||They had calculated that any posse that might be following them from either Belle Fourche or Spearfish would probably reach this point about dark and therefore would be unable to pick up their trail before morning or perhaps not even then. Their judgement proved correct. All trace of them was lost at this point and after a tiresome search the following morning, the posse disbanded and returned to town. Riding until about midnight, the bunch covered a distance of ninety miles and were back on the head of Rye Grass Creek where they were safe for the time being.* After a rest of three or four hours, they saddled their horses and were again on their way. Their course for some distance lay through a rather rough territory. After passing Lame Deer Creek, they changed their course to northwesf<'"'' where they followed the divide between the Rosebud and Tongue River. They continued their way toward Pryor Gap. That night they made a fireless camp in the foothills of the Big Horns [Mountains] and the following day continued their way to the Big Horn Canyon and their old hideout*'"1'"!'' where there was a considerable amount of food stored. The food in the cache consisted mostly of bacon, Flour and beans but it was very good with the addition of mountain sheep steaks. With the finest pasture for their horses and plenty of good water and food for themselves, the boys were quite satisfied to remain in the canyon for some time until the country quieted down again. Here they were absolutely safe. No one ever came near that part of the country, not even the Indians. As soon as they reached the hangout, they proceded to divide the money from the holdup. They had nearly $30,000. This they divided five ways. One fifth was set aside for the defense of Tom O'Day. Although he had taken no actual part in the holdup they felt he was entitled to it and would need it for his defense. Woodward, who was the least known of any of them, was sent into Billings to gather all the news he could and bring out a few supplies. Woodward reported that O'Day was being held as an accomplice to the bank robbery. According to all the papers which Woodward brought from town everything had quieted down. Butch had been recognized and the entire force of officers in central Wyoming was paying close attention to the Hole-in-the-Wall. Consequently it meant almost instant capture for any of them to enter the Hole. "Boys," said Butch, "I think I have a scheme we can work. I'll ride to Hot Springs above Thermopolis where Bob McCoy is. I guess you all know him. I'll give Bob a roll of money and have him go to Deadwood and fix things up for Tom. Bob is reliable. No one has anything on him and he is not known over there. What do you say?" "Well, we've got to get Tom out if we have to ride into Deadwood and take him away from the jail house," [another replied]. Butch rode into Thermopolis on the third day. It was no trouble to locate Bob. Bob was clever. He never got directly mixed up in any deal. He could always furnish a lot of information to anyone he knew or liked. He drank sparingly and talked less than he drank. He was reserved and from his expression gave one the idea he was a good man to leave alone. There was nothing Bob wouldn't do for a friend. It was no trouble to induce him to undertake the mission that Butch asked of him. He liked Tom O'Day. Butch gave thim three thousand in cash: One thousand for the lawyer, another thousand if the lawyer wins and one thousand for Tom O'Day. Butch promised to make it right with Bob. Three days later Butch arrived back at the canyon and they all felt they had done all they could for the time being towards Tom's release. ^Details of this robbery and aftermath do not agree with reports from other sources. Immediately after the robbery, for example, both Tom O'Day and Walt Punteney were arrested. There was a fierce gun battle as the bandits fled. Most say they got just $97.00. See Edward M. Kirby's The Rise and Fall of the Sundance Kid for details. "" More likely southwest, though the Tongue River is east of Lame Deer Creek and this course of travel is difficult to understand. The son of the man who maintained a post office" for the gang said they rode southwest after the robbery. ""Lhis for the first time revealed that the gang used a hideout in Big Horn Canyon. This has been confirmed by research.