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Ten Prisoners Escape From the Penitentiary - 1879


Posted By: Cheryl Locher Moonen (email)
Date: 5/9/2016 at 23:22:40

Dubuque Herald –Jan. 3, 1879

Ten Prisoners Escape
From the Penitentiary
Two of Them Shot Dead and
Two More Wounded, Five of
the Others Captured
Special Dispatch to the Dubuque Herald;
Anamosa, Jan 2, at 4:15 o’clock this afternoon. Ten prisoners broke from the stone cutters shed at the penitentiary. One was shot dead, and the second was shot through the bowels and will die. The balance succeeded in getting outside the enclosure, where two of them were shot – one in the leg near the hip, the other in the knee and calf of the leg. They were closely pursued, and four of the other six captured. Two are still at large, closely pursued by citizens and guards and will probably be captured. Thermometer 20 degrees below zero, and several citizens and prisoners badly frost bitten.

LATER-At 8 o’clock this evening one more prisoner was captured, leaving but one escaped – John Donahue, from Scott County, a three year man, twenty years old. A reward of $50 is offered by the warden for his capture.


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