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The Daily Dispatch: March 5, 1861., [Electronic resource], Slave rescue in New York. (search)
Slave rescue in New York. A negro, named John Polhemus, belonging to Mr. Jameson, of Lewisburg, Va., was on Saturday rescued from the United States Marshal, at New York just as he was going on board the Yorktown. The Marshal had no warrant. The New York Express of that afternoon, says: At half past 3 o'clock this afternoon just as the steamer Yorktown was about to depart for Norfolk, a close carriage was driven rapidly up the pier, and when opposite the gang-plank of the vessel, two United States Deputy Marshals left the vehicle, having in custody a fugitive slave. One of the Marshals was about to drag the negro on board, when he grasped, with almost savage tenacity, the rails of the plank, clinging to it despite every effort to disengage his grasp. A large crowd soon gathered round the trio, and the negro, deeming he had friends or sympathy among them begged them to rescue him crying loudly, "Oh, men, save me! Save me! I'm not him — save me!". Officer Armstrong