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The Mason County “Hoo Doo” War, 1874–1902 by David Johnson Foreword by Rick Miller Number 4 in the A. C. Greene Series University of North Texas Press Denton, Texas ©2006 David Johnson Foreword ©2006 University of North Texas Press All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Permissions: University of North Texas Press P.O. Box 311336 Denton, TX 76203-1336 The paper used in this book meets the minimum requirements of the American National Standard for Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, z39.48.1984. Binding materials have been chosen for durability. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Johnson, David (David D.), 1950– The Mason County “Hoo Doo” War, 1874–1902 / by David D. Johnson; foreword by Rick Miller. p. cm. — (A.C. Greene series ; no. 4) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-13: 978-1-57441-204-8 (cloth : alk. paper) ISBN-10: 1-57441-204-3 (cloth : alk. paper) 1. Texas Hill Country (Tex.)—History—19th century. 2. Vendetta— Texas—Texas Hill Country—History—19th century. 3. Violence— Texas—Texas Hill Country—History—19th century. 4. Frontier and pioneer life—Texas—Texas Hill Country. 5. Texas Hill Country (Tex.)— Biography. 6. Mason County (Tex.)—History—19th century. 7. San Saba County (Tex.)—History—19th century. 8. Llano County (Tex.)— History—19th century. 9. Burnet County (Tex.)—History—19th century. I. Title. II. Series. F392.T47J64 2006 976.4’605—dc22 2005026547 The Mason County “Hoo Doo” War, 1874–1902 is Number 4 in the A. C. Greene Series DEDICATION This book is for my father, Charles Mahlon Johnson May 19, 1918–September 10, 1999 and for my mother H. Ruth Fergus Johnson. Thank you for my life. The Hoodoos When the sun has set low, then the wind will die down and darkness will fall across all Mason town. You’ll feel a slight trembling under your feet, their horses are galloping out in the street. Bolt your doorway securely, you best stay inside. It’s upon this night surely the Hoodoos will ride. Coming for all those who have done evil deeds are the faceless horsemen upon ghostly steeds. If you have been hateful, if you have done wrong, and have taken what to you, does not now, belong, then pity your spirit and God save your soul, for the Hoodoos are coming and they’ll take their toll. There can be no salvation when the Hoodoos ride and with the next morning we will witness their wrath as we survey a most grizzly aftermath. Now time runs so short, for the light is near gone and there is not a chance you can make it till dawn. For the riders are waiting at the edge of the gloom and there’ll be no escaping when the darkness brings doom. Pray you change your ways now and from trouble stay clear, your life will be over when the Hoodoos appear. With black-hearted actions your fate you will seal. Once the Hoodoos have found you, you can make no appeal. —Glenn Hadeler ...


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