door and fastened it. The master, being refused admittance, placed a guard there, while he went to procure a search-warrant.
These proceedings attracted the attention of colored neighbors, and a crowd soon gathered about the house.
They seized the man who guarded the door, and held him fast, while the woman and her fugitive son rushed out. It was dusk, and the uncertain light favored their escape.
They ran about a mile, and took refuge with a colored family in Locust-street.
The watchman soon got released from the colored people who held him, and succeeded in tracing the woman to her new retreat, where he again mounted guard.
The master returned meanwhile, and having learned the circumstances, went to the magistrate to obtain another warrant to search the house in Locust-street.
At this stage of the affair, Friend Hopper
was summoned, and immediately went to the rescue, accompanied by one of his sons, about sixteen years old. He found the woman and her son stowed away in a closet, exceedingly terrified.
He assured them they would be quite as safe on the mantel-piece, as they would be in that closet; that their being found concealed would be regarded as the best evidence that they were the persons sought for. Knowing it was dangerous for them to remain in that house, he told them of a plan he had formed, on the spur of the moment.
After giving them careful instructions