4 entered into the system and many people bitterly opposed it. A company had been organized at old Dublin, composed largely of the Keiths, O'Neals and Morrisons. This move of the administration was opposed by Colonel Buck Barry of Bosque county, one of the best known characters of Western Texas. The situation was aggravated and feeling ran so high that Colonel Barry and his followers agreed to meet the Keith clan and fight it out. The Barry clan numbered something like one hundred and the Keith clan more than one hundred men. Both companies were filled with trained marksmen, veterans of the late war and skilled Indian fighters. The clans moved towards one another and were only a mile or two apart when Rev. Reuben Ross appeared on the scene. He was a friend of the Keiths, but known over the country as a good man, fair and impartial. Under a white flag Rev. Ross met Colonel Barry and his followers and made a plea for the settlement of the differences. After one or two trips between the parties a conference was agreed on with Col. Barry representing his company and Big Bill Keith the other, together with another man, whose name is not recalled, and Rev. Ross. The differences were finally settled, all returned to their homes, and so far as is known the feud was never revived. The good women of Dublin, knowing the seriousness of the situation, conceived the idea of sending Rev. Ross with the hope that he might be able to stop hostilities. The tragedy told can hardly be appreciated by us today. If the companies had met in battle scores would have been killed, as both clans were filled with experienced fighters and brave as ever carried guns. If Rev. Ross had never performed any other service than this, it would be sufficient to enroll his name among the renowned pioneer citizens of this section.
Along the frontier Rev. Ross was known as Comanche Rube, and under this title he frequently wrote articles to the Texas Baptist Herald.