Posse Searches For 2 Convicts

Kershaw County Men Sought Near Blaney After They Jump From Truck

A posse of about 20 men in search of two Kershaw county escaped convicts roamed through brush and swamp four miles north of Blaney for nine hours yesterday and night without a catch.

The two convicts, identified by Lieut. L J. Campbell of the Columbia police as Floyd Mix and Earnest Lane, escaped into bushes as the truck in which they were riding rounded a turn on a dirt road near Blaney.

Mix once before escaped the Kershaw gang and declared from a haven in New Jersey that he would “rather die” than go back to the gang. Both men were serving ten-year terms.

I think that I was within a block of them several times, but I never saw them.” Lieut. Campbell said this morning. The Columbia officers followed the scent of the two convicts with two dogs belonging to Officer Tom Corley of the Columbia force, Campbell was accompanied on the search by Motorcycle Officer J. V. Smith.

“We gave up the hunt last night because we didn’t even have a flashlight.” Lieut Campbell said. “The dogs were tired and so were we. Sheriff McLeod of Camden, who is directing the search, told me last night that he was going to keep all roads within a prescribed area guarded.

The two convicts were dressed in striped garb and they wore shackles around their feet. Sheriff McLeod describes Mix as 6 feet 1 inch, 190 pounds, dark, and he said that Lane, who also goes by the name of Jack Lane, is 5 fee 9 inches tall, 150 pounds, dark and has grey eyes.

Both men, the sheriff said, had escaped before – Lane’s last break having occurred only last month. Mix was returned to the South Carolina Gang last January after authorities in New Jersey balked at the extraditing the man who said that he would “rather die” than return to the chain-gang of South Carolina.

October 11, 1938  Columbia Record (published as The Columbia Record)  Columbia, South Carolina
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