On this day …….. 18th of April 1876
On this day in 1876 a lunatic named Richard Pace managed to effect his escape from the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum. For nearly a month he had been wandering about the bush. At one time he was seen on the Boorhaman run near to where the man Greenwood (former lunatic) hanged himself. From there he seemed to have strayed away to a bend in the Ovens river, and near the Murray, situated some 25 miles from Wangaratta. It was here he was found by Mounted Constable M’Crackon, after a search of two days. He was camped on the bank of the river. He had no covering of any kind. His clothes were in a most dilapidated condition and he was altogether in a very miserable state. He appears to have existed upon shell-fish. Had he not been found at the time he was the probability is that he would have perished from exposure and want of proper nourishment. He was taken back to the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum in charge of Constable M’Cracken.