being an abolitionist, he should not be suffered to go at large.
The mayor and a large body of civil officers accompanied the prisoner to the guard-house, and a number of citizens volunteered their services, to strengthen the escort; but all their efforts scarcely sufficed to keep him from the grasp of the infuriated multitude.
He was placed in a noisome cell, to await his trial, and the customary guard was increased for his protection.
Portions of the mob continued howling round the prison all night, and the mayor was sent for several times to prevent their bursting in. A gallows was erected, with a barrel of feathers and a tub of tar in readiness under it, that they might amuse themselves with their victim before they murdered him.
Next morning, at five o'clock, the prisoner was brought before the mayor for further examination.
Many of the mob followed him to the door of the office to await the issue.
The evidence was satisfactory that he belonged to no anti-slavery society, and that his business in Savannah
had no connection whatever with that subject.
As for the pamphlet about Sierra Leone
, the mayor said he considered that evidence in his favor; because it was written in support of colonization.
Before the examination closed, there came a driving rain, which dispersed the mob lying in wait round the building.
Aided by this lucky storm their destined victim passed out