On the day of the escape the three men were all full of excitement as well as anxiety. What if they were caught? What would happen to them? Is this worth it? These questions were ringing inside Frederick’s head until he heard his master’s voice. “Ay you! You all got some visitors waitin’ outside,” said his master with a smirk. Frederick obeyed and walked outside to find two constables standing there with Henry and John.“We have heard from one of your fellow slaves that you three are trying to escape.” said the officer. Frederick’s mind began racing with terrible thoughts of what would happen to them if the officers were to find any evidence of an escape attempt. ” What?” Frederick exclaimed, trying to look surprised. The three escapees filled instantly with fear and realized that they had to come up with a plan in order to save their lives, quickly.
Without warning the two officers seized the three men and had them tied up. No matter what Frederick said, the constables did not believe them. “I promise you sir, we would never try to escape! We are meant to be slaves and we would never go against our master!” shouted Frederick. “Yeah,” said John. “We haven’t got any reason to try and escape!” But the officers still didn’t believe them. “Are we supposed to believe you fools?” laughed one of the officers. Henry broke free of the officer’s grip and fought both of the officers, leaving John and Frederick in awe. “You can’t lock us up! We haven’t done anything wrong! We’re not at fault!” shrieked Henry. Once the constables wrestled Henry pack into their grip, they were both livid. Henry, Frederick, and John all sat tied up in silence for the time being. Fortunately, the officers became distracted, which gave the slaves chance to talk. “What are we supposed to do with our passes?” whispered Henry frantically. John nodded in agreement, too frightened to speak. “Eat them with your biscuit,” whispered Frederick. “They’ll never know.”
Before the officers could come back, Frederick threw his pass in the fire, and Henry and John hastily ate theirs with their biscuits. A wave of relief washed over all of them, but they were all upset that their plan had failed, especially Frederick. “It would’ve worked if someone had snitched on us,” mumbled John, glaring at all the other slaves, wondering who had told Mr. Freeland. “Yeah, but there is still a chance that we will be able to escape Frederick,” said Henry. Suddenly, Mr. Freeland walked up to them. “Ay you! “ he said pointing at Frederick. "We're sendin' you to work in Alabama next week. Have fun in the south!" Frederick responded with a grimace. "Well, looks like we won't have the opportunity to escape together again," said John, looking discouraged. "We may not be able to escape as a team, but I know we'll all get out of here. I won't let Alabama block me from freedom," said Frederick. It was only the next week, when Mr. Freeland came to Frederick with some interesting news. "There's been a change of plans in your...location. You're gonna be goin' to Baltimore to learn a new trade workin' on boats. So pack whatever you got, if you got anything.” He walked away chuckling, leaving Frederick astonished. Frederick was going north, even closer to freedom.