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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
with him, but no tracks could be found. A little later,
one evening when old Sol had bade us all adieu, in
the west, Johnson went to Mr. Miller's residence, in
Mason and shot him. Johnson thinking he had "done
for him", was never seen in that section again. Miller
recovered. William Coke was never heard of, and we
think his bones were bleaching in some cavern, so
often the receptacle of crime.
Following in succession, when Daniel Hoerster, a
prominent man, was riding down the street in Mason,
he was shot off his horse and killed. The killing party
started out of town, in a pretty lively gait, and Peter
Jordan leveled down on them with a rifle, at long
range, and his bullet struck George Gladden's gun,
just where his hand was grasping it, and tore Gladden's
hand up badly, and almost demolished the breech
of his gun. They escaped without further casualties.
By this time the feud was denominated "Germans
against Americans". This was not true. A short
time after the killing at Mason, Sheriff Clark got into
his buggy and drove down to Kellar's store, about
12 miles south of Mason, on the Llano River. Everybody
there was on the watch. They saw two men
coming up to the store, and when they got pretty close
to the store, Sheriff Clark saw that they were Mose
Beard and George Gladden. Those two men were considered
among the fighting men opposing the Sheriff.
They rode up and dismounted, and the Sheriff stepped
out on the porch, with his rifle in hand, and the firing
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