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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
to buy grain for my camp, and was sleeping at Major
Hunter's hotel. Had not more than embraced the
sweet charms of Morpheus when Sheriff John Clark
ran into my room and yelled at me to get up, that a
big lot of men were mobbing the jail. The cause of
this mob was that a lot of men had been apprehended
with a whole herd of cattle that did not belong to
them, and were put in jail. To resume: James
Trainer and myself went with Sheriff Clark to the
jail and when we got within twenty steps of the mob,
who were assembled at the jail door, we were ordered
to halt, and that in tones that meant business. They
told the Sheriff that they would not hurt us, provided
we kept our distance. We backed off to the
court house, say thirty steps from the jail and the
Sheriff ran up stairs to a south room, put his rifle
through the window and told the mob that the first
d-d man that touched that jail door, he would kill
him. Seeing that they might have to kill all three
of us, about ten men came right in by Trainer and
myself, didn't even say "good evening" and went
upstairs to talk to Clark. They told the Sheriff that
they meant no harm to him or the county, but they
were going to have those men, even if they had to
hurt him in doing so. There were about forty men
of the mob, Clark saw he was "up against it". The
Sheriff came down and told Trainer and myself to get
off a little distance and watch them until he could
go for help. While he was gone, the mob secured
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Roberts, Dan W. Rangers and sovereignty, book, 1914; San Antonio, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5833/m1/85/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .