The open range attracted many of the lawless elements and out of this condition came feuds and bloodshed, and the loss of may good men as well as bad ones. Throughout the Brush counties occurred the Hide and Tallow War. This land teemed with cattle and wild horses. Throughout the length and breadth of it cattle were killed and skinned, and others re-branded. The answer to the general lawlessness was the Texas Ranger. In 1874 a bill was passed for the reorganization and maintenance of Rangers for frontier defense. Captain Lee Hall, a member of McNeely's Ranger Company, and a brave and colorful figure, was sent to clean up these border counties.