One of the bar-keeper's confidential friends sent him a slip of paper, on which was written, ‘His only mode of escape is by the window;’ and the bar-keeper, who had previously shown himself decidedly unfriendly, urged him again and again to profit by this advice.
He occupied the third story, and the street below his window was thronged with an infuriated mob, thirsting and clamoring for his blood.
In view of these facts, it seems not very uncharitable to suppose that the advice was given to make sure of his death, apparently by his own act, and thus save the city of Savannah
from the disgrace of the deed.
Of the two terrible alternatives, he preferred going down-stairs into the midst of the angry mob, who were getting more and more maddened by liquor, having taken forcible possession of the bar. He considered his fate inevitable, and had made up his mind to die. But at the foot of the stairs, he was met by the mayor and several aldermen, whose timely arrival saved his life.
After asking some questions, and receiving the assurance that he came to Savannah
solely on commercial business, the magistrates accompanied Mr. Hopper
to his room, and briefly examined his books and papers.
The mayor then went down and addressed the mob, assuring them that he should be kept in custody during the night; that strict investigation should be made, and if there was the slightest evidence of his