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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 27, 1912, Image 12',
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New York, TsTov. 27. John
Barz, highway man,Js most un
happy,' despite the faqt that he
possesses a distincti6n(which can
be claimed by no other highway
man indeed, by no other man,
no other human being. 1 -
He-is the dnly person who ever
tried to-break out of the Queens
county jail, in Long Island City,
and: failed. -
Some prisoners like the lodg
ing and the fare in the Queens
county ;fail and they stay there.
Others sometimes are not pleas
ed. It has been the custom for
such inmates to wa,lk out through
an open door or a frattplace in the
wall and go away from there,
Barz, not knowing the proper
and recognized way to escape
from the-Queens county jail, went
through an elaborate preparatory
performance, gave the warden
and keepers a whole-lot ofhother
and is- sjLill in,
At the time Barz "was placed in
the jail, after having held up -at
pistcl point several farmers hrthe
wilds of Queensbdrough, he said
he didn't care what became of
him as he. had only a short time
to live. He had been in another
jail, he complained,- where the
food was very bad, and his diges
tion had been so impaired that
his death was scarcely more than
a matter of 'days.
. Still, he seemed to ha-ve a good
appetite. Lottie Smith, a young
lady of pleasing appearance, used
to call on him, bringing him4a.in-,
ties, such as dill pickles, Swiss '
cheese, Bismarck herring and po- "
AH these delicacies were care
fully probed by the keepers, as
young ladies who visit prisoners,
in this part of the country have-,
a cute little way of smuggling in
files, saws,, and crowbars. No
hardware was ever discovered in
But the warden, eavesdropping
as Barz and Lottie partFj one aft
ernoon heard the prisoner whis
per, "I'll be out in a few hours.1'
As soon as Lottie was gone the
warden and various keepers
rushed into Barz's cell, overpowv
ered, him andwent through theT
place. They found he had sawed
through the bars of his window,
so that he could easily bend them
outward, and had hidden in his ,.
cot a knotted ropje,40 feet long,-,
made out of stolen blanket, with,
which to let himself down tothe ,
Barz wag so cross he wouldn't
tejl them how he got the saws.
'Nor could they find them till at
last a false bottom was discov
ered in Lottie'js soup pail, with the
tools nestled cozily underneath.
N6 more soup for John, no
more.privileges for Lottie When
people Dreak out of the Queens -county
jail they've got to do it
the way it's alwaysjbeen1 done. .
What was the make of that'cai?..
iwhose owner deliberately ran ifci
into San Francisco bay and thens
asked for a piledriver to hammer?
it in so it would stay? Now,
agents, don't all answer at once.
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