W. J. Thaxton’s duel (1905 Union Parish, La.)

From the Paducah (KY) Evening Sun, Sat., 07 Oct 1905:

Fought Duel on Roof

New Orleans La., Oct 7. – As a result of a desperate encounter at Bernice, Union parish, between Dr. D. B. Garland and W J Thaxton town marshal of Bernice, who fought a duel with knives and pistols on the second story of a business building both men sustained wounds which will prove fatal. The duel occurred in the office of Dr. Garland and the men, while in the embrace of each other, rolled out of the doctors office
and over the veranda to a concrete pavement underneath. Thaxton sustained two bullet wounds and six or
eight wounds from a knife. Dr. Garland was stabbed near the heart. The duel it is alleged grew out of a
lawsuit between Garland and Thaxton.

[Note: Both men actually survived.]

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