Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Dee Cook]
“One morning, when I got to the office, Pete Ross had a yellow paper in his hand, which had been torn from a book, the cotton men used. He handed the paper to me, sort of laughed, and said for me to read it. It was from the deputy at Moody, way down in the southwest corner of the county, and he said, “Hang [Dudley?] Hansford last night. [Aus?] Simms killed Melton. Got [Aus?] Sims' hat. If they had got him, they would have hung him. No harm done so far Parker Nailer.”
“What Parker meant, was that a mob had hung Hansford, who was a cattle and horse thief. Aus Simms was a friend of Hansford, and had killed Melton who had caused Hansford to get caught. What he meant, too, by “no harm done” was that those who got killed, deserved killing.
“There was some fellow, I didn't remember his name, got run out of Lampasas County for stealing cattle, and we were sent word to be on the lookout for him. Pete Ross told me to look for the fellow, who was a small man. I didn't have my gun, so Pete gave me his. It was quick on trigger, but I didn't know it. I knew that when cowboys and freighters and such