Hans Johnson, a prisoner at the penitentiary, sent up from Valley City, skipped Saturday night. Johnson's time would have been out next February and he had been made a trusty, being employed at the barn to milk cows, feed pigs, and perform other farmyard duties. Saturday night he became weary of his enforced avocation and he went out to milk the cows and forgot to come back again. The alarm was at once given and telegrams were sent along the line, announcing his escape. Johnson was 23 years of age, a Norwegian with light hair and light blue eyes. He is about 5 feet 4 inches in height, weighs about 150 pounds and has a large flat nose which has been broken. He is plenty fully marked with scars having one on each hand, on his wrists, on the end of his nose and on his cheek. A reward of $50 has been offered for his capture.
Dr. Slaughter, who drove down from Painted Woods to-day, reports some news which may relate to the missing man. He says that a camper who was located near Painted Woods hailed a man on foot who passed his camp at about 1 or 2 o'clock in the morning. A description of the man was given by the camper, to Norman McDonald, who is up in the neighborhood of Painted Woods and is said to corresponds with that of the missing man. McDonald has gone north to look up the pedestrian who is headed for McLean County.
Bismarck Tribune, 8/27/1894