Arrest of a Fugitive Slave in Boston,- Rescued from
the Officers by a Mob.
On Saturday forenoon, a negro named Shadrach, a waiter in the Cornhill Coffee
House, Boston, was arrested as a Fugitive Slave from John De Bree, of Norfolk,
Va., and brought before G. T. Curtis, U.S. Commissioner, for examination. The
Counsel for the negro asked for a postponement of the examination until Tuesday,
in order to obtain evidence, which was readily granted by the Commissioner.-
As the laws of the State forbid the confinement of fugitive slaves in our jails,
he remained in the Court Room in charge of the officers.
About two o'clock, the Court Room door which was locked, with several officers
stationed about it, was burst open by a band of colored men, numbering a hundred
or more, who with loud cries of 'tear him away,' filled the room.
The officers at the door were kicked, cuffed, and knocked about in every direction,
and notwithstanding the resistance of a posse of about twenty strong, the prisoner
was seized by the mob, and carried off in triumph to parts unknown.
One huge negro seized the sword of the U. S. Marshall and flourished it about
the heads of all who opposed him.