The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935 Page: 7
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Grass Lease Fight and Attempted Imvpeachment
and a week later the Texas Live Stock Association met in Austin
and recommended that leasing be continued as a solution of free
But Templeton was not satisfied, and thought the question-
able procedure in the court at Clarendon was ample for the dis-
posal of both Goodnight and Willis. Besides, this was election
year, political fortunes were at stake, and the Board felt it had
to go forward.
Browning, himself, was aspiring to Willis' office, which he
hoped to achieve through the combined support of the adminis-
tration and the reactionary element around Mobeetie and Tas-
cosa. Knowing that a bitter political fight would precipitate
greater burdens on the already distressed frontier, Goodnight
rode up to Mobeetie and requested Browning and IHouston, leg-
islative protagonists of the open range, to refrain from making
an issue of the subject, but he was scarcely in a mood for patient
diplomacy since Browning, he said, had charged him three times
more for his counsel at Clarendon than had the distinguished
Brown, who had traveled ten times as far to court.
In spite of his acceptance of the cowman's fees, Browning's
sympathies were aligned with the other side. A month before
the trials Templeton had urged his retention by the State, press-
ing upon Governor Ireland the fact that he "had held office in
Northwest Texas, had been a cattleman himself, and was thor-
oughly conversant with their ways and habits." Hence, he
seemed to feel, Browning would be peculiarly qualified to assist
the grass commissioners in enforcing the law.7
Goodnight sued out a mandamus to force the State's agent to
accept his tender of lease at Clarendon, but the official pulled
out over-night and the writ was not served. The State employed
Browning to assist against Goodnight and to fight similar man-
damus proceedings at Colorado City.8
Through the 26th Judicial Court Templeton secured a tem-
porary injunction enjoining Goodnight from maintaining his
original fence, from line riding, and from exercising any "affirm-
ative act of exclusive ownership or control" over the JA lands.
Though filed in Clarendon on the 5th of May, it was discharged
'Fort Worth Gazette, December 9, 1885; Goodnight, "Recollections,"
'Fort Worth Gazette, February 7, 1886.
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