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THE ARREST OF GORDON.

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THE ARREST OF GORDON. We take from a narrative compiled by Mr. Bowerbank, Custos of Kingston, the following account of the arrest of Mr. Gordon :— The excitement in Kingston was now intense. In consequence of Mr. Nairne not making his appearance I left the Court-house with the clerk of the police and the police magistrate, and drove to Mrs. Shannon's house. Hera I was informed that Mr. Nairne had been and searched the house. Not finding Mr. Gordon there, I returned to the Court-house, when the Gover- nor aad Colonel Hunt drove up to breakfast. Here they were engaged for some time drawing up an amnesty proclamation, and a caution to persons shel- tering rebels: also one offering a reward for the ap- prehension of Paul Bogle, and an- address to the Maroons. While thus engaged a policeman brought up a message to the effect that the police magistrate requested my immediate attendance, -as he heard that Mr. G. W. Gordon was at his office. Colonel Hunt and myself immediately went down. The office was taken possession of by the Volunteers, but Mr. Gordon was not there. All his papers, however, were secured and sealed by the police magistrate. The doors of the office were also sealed up, and a guard placed over it. The inspector of police and clerk of the peace now started off with a detachment of Captain Astwood's troop for Mr. Gordon's residence, Cherry-garden, in St. Andrew's. Here, too, they were unsuccessful. They, however, impounded a few papers, and were in- formed that a cartload of things had been removed on the previous night. By order of the Governor, the office of the Watchman newspaper was searched, the papers seized, the doors and windows fastened, and a guard placed over it. About midday, the Governor, being anxious to re- turn to Morant Bay, proposed to drive up to the General's to take leave of him. As we went into the house a policeman whispered to me that Mr. Gordon was inside. As we entered we found the General, Mr. Gordon, and Dr. Fiddes standing up the General and Mr. Gordon were conversing. On seeing the Governor enter, Mr. Gordon turned towards him and gaid, Oh your Excellency." The Governor replied, "I regret, Mr. Gordon, I can hold no communication with you." On which Mr. Gordon said, Why ?" His Excellency replied, Because you are a prisoner." Mr. Gordon answered, "What for?" The Governor gave no answer, but turned to me. I immediately arrested Mr. Gordon in the name of the Queen on a charge of treason. As I laid my hand on his shoulder he got very pale and trembled much. I told him to accom- pany me, which he did. As we got to the door he said, I wish to see my wife to take leave of her." I went back and asked the Governor if I should take him to see Mrs. Gordon. He replied, "Do as you think proper he is in your custody, and you are held re- sponsible for his being taken down and put on board the Wolverene.' I then said to Mr. Gordon, "You shall see your wife if you will give me your parole to go quietly with me." He said he would. I asked him where his wife was. He told me at a friend's in North- street. He then got into my carriage and I drove him there. In driving up he asked me where I was to take him. I told him on board the Wolverene." He asked when she was to saiL I said "Directly; her steam is up, and the Governor is anxious to be off." He asked whither she was bound. I said to Morant Bay. He then inquired how long it took to go there. I replied, "About five hours." He asked in what capacity he was to go. I said, "A prisoner, charged withtrea. son." He then exclaimed, Well, justly or unjustly, I shall die to-day—this evening." I said, "No, Gor- don, it will not be so you will be tried, and if you are innocent of the charges against you, you need have no fear." He repeated, I shall die this night. It is an unfortunate chain of circumstances, but I have nothing to do with it." When we got to the house I was about alighting, when he said, "You sit here while I go in." I replied, Oh, no, Gordon, I must go with you." We then entered the garden, and on knocking at the front door, Mrs. Gordon opened it. We entered, when he embraced her and said, "Here I am, a prisoner, in custody. I am to be taken to Morant Bay at once to die this evening." He then suddenly walked into the next room and took up from the table a packet of papers. I went up to him and asked him to deliver them to me. He said, No, they are my property- my post letters." T said, "You must let me have them." He