Later some of the gang barged into John Meusebach’s store and fired several shots at the feet of the dignified old German statesman, one of which grazed his leg.

The next target of Cooley’s gang was Carl Bader.

Williamson had nursed him through a serious bout with Typhoid Fever.

His presence unnerved people as he wore his hat down low over his eyes and would take notice of no one in particular.

He even refused to shake hands with anyone for concern that his gun hand not be available for a second.

Before Bader had a chance to run Cooley and Ringo shot him down where he stood.

In Mason, Clark and his allies were trying to determine what their next move should be, when word of Bader’s death reached town.

Around September 24, Gladden had recovered from his wounds enough to ride again.

Cooley’s band slipped into the town of Mason as Johnny Ringo and another man named Williams rode north to the home of Jim Cheney on Comanche Creek.

As Gladden and Baird approached Keller’s Store on the Llano River east of Mason, they saw Sheriff John Clark standing outside.

A gun battle developed and shots began pouring at Gladden and Baird from behind a stone wall.

He was known to suffer from fits, supposedly due to a snake bite, but was otherwise a well liked young man.

He was farming in nearby Menardville when word reached him of Williamson’s murder.

We fear this is but the beginning of a bloody solution to the stock problems which have become so serious as of late." Petitions began circulating requesting that the Governor send state troops to restore order.