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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
battering rams, broke the jail door, took five cattle
rustlers out of the jail and started south with
When the Sheriff returned with five or six men,
we started after them, all on foot except the Sheriff;
we took a turkey trot down the Fredericksburg road
about half a mile, when the mob began to shoot, we
thinking they were shooting at us, we returned the
fire, at the blaze of their guns, but got no answer.
They had heard us coming, and were not through with
their work, and commenced to shoot the men they had
not hanged. The Sheriff being horseback, ran down
to where the shooting was, found the two Baccus
brothers and a man named Turley, hanging to the
limb of a tree, Wiggins with his brains shot out, and
the fifth man gone. Sheriff Clark quickly cut the
men down from the tree, and when I got there, I
examined Turley, found his neck was not broken, and
was warm. I ran to a branch nearby, dipped water
in my hat, ran back to Turley, ioured it on him, rubbed
him, and he soon showed signs of returning to
life. He gradually came to life, with a glassy stare
in his eyes. He could not talk until next morning.
The Baccus brothers were both dead. The fifth man,
Johnson, when we began to fire on them, jerked the
rope over his head, jumped over the fence and went on
"21", across the plowed ground. Johnson was a "tenderfoot"
and was only hired to drive the wagon and
cook for the Baccus outfit. I think it was the third
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Roberts, Dan W. Rangers and sovereignty, book, 1914; San Antonio, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5833/m1/86/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .