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once sent word to Constable J. H. Donnelly, Joseph Gillardin, com missary of the prison, who hap pened to be here, and Henry Mc- Derby started: on the trail of* the two men. 'They followed.- the trail for two. miles, but could finid no trace of -them. The posse then returned to Folsom. . : Constable Donnelly telephoned word of. the affair to Captain 'of the Guard Murphy at' the prison, and - from that point telephone messages have • been sent to all points between' here and ,Sacra mento.; _The , officers, at Sacra mento have been Avarned to keep a •strict watch,' as Gordon :is the man who has repeatedly sworn to kill Superior Judge Haft of'Sac ramento, who sentenced ,< him ' to forty-five ¦ years • in Folsom- for. robbery . . " . ;*-.! Continued on Page . 4, Column 6. Two of the Outlaws Are Seen Near Folsom, Traveling in Direction of Sacramento. One of the men is described as being dressed in a- khaki suit, while the other wore a pair of overalls,. a blue, coat with brass buttons and a black slouch hat. Thecoat and hat correspond with those w r dnr by, the guards at Fol som prison. Constable Donnelly showed the portraits of the thir teen escaped convicts to Mrs. Holmes and she picked out those of Gordon and Theron as looking like the. men who' had called at her house to-night. , ¦ It would have been possible for, fTheron to join Gordon in this vi cinity, even if he was at Pilot Hill as late: as 10 o'clock last night. One w of * the posses walked from Pilot Hill to Folsom City in six hours .to-day, taking the river road. Theron was last seen by some of the guards who were cap- /1UBURN, ;July 28 — The i/T escaped convicts are sup posed to be in the vicin ity of Lotus, nine miles above Pilot Hill, the . place where the battle took place last evening. They have not. been seen since 10 o'clock last night, when they turned all the free men loose in the woods near Pilot Hilll The guards, together with Foster.and.several other freemen, returned to Pilot Hill at daybreak and reported" that the' convicts had taken the direction of Lotus. After much delay an organiza tion of the one hundred ' officers and . militiamen . present was ef fected, and, Sheriff Bosquit of El Dorado put in charge. They all proceeded to Lotus and claim to have tracked, the convicts to the river near there. Accordingly every outlet was guarded in ex pectation that the convicts would show themselves to-night or to morrow morning. , The, Placerville militia is sta tioned all the way from Lotus to Placerville,; Sheriff , Bosquit toward- Shingle Springs, Sheriff Keena at 'Greenwood, ¦ and tlie Sacramento officers toward Sal mon Falls. By many it is i be lieved that, the convicts. have dou ble tracked and will make for; the railroad' in Placed. / •¦ \ TROOPS OF. THE NATIONAL .GUARD OF; THE. STATE ORDERED OUT BY THE GOVERNOR TO ASSIST IN CAPTURING, THE BAND. OF t CRIMINALS WHO MADE 'THEIR , ESCAPE FROM THE FOLSOM PRISON AFT^R COMMITTING^ MURDER.' . ' * ; • Officers Rest on Their Arms Before Battle making - their way northward along Greenwood Creek toward the town of Greenwood, where it is probable that a raid will be made by the fugitives to-night, as it is known that they are very short of provisions. . Guard McDonald of Folsom, who is in this vicinity with^eleyen other guards from the peniten tiary, is of. the opinion that the escaped prisoners are jj trying to get into the country north of Greenwood, some sections of which are admirably suited, for hiding and defense purposes. Posses are now in pursuit of the men and the residents of Greenwood have* been warned of the direction taken by the con victs and it is reported from there that a defense party, will be or ganized at once to protect the town from the onslaught of the escapes. Owing to the nature of the country in the vicinity of Greenwood and*along the creek accurate reports of the doings! of the party of convicts are unob tainable. With several posses and a com pany of militia on the track of the fugitives it is believed that' the men will be either captured or killed, though should it come • to a fight between the citizen sol diery and the convicts there .will probably be many killed on both sides, as the convicts are a;des perate lot of men and their, hunt ers are determined to' take the convicts dead or alive before they can add more crimes to: their al readv unsavory records Raid May Be Made on Small Town and the Citizens Arms Dorado County, to-day went to Pilot Hill and buried the body of the slain convict. It is not known positively which one was killed. The face was badly mu tilated. A late report has come in that the convicts are making for Coloma, where the Marshall monument was erected. Soldiers ? who liave just arrived state that they believe the convicts are near here, between Mount Thompson and the Cambrian mine, about one and a half miles from Co loma. Sheriff David Reese and Dep uty Marshal Lloyd Brown of Lincoln, Placer County, have just • come in. The fight will probably take place to-night or to-morrow at this town. Convicts Jire Said to Plan Raid on Town PLACERVILLE, July 28.