treated just as he had expected.
Though there was not a shadow of proof against him, his being an old convict was deemed sufficient reason for sending him to jail.
appeared in his behalf.
‘I am ready to affirm that I believe this man to be innocent,’ said he. ‘It will be a very serious injury for him to be taken from his business and detained in prison until this can be proved.
Moreover, the effect upon his mind may be completely discouraging.
I will be security for his appearance when called for; and I know very well that he will not think of giving me the slip.’
The gratitude of the poor fellow was overwhelming.
He sobbed till his strong frame shook like a leaf in the wind.
The real culprits were soon after discovered.
For thirty years after and to the day of his death, Patrick
continued to lead a virtuous and useful life; for which he always thanked Friend Hopper
, as the instrument of Divine Providence.