Richmond (VA) Dispatch, "Runaways Returned," November 29, 1855

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    "Runaways Returned," Richmond (VA) Dispatch, November 29, 1855, p. 1: 5.
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    Richmond Daily Dispatch
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    Zak Rosenberg, Dickinson College
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    Runaways Returned.-It was announced on Monday last, that eleven slaves, belonging to different persons in this city, had abandoned their comfortable homes on the Saturday night previous, with the intention of taking passage by the "underground railroad" to a Northern State. On Tuesday night, five of these deluded creatures, the property of Mrs. Susan L. Hatcher, returned to their mistress, becoming satisfied that servitude in "Old Virginia" was preferable to a precarious existence in a free State. As soon as the return of these fugitives was made known to the Mayor, he immediately summoned his officers, and instituted the most energetic measures to intercept the flight of the other runaways, and their abductors.

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