Black Sheep Sunday ~ Arthur Foyil (1870-1893)


Arthur Foyil 
Born 12/1870 MS 
Died 1/28/1893  Ar State Prison 

Foiled
Arkansas Gazette, Jan 29, 1893
Arthur J Foyl, a Desperate White Convict, Procures a Navy Six, 
And while returning to the penitentiary orders Deputy Warden Elliott to throw up his hands. 
Both fire at the same time, but a bullet from a guard's needle gun ends Foyl's career. 

Yesterday about 3 o'clock Deputy Warden Elliott took out four men to a point on the Penitentiary sewer, near the walls, to repair it. Having completed the work he started back towards the entrance with the convicts.  He was walking by their side, about fifty feet distant. All at once he heard the command:
"throw up your hands". 
On turning round he saw a convict with a pistol drawn on his, and he immediately drew his own weapon and both fired at about the same time.  Elliott thinks he fired twice, but the unexploded cartridges in the pistol show that Elliott only shot once.  While the convict was snapping his pistol at Elliott a guard on the walls named Eli Duckworth fired upon the convict with a needle gun, the ball going through his head.  The convict fell upon the ground dead.  Elliott was unharmed, nor had Elliott's fire taken effect. After the convict was killed Elliott lined the other three convicts against the wall under the muzzle of his six-shooter until Mr Dunlap and Mr HD Maxwell, the book-keeper of the company arrived upon the scene.  Deputy Warden Elliott then removed the men within the walls, while Maxwell and Dunlap remained near the dead convict until the remains were viewed by the coroner. 
The dead convict was one Arthur J. Foyl, a white man, sent up from Howard County, July 13, 1880 for six years, for grand larceny.  He was about 20 years of age and several years ago was sent to Detroit by the United States Court at Fort Smith for horse stealing, which crime was committed in the Indian Territory, where his father now resides at Scullyville.  After his return from Detroit another warrant was issued for him for a similar offense, but he escaped conviction, when he then came to Southwestern Arkansas, continuing his career of crime.  he was indicted for larceny in the Howard Circuit Court as above mentioned 
Since his incarceration in the State Penitentiary he has proven a very obstreperous prisoner, having been engaged in many plots to escape.  He wore a "spur" a large part of his time to render his escape impossible.  The "spur" is an iron bar about two feet long worn about the ankle.  The pistol he carried was a large navy six and a stranger to the officials.   Mr Dunlap thinks he saw it in the blacksmith shop of the prison eighteen months ago, since which time he had lost sight of it. 
Deputy Warden Elliott doubtless owes his life to the fact that the pistol failed to explode its charges. 
The inquest was held by Coroner Bond at 4 pm in the presence of Hon, WA Clement, Chairman, and other members of the Penitentiary Committee of the House of Representatives, who came at the Coroner's invitation.  A verdict was found in accordance with the above facts, exonerating the guard who fired the fatal shot from all blame.  Young Duckworth is but 20 years of age, and a Little Rock boy.  Aft er the inquest the Coroner with several of the legislators interrogated several of the convicts privately who corroborated the statements of Elliott and Duckworth.  


*this is a re-blog- the first one was accidentally deleted.