On Monday, August 15, 1853, an enslaved man named Sam escaped from Fayette in Howard county, Missouri. Sam had been hired out to W.W. Mitchell in Fayette, where he had worked along the Missouri river, and his enslaver, J.F. Riggs, suspected that Sam "will probably endeavor to secret himself on board of some steamboat and make his way to St. Charles or St. Louis." Riggs advertised a $200 reward for his recapture.
St. Louis Missouri Republican, August 18, 1853 (GB)