|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 1/22/1914.
Hendricks Escapes from Pen
Moundsville, Jan. (illegible), - Two white life-term murderers made
a successful break for liberty from the Moundsville Penitentiary early
this morning. They were Lewis Hendricks, aged 30 years, sent up from
Calhoun county in 1905 and Grover Smith sentenced from McDowell county
less than one year ago. This afternoon no clue to the fugitives had
been unearthed, though police of a dozen cities within a radius of 200
miles have been furnished with descriptions and are maintaining the closest
surveilant over all strangers. The usual reward of $50 dollars for
the capture of each fugitive is offered.
The men occupied adjoining cells in the upper tier of the southern wing.
The escape was made by drilling through the steel ceiling, through which
the two drew themselves up into the attic. From the attic they gained the
roof. The ground was reached with the aid of a roughly fashioned
ladder made of bedclothes and bits of rope. Evidently their plans had been
carefully laid, for they managed to elude the vigilance of the guards who
made a round of the outside of the prison walls every thirty minutes.
The drilling could have been done only after long and painstaking effort.
The drill was found in Hendrick's cell. The brace was fashioned of
a piece of gas pipe, evidently secured in the machine shop where the two
were employed. The drill had also been taken from the shop.
Small holes were drilled in a circle in the ceiling. The circle was
just large enough to permit the passage of a mans body. The plotters
very likely finished the job yesterday afternoon, for of all the prisoners
in their tier they were the only two who did not attend the prison league
Lewis Hendricks was sent up from this county in 1905 for the murder
of Henry Blackshire. He made application for a parole several months
ago but it was not granted. He has no relatives living in this section.