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Col. Ebenezer Magoffin, a Missouri rebel, and brother of the Governor of Kentucky, has been tried at St. Louis for murdering a United States soldier and for violation of parole. On the first charge he was declared not guilty, but was convicted on the second, and sentenced to be shot, at such time and place as the commanding officer of the department may direct, and to be confined at Alton until his execution is directed. Cincinnati Gazette, March 25.
ly until all his friends had passed, found that some one had appropriated the floats which he had prepared. As he could swim but imperfectly, he was unwilling to venture into the bay without some support. Desperate prisoners constantly attempted to escape from the old penitentiary at Alton, Illinois, and were sometimes successful. Once they set the prison on fire, and in the confusion several got over the wall. The most remarkable escape from this prison, however, was that of Colonel Ebenezer Magoffin, of Missouri, and thirty-five companions, on the night of July 24, 1862. The investigations of the court of inquiry showed that the prisoners had climbed to the top of some unused brick ovens under a shed in the yard, had cut through the top, and then down through eight feet of masonry. The tunnel was excavated three feet below the surface for a distance of fifty feet, cutting through on the way the solid limestone foundation of the outer wall of the prison, at that point three