The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935 Page: 8
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8 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
in July, and Goodnight was awarded costs against the State.
Templeton and Browning excepted to Judge Willis' action and
gave notice of appeal to the Supreme Court at Tyler.'
In April Goodnight had again gone to Austin, had confronted
the Board in stormy session, and had made a written proposi-
tion to take all school lands in his range at four cents from the
date of his application in 1884, "before the inclosure act went
As lease tenders were made in cash Goodnight joined Buck
Walton and W. B. Munson, of the T Anchors, went to Colonel
George Brackenridge's bank and drew $72,000 for the JA's
while Munson drew the amount his firm owed. After employ-
ing a husky porter they loaded more than a hundred thousand
dollars in a wheelbarrow, strapped on their six--shooters, and,
with the negro wheeling the money before them, marched up
Congress Avenue, over to the old Land Office, and tendered the
money to Treasurer Lubbock. He refused to accept, but Walton
pushed a receipt for tender under his nose, and Lubbock, who
had bluffed some out of this acknowledgment, obligingly affixed
his signature. The cowmen wheeled the money back to the bank,
Goodnight paid $175 for its use, and the State had lost its
Of the bitter sessions held in Austin between the Board and
the cowmen, the memory of at least one might be recalled. It
was a decidedly hostile atmosphere that Goodnight experienced
in the consultation room, tempered no bit by the queer group-
ing of political animosities-East Texans now hating the Board
for a policy claimed to favor big cowmen; West Texas free-
grassers hating it because of the passing of open range; and con-
servative cowmen generally hating it for arbitrary usurpation of
power and vacillating policy. And the Board, Ireland, Lubbock
and Templeton particularly, must have hated this stubborn cow-
man who refused to knuckle under to their rulings, who stood
firm and determined against the usurpation of his constitutional
rights. The East, where the votes were heavy, looked to the
Board to make an .example of this "glorious Goodnight,"
"usurper of the children's grass," this "feudal baron," this arch
'Civil Record, District Court, Clarendon, I, 199-202.
"0Goodnight to J. E. H., April 8 and September 2, 1927.
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