Stevier - Hurd
From V 1 Civilian and Uatventon Ciiy Gazette, Aug. 23. To the Public. Perceiving an article in the New Orleans Picayune, headed "Extensive Robbery," it becomes my dutv to state facts. On the 5th of June I chartered mv vessel, the Luda, to E Steber, for a voyage lo Mexico. We sailed on the 17th for Lacuna : Mr. S. desired me to put into Cam peachy, where we arrived on the 27 th ; on tne jutn, ne soia tne enure cargo, wun me exception of some bread and crackers, which are probited in all the ports of Mexico, and on July 3d the cargo was landed in good order. Alter allowing Mr. o. a reasonable time to set tie bis business, I requested hioi to return to New Orleans, but he would not, I remained in Camneachv till July 17th. eight or ten days after I had been cleared by the American con huI. Now the charter party said nothing about a return cargo, and I was at liberty to go where I pleased, by paving his passage to New Orleans, Orleans, which I offered to do, and likewise the freierht on the bread, but. after retaining me 14 days, be made up his mind that unless I would buy his bread, he would compel me to take him, bread and all to the United States. On the 15th he intimated to me that he intended to amuerle the proceeds of the oreo on board (I requested him not to do it,) which he said, if he paid the duty, would amount to $d(l or f bO. The duty, being 3 per cent., would give $2000 as the amount to be exported. The cargo coat in New Orleans $1250, and was sold for $125 above costs and charges, deducting $200 for bread and addiug $oUU lor treigbt. He told me he took ho money with - him ; at all events there was none on my import manifest. manifest. Where he got the other $2,500 to make up the $4,000 in specie, of which he alleges to be robbed, I am unable to say, unless he made it pedling one or two crazy watches, which he termed chronometers, and asked $150 for each, and which the captain of an English brig told him his mate bad a better one for $75. On the 16th he pnt his baggage on board, and being satisfied that he had taken no permit, on the following day (Monday) I informed the Consul. He told me if I went to the Collector myself and gave information that I could save my vessel; vessel; I went to the Custom House, but it was closed. That evening a gentleman agreed to buy his bread, and we were to meet him at Mr. E.'s store at half past 7; but Mr. S. not keeping keeping his engagement, I had to go on . board for him with my boat. When I got alongside of the vessel tbe steward told me supper was ready. I drank two cups of coffee, but did not see Mr. S. take any if we did, we both drank from the same pot and no unusual and unaccountable unaccountable sleepiness came over me. The more probable conjecture is (as he is an almost inseparable inseparable companion of bis liquor-case) liquor-case) liquor-case) that. he put brandy in bis coffee and took too much. rhe assertion that I said to my brother in an under tone, " Don't go," is false. I ordered my brother and one man in the boat, without one word being said, pro or con, who should go or who should not, and they obeyed. On our arrival at the store it was past eight o'clock, and the gentleman in question had gone home outside of the city. Mr. requested me to eo for him, which I did. takin? with me the seaman who had accompanied us, my brother brother being left to take care of the boat. We did not return to the boat, as stated in the Picayune. Picayune. On our arrival at St. Ann 1 was informed that the officers of the Customs had suspected the freighter or smuggling, and that they were goin? to search my vessel immediately. Fearing Fearing that I could not reach the north gate before it closes (9 o'clock), we ran down to the shore, procured a canoe, and shoved on board as fast as possible, and made sail, leaving my mate and boat on shore. When I got to sea, my vessel was so light (drawing but 2 feet 6 inches) that I was obliged to keep her before the wind, which prevailing from the S.E., I came to Galveston Galveston in five days. Immediately on my arrival I noted my protest before the Consul, stating all the particulars, and it was read lo my men, and subscribed by them under oath; and by the return of the boat I am informed that this perjured wretch, who swears to have lost $4000 in specie and $14,000 in other property, goes to New Orleans, and makes affidavits of robbery, piracy, poison, and everything else, and throws an innocent man into prison, who never harmed any one, and who has a family of small children children in that city, who are destitute. ' P 9 It Wm.L. Hord. ; Captain William L; Hurd, of the schoouer Luda, having delivered to me all my baggage and effects, placed on board schooner on or about the 17th day of July, at the fort of Carai peachy, and having fully settled all matters bei. tween us, and having explained to my entire satisfaction his reasons for leaving said port in the manner he did, together w ith his reasons for making the port of Galveston, I am induced in justice to Capt. Hurd to state that I am now satisfied that I was mistaken in my conclusions in respect to his conduct ia leaving the port of Campeachy, and that an article published in tbe New Orleans Weekly Picayune, of the 7th inst., in relation thereto,' is incorrect. : , (Signed) Edward Stsber. Galveston, August 25, 1843. - Witness . James Lote, ; (Signed) J James M. Setmopr. , ; Consulate of the U. S. of America, J Port or Galveston, Republic of Texas. 5 This day personally appeared before ' me, James McKnight, Vice Consul of the United States at the port of Galveston, Texas, James Love and James M.' Seymour, who severall made oath that they witnessed the signature of me wnnin instrument, by Udward Steber, on the day- day- and date therein stated. - In testimony whereof, I,, hereunto' subscribe my name and affix the seal of my office, at Galveston, the 26th day of -August, -August, A. D. 1843, (Signed.) ' ' ' - James McKnight, ; ' Vice Consul of the U; 8. of America.