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An Escape Attempt (part 2)
Updated: 5/8/2020
An Escape Attempt (part 2)
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  • In a few moments, they succeeded in tying John. They then turned to Henry, who had by this time returned, and commanded him to cross his hands. “ I won’t!” said Henry, in a firm tone, indicating his readiness to meet the consequences of his refusal. “ Won’t you?” said Tom Graham, the constable. “ No, I won’t!” said Henry, in a still stronger tone. With this, two of the constables pulled out their shining pistols, and swore , by their Creator, that they would make him cross his hands or kill him.
  • Each cocked his pistol, and, with fingers on the trigger, walked up to Henry, saying, at the same time, if he did not cross his hands, they would blow his damned heart out. “ Shoot me, shoot me! ” said Henry; “ you can't kill me but once. Shoot, shoot—and be damned! I won’t be tied !” This he said in a tone of loud defiance; and at the same time, with a motion as quick as lightning, he with one single stroke dashed the pistols from the hand of each constable. As he did this, all hands fell upon him, and, after beating him some time, they finally overpowered him, and got him tied. 
  • I was now left to my fate. I was all alone, and within the walls of a stone prison. But a few days before, and I was full of hope. I expected to have been safe in a land of freedom; but now I was covered with gloom, sunk down to the utmost despair. I thought the possibility of freedom was gone. I was kept in this way about one week, at the end of which, Captain Auld, my master, to my surprise and utter astonishment, came up, and took me out, with the intention of sending me, with a gentleman of his acquaintance, into Alabama. But, from some cause or other, he did not send me to Alabama, but concluded to send me back to Baltimore, to live again with his brother Hugh, and to learn a trade.
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