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INDIAN }WARS 4ND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
having receded, his became the border judicial di
trict. Bands of outlawed desperadoes, here an
there, roamed over the country, intimidating th
people, overawing the authorities and defying th
officials, Judge Ferris' moral and physical courag
were often put to the test in the discharge of hi
official duties, but he rose equal to every occasior
He upheld the supremacy of law and order with un
yielding firmness. At one time threats were openl]
made against his life should he make an attempt t
hold court, and organize the grand jury in Parke
County. He, nevertheless, proceeded to the counts
seat under a guard sent to him, opened court oi
the day appointed, impaneled the grand jury, an(
fearlessly instructed them as to the duties they wern
called upon to perform. The lawless character,
were indicted and tried in due course of law anc
the spirit of insubordination fully and effectually
crushed. After the war Judge Ferris returned tc
the more lucrative and, to him, more agreeable
business of an attorney, associating W. H. Getzendaner
with him in the practice. In 1868 the
banking house of Ferris
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/450/: accessed January 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .