On another page of The Pueblo Chieftain of March 21, 1930 there is the following article.
HUNT FOR BANDITS HAD ITS FUNNY SIDE TOO, SEARCHERS NOW ADMIT
LAMAR, March 20. Those who made a business of chasing bank bandits and those who chase bandits when duty calls red blooded citizens to help protect their friends and property from the lawless, state such work has its amusing aspects as well as the more sinister ones. Several local officials and citizens who went in search of the Manter, Kansas bank robbers, now that the chase is off and the trio of gunmen are safe behind the bars in Denver, can tell some amusing tales of incidents which occurred while they scoured the country of eastern Colorado and western Kansas as were encountered in practically the same territory during the longer hunt for the Lamar bandits almost two years ago.
Ray H. Shutts, of the Lamar Motor Sales company, and Les Huston, of Lamar, who with Sheriff K. William Dunivan, Undersheriff T. P. Potter and Lee Collins of Springfield made a hurried trip to Seibert when the bandits were reported to be running wild in the region of Cheyenne Wells. The five men barricaded the highway near Seibert, anticipating any effort on the part of the trio to return west from Burlington and make a getaway.
The men were watching for a Chevrolet coach which the fugitives were then reported to have been driving, when down the road came such a car, in which three men were riding. Shutts stood behind his car with his rife covering the approaching vehicle, while Huston got behind a rock about as big as his hat, so Shutts says. The car was ordered to stop, but on it came at 40 miles per. Shutts drew a bead on a tire and fired: the driver slammed on the brakes and reached for air. After he and his companions could get their voices to operating they were not the bandits.
On the way home the local men hailed another coach. Occupants of both cars alighted. This time a flashlight inspection by Shutts revealed their captives to be a carload of boys and girls of the “flaming youth” age. When the officers indicated that the youngsters could go, one of the boys said, “Shine your light down here again, mister,” He raked off some of the sand besides the road and picked up a pocketbook and put it in his pocket. “I buried it when I first got out because I thought you were going to hold us up,” he explained.
Deputy District Attorney, Allyn Cole and L. A. Bullard, both of Lamar, chartered an airplane Saturday morning to aid the search for the bandits in the vicinity of Jetmore, Kansas. They got their chuckle out of the grim chase of at least Bullard did, when the pilot mistaking Butte Creek for the Arkansas River, which they had been following, took them a considerable distance into Baca County before they could attract his attention in the high wind that was blowing. Due to the “sea-sickness” resulting from the wind which rocked the plane or from looking at the “vast expanse of water” in Butte Creek. Cole was unable to get much amusement out of the incident as Bullard did.
Here is a story of one of the reporters of the ‘30s way of holding interest to the subject.
This person didn’t even get his/her Byline printed under the two column article.
To be continued: Bob James.
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