Jail Break Escapee at Large in 1899


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 7/11/1899.

Sunday evening about 4 o'clock someone yelled, "The prisoners are getting out!"  A crowd rushed to the scene, but got there too late to get a sight chase on Friar Suttle who was the only one to have gained his liberty.  He beat a hasty retreat to what we might as well call "Escape p'int" and reached the woods without being seen by anyone except Dr. Adams, and he saw him from the residence of J.C. Stump.  The mountain was well surrounded by men and a strict watch kept for him until dark, but up to that time he had only been heard once, and at the hour of going to press he is still at large.  His liberty was gained by cutting and breaking the bolts which held a bar over a hole where food is handed to the prisoners.  The instrument used in sawing was made out of a spring in a shoe.  Suttle was serving a six months jail sentence, passed at the last term of court.