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Thursday, November 24, 2016

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Duel in Vienna    


"A duel was fought at Vienna, S.C. on the 27th of September, in which Mr. Smyth, one of the editors of the Augusta Constitutionalist, was wounded by a ball through the thigh from the pistol of his antagonist, Dr. Thomas of Augusta. The meeting grew out of a newspaper controversy, Smyth taking offense at an article in the Chronicle of which Thomas avowed himself the author. Another duel, with a still more serious result took place in Brownsville, Texas, on the 8th. The parties were Mr. W. H. Harrison and Mr. W. G. Clarke, who met in the street with five-barreled pistols. Clarke fell at the second fire, receiving (the ball of) his near the heart. Mr. W. Laughlin, an alderman in the city of New Orleans, and a very respectable and influential citizen, was killed by William Silk, another alderman, on the 29th of September: the affray grew out of political differences." Source: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, v. 3, number 18 

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