and no cooks. He promptly gave the alarm and a posse
was sent out, but without results. The papers stated that most
of the sawing was done from the outside, but this is most ridiculous.
During Warden Delahunty's administration five escaped, one from
the farm, and one from the warehouse outside the walls. The latter
soon came back from Omaha with a ten year sentence for another
crime, and when this is finished he will start in and complete
his first sentence. The other three dynamited and shot their way
out, but one was shot dead by the sheriff's posse, one committed
suicide and the third was captured and given a life sentence. During
Warden Melick's administration there were no outbreaks. Ten trusties
took French leave, but five of these were recaptured within a few
hours of their escape.
It is strange, but
nevertheless it is true, that these men who have the shortest sentences are
the ones that usually escape.
As William Pinkerton, the great detective says: "When
a tramp hears the whistle of the locomotive he cannot resist. He
must travel." The five who were not recaptured were all floaters
or tramps, who had no home anywhere, and whose sentences were very
short, several of them having less than ninety days.
Warden Fenton's administration and up to this day there has been only one escape,
and he fiddled his way out. He was turned over to the chaplain, who lives at
Tecumseh. He entertained a party of the chaplain's friends one night with sweet
strains from his violin. He played until late in the night and wound up his
entertainment with the music from the old familiar song "I Am Going Far
made his good night bow to the audience, retired to his room, and
when everything was quiet, departed for parts unknown. The next morning
the chaplain knocked upon his door to tell him that break-