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Headline: Local Jottings

Source: The Evening Review (Spokesman), June 23, 1885, page 4

Subject: Indian Witness to Geiger Murder Escapes Jail

“Local Jottings”

 The Indian that Marshal Glispin was holding in jail as a witness escaped from that miserable excuse for a calaboose some time during the night. He got out of the front door, and so must have had assistance from the outside. Officer O’Conner visited the jail at 3 o’clock this morning and the bird had flown. As there were no charges against the redskin, it looks queer that parties should go to the trouble and danger of breaking open a building to give a prisoner liberty. Perhaps the savage knew more about the killing than the public had any idea of.

At the hour of going to press, nothing has been heard from the officers out after Geiger’s murder. It is extremely doubtful if they are able to capture the red devil, as he had a big start, is well acquainted with the country, and will probably be shielded by his fellow Indians. A reward should be offered for the Indian large enough to awaken the cupidity of members of his own race, and by that means the criminal might be secured. It is the duty of the authorities to leave no means untried to bring the murderer to justice.


Transcribed by: Troy Kirby, December 2005