The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935 Page: 25
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Grass Lease Fight and Attempted Impeachment
absolute relinquishment by the state for that mammoth considera-
tion for five years. A crowd of discouraged looking "actual set-
tlers" will be seen drawing away from their claims, "which are
really not worth anything !" induced to go because "craps" failed
and because it wasn't very comfortable anyway. Inspection will
show that the baron is mounted, and his mount . . . a burro,
the longest-eared and heaviest browed and thickest skulled breed,
with the "State of Texas" in green letters (the color of the chil-
dren's grass) on his lean side. To one side the ground will be
covered with a mangled and defunct corporation-the late lamented
land board-flattened very much like any other board. From a side
pocket of the baron will protrude . .. a small corner of the
thirty-first judicial district. . .. The plain inference of the
entire volume will be confirmed in . . . the conclusion . .
"the Panhandle is not fit for agriculture and not very good for
grazing." The moral: "Who blames a. man for riding even a
donkey when the donkey is anxious to be ridden-and it pays ? 43
Willis returned to the Panhandle in triumph. I-e followed the
railroad to Harold and caught the stage for Clarendon, impatient
to be back home. T. D. Hobart happened to be on the stage with
him, and recalls that when they reached the Buck Creek stage
stand one of the fresh horses balked in his tracks. They waited
and waited on the whims of the beast, while the Judge fumed and
fretted at the delay. But the driver said that he knew him-there
was no need to whip, cajole or curse him-he would go when he
got good and ready, but that when he did start he would not stop,
and the driver was right. An hour later they were off through
the cool night air, reaching Clarendon soon after sunrise, and were
welcomed with the ringing of bells and the firing of anvils.
Again they changed drivers and headed north for Mobeetie,
Roxie, the driver, whispering to Hobart that the boys had told
him to push on the reins and get in before night, as they planned
to paint the town red. A mile outside the village they were met
by twenty-five or thirty cowboys who stopped the stage, handed in
a bottle to inspirit the Judge, tied their ropes to the stage and with
the other ends on the horns of their saddles, went wildly into town
at a dead run. Alex Schneider's wind band that, as Bill Edwards
observed, "played a strangely foreign air," furnished the music, a
43Tascosa Pioneer, November 26, December 3, and 10, 1887; also issues
of April 7, 20 and 30; August 31, October 15, November 3, 12, 19, 26,
1887, and January 14, 1888, for comment on lease law and settlement.
For cost of lease fight, see Senate Journal, 1887, app. p. 35, and The
Gazette, March 17, 1887.
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