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IRANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
day after that, Johnson came to my camp, foot-sore
District court opened in Mason, and Judge Everett
sent a messenger to me with a note saying "Don't
turn Johnson over to any Sheriff or any one. I will
notify you when to have him here." The Judge sent
out for Johnson, and we took him to Mason, under
a safe guard. The Judge sent him before the grand
jury, to see if he would identify any of the mob.
Johnson could tell nothing, of a positive nature, and
feigned to not know them. He was not prompted by
any one to tell, or not tell anything. But we were
glad he did not tell any more than he did, as it might
frustrate our plans of catching them. Also, we didn't
know but what some members of that grand jury
belonged to the mob. I was summoned before the
grand jury, and they "fired into me", and crossfired,
until I began to think they were prying into
"state secrets". I knew nothing, at the time, that I
thought the grand jury ought to have, and I parried
them with the "semi-truth," and we made a drawn
In quick sequence, a man named William Coke was
missing. Mr. Coke was foreman of a cattle ranch near
Mason. The last heard of him, a man named Miller,
who lived in Mason, had seen him on the range, and
talked with him. The Major ordered me to take a
scout in search of Coke, and take Miller with me. Mr.
Miller showed where he had seen Coke and talked
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