Sherriff McEnroe

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Sherriff McEnroe - "PULLED THBIR FREIGHT.' tin; Forger nn<1...
"PULLED THBIR FREIGHT.' tin; Forger nn<1 Itctitict the Herse Thief burrow out of tlie County jail und escape, leaving a MnMngo to the Deputy Sheriff' behind them. J. L. Dickson, the forger who was brought back from Snohomish Wash, a fewweeks ago by W.B.Quarton,and the young man Bennett who was caught in Nebraska by deputy Sheriff McEnroe and brought back for horse stealing succeeded in digging out of the county jail last Saturday night and escaping. So far, no trace has been found of either one of them. They were confined confined in the southwest rooms of the basement, under the auditor's office, and it seems that McEnroe was not in the habit of locking them up in the cells at night, thinking that precaution unnecessary. Saturday night the boys requested him not to bring their breakfast breakfast around very early in the morning, as it was Sunday and they wanted to sleep. When Jim showed up Sunday with the breakfast, about 10 o'clock or a little later, lie found a hole through the wall of the room where the boys had been locked up and another hole scratched out in the dirt tinder the iron gate in the passage way leading to the jail room in the basement. The outside door of the city calaboose happened happened to be standing open, and on the door Mclnroe found the following message message from Dickson, written with a lead pencil : WILL 1SK HACK WHEN MClNKOK CATCHES HE. 1\\! TA! DICKSON. or a The scamp had the further audacity to make a horrid caricature of Jim on the walls of the room before crawling out, in which he was represented as nourishing a big revolver in imaginary pursuit, we suppose, of an escapee criminal. The walls were adornec with numerous other drawings giving evidence that Mr. Dickson is some thing of an artist as well as a smootl criminal. A large hot air pipe, measuring abou twelve inches in diameter, leads into the wall of the room where the boyt were confined, from the outside, at height of about six feet from the floor A hole had been made originally clea through the wall and had been partial ly filled from the inside with a fe\\ bricks and some mortar. The boys in some way located the position of th pipe and it was a comparatively easj matter to punch out the bricks with a broomstick, kick out the pipe and crawl through. Once out into the passageway, passageway, it was no trick to dig a hole in the dirt out under the iron-barred gate to liberty. It hardly seems possible possible that a man of Dickson's size could wriggle his body through such a small place, but a fellow can go through a little hole when the prospect of a good term in the penitentiary is staring him in the face. not f .y in as

Clipped from The Algona Republican31 Aug 1892, WedPage 5

The Algona Republican (Algona, Iowa)31 Aug 1892, WedPage 5
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