“Well, John Magee was good and mad. When I came along he had Downs' head under his left arm and was giving it to him in the face with his right fist. Downs was a little man, but he was a scrapper, too, but he wasn't doing much with John then. John worked Jere over next, and knocked him around somewhat; and John Sleeper, who was a cousin of Jere, saw what was happening to Jere so he came running up to take Jere's part. Sleeper and Clifton had a store near where the fight was taking place, on the square. John hit Sleeper and knocked him away out there, and Sleeper jumped up and went running into his house and yelling for a piece of raw meat to put on his face to keep it from turning black. Pete Ross came out and separated John Magee and Jere.
“A day or two before the fight, or maby it was the same day, Judge Gerald was holding court in a building on the north side of the square, and some of the lawyers didn't do what he told them to, and he threw the inkwells and books at them, and they sure paid attention to him after that.”
“J. R. Meers, chief of the Waco Fire Department remembered some more of Judge Gerald's court methods. “If a witness wouldn't testify,” said Mr. Meers, “The judge would tell them, “You'll testify in this court, or I'll throw you so far back in that jail you'll rot before they think of you again.' Usually the witnesses testified. One time a gambler by the name of Skeeter Root was here then and came up before Judge Gerald. Skeeter was a little, dapper, man always looked like he came out of a banbox. He took a contemptuous attitude toward the Judge and the court because he expected only to be fined, and he had plenty of money to pay it with. The judge says, Skeeter Root, I fine you one hundred dollars—'