they burst open his house, and destroyed his furniture.
In 1835, Judge Chinn
, of Mississippi
, visited New-York
, and brought with him a slave, said to have cost the large sum of fifteen hundred dollars. A few days after their arrival in the city, the slave eloped, and a reward of five hundred dollars was offered for his apprehension.
knew nothing about him; but some mischievous person wrote a note to Judge Chinn
, stating that the fugitive was concealed at his store, in Pearl-street.
A warrant was procured and put into the hands of a constable frequently employed in that base business.
At that season of the year, many Southerners were in the city to purchase goods.
A number of them accompanied the judge to Pearl-street, and distributed themselves at short distances, in order to arrest the slave, in case he attempted to escape.
They preferred to search the store in the absence of Friend Hopper
, and watched nearly an hour for a favorable opportunity.
Meanwhile, he was entirely unconscious of their proceedings; and having occasion to call at a house a few doors below, he left the store for a short time in charge of one of his sons.
As soon as he was gone, four or five men rushed in. Not finding the object of their pursuit, they jumped out of a back window, and began to search some buildings in the rear.
When people complained of