March 14, 1900
This morning about 1 o’clock three negro prisoners broke jail and made their escape. They were Leroy Hicks, who stands indicted for killing Bush Hayes; Squire Johnson, convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon at last sitting of court, and who pleaded guilty to carrying a pistol, who was in custody awaiting final sentence; and another negro who is charged with stealing a pair of buggy shafts, whose name we could not learn. With their departure, a white man named Wilhite was left alone to hold down the “Parish Hotel”.
The prisoners effected their escape by prizing the cell open with the aid of a piece of iron used as a water pipe. Sheriff Pleasant has a posse in hot pursuit, and it is very likely that the fugitives will soon again be landed behind the bars.