Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Gaston Fergenson]
“The cattlemen [??] the sheriff and compelled him to march with the crowd. They took Garrison to the cemetery and there with little ceremony, except to allow Garrison to make a last statement, he was civilized. He begged and pleaded to be allowed a trial by the courts, and to have his fate put in the hands of a jury. When he realized his rattling was not getting him off, he wilted and had to to be held up.
“A noose was placed around his neck, and a rope looped over a blackjack tree' limb, and he was pulled up three or four feet from the ground. The crowd waited until they reckoned Garrison was civilized and then said to the sheriff, 'you can have your man now.”
“The principal reason the ranchers were so bent on civilizing Garrison, was because he was the leader of the rustlers. They feared that if they allowed the man to be tried by the court, the man would be turned loose. Garrison's connections were with many folks and a jury was certain to contain more or less of his friends. Another thing which influenced the crowd to hang the man was that folks were more or less afraid to testify against him, because they feared to be shot by a member of Garrison's [?].