the governor to be relieved from the office of
acting warden, and Mr. R. W. Hyers, deputy game warden, and a
former warden of the prison, took his place. A thorough search
was started at the prison commencing at the west cell house.
Everything in the cells except the bed clothes was taken to chapel
and stored there. The men were kept locked up and fed in their
cells. Late on Saturday night came a clew indicating movements
of the three fugitives. About an hour after leaving the prison
they appeared at the dairy farm of Joseph Dickman at 2709 Van
Dorn Street. They were first seen by the hired man, staggering
through the drifts of snow, and indeed were a pitiful sight,
wet and almost frozen. They were invited into the house, and
it was then first seen that they were convicts. Dowd acted as
spokesman for the trio, assured the lady of the house that they
were not going to hurt anyone, but just wanted a shelter. She
kept cool, told them that she had
to milk the cows, and asked them
to go with her to the barn and help her with the work. They said
they would. Dowd and Morley went with her while Gray remained
in the house and kept watch over the telephone. When they entered
the barn she asked them if they could milk, and they answered
that they could not. Then she asked one of them to go up into
the silo and throw down the ensilage. Morley climbed up there
and Dowd filled the mangers with feed for the cows. When the
chores were done they returned to the house and Dowd pulled down
the curtains. Mr. Dickman's two sons returned from delivering
milk, and their mother told them that the convicts were in the
house and for them to keep quiet and to do as the men ordered.
When the boys came in the murderers asked them the news in town.
They related what they had heard. That was the first intimation
Mrs. Dickman had of them having committed murder.