The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga,
May 16, 1876
Submitted by

Cedartown Express
  ---On the evening of the 8th inst., about good dark, Mr. C.P. Gordon, jailor, discovered that the prisoners were making an attempt to escape. The facts which led to his suspicion, and also the facts connected with the attempt to escape, we give below as we obtained them from Mr. Gordon:
  Mr. Gordon, who is special deputy sheriff, had been absent all day on business connected with that office, and returned home about dark. He had been in the house but a few minutes when he heard an unusual noise overhead, which sounded like parties cutting. Upon hearing this noise his suspicions were aroused, and pulling off his boots, Mr. Gordon slipped up stairs, and passing the door where the cutting was being done, went to the lower end of the hall and then came back to the door, and through a small hole saw a man pass the door. After hearing and seeing what he did. Mr. Gordon was satisfied that the prisoners in the cages were out. Locking the hall door, he went back down stairs, and out in town to procure the services of gentlemen to assist him in recapturing and reconfining these men in their cells. In the company of with some other gentlemen, Mr. Gordon returned to the jail and went up stairs. When he opened the door the prisoners, Wm. Meeks and Bud Turbyville, had returned to their cells---Meeks' door partly closed, and Turbyville's standing wide open. Mr. Gordon entered first, pistol in hand, followed by several, and Turbyville upon seeing him said: "We are all in our cages."
  At first Meeks denied having any key, but owned that he opened the cage-doors. A search was made, and in Meek's cell, a key, made of bone, together with a buck-bale and old case knife, broken in two, were found. When these were found Meeks owned that he unlocked his door with the bone and bucket-bale, and then went and opened Turbyville's door. He denies making the key, and lay it on Ned Larkin, colored. Ned says he did not do it. The general opinion is that Meeks made it.
  From the three Negro prisoners, Ned Larkin, Rick Pullen and Eli Adams, Mr. Gordon learned that the program was to kill him, and that Meeks had a piece of bed-slat, about 3 feet long and four inches wide, standing on one side of the door, and that Turbyville had an old case knife, broken with a sharp-point standing on the other side, awaiting his debut.
  We have no doubt had Mr. Gordon entered alone, they would have killed him and effected their escape. The jailor deserves great credit for his promptness in this matter. both these men, Meeks and Turbyville, are incarcerated for capital offences--Meeks is under sentence of death and Turbyville is bound over on a charge of manslaughter awaiting trial at August term of court.
  Mr. Gordon engaged Mr. A. G. West to make some chains, and these fellows are now fastened so as to preclude the possibility of escape. (The Constitution, Atlanta, GA, May 16, 1876)


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