Boston (MA) Herald, "Great Excitement Among the Colored People," October 25, 1850

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    "Great Excitement Among the Colored People," Boston (MA) Herald, October 25, 1850, p. 4: 4.
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    Zak Rosenberg, Dickinson College
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    Great Excitement Among the Colored People.

    We have authority for saying that warrants have been issued for the arrest of several fugitive slaves at present in this city.

    Report says that one arrest has been made, and that the fugitive is now in Leverett street Jail. We hardly think this is correct, inasmuch as it would be necessary to have an examination before warrants for their commital could be issued.

    The opponents of the slave law are on the alert, and threaten violence in case any attempt is made to convey the slaves from the State. They say that arrangements have been made to convey the slaves to the Navy Yard, Charlestown, as soon as they are arrested, and that after an examination has been held, they will be shipped South from that place.

    These days since, a man from entered the dance cellar, formerly kept by Jake Lattimer, corner of Ann and Hill streets. Lattimer is a fugitive, and has been in this city three or four years. The man who entered was Lattimer's own master. The recognition was instant and mutual. Lattimer fled, and has not been heard of. It is supposed that he was arrested.

    The colored people of Belknap street and vicinity assert that no person can be taken from among them, unless the military of the city are detailed for that duty. In that case, they say that they will act to the last extremity.

    There is some talk of getting up a demonstration against these slave hunters, and drive them from the city. Most persons are discussing the probability of such a preceding, and think that it would be justifiable, inasmuch as Mr. Hone was driven from the South.

    We trust that the persons against whom the warrants are issued will succeed in leaving the city, and thereby prevent a demonstration that will most certainly be made if any slave is brought before the court.

    2 P.M. No arrests have been made. There are a large number of persons collected in Court street and around the Court House, and a great deal of excitement prevails.

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