disguise his abhorrence of the odious business, he said, ‘Judas
betrayed his master for thirty pieces of silver; and for a like sum, I suppose thou wouldst seize thy brother by the throat, and send him into interminable bondage.
If thy conscience were as susceptible of conviction as his was, thou wouldst do as he did; and thus rid the community of an intolerable nuisance.’
One of the Southerners repeated the word ‘Brother
in a very sneering tone.
‘Yes,’ rejoined Friend Hopper
, ‘I said brother.’
He returned to his store, but was soon summoned into the street again, by a complaint that the constable and his troop of slaveholders were very roughly handling a colored man, saying he had no business to keep in their vicinity.
When Friend Hopper
interfered, to prevent further abuse, several of the Southerners pointed bowie-knives
and pistols at him. He told the constable it was his duty, as a policeof-ficer, to arrest those men for carrying deadly weapons and making such a turmoil in the street; and he threatened to complain of him if he did not do it. He complied very reluctantly, and of course the culprits escaped before they reached the police-office.
A few days after, as young Mr. Hopper
was walking up Chatham-street, on his way home in the evening, some unknown person came behind him, knocked him down, and beat him in a most savage manner,