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DEPUTY WAGNER AND GUIDE
THREE CONVICTS MAKE ESCAPE
Explosives Used to Open Prison Gates
Mutineers Escape After Desperate -
perate Slaughter Storm
, The men who died and men wounded
at their posts of duty.
WARDEN JAMES DELAHUNTY.
DEPUTY WARDEN HENRY WAG
TJSHER E. G. HEILMAN.
The wounded :
Thomas J. Doody.
Warden James Delahunty , Deputy
: Warden Henry Wagner and Usher E.
G. Heilman are dead , and Thomas J.
Doody , west cell house keeper , is badly
.wounded . as the result of a battle with
WARDEN JAMES DELAHUNTY
Who Was Killed by Escaped Convicts.
three convicts at the state peniten
tiary at 2:15 Thursday afternoon , and
the three convicts who committed the
murders blew the lock off of one door
and made their escape.
All of the men killed died at their
posts of duty and fought to the end
in an attempt to prevent the escape
of the convicts. Deputy Warden
.Wagner was the first killed , being
shot as he stood in his office. Mr.
Heilman , the second man killed , was
hit as he rushed out of the warden's
office at the first report of the shots.
( Warden Delahunty was killed in the
door of his office after firing three
shots at the onrushing men. He was
struck first in the right hip , but con
tinued to fight until a second shot
struck him in the right breast , when
Le sank to the floor and soon expired.
Thomas J. Doody , the wounded
man , has good chances of recovery ,
though it is possible that he may lose
liis leg. He was shot twice , in the
left arm and right leg , during the
first part of the attack when the three
men concentrated their shots on him
while in the chapel room of the
The men who escaped are Charles
Taylor , alias Shorty Gray , alias
Murray , alias Rogers , who is a three-
termer , leader of a gang of bank
jobbers and was sentenced from
Aurora to twenty-eight years' im
prisonment for robbing a bank at
Giltner ; John Dowd , recently sen
tenced from Cass county to twenty
years for burglary with high explo
sives , having robbed a jewelry store at
Louisville , Neb. ; and Charles Morley ,
sentenced from Omaha to fifteen years
for highway robbery.
Immediately after the escape of the
prisoners the governor's office was
notified and Sheriff Hyers with a
posse and most of the Lincoln police
force rushed to the scene. Later com
pany F , Second regiment , of the na
tional guard arrived.
Sheriff Hyers took charge of the
prisoners upon his arrival and after
swearing in deputies and arming
them , stationed armed men at the
doors to guard while the prisoners
were marched to their cells. The
sheriff , accompanied by one deputy
and one guard , all unarmed for fear of
being overpowered and losing their
weapons , then entered the prison yard
and one by one the shops Avere
emptied and the prisoners marched to
the cell house and locked in their
Where Convicts Taylor , Down and
Morley secured their weapons , ammu
nition and explosives is unknown , but
the , general supposition among the
guards is that they were smuggled in
on the "underground" route by trus
ties from pals of Gray and Down on
the outside. All three were fully
armed and plentifully supplied with
ammunition. Although no one knows
how many revolvers the men had , it
is probable that from the number of
shots fired by them they were sup
plied with two each.
Turnkey Glaus Pahl was unarmed
when he heard the shots. Rushing to
grab his revolver he returned to the
window between his room and the
chapel. There he was covered by one
man , who shot as Pahl dodged and ran
to the door , where he was again cov
ered , and forced to hug the wall for
protection. The explosion then fol
lowed and the three rushed in and
forced the turnkey into a corner , where
they struck him. Taking his keys they
ran to the only locked door between
them and liberty.
