April 10, 1909
FIVE ESCAPE JAIL AT CHARLESTOWN NAVY YARD: Police in Boston and elsewhere are hunting down five U.S. Navy prisoners who escaped the prison at the Navy yard in Charlestown sometime between 6:30 and 7 p.m. yesterday. What police do know is that the prisoners left by way of "the old smelter route." They "scaled the navy yard wall near Chelsea bridge by climbing over the roof of an old furnace building and jumping the wall at the incline near the bridge," according to a story on the front page of today's Globe.
Officials say the escape "was in many details ONE OF THE MOST DARING PLANS executed at any prison in this vicinity in years" [emphasis added]. The prisoners cut through the one-inch soft-iron bars. They bent the bars, tied a 12-foot rope to the bars and squeezed through the opening, and slid down the rope.
The escapees were wearing the white duck working uniforms of the Navy, allowing them to blend into the surrounding area. They were seen running through the yard at a "dog trot," but suspicions were not raised because of their uniforms.
One of the prisoners, George Ross, is reported to have been charged with desertion SIX TIMES from various branches of the U.S., service
A POSSE HAS BEEN FORMED ... IN MAINE: A young woman was shot to death in Bingham, Maine, yesterday and about 40 citizens and sheriffs are looking for her husband, Herbert Nottage. They are serious. According to today's Globe, they are "armed with revolvers, rifles, axes and other weapons." No trace of the fugitive had turned up as of late last night.
TOWN TREASURER PLAYS A LITTLE JOKE ON FIRE FIGHTERS ON THEIR ANNUAL PAYDAY: The 40 firefighters in the 40-man Fire King engine company in East Douglas were paid their annual salaries recently.The pay came in the form of 32,000 copper one-cent pieces from Town Treasurer Walter Schuster. That covers the pay of each, who are paid $8 A YEAR for their work. Each man received 800 pennies in a bag -- weighing about 5.5 pounds. Some enjoyed the joke. Others, however, "did not take kindly" to it, according to today's Globe. The ones who really made out the best, evidently, were the children because the pay was tailor made for the penny-candy trade in the town -- a trade which, the Globe says, took "a decidedly 'bullish' turn.