The petitioner states that in November 1844 he asked that his slave William be placed in jail as a runaway and kept there for safekeeping until such time as he could dispose of him. However, on 11 January 1845, the judge of the St. Louis criminal court ordered that William testify in the case of the State v. G. W. Goode. William was confined sixty-six days, during which time Beirne could neither use his services nor dispose of him, all to his master's "great inconvenience, prejudice and damage." Beirne seeks payment of the "usual fees in such cases."
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