The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935 Page: 5
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Grass Lease Fight and Attempted Impeachment
"I know nothing about law," he said bitingly, "but I do know
one thing-if I've committed a crime you can't remit it. Now
I have two guns and you have none. If an outlaw comes up
here and shoots you down and I just sit here, what does it
mean for me?"
"It would make you accessory to the crime," answered Tem-
"You're mighty right, it would. And if I compromise with
you, I have incriminated fifty-two men. We have disobeyed no
law. Four cents was the minimum."
"Then there is no hope of compromise?" asked the Attorney
"Not a God-damned bit! I'd see you in hell first, farther
than a wedge would fall in twenty years." Thus the conference
ended as T. S. McClelland, the surveyor, came their way.
It happened that some time before J. P. Weiser of Ontario,
Canada, had sent a barrel of "Canadian Club" whiskey by ex-
press all the way to the JA Ranch, as an expression of appreci-
ation of some kindnesses Goodnight had rendered him and his
herds. Since liquor was not allowed on the ranch Henry Taylor
had immediately dispatched it back to Clarendon, where it had
fallen into McClelland Brothers' real estate office. There, dur-
ing the depression, the drouth and the troubles with the State,
it had served materially in reviving the drooping spirits of the
cowmen, the District Judge, and the assembled lawyers. Tem-
pleton's stomach was shot to pieces with alkali and gyp, and as
McClelland happened by, Goodnight turned to him, saying:
"I have been quarreling with this stinker, but he is sick and
needs a drink of good whiskey. Kindly take him over to your
office and fix him up." MeClelland followed instructions and
reported that the Attorney General, after imbibing for his
stomach's sake, was feeling "mighty good" when he left.
The suits were tried on an agreed statement of facts, the cow-
men admitting enclosure while the State admitted legal tender
of bids, and though, according to the Clarendon Northwest
Texan, they were "ably prosecuted by the eloquent district at-
torney, W. HI. Woodman," they were likewise argued "ably,
exhaustively, and successfully" by the HIonorable J. N.
Browning, W. H. Grigsby and G. A. Brown for the defense.
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