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JUMP FROM TRAIN

SENSATIONAL ESCAPE

PRISONER MAKES A BREAK

(By Telegraph.—Presi AuocUtioo.)

AUCKLAND, 7th October. : _ A naval prisoner proceeding to "Wellington under escort to-night made * sensational escape from the Limited express by jumping through a window of a second-class compartment in fall view of the passengers. A search lasting for several hour* was instituted near the scene of the exploit—the city side of Parnell tunnel— but no trace of him was found. It is presumed he escaped serious injury and was able to make his getaway unobserved.

The missing man.is a stoker who is a deserter from H.M.S. Diomede, now on her way to England. He was in the company of a fellow-prisoner and a f nm r, f,. of 6sc6rts. and was being taken to Wellington to have his return passage to England arranged in order thai he might be returned to his ship. The train was pulled np inside the Parnell tunnel, through the action of a passenger, Mr. Quirk, who applied the emergency tap. The guard (A. Stewart) was informed that the prisoner was seated next to an open window, and as the train was ascending the steady rise approaching the tunnel he leaped through the window without warning. The train was movmg at a speed of about 15 miles au> hour, and although there are steep banks half-concealed in long grass and thick nndergrowth on both sides of tie railway line, it is quite possible that a, man_ would roll down the slope -without receiving serious injury.

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JUMP FROM TRAIN, Evening Post, Volume CVIII, Issue 86, 8 October 1929

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JUMP FROM TRAIN Evening Post, Volume CVIII, Issue 86, 8 October 1929

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