by springing through a window. Ths party in the parlor would not have been more surprised by the entrance of a bombshell pregnant with Greek fire. Ia a moment the nag staff was broken in twain, and the captured banner waa in tbe soldier's hand. Here Mmo. Toornd and hsr son rushed to the rescue, and two paroled Confederate prisoners, who wore at ths tims visitors in the house, looked on and wondered. Mme. Tourne got the flag back and began to point out the fact that the flag was Spaoith, that ths central bar was yellow, and that there waa no blue field, as in the Confederate flag. But the soldier insisted that the central bar was white, and Mr. Weeke, who entered with hie daughter about thia time, declared also that the flsg was a rebel emblem, and taking bold of it tore off one of the red bars, the rest being left in Mme. ToomeVc band. At this juncture the excitement was intense. There wss a straggle for the tattered frag-menu frag-menu frag-menu of tbe flag, and the hand of Mr. Weeks came in contact with young Mr. Tourng's throat Enthusiasm ran high. Patriotism welled np and bubbled over. The assaulting party refused to leave the captured stronghold, stronghold, and the aid of the police was invoked. Finally a police officer got possession -of -of the flag, and the soldier snd Mr. Weeks wsre ar rested for trespass, Miss Weeka being anxious the while to take the whole blame npon herself, herself, and be arrested in their stead. Several of the witnesses were quite excited while telling their respective stones, those for the prosecution swearing positively that tbe little flsg in court was the one torn down from the chandelier ; those for the defence being equally positive that the captured flag had a white, not a yellow central bar. and none of them noticed a crown upon the bar. Tbe prosecution was conducted by C. Camp-bell, Camp-bell, Camp-bell, Etq., and the defence by Major Fry. By the Majors cross examination tits faot was elicited that M'me Tourne waa born ia South Carolina, bnt ahe claimed the nationality of her deceased husband France and had taken an oath of allegisnes in the office of the French Consulate. Her son, too, young Mr. Tourne, had his French papers, though born In Louisiana, Louisiana, and another witness, Win. Csldsr, claimed claimed to be a British subject because he was born of English parents In New York. Young Calder, after giving hia testimony, wai arrest-td arrest-td arrest-td by Special Officer Patterson for having l ailed to comply with the General Ordera 41 and 42, issued by Gen. Butler. When tbe witnesses had all been beard and the prisoners had made their respective state-menu, state-menu, state-menu, Mr. Campbell argued that a case had been made out and that the prisoners should bs ponfthed. Major Fry per contra contended tbst if any offence bed been committsd it waa the free outgrowth of an ardent patriotism, akin to that which bad given immortality to the name of CoL Ellsworth. In disposing of ths eass ths Jadgs laid that he acquitted the accused of any attempt to commit violence, but while he admired the Eatriotic spirit which hsd animated their aot, s thought that they had erred in attempting to take the lew in their own hands, and hs must impose on them a fine of $10 each. They paid ths fins, and ths lady prosecutrix went home bearing with her the frsgmeaW of the Iberian banner.

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  1. The Times-Picayune,
  2. 18 Sep 1863, Fri,
  3. Page 2

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