The attack made was evidently well
planned. They crossed the yard with
in the walls and there was nothing in
their attitude to warn the guards that
they meant trouble. As each neared
the chapel guard , stationed in the bal
cony above the south door of the
chapel , he raised his hand the rec
ognized signal of a prisoner on peace
ful errand. Entering the chapel , the
men covered the negro trusty , Thomas ,
who stood with his hands raised dur
ing the encounter. One convict then
went to the office of Deputy Warden
Wagner and shot him twice in the ab
Heilman , on hearing the shooting ,
rushed from the warden's office and
looked through the doors toward the
chapel. He was struck in the left side
below the heart by two bullets , and
staggered back to the office , where he
was assisted to a chair by Bookkeeper
T. J. Ward. Warden Delahunty had
rushed to the door of his office and
opened fire on the onrushing men.
Three shots were fired by him , none
taking effect. He was struck in the
hip , but continued to fire until an
other bullet pierced his breast , when
he fell and almost immediately ex
State rewards aggregating § 2,100
were offered Friday morning for the
capture of the convict murderers , deader
The state law limits the reward to
Feed Men in Cells.
Attorney B. J. Maggi arrived at the
prison soon after the affair became
public. He talked with the governor
and was placed by him in charge of
the kitchen. At first it had been de
cided to allow the convicts to go un
fed that evening , as it was thought
to be unsafe to allow them to leave
the cells. Maggi finally secured ar
rangements for feeding the men in the
cells , the only ones to eat at the tables
being the help on the farm and in the
kitchen , a number of the officers at
the prison and the guards.
May Break Up "Trusty" System.
The material used in blowing up the
door , whether dynamite , nitroglycerine -
ine or fulminating caps , and the re
volvers were smuggled into the prison
from the outside by trusties , accord
ing to the statement of the prison of
ficials. It is possible the outbreak
may result in the abolition of the
"trusty" system , at least to the ex
tent of stopping all communication
with the outside world.
When the first news of the affair
reached Lincoln it was rumored that
from one to thirteen men had been
killed , that 300 men had escaped , and
a general mutiny had occurred , and
other alarming features were added.
Many of the officers who hastened to
the scene went under the impression
that they might encounter an entire
prison in arms.
Are All Desperate Men.
Convicts Taylor. Dowd and Morley
were considered among the most des
perate men confined in the prison. . All
had served previous sentences. Con
vict Charles Taylor , probably the
leader of the desperate attempt to
escape , is considered as one of the
most dangerous criminals operating
DIAGRAM OF SCENE OF BATTLE.
Ground floor of the state penitentiary , showing chapel , turnkey's room , corridor
rider and offices invhich the fight took place.
A Where Deputy Warden was killed. H Where turnkey beaten and robbed.
B Guard Doody during the fusillade. J Door leading into corridor.
C Convict Gray. K Where Warden Delahunty was killed.
D Convict Dowd. L , North door of penitentialy.
E Convict Morley. M South door of prison.
F Cage door blown open by convicts. N Rostrum in the prison chapel.
G Turnkey Pahl during fusillade. O West cell house.
$200 for the crime of murder , but the
board of public lands and buildings
held a meeting and decided to ask the
governor to offer $200 for each of the
three men killed.
This he did later in a special proc
lamation. Each of the trio of es
caped desperadoes is held responsible
for killing all three of the prison of
ficials. The reward on this account ,
therefore , will aggregate $600 for any
one of the murderers , or $1,800 for
all of them.
The state law also permits the war
den of the penitentiary to offer a re
ward of $100 for the return of an
escaped convict. R. W. Hyers , as
acting warden , has announced this reward -
ward , upon a suggestion from the
board of public lands and buildings.
The Woman in the Case.
A most interesting development is
the discovery that Mrs. lay Wood-
worth of Kansas City , friend of
"Shorty" Gray , as Charles Taylor was
known when he was the leader of the
most desperate band of bank robbers
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that infested the middle west , was in
Lincoln during the past week.
Mrs. Woodworth-who , called herself
Brown , while in Lincoln , went to the
penitentiary to see Taylor last Sun
day. It is said that she was refused
permission to visit him. Some time
Wednesday she received a message , as (
a result of which she told Mrs. Parks
that she had to go home.
in the middle west. He is better
known under the name of "Shorty"
Gray and had other aliases of Murray
and Rogers. Gray was received at
the penitentiary August 22 , 1911 , from
Aurora , on a twenty-eight-year sen
tence for blowing the bank at Giltner
last summer. He is about forty-four
years of age , five feet four inches in
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height and weighed 135 pounds. He
was of light complexion , had brown
hair and blue eyes.
