A Shooting Affray

One would think that a literary society meeting would not inspire violence.  One would be wrong.

This summary appeared in the February 9, 1900 Skidmore Standard on page 4:

The question discussed at the literary last Friday night was, “Resolved, That Abraham Lincoln did more good for his country than George Washington.”  The question was decided in favor of the negative.  The speakers on the affirmative were L. A. Wood, Marion Hughes and Miles Cook.  Negative, Millie Phipps, Claude Sewell, and Eugene Gaukel.  An excellent paper was read by Mrs. Claude Sewell, and Millie Phipps.  The question for discussion next Friday night is, “Resolved, That a loving dirty wife is better to live with than a clean scolding wife.”

The following week, the February 16, 1900 Skidmore Standard carried this disturbing report on page 1:

A Shooting Affray.
Two Men Quarrel and a Gun Play Follows.

Liberty neighborhood, southeast of town, has been considerably stirred up since last Friday evening over a shooting affray between Thomas Lindsay and Dwight Hughes, in which Hughes was waylaid by Lindsay who made two attempts to shoot him with a shot gun, but failed because his weapon would not discharge.  Hughes pulled his revolver and fired five shots at his would be assassin, but his aim was bad and no blood was shed.

The two men had been in attendance at a literary society at the Liberty school house and were en route home with some of their neighbors when the quarrel originated.  Lindsay attempted to pick a quarrel with Marion Hughes, but the latter gentleman gave not heed to his taunts.  Dwight Hughes told Lindsay that his uncle Marion wouldn’t quarrel with him; but that he would.  Hot words followed but the parties separated for their respective homes, without coming to blows.

It seems that Lindsay hastened home, secured a shot gun and stationed himself by the roadside to wait for Hughes, who he knew would soon pass by that way.  He was not farther than twenty feet from the young man when he snapped the gun at him and its failure to discharge was all that prevented a cold-blooded murder.  When Hughes began his pistol play, his enemy retreated and kept dodging behind trees and in this way escaped being hit by any of the bullets.

Thomas Lindsay is about 27 years of age; he is the same man who was shot by his brother, not long ago, during a quarrel, near Quitman.

Dwight Hughes is a young man about 20 years old, the son of Fayette Hughes.

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