Books [Dee Cook]
“When I first [came?] to Waco and before I was on the sheriff force, I saw Lawless and Fisher, two outlaws who were around here then. They were fine-looking young men, well-dressed. You wouldn't think they were thieves and bad men to look at them.
“About 1894, Judge Gerald shot and killed two brothers named Harris, who were publishers of a Newspaper here. The row started over something Brann published in his [?]. The Harrises took it up in their paper and printed some pretty hard things about Brann. Judge Gerald wrote an article in defense of Brann, and asked the Harrises to publish it, which they said they would. The Harris brothers and Judge Gerald were good friends. Judge Gerald lived right across the street from J. W. Harris. Judge Gerald was as fine a man as I ever knew. I loved him. The Harrises were fine men, too, and well-thought of. Judge Gerald was a little man, and one arm was crippled, it was shot when he was in the Civil War. “The Harrises didn't print the judge's article, and the judge went to their office in the Provident Building and asked Bob Harris why they didn't publish it. One word led to another until Harris lost him temper and knocked the judge down and kicked him out of the building. The judge said he would kill Harris, unless Harris apologized. A mutual friend, though, got Harris to agree to apologize, and then went to judge Gerald and asked him if he would accept the apology, which was to be published in the Harrises' paper, and the judge said he would. J. W. Harris went to Judge Gerald and told him that he would take no part in the quarrel between his brother and the judge, that he had always been the judges friend and hoped they would continue to be friends. Judge Gerald agreed with him, but later he told a friend that J. W. was lying, that he knew the Harrises were planning to kill him. They did not publish the apology as they were persuaded by their friends not to.