Taylor , in company with Harry
Forbes and John Martin , was arrested
on an island in the Platte river a
few days following the Giltner bank
robbery. The men at the time were
unarmed and had no money with them ,
but the sheriff's posse traced them
from the robbery to the scene where
they were captureo
They were confined in the Aurora
jail , but after arraignment were
brought to the state penitentiary to be
held for safe keeping until the trial.
In August they were sentenced by
Judge Cochran to twenty-eight years.
Knowing that the three were danger
ous , all possible precautions were
taken by the officers In bringing them
t'o and from the penitentiary.
Taylor has served previous sen
tences at the Nebraska , Minnesota and
Iowa state prisons.
John Dowd , the second of the trio ,
is a bank robber from Cass county.
He was received at the penitentiary
the 3d of last month on an indeter
minate sentence of from twenty years
I to life. He is six feet and one-eighth
of an inch in height , weighs 169
pounds , is of light complexion and has
light brown hairs and brown eyes.
Dov/d gave his home as Aberdeen , S.
D. , where .he has brothers and sisters
now living. His parents are dead. He
is twenty-five years of age.
Dowd is thought to be one of a gang
of bank robbers operating over the
state , with headquarters at Omaha. He
was arrested in Omaha last fall and
was arraigned on the charge of blow
ing the safe of a jewelry store at Lou
isville , Neb. The night previous to
the Louisville robbery , bank robbers
made an unsuccessful attempt to blow
the bank safe at Wabash. It was
thought that Dowd was one of the
men implicated in this robbery. Tay
lor and Dowd were cell mates at the
prison and no doubt the plan to es
cape was worked out by them and
Morley , who was later taken into the
scheme. i '
Charles Morley , the third one in the
trio , was s nt to the penitentiary De
cember 14 , 1910 , from Omaha on a
fifteen-year sentence for highway rob
bery. He has served a pre\ious sen
tence at the Missouri penitentiary.
Morley is between thirty-five and
forty years of age , is five feet eleven
and one-fourth inches in height ,
E. G. HESLMAN
Veteran Usher Who Was Shot Down
by the Mutineers.
weighs 148 pounds , of medium light
complexion and has black hair and
eyes. Morley's home is in Kansas
City , where he has a wife now living
at 530 Holmes avenue. He has other
relatives living at Knoxville , Mo.
Well Armed With Modern Guns.
The superior marksmanship of the
convicts over that of the officials is
due , according to some at the prison ,
to the kind of guns the men had. At
least one of the prisoners , thought to
have been Dowd , was equipped with
the latest type of automatic pistol ,
and it was bullets from this gun that
probably killed Wagner and wounded
Doody in the leg. Much of the shoot
ing by the convicts was done by
Dowd , it is said.
The prison officials were equipped
with short old-fashioned "bull dog"
revolvers , while Gray , the second of
the convicts and probably the leader
had a long single loading high pow
ered target gun , which he used with
deadly effect. Morley is said by some
of the men who came out of the fray
alive to have been equipped with two
Alleged "Finds" During Search.
Twenty knives and a complete kit
of burglar tools are reported to have
been found in the cells of prisoners at
the penitentiary , when militiamen ,
assisted by the prison guards , con
ducted a thorough search of every
convict's cell. Although the discov
ery was denied by Adjutant General
Phelps , it is a matter of common gos
sip among the guards who conducted
AH Quiet Saturday.
With a hundred militiamen , carrying
guns loaded and bayoneted , on the
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walls , in the corridors and in the cell
houses , all was quiet at the prison
Saturday morning. All prisoners were
kept in the cells and even trusties
were not allowed to be about. Guards
men paraded in front of all entrances
leading to the prison , marched contin
ually over the walls and lounged in
numbers in front of the cells in the
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