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149 chapter 11 “I Think There Is Some Trouble at Hand” With the death of Peter Bader, John Baird and Scott Cooley had effectively completed their quest for revenge. Satisfied that justice had been meted out to those responsible for his brother’s murder, Baird began to withdraw from the feud. With him went the allies who had rallied to his cause. The Mason mob was broken, and John Clark had fled to parts unknown. Baird had a new daughter, Edna, at home and realized that it was time to stop the conflict.1 Satisfied with the results, Baird began preparations to leave Texas. Even as Baird withdrew from the conflict, fate closed in on Ernst Jordan. Since the beginning of the conflict he had gone armed. Sometime during 1876 when the “troubles had hardly subsided” Jordan was removing a pistol from his carriage when it slipped from his hand. The pistol dropped to the ground and discharged, the bullet shattering his knee. The accident left him bedridden during the remainder of 1876 and throughout 1877. A surgeon from San Antonio operated on the leg, but it never healed properly and required treatments for the rest of his life.2 Mason County residents were quick to disown the Bader killing. On January 27, a meeting was held in Mason by “the citizens of Mason County” chaired by James M. Hunter. The purpose of the meeting was to condemn an editorial entitled “More Blood” in the Fredericksburg Sentinel. The paper had attributed Bader’s death to Mason County. 150 Chapter 11 Resolved that we view with regret the course pursued by the Fredericksburg Sentinel as set forth in its editorial headed “More Blood” of the issue of the 22nd inst, in attributing the murder of Peter Bader to our County as such reports tend to produce a false and erroneous impression upon people outside the County, and more than anything else prevent emigration and the development of our natural resources. Resolved that in that portion of the Sentinel’s editorial headed “More Blood” we perceive a desire to stir up more trouble in our County, by means of the false statements contained therein, whereby the out side world would be led to believe that the citizens of Mason County are responsible for a murder which took place in Llano County.3 The meeting further praised Long and his troops and credited him with the peace that existed in Mason at the time. Long’s Rangers were reportedly in pursuit of Baird and Gladden in mid-January, but once again the pair vanished into friendly territory .4 At the end of the month, Steele ordered Long to Burnet “as some trouble is anticipated there during Court.” Long did not know how long he would need to remain there, but the necessity was clear. Cooley was conveyed to Burnet by the end of January to answer charges of threatening Clymer and Strickland.5 The Austin Daily Statesman reported: DEPUTY SHERIFFS Henry Stokes and Fred Peck arrived yesterday morning from Burnet, where they had been with the posse of ten men that conveyed Scott Cooley to Burnet from the jail in this city. They report that they saw no signs of resistance or of an attempt being made to release the prisoner on the road. They state, however, that Deputy Sheriff Johnson, of Burnet, and a man with him were fired upon and pursued several miles while out serving capiases last Tuesday [January 25]. The speed of their horses saved their lives. A minute company has been organized in 151 “I Think There Is Some Trouble at Hand” the town of Burnet, and recently quite an extensive purchase of firearms has been made in this city by citizens of Burnet, whose lives are said to be endangered because they are determined to enforce law and order.6 On February 1, 1876, Cooley and Ringo were indicted for “Seriously threatening to take the life of a human being.” The indictments of Cooley and Ringo, combined with the unilateral withdrawal of Baird from the fighting, came as a welcome reprieve to Mason County. One paper reported that, “Perfect peace and quiet reign in Mason county, at present. One or two lawless acts last fall were exaggerated to such an extent as greatly to injure the character of our country, but order is well established at present.”7 There was validity in this self-serving statement from Mason, at least as far...

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ISBN
9781574413977
Related ISBN
9781574412048
MARC Record
OCLC
133095060
Pages
360
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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