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ESCAPE AND CAPTURE OF CONVICTS. On Monday afternoon great excitement was occasioned at Parkhurst Convict Prison, Isle of Wight, by the escape of two convicts, both of whom were undergoing sentence of five years' penal servitude. It appears that just after three o'clock, while a party of 30 convicts, in charge of a warder, were engaged in field labour, two of them dashed off in the direction of a 7ft. wooden fence, the only barrier between them and freedom. Before the warder realised what had happened the men had scaled the fence and got clear away. A hue and cry was im- mediately raised, bells being rung and whistles blown. Although the men had less than a couple of minutes start from their pursuers they were speedily lost in the Parkhurst Forest, which adjoins the convict establishment. A party of upwards of 20 warders, a force of military from Parkhurst Barracks, several members of the Isle of Wight police, and some volunteers, who were at rifle practice in the neighbourhood, took up the pursuit. The men-Samuel Walton Kay, an ex- clergyman, and William Walker, an ex-naval stoker —were, of course, in the convict garb. Two hundred men of the Northumberland Fusi- liers, under Major Isaacs, searched the forest for hours on Monday evening without discovering any trace of the convicts. It is stated that several shots were fired at the men almost as soon as they commenced their flight. The coastguard authorities were informed of the incident, and a sharp look-out was kept, with the result that the runaways were, at 11 o'clock on Monday night, cap- tured between Gurnard and Newtown, hiding in a brickyard. The men made no secret of their in- tention to get a boat, and, if possible, escape to the mainland. Their capture was effected by two coastguardsmen, and they made no resistance when approached.

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