Cochise Review, 5 July 1900, page 1
it PRISONERS ESCAPE. A Safe Jail Should be Provided For Blsbee. On Tuesday night, Charley Wohl-schlegel, Wohl-schlegel, Lonso Fennel, and Alberto Gonzales the first two men horse thieves, and the last named a United States prisoner, escaped from the Blsbee Blsbee jail. The men cut their way through the wooden wall of the cell. They are at large enjoying their liberty at present, but arc pursued by tho officers. The capture of the two horso thieves was cleverly effected by our local officers, officers, who secured the best of evidence against thom. Every care was taken by the men responsible that no missing link In the evidence should cnablo them to avoid the consequences of their crime. There was, however, one loophole of escape that the vigilance of the officers could not close, one chance for the freedom freedom of the imprisoned men that the police could not guard against, and that was tho utter insecurity of the prison itself. Walls made of boards 2x 4, and about half nailed together. Friends on the outside can do the work, or tools can bo handed to the men in the cell and they can work themselves out with comparatively little exertion. This is not the fault of the officers. A guard must be paid for by the local authorities out of their own jwekets, and then there U no place whore a guard could be stationed. The prison is the work of the county. The original original construcrion of tho local jail was the duty of the county. The supervisors supervisors are the authorities who deal w'th the task of improving, strengthening, and rendering the walls of the prison that holds our prisoners, "sufficint for that purpose. It Is not the province of this town to do that, but the work of the county supervisors. It Is to the supervicors we look for rectification of the glaring evil in our midst, an inscoure tumbledown, badly built jail.