Part 9, Note 19

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[Brenham] Daily Banner, June 20, 1879; Galveston Daily News, November 6, 1879, November 7, 1879; Colorado Citizen, July 3, 1879, November 13, 1879. Johnson, who endured a thirty minute diatribe by the mob, stated that they were not the Staffords. He did not otherwise identify them. The note handed to Johnson read: "Marlin Johnson: You old offender, you must stop killing other people's hogs and cattle; 30 days you have to fix up and get clear away, or we will give you a dose of blue pills if this don't move you. Nov 5 Cowboys on the Scent." Another black man, Carol Banks, who was a blacksmith in Columbus, also received a threatening letter, probably from the same mob. The letter, written on June 27, 1879, in response to some remarks Banks made regarding the killing of Horace, gave Banks until January 1, 1880 to leave the county or be killed. The mob offered this small leniency only because, as the letter stated, "We would kill you at once but you are a good Black Smith and may be of some use to the country" (see Colorado Citizen, August 7, 1879).