him under such unpleasant circumstances.
After some investigation into the affair, he was required to appear for trial the next morning, under penalty of forfeiting three thousand dollars. The cook was committed to prison, as a witness; and the colored boy was sent home with Isaac T. Hopper
, who agreed to produce him at the time appointed.
Very early the next morning, he sent a messenger to inform the mother that her child was in safety; but she was off in search of him, and was not to be found.
On the way to the mayor's office, they met her in the street, half distracted.
As soon as she perceived her child, she cried out, ‘My son!
threw her arms round him, and sobbed aloud.
She kissed him again and again, saying, ‘Oh my child, I thought I had lost you forever.’
When they all arrived at the mayor's office, at the hour appointed for trial, the captain protested that he had no knowledge of anything wrong in the business, having merely taken care of the boy at the re quest of a passenger.
When he was required to appear at the next court to answer to the charge of kidnapping, he became alarmed, and told where Captain Dana
could be arrested.
His directions were followed, and the delinquent was seized and taken to Isaac T. Hopper's house.
He was in a towering passion, protesting his innocence, and threatening vengeance against everybody who should attempt to