National Affairs: Stand by the Citizenry

Stand by the Citizenry Three times since 1946, holdup men have tried and failed to rob the little Bank of Middleton at Middleton (pop. 350), Tenn. Last week, when a customer slipped out to report that a fourth holdup was in progress, Middleton's citizens reached for their guns. That was just too bad for a 36-year-old Memphis desperado named Robert Henry Bondurant.

Gunman Bondurant had forced a Memphis lumberman named Thomas L. Madden to drive him to Middleton, had taken Madden into the bank as a hostage, and was doing fine. He winged a defiant cashier, then threatened to kill a customer,...

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