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Andy Rowland Captured, 1884

From The Atlanta Constitution
May 7, 1884


The Escape, Adventures and Recapture of
a Murray County Murderer.

Spring Place, May 6. Andy Rowland, the negro murderer who escaped from the county jail on the night of April 30th, was recaptured Monday. It seems that in making his escape he and his companion, after cutting a hole in the gable end of the jail house, made a rope out of strips of bed clothing. White and Petty, the two other prisoners went down first and safe and left without ceremony but Andy's heavy weight broke the rope near the top and he


a distance of about twenty-five feet. One of his ankles was badly wrenched, and his spine was so seriously injured by the fall that he was unable to walk. He crawled on his hands and knees to the home of Simon Daly, a few paces from the jail, and took refuge in a dark cellar under the house, where he says he remained without food or water until Sunday night, when the family all happened to be away for a while, and he crawled around into the house and helped himself to the contents of the cupboard. He then went to a negro's house near by and called for something to eat.


His supposed friend reported him this morning and after tracking him across the field where he had drawn his slow length along, he was found burrowed in the hay in J. P. Kelly's hay shed.

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