that too much interest manifested might excite suspicion—he
replied: “I think I should.”
Deliberately looking around amongst all the “freight,”
he discovered the box, and said, “I think that
is it there.” Said officer stepped to it,
looked at the directions on it, then at the bill of
lading, and said, “That is right, take it along.”
Here the interest in these two bosoms was thrilling
in the highest degree. But the size of the box
was too large for the carriage, and the driver refused
to take it. Nearly an hour and a half was spent
in looking for a furniture car. Finally one was
procured, and again the box was laid hold of by the
occupant’s particular friend, when, to his dread
alarm, the poor fellow within gave a sudden cough.
At this startling circumstance he dropped the box;
equally as quick, although dreadfully frightened, and,
as if helped by some invisible agency, he commenced
singing, “Hush, my babe, lie still and slumber,”
with the most apparent indifference, at the same time
slowly making his way from the box. Soon his fears
subsided, and it was presumed that no one was any
the wiser on account of the accident, or coughing.
Thus, after summoning courage, he laid hold of the
box a third time, and the Rubicon was passed.
The car driver, totally ignorant of the contents of
the box, drove to the number to which he was directed
to take it—left it and went about his business.
Now is a moment of intense interest—now
of inexpressible delight. The box is opened, the
straw removed, and the poor fellow is loosed; and is
rejoicing, I will venture to say, as mortal never
did rejoice, who had not been in similar peril.
This particular friend was scarcely less overjoyed,
however, and their joy did not abate for several hours;
nor was it confined to themselves, for two invited
members of the Vigilance Committee also partook of
a full share. This box man was named Wm. Jones.
He was boxed up in Baltimore by the friend who received
him at the wharf, who did not come in the boat with
him, but came in the cars and met him at the wharf.
The trial in the box lasted just seventeen hours before
victory was achieved. Jones was well cared for
by the Vigilance Committee and sent on his way rejoicing,
feeling that Resolution, Underground Rail Road, and
Liberty were invaluable.
On his way to Canada, he stopped at Albany, and the
subjoined letter gives his view of things from that
MR. STILL:—I take this opportunity
of writing a few lines to you hoping that tha
may find you in good health and femaly. i am well
at present and doing well at present i am now in a
store and getting sixteen dollars a month at the
present. i feel very much o blige to you and your
family for your kindnes to me while i was with
you i have got a long without any trub le a tal. i
am now in albany City. give my lov to mrs and
mr miller and tel them i am very much a blige
to them for there kind ns. give my lov to my Brother