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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
commenced at about 30 paces, Young Kellar was supporting
Clark. John Clark was one of the "blue hen's
chickens". Within perhaps two minutes the firing
ceased on Beard and Gladden's side. Clark saw what
was the matter. They were both mortally wounded.
They could, however, get on a horse, and both mounted
one horse, Gladden holding Beard on the horse, they
rode back the way they came. The Sheriff got into his
buggy and drove after them, taking Kellar and another
man with him. Within a mile and a half, they
came upon them, on the bank of Beaver Creek. Beard
was dying, and Gladden could go no further. Beard
died within a short time after the officers got to him.
Gladden was shot nine times. The Sheriff returned
and sent his Deputy, James A. Baird, to take care of
them. Mr. Baird found them, late in the night. He
built up a big fire near the lifeless body of Mose Beard
and was just starting for the nearest ranch, to get a
wagon to move Gladden, when he heard the mail hack
coming. He waited for the hack and sent Gladden to
his home in Loyal Valley, on board the hack. Gladden
got well. Kellar's store was their "Waterloo' on a
fighting basis. The killing that followed was sneaking
Some time afterward, Gladden killed Peter Barder,
in Llano County, and was sent to the penitentiary
for 99 years. MAr. Barder was considered a "killer"
on the other side of the feud. Gladden was pardoned,
after serving some time in the penitentiary. About
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