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November 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

November 13, 1852
E.C. Travelsted, confined on a charge of grand larceny, broke from the jail of this county on the night of the 6th instant, and has made good his escape. He left a note for the Sheriff, informing him in prose and verse of his escape and where he was going, but doubtless did not go. He bored through the inner wall of the jail, and then unbolted the outer door. It being evident that Travelsted was assisted in making his escape, and suspicion resting upon Benj. H.H. Butts, of this city, he was arrested on Wednesday last. Upon examination the evidence was so conclusive against him, that Butts was bound over for trial, and failing to give the required bail — $1,000 – he was committed to prison. Travelsted is an adroit, bold rogue, plausible in manners and a very dangerous man out of his proper quarters – the Penitentiary. It is very desirable that he should be caught and punished, but we have little hope that he will be.

November 20, 1852
E.C. Travelsted, who broke jail in this place week before last, has been arrested and lodged in the jail at Brenham, Washington county. He stole a valuable pony from Capt. Stephen Crosby of this city, which he sold in Fayette county, and then stole a mule from Moses Evans, alias “the Wild Man of the Woods” – decidedly the wrong man to steal a horse or anything from, if an escape is desirable. Mose thought “as how he mought as well” go after his mule, and in bringing it back, he brought Travelsted along, too. Our sheriff has gone down to Brenham to convey his jail bird back to his old quarters.


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