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Description: Posse on Chase of Escaped ConvictsDate: July 29 1903
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Source: Madison Co. Library, Huntsville, AL
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 6
POSSE ON CHASE OF ESCAPED CONVICTS
Broke Out of State Prison at Folsom, Cal.
ESCAPE PRECEDED BY FIGHT.
Convicts Took With Them Several Guards and Jail Officials as Hostages.
Sheriffs and Officers Making Desperate Effort to Recapture Them.
SAN FRANCISCO, July 28.--At last accounts the troops and posses organized by the sheriffs of the different counties are keeping in close touch with the convicts who broke out of the state prison at Folsom, and their prisoners, the guards and jail officials whom they have taken with them in self-protection. The party is moving toward Coloma, where the citizens have armed themselves and are preparing to resist any attack. They have been warned of the advance of the convicts and will unite with the authorities in an effort to put an end to their existence. It is reported by the driver of a stage which passed between Pilot Hill and Coloma that he saw the convicts walking close together. They all wore citizens' clothes and were accompanied by men who were evidently residents of the vicinity, whom they had apparently forced to go with them as guides. A posse from Placerville under Sheriff Bostwick, was reported not far behind them, following their trail.
The result of the fight between the convicts and the officers at 7 o'clock last night near Pilot Hill, in Eldorado County, was the death of Frederick Howard, a convict, killed outright, and the wounding of another convict, a negro named Seavis. The coroner of Placerville, at the request of prison officials, will hold an inquest on the dead convict. When last seen the convicts were in citizens' clothing, while the prisoners wore the stripes. The latter appeared to be having a hard time of it, as they were heavily laden with bundles and ammunition.
The latest information is to the effect that another encounter has taken place between the fleeing convicts and their pursuers, resulting in the death of John Allison, a convict, and of another, whose name is unknown. The posses and militia are closing in on the desperadoes, and it is likely that within a few hours they will be surrounded on all sides. The capture or destruction of the complete band is only a matter of a very short time, as the authorities have now got them thoroughly in hand.