said, "No, he would not." I then took hold of his hand, and gently took them from him, and put them in the breast pocket of my coat. He then said, If you will not give them to me, at any rate let me see the directions on them." I told him I regretted I could not oblige him. He seemed annoyed, and said, "You exceed your duty." He walked back to the front piazza, where he had left Mrs. Gordon standing. Mrs. Gordon said, "George, give me your watch." He im- mediately took it off and handed it to her. He then asked me if he might take any clothes with him. I said certainly, they should be taken on board for him. Mrs. Gordon then gave him a small black ba^, saying, "That contains all you have here." He then said to me, "Shall I want any money?" I said, No you will be on board a ship of war, and will be provided with everything." He then asked Mrs. Gordon if she wished his pocket-book. This was a porte-monnaie, which he handed to her. He then went into a bedroom, where I followed him. He turned and said to me, "What you follow me?" I replied, Excuse me, Gordon; where you go I must go." He then came back, and suddenly walked rapidly to the back of the house. Mrs. Gordon told him to come back. I followed him. He took leave of an elderly lady, saying, "That is all I warned," and came back. I then said, "Come. Gordon, it is time for us to go." He again embraced Mrs. Gordon, and wished her Good-bye." Mrs Gordon then said to me, May I ask as a favour of you that you give me any information you can about Mr. Gordon?" I said, "I promise to give all the information I am at libt-rty to communicate." I then took the bag of clothes, and went out into the garden. Mrs. Gordon and Gordon followed, and here he again embraced her and followed me out into the street. When we got to the carriage he said, "I will take the bag." I said, Oh, no you shall have it when you get on board." He laughed and said, You take good eare of me." I then drove him to the General's, but found the Governor had left. At this time a number of persons were collecting in the streets. As I turned out of Duke-street to the General's door I saw a couple of troopers on horseback. I sent my servant to tell them to come to me. As I turned rcund into Duke-street they came up. I told them to accom- pany me down to the Ordnance-wharf. We pro- ceeded at a rapid rate. When near the bottom of Duke-street a great crowd appeared, and a number of people running. I haard some one behind me give the word, "Troopers, draw pistols." I turned my head, and saw Colonel Hunt and Captain John- stone. The former called out, Get on quick!" As we drove down Duke-street Gordon said to me, "I wish to consult my lawyer, Mr. Amy." I said, "I have no authority to take you there. When you get to the Ordnance-wharf you can notify your desire to the Governor." When we came opposite to Mr. Airey's office he repeated, I wish to see my lawyer I wrote to him this morning." As we got down to the crowd he began bowing and taking off his hat, and saying good-bye. He asked me»-if he might speak to them. I said, "No." He replied, It could do no harm." I said, "Gordon, do not attempt it." In Port Royal-street the crowd was very great. We reached the Ordnance-the troopers clearing the way. As soon as we drove inside the gate Colonel Hunt ordered the prisoner to alight. He did so, first thank- ing me for my kindness. He was then taken in charge by the two troopers and was removed on board the Wolverene,' which was anchored about a half mile from the Ordnance-wharf. Just then the Governor drove up to embark he requested me to accompany him to the vessel, which I did. While on board I saw Gordon sitting at the stern of the vessel reading a book, with a marine or sailor guarding him. I do not think he saw me. Soon after 1 left the vessel, as she started, in company with Captain Cooper, the three members of the Executive Council, the Hon. E. M. Jordan, and others. In driving down to the Ordnance-wharf, I omitted to mention that Gordon told me he had been ill, and that in consequence he had not been able to attend the vestry at St. Thomas-in-the-East on the day of the massacre that he had been taking medicine from Dr. Meyer and Dr. Fiddes, and that Mr. Airey knew all about it. All along Gordon appeared very anxious to impress upon ever} one that he had been ill at that time. There is no doubt that at the time he was moving about between Cherry-gardens and Kingston. George W. Gordon, in my humble opinion, ought to have been arrested and been sent to Morant Bay long before he was.

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