Attempted Escape

Some thirteen negroes, nearly all men, ran away from the neighborhood of the North-fork, in this county, on Saturday night.  Seven, we understand, belonged to Wm. Greathouse and his son, Geo. L. Greathouse, one to Robt. L. Nelson, two to Morgan B. Strode, one to Jas. Gorsuch, one to Capt.Moses Dimmitt, and the other one, owner's name forgotten, that was hired in this city.

We have since learned that forty or fifth more escaped, on the same night, from the neighborhood of Lexington, and have not been caught yet.  A company of resolute men are in pursuit. 

A negro man who escaped from the interior of the state, some days ago, and succeeded in reaching the shores of the Ohio, hid himself in a plank yard below this city to wait until nightfall, his hiding place was betrayed by the cackling of a hen, and the negro discovered and arrested.

P.S. Since the above was in type, we learn by a gentleman from Ripley, that six slaves crossed the Ohio and were secreted in or near that place, and that the abolitionists were in readiness to receive thirty-six more, whom they were every moment expecting.

A gang of forty or fifty negroes, supposed to be the same lot mentioned above, were stopped last evening, some twelve miles from this city, and seven from the river, somewhere between Minerva and Germantown.  They defended themselves, and fired upon those who attempted to stop them, dangerously wounding one man in the thigh.   A party of about thirty resolute men left this city about ten o'clock this morning, and we are told that about forty have done from Dover, all well armed and determined on capturing the negroes.  We will know the result before long.


from The Examiner, a newspaper from Louisville, August 12, 1848.  They acknowledge they're reprinting an item from the Maysville Eagle.