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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 18, 1912, Image 34',
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KILL CONVICTS" AFTER
THRILLING MAN HUNT ,
" -Bulletin. "
Lincoln, Neb.', March 18.-Con-victs
Gray, Dowd and Morley are
dead. Morley and Gray were
killed by the posse, and Dowd
coihmitted suicide when escape
was cut off. The men fought from'
a barn. Gray was the first killed.
Then Dowd committed suicide.
Morley fought on for an hour
after his companions were dead.
Lincoln, Neb., March 18. At
1 ;30 p. m. this afternoon a furious
battle -was being fought near
Gretna, Sarpy county, "between
posses and the three murderous
bandits, Gray, Dowd and Mor
ley, who escaped from the state
penitentiary last Thursday.
The men are surrounded by
two posses, which have been
close on their trail for 24 hours.
Heavily armed and desperate, the
convicts are expected to fight un
til shot to pieces. The only means
of communication with Gretna is
telephone, and details of the bat
tle are meager. It is known that
the posses are firing at the mur
derers from two sides, and their
escape is impossible.
Since last night the desperadoes
have at n'o time been more than a
few hours ahead, of their pursuers.
Last night they broke intaa stor
at Murdock, 20 miles east of Lin
coln, on the Rock Island, and se
cured rifles, revolvers, and hun
dreds of rounds of ammunition.
Ther threw away some of the
clothes they stole from the Dick
man home, two miles, from the"
penitentiary, Thursday night.
By sheer boldness alone have
the men" eluded capture so far.
Their adacity and apparent fool
hardiness baffled the authorities
at the start of the man hunt.
After forcing the Dickmans to
give them clothes, "the men made
a' boy hitch a wagon and drive
them through the, main streets of
Lincoln, letting them out at the
edge of the city.5 No. clue was
picked up until last night. "Y
Near Albright, south of Omaha,
a posse of twenty policemen was
but ten minutes behind its prey.
The convicts had forced a farmer
from his wagon, and were mak
ing better progress. A clash at
any minute was imminent. Then
the wagon of the convicts "became
mired in themud, and ttie three'
desgerate men prepared 1for a
stan'd halfway between Gretna
and Albright. The p6sse split
into two parts, and a fusilade is ,
being-poured into the camp of the
escaped men from two sides.
At the state penitentiary the
450 convicts were quiet today.
They were let out of the cells and
allowed o as'semble in the main
dining h'all for the first time since
the three men escaped, killing the
warden, deputy warden and an
usher, last Thursday. The au
thorities are preparing to quell (J)
any demonstrations that may fol
low if Dowd, Morley and Gray1
are captured alive and returned
to prison. They ,are regarded as
heroes by the other convicts.
o o t
The things we don't have to do
always look the easiest.