Information supplied by Julie Skellern firstname.lastname@example.org
MONDAY MORNING NOV 5, 1860
The Attempt to Break out of Oatlands Goal
To the Editor of the Mercury
Sir- in your paper of the 29th of last month I find a short account of the attempt recently made by the five convicts, named Henry Singleton, John Smith, Edward Mooney, John McKay and Frederick Eley to escape from the Oatlands Goal and as I am the Javelin Man who is stated to have been secured by main force, "I beg to say it was my cries for assistance that gave the alarm to the Javelin Man Clifford in the outer yard and which bought the police into the Goal to my rescue and not any shouting of the other Javelin Man who was unfortunately locked up in a cell in the small yard. The attack made upon me was very violent and so sudden was it that I immediately called for help as loudly as I could, I was blinded by the hands of one of the prisoners, thrown down and kept on the ground with my face downward, and I was much bruised about the body, the effects of which have confined me to my house ever since, under the treatment of the medical officer of the goal. Trusting you will excuse this liberty of writing to you.
I remain Sir, Yours respectfully
Javelin Man H.M. Goal.
Nov 2nd 1860.