When this cold fact ﬁrst dawned on Sheriff Ninde, he could hardly control himself. With this brand of horses ﬁve or six days ahead of him he became worried. The effrontery of any man to deny his authority--the authority of a duly elected sheriff--was a reﬂection on his record. His bondsmen began to inquire into the situation; in case the property could not be recovered, were they liable as bondsmen? Things looked bad for the sheriff.