Troubled Times

November 13, 2008

A letter Goliad resident E.R. Land had written to the [Texas] governor on October 22, 1876, summed up the situation and the feeling of many:

“Through the inefficiency of our Sheriff, our town and county had become a rendezvous of escaped convicts, cut throats, outlaws, and murderers riding through our streets at night shooting through business houses and private dwellings, imperiling the lives of our women and children.  Human life had become frightfully cheap and this terrible realization had settled down ont he hearts of our people, completely terrorizing and stypefying them and rendering them as passively submissive as sheep driven to the shambles for slaughter … Lt. Hall had come, an entire stranger had taken in the situation at a glance and applied the remedy which caused the bad men to flee to parts unknown.”

Source:  The Texas Rangers, Volume 1, Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900

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