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Wheeling Register
Wheeling Register
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Description: Hard to Hold A Virginia Desperado's Second Escape From Two Officers

Date: August 6 1890

Newspaper published in: Wheeling, WV

Page/Column: 2

Hard to Hold A Virginia Desperado's Second Escape From Two Officers

Charleston, W. Va., August 4. John Henry Barsden, who killed Robert Irons in Buchanan County, Virginia, and who afterward figured in a terrible tragedy in Logan County, this State, and who was captured and taken to Virginia, has been allowed to escape.

After killing Irons, he fled to West Virginia to find another man living with his wife. He got a part of his relatives and went to attack the man, but was met by an officer and posse in search of him. Two desperate fights ensued between the two parties on consecutive days, and Jim and John Smith Barsden were killed.

John Henry was captured after being seriously wounded and lodged in jail. The parties who captured him in West Virginia delivered him to the authorities all right and received the reward. He was afterward sent to Russell County jail, and on being taken to Buchanan for trial, was taken from the guard by his brother. It is thought that the officers were willing that the prisoner should be rescued.

Submitted: 09/30/14

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