him a piece of gingerbread, took him by the hand, and led him away.
Instead of going to his lodgings, as he had promised, he proceeded directly to the schooner, and left the boy in care of the captain: saying that he himself would come on board while the vessel was on the way down the river.
As they were about to sail, a sudden storm came on. The wind raged so violently, that the ship dragged her anchor, and they were obliged to haul to at a wharf in the district of Southwark
A respectable man, who lived in the neighborhood, was standing on the wharf at the time, and hearing a child crying very bitterly on board the vessel, he asked the colored cook whose child that was, and why he was in such distress.
He replied that a passenger by the name of Dana
brought him on board, and that the boy said he stole him from his mother.
A note was immediately despatched to Isaac T. Hopper
, who, being away from home, did not receive it till ten o'clock at night.
The moment he read it, lie called for a constable, and proceeded directly to the schooner.
In answer to his inquiries, the captain declared that all the hands had gone on shore, and that he was entirely alone in the vessel.
called for a light, and asked him to open the forecastle, that they might ascertain whether any person were there.
He peremptorily refused; saying that his word ought to be sufficient to satisfy