— A report was received here this evening to the effect that eight convicts were seen L. P. Winchell, Coroner of El BURIAI* OF A VICTIM, thought they will remain under '¦¦' cover until 5 o'clock in the morn •ing, when they are expected to appear. Sheriff Bosquit has pass'ed through here with twenty depu ties. Captain C. A. Swister is in command of Company H, from Placerville. Surgeon' H. H. Look has arrived with the hospital corps, composed of F. J. Brooks, •J. S. Daly, W. E. Murphy and Tune Harris. I assist the convicts. Round and about here are 200 armed men, '•all awaiting the announcement of the approach of the convicts. The "heat being great, it is now Sheriff Heggerty is here and states that he is positive they are on Clark Hill, between Pilot Hill and this point. The place is twenty-three miles north of Folsom, in El Dorado County. The country is very rough, with ample vegetation to jff" OTUS, El Dorado B County, July 28. — £/ The merciless band S of convicts who es r . ffift tg0 caped from the Fol som prison and tfiade their way into this county « with officers of the penitentiary as hostages, are now near this 'point and are being surrounded by posses. It is expected that a desperate battle will be fought before dawn. X TRACK OF CONVICTS. ¦This morning the fugitives vere found wending their way from Pilot Hill. Three are very •vceak and the ammunition of the hand is becoming c '-ori. Early to-day their tracks were discov ered on Clark Hill, and imme diately the posses commenced 'surrounding them. It was cx. ¦pectc4 they would make for this point, and consequently all atteri tion was directed here. Special WspaLtci to Tbe CalL Last night an inquest was held on the body of Guard William L. Cotter at the prison. Coroner \V. F. Gormley held the inquest and the jury consisted of the following citizens: William Murcell, C. F. Jerger, M.Rose, J. A. Dutra, MURDER THE CHARGE. After breaking from the prison the convicts and their captives went as far as Pilot Hill, and there a desperate battle was fought shortly after 5 o'clock. The convicts lost one of their number and all their food and the wagon in which they were traveling. They would have been shot to pieces at that time by the marks men in the posse, but they were protected by the gathering night. Under cover of darkness the convicts, with five guards and two civilians as "human targets," pro ceeded into the dense brush that exists between Pilot Hill and the south fork of the American River. The posses were gathered at Pilot Hill for a few hours' rest, while bands of determined . men watched the river bank for the approach of the desperadoes. The wait was not a long one, and at daylight this morning the chase was renewed, with but one deter mination on the part of the of ficers of the law — to wipe out of existence the human bloodhounds who had fought their way to free dom by staining already befouled hands with the life blood of a brave officer of the law. The return of Guard Klenzen dorf and Stage Driver Brown was hailed with delight by their brother officers at Folsom prison. From the lips of these two men the first authentic news was learned of the dread happenings of the past twenty-four hours that have startled the entire county. The machinery of the law is once again moving with precision, and it will not be long till justice will be meted out to the desperate con victs who broke from the prison. Special Dispatch to The CalL lup «<A OLSOM, July 28.— B At 3 o'clock this af fz ternoon news was §8 received here that the At convicts are sur rounded at Granite Hill, a few miles from Placerville. Their death or capture is only a question of hours. Convict Joseph Murphy has already met death at the hands of the pursuing officers, while it is probable that "Redshirt" Gordon is lying in the woods near Mor mon Island bridge riddled with bullets. Guard John Klenzendorf and Stage Driver T. C. Brown, known as "Tony," who were among the officers captured by the convicts yesterday, are now safely back in the prison limits, while General Overseer McPon ough and the other four guards who were forced to go with the convicts have reported that they are free and uninjured. NIGHT FAVORS FUGITIVES. Prison Breaks Threatened Often. Officers Walt ; for Fight Signal. Conspirators Long Busy In Cells. Warm Pursuit Now Nears Climax. * SEVERAL posses of county officers and National Guard the Folsom prison fugitives near Lotus in El Dorado county: A desper 'ate battle may be fought within a few hours. TROOPS AND SHERIFFS PREPARE FOR BATTLE WITH ARMED AND DESPERATE FOLSOM COMVICTS VOLfetffcT xgfv-NO. 59. PRICE FIVE CENTS. SAN FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 1903. Continued on Page 4, Column 8. wmm \A OLSOM, ¦ July 28? B ~y Excitement reigns m y to-night at Folsom. B - "Redshirt" Gordon mmk ; . : is reported to have ¦ been • seen here after sunset heading . for Sacramento, accompanied . by % another man, thought to; be Convict Theron. The first news of the supposed presence of Gordon' in this ity was given out by Mrs. John Holmes,Vwife-of^a; painter,"; living at the forked 1 roads • a .half-mile from Folsbm- City toward j Sacra mento. .',;>;' :".'. ' ~-^ : . ' Mrs. / Holmes : says , jthat ¦ two rough-looking:; men called at .her house and • in : an 1 insolent manner demandedjajdrink of \vater. .She gave it to' them; ; and they left < the house aiid : crossed: the orchards in the direction of Sacramento. The appearance of the'two men The San Francisco Call.