thinking of his wife and children, feeling sad and forlorn beyond description, he noticed that a fisherman drew near the shore with a small boat, to which was fastened a rope and a heavy stone, to supply the place of an anchor.
When he saw the man step out of the boat and throw the stone on the ground, Friend Hopper
's parting advice instantly flashed through his mind.
Hardship, scanty food, and above all, continual distress of mind, had considerably reduced his flesh.
He looked at his emaciated hands, and thought it might be possible to slip them through his iron cuffs.
He proceeded cautiously, and when he saw that his guard were too busy loading their pistols to watch him, he released himself from his irons by a violent effort, ran to the river, threw the stone anchor into the boat, jumped in, and pushed for the opposite shore.
The noise attracted the attention of his guard, who threatened him with instant death if he did not return.
They loaded their pistols as quickly as possible, and fired after him, but luckily missed their aim. James
succeeded in reaching the opposite side of the river, where he set the boat adrift, lest some one should take it back and enable them to pursue him. He bent his course toward Philadelphia
, and on arriving there, went directly to Friend Hopper's house.
He had become so haggard and emaciated, that his friend could hardly believe it was James Davis
who stood before