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Mercury, Manhattan, KS

Wednesday, September 1, 1965

Mrs. Bettie Smith was faced by a gun-toting bandit at her post in a Kansas City, Kans. area savings and loan office. She handed over $685 and the thug ordered her to stay in the vault for 10 minutes. Instead, Mrs. Smith called to Paul N. Johnstone, Jr., the bank manager, who was having coffee in a back room. Mr. Johnstone grabbed a pistol and chased the fleeing bandit. He caught and disarmed him, and held him at gun point until police arrived.

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