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Jefferson County Whig (Sackets Harbor, NY), July 12, 1838

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1 o'clock P.M.

About 10 o'clock this morning, the steamboat Telegraph, in the service of the United States, arrivedfrom a cruise among the Thousand Islands and brought with her two prisoners from Johnston's gang of desperadoes and Johnston's famous twelve oared boat, so much extolled for its swiftness.

On the morning of the 11th (yesterday) Capt. Gwynn, of the 1st Regiment of Infantry, commanding the Telegraph, obtained information of the haunt of Johnston, and with the British party, made arrangements for surprising and capturing the gang, but owing to the difficulty of approaching the house, on account of the roughness of the country, and the density of the woods and thickets, the parties did not approach the house simultaneously, as was intended, the British party getting to the ground a little sooner than the other; and approaching on the same side. The whole of Johnston's gan, with the exception of two men made their escape. The two men tsken were asleep. there was foundin the house, belonging to John Farrow, on Grindstone Island, a quantity of arms - pistols, rifles, and muskets. the names of the prisoners taken are Riley Toucey and Jonathan Turnacliffe.

Those who made their escape were William Johnston, John Farrow, Robert Smith, and Allen Early. They were fired on. with what effect is not known. After a thorough search, by the whole party, consisting of 80 men, they were not enabled to discern what had become of the fugitives.

The two prisoners, under the charge of Deputy Sheriff M'Cullock, are now in this place, and will be turned over to the proper authorities to be dealt with according to law.

The boat of Johnstonis 28 feet long and 4 1/2 feet wide, clinker built, painted black at the bottom, white above, with a yellow streak about six inches wide just under the gunwale, ornamented with a red stripe above and below. the inside of the boat is red. She has one set of sweeps, andone set of shore oars, so as to row either single or double handed. This boat is so light that two man can carry her with ease and she is capable of transporting twenty men, with their arms. She had on board when taken, besides some arms, an American flag, which no dougt was intended to be used when passing British vessels, as a deception.

The Telegraph returns to the vicinity of the Thousand Islands tomorrow morning.

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Jefferson County Whig (Sackets Harbor, NY), July 12, 1838