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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
The Mason County War
When we were encamped in Mason County, a feud
between cattlemen arose to proportions that gave it
the name of the "Mason County War". Major Jones
had to take the "bull by the horns" and help to quell
it. The civil authorities also did their best to stop it,
but it hinged in the midst of what was probably the
largest of cattle operations in the state at that time.
The largest per cent. of citizens in Mason County
Were Germans who had accumulated fine stocks of
cattle by their usual frugality. Mr. Lemberg was
engaged in shipping and driving cattle to the Kansas
markets. He had in his employ Mr. "Tim" Williamson,
who handled his herds. Complaint was rife that
cattle belonging to ranchmen were taken by wholesale,
by the men moving herds, and not accounted for
to the owners.
Mr. Williamson was on his road to the town of
Mason, being 15 or 20 miles from Lemberg's store,
when a mob seized him and killed him. This act was
laid to the Germans. Other cattlemen, who were
thought to be "shady" in their dealings, took advantage
of this to excite the Americans against the Germans.
This started the "Mason County War".
I was in the town of Mason, having come in alone
Here’s what’s next.
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Roberts, Dan W. Rangers and sovereignty, book, 1914; San Antonio, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5833/m1/84/: accessed January 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .