During the next day, Douglass and the other slaves went up for Breakfast but found four white men standing in the back. Douglass and the other slaves get called over by Mr. Freeland who says that four white men needed to see them. These four white men immediately grab Douglass and the others and start to tie them up.Douglass knows what they are intended to do to them but walks over anyway, immediately Douglass gets strewn about the wall and gets tied up. They lashed Douglass’s hands closely together, these four white men were The Constable! The Constable have suspected Douglass and the others of escaping but Douglass doesn’t know how they figured out the slaves were planning to make an escape to freedom. One of the slaves named Henry yells “I won’t do it!”. But the Constable keep barking orders at him and tying him up.
Douglass and the other slaves try so hard to get themselves free, but the Constable won’t resist. Each Constable cocked his gun and is ready to fire at any second. Henry is still defiant. Frederick tries with the utmost satisfaction to get out of the hands of the Constable. Henry knocks the pistols out of the Constable’s hands as fast as he could but still got tied up. Douglass threw the “protection” waivers in the burning fireplace right next to them, so that the Constable won’t fully have proof of them trying to escape. The Constable suspected the slaves of escaping, but the Constable had no further proof to prove of this decision.
But Douglass and the others still had to pay the price. They were still sent to jail at St. Michael’s on behalf of the unprovable decision that they were planning to escape. Douglass and the others spent a week rotting in jail, and had nothing else to do except to just lie there in their cells thinking about what will happen to their poor unfortunate souls. Douglass’s old master Mr. Auld came to the prison and bailed Douglass out of jail Mr. Auld intentionally wanted to send Douglass to Alabama but gave up the thought of doing so. Mr. Auld sent Douglass back to Baltimore with Auld’s brother Hugh to learn a trade. Douglass seemed to have been in some pretty misfortunate times in his life, but Douglass never gave up from what he was trying to achieve. He never looked down even if at times it seemed like he was going to die!