Another article in the paper the same day touted the recent opening of a presumably non-colored skating rink. Was the colored rink a different facility? Or was the second floor of the white rink reserved for African-Americans?
$20 REWARD. – RAN AWAY from the subscriber on the 6th instant, a negro man by the name of CAGE. Said negro is about twenty-seven years old, about five feet ten inches high, quick spoken and rather black – weighs some hundred and seventy pounds. It is my opinion that he intends to leave this State, with a free negro by the name of Nicholas Williams. The above reward will be given to any person, who will confine said negro in any jail or deliver him to me at my house about three miles above Toisnot Depot, Edgecombe County, N.C. – Josiah Jordan.
Eastern Carolina Republican (New Bern NC), 3 July 1850.
And then a shorter version, with different emphasis:
Eastern Carolina Republican (New Bern NC), 20 November 1850.
will be paid for the delivery of the said HARRY to me at Tossnott Depot, Edgecombe county, or for his confinement in any Jail in the State so that I can get home, or One Hundred and Fifty Dollars will be given for his head.
He was lately heard from in New-Bern where he called himself Henry Barnes (or Burns), and will likely continue the same name, or assume that of Copage or Farmer. He has a free mulatto woman for a wife, by the name of Sally Bozeman, who has lately removed to Wilmington, and lives in that part of the town called Texas, where he will likely be lurking.
Master of vessels are particularly cautioned against harboring, employing, or concealing the said negro on board their vessels, as the full penalty of the law will be rigorously enforced. GUILFORD HORN. June 29th, 1850
Toisnot Depot, a stop on the Wilmington & Raleigh Railroad, was incorporated as the town of Wilson. In 1850, it was still a part of Edgecombe County.