|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 1/29/1914.
Hendricks Soon Recaptured
Moundsville, Jan. 20. - Shortlived was the breath of freedom which came
to the two life term murderers, Louis Hendricks and Grover Smith, who escaped
from the state prison at Moundsville some time Sunday night. The
two were recaptured this morning at 7:46 o'clock by a lone deputy near
Meighen, Marshall county, about 12 miles southeast of Moundsville.
Warden M.L. Brown was notified of the capture about 9 o'clock and dispatched
Guards M.C. Barker and A.L. Boggs to the scene. At 4 o'clock this
afternoon they were brought in from Roseby Rock, six miles east of Moundsville,
over the B. & O.
"It was a long chance but it was worth the attempt," Smith, who appears
to have been the leader, said to the guards." Anything was better
than the hopelessness that stares a fellow in the face when he has a life
term hanging over him."
Further than that they refused to discuss their daring feat in drilling
through a quarter inch steel ceiling with a hand fashioned brace and bit
and getting safely away.
That honor exists even among the most hardened criminals is evidenced
in the case of Smith. It is the opinion of the authorities that Smith
would probably have gotten away, or at least would have given them a much
longer and trying chase, had it not been that he refused to leave Hendricks.
Hendricks sustained a broken hip some years ago and was made a cripple
for life. The handicap proved disastrous to both fugitives, for Smith
stayed loyally with him throughout the short flight.