New York Times, “Arrest of a Fugitive Slave,” October 2, 1851

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    “Arrest of a Fugitive Slave,” New York Times, October 2, 1851, p. 2: 5.
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    Michael M. Geduldig, Dickinson College
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    Arrest of a Fugitive Slave - His Rescue - Great Excitement - The Military called out, etc.

    SYRACUSE, Wednesday, Oct. 1.

    A colored man named W. Henry, who has resided in this city for some time past, was arrested this morning by U. S. Marshal Allen, as a fugitive slave. He is a cooper by trade and was at work in his shop when he was arrested. The officer informed him that he was charged with some slight offence, and he allowed himself to be taken and handcuffed under that impression. He was taken before Commissioner Saline, and an examination gone into.

    Considerable excitement was occasioned by the arrest, and a large crowd assembled in and about the office of the Commissioner. While the examination was progressing, the negro made his escape into the street, and was closely followed by a crowd of persons; some of whom were desirous to assist in his escape, and others were equally anxious to assist in his recapture. A carriage was speedily procured by the negro’s friends, but not in season to be made available for the object in view. He was recaptured by the officers before he got out of the limits of the city. He was taken to the police office, followed by a large crowd, composed mostly of his friends. Nothing further was done with the examination up to 7 o’clock, but the military were ordered out, and all arrangements made to carry the law into effect. What will be the end no one can tell.

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