Here was the headline for April 8, 1930 of The Pueblo Chieftain:
PLOT TO FREE MANTER BANDITS FRUSTRATED
WEAPON FOUND IN BUNK LEADS TO DISCOVERY OF SCHEME TO STAGE BREAK
Denver Prisoner Was To Have Aided Trio Who Killed Deputy At Eads; Face Trial On Murder Charge Today
Denver, April 7. –(AP) What Warden Thomas Clennan believes was a plot to free the Manter bank bandits as they were taken from the Denver county jail for removal to Eads, Colo., where they go on trial for murder tomorrow was frustrated today.
Warden Clennan noticed an iron brace, about two and one-half feet long, was missing from a wash stand in the jail. Detailing prison guards on a search for the missing bar, the iron brace was discovered concealed in a bunk in the south upper tier where the Manter trio---Clyde Ray, Andrew Halliday and John Walker are confined.
It was also discovered Warden Clennan said, that another prisoner at the jail was involved and was to hand the iron brace to the men, just before the officers arrived to transport them to Eads. He pointed out that the cell bars at this point are widely enough apart out that a man might easily hand an article to prisoners in the cells below.
The warden said he had information that one member of the bandit trio planned to conceal the Bruce in his clothes to be used as a weapon on a break for liberty.
Prison authorities left the iron brace in is hiding place and meanwhile kept close watch on the three arrested slayers of Deputy Sheriff C. A. Hickman throughout the afternoon. It is believed that a reporter who arrived to interview the bank robbers in their cells inadvertently prevented the passing of the brace from the upper tier of cells to the lower and thus partly prevented jail authorities from actually catching the plotters in the execution of their plan.
Eads, Colo., April 7. --(AP)—The Manter bank robbers, a trio of robbers who held up the state bank of Manter, Kans., March 14 and killed Deputy Sheriff C.A. Hickman, of Eads in a gun battle during their flight, will go on trial for murder here tomorrow.
John Walker, Clyde Ray and Andrew Halliday, the defendants, will be brought here late tonight from Denver where they have been held for safe keeping. They will be brought here by W. P. Mayne, sheriff of Kiowa county, and his deputy, Floyd Anderson.____ Roy Best., acting head of the state police and Sam Lee, state policeman.
NOTE: Here is Roy Best name again. I am thinking that we will be reading more about this man if I keep posting articles from the Pueblo Chieftain & Star-Journal newspaper.
To be continued: Bob James.
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