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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
the first of all this killing, John Worley was brutally
murdered by Scott Cooley, on suspicion that he had
helped to kill Williamson.
The above constitutes the principal killing, in that
A casual observer may notice that no arrests were
made on either side. However, we recall, that John
Ringo, and a few others on the side opposing the civil
authority were arrested and put in the Burnet County
jail, but they made their escape without trial. The
reason that no arrests were made can only rest upon
hypothesis, and that is: the men supporting civil
authority, needed no arrest, and those opposing it,
urged equal claims, of being right, but would not submit
their grievances to law.
The Rangers could only support the civil authority
in cases of actual bloodshed, as Mason County was not
under martial law. The Rangers could arrest criminals,
indicted by the courts, and even more, they
could arrest on information, or actual observance of
crime, but Mason County had never brought a man
to trial, during this feud. Sheriff Clark, seeing that
it would take "eternal vigilance" for him to live in
Mason County, resigned the office of sheriff, and left
for parts best known to himself. Other principal
actors, against him, went to Arizona, then considered
a far off land from Texas. The war died out and
Mason County is now prosperous and happy.
Here’s what’s next.
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Roberts, Dan W. Rangers and sovereignty, book, 1914; San Antonio, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5833/m1/90/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .