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1866 - A Canadian Duel

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A Montreal paper gives an account of a duel that recently took place between a lieutenant in a Montreal militia corps and a clerk residing at St. Hyacinthe. It appears that the clerk and some of his friends had determined to hoax the lieutenant and invited him to play a game of cards. He consented, and the result was that $200 or $300 in Confederate money, which was passed off upon him as Federal money, soon changed hands and went into the lieutenant's. Some of his "friends," upon this, called on him to repay some money they had lent him.

This (although he thought he had $300 in "greenbacks" in his pocket) he refused to do, and from hot words soon came to blows, the general result being that he struck the clerk, was truck in return, and accepted an invitation for pistols and coffee for two. Early next morning both of the principals appeared on the ground as fierce as Galway blazers, duly attended by seconds and surgeon. After the usual formalities, the pistols were loaded and solemnly handed over. The usual "one," "two," "three," were given, and bang simultaneously went the weapons. Neither fell. The pistols were again loaded and fired. The men still stood their ground.

The seconds wishing that they should fire still another shot, the pistols were loaded for the third time, and the distance between the combatants lessened. This seemed to satisfy the martial ardor of the lieutenant, who fired point blank before the signal had scarcely been given. This time the shot told, and the clerk rolled over in agony on a little bladder filled with reddish water which the surgeon had previously compounded for him. Seeing his blood exude, as he supposed, from his adversary's side, the lieutenant thought he had killed him, and, hastening from the field, rand to the St. Hyacinthe railway station, where he arrived just in time to catch the train, and started for the States.


Semi-Weekly Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
October 24, 1866

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Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire) (Saint-Hyacinthe-le-Confesseur)

Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire) (Saint-Hyacinthe-le-Confesseur)

Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire) (Saint-Hyacinthe-le-Confesseur)

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