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Title: Escape and Re-Captule
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Last Sunday night about eight o'clock, Drake, the Illinois horse thief broke from jail. The circumstances as we learned them, were, that about 8 o'clock, P.M., the Jailor, Mr. Jack Stedman, went as usual to lock the prisoners in their different cells for the night and for the purpose of assisting Mrs. S. went along. Upon opening the outer door of the jail, Mr. S. found the light out, and hearing no noise inthe jail, supposed that the prisoners had retired for the nigth; and without any further thought opened the inner door, and had just made a step inside, when he received a stunning blow which felled him to the floor in a senseless condition. After the blow had been given, Drake, who had secreted himself behind the door for the purpose of doing this deed, and to effect his escape, ran out, and being confronted by Mrs. S. pushed her to one side of the hall and proceeded on his way rejoicing. As soon as the alarm was given, the Sheriff, Mr. Asa J. Fisher offered one hundred dollars for the recapture of the prisoner. On Monday morning, about 8 o'clock, Mr. Robert Hall and Frank Wincett of this place, started in pursuit; and after several hours of cold riding they came upon the lark about a hundred yards from the Covington Wagonroad Bridge, on the west side of the Wabash. When Drake discoverd that he was pursued he tried to evade the pursuers, but unfortuneately for him, he was afoot, while Hall and Wincett were on horseback. At first Drake was disposed to show fight, but when he discovered that was in "Bob's" line of business, he concluded the better polley was to go back his comfortable quarters in his boarding home. About 6 o'clock in the evening, the trio "Bob" and Prank, with their Drake came riding into town, and from appearances all were rather cool. At the Public Square they were met by the Sheriff and Deputy who seemed rather glad to see him, and from there with his hands tied he was escorted back to the Stone-Front in the corner of the Square, where, it is hoped, he had some time to rest and consider over his folly. The following morning, under proper escort, he was taken to the Northern Penitentiary, at Michigan City, where he will remain the next three years somewhat secluded from his wide circle of friends.- But what may be their loss, will doubtless prove many other's gain. No doubt he intends learning a trade.

Date: 2/24/1870
Origin: Warren Republican
Record ID: 00001447
Type: Periodical
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Clippings Scrapbook
Entered By: Amber M Knipe

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