Desperate Duel To Death.

The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
June 10, 1897 Page 7:
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Desperate Duel To Death.

Wounded Man Fired at His Adversary While Dying.

Chickamauga, Ga., May 29. – A sensational duel to the death occurred at Chickamauga about 7:30 o’clock this morning. The participants were L. J. Barber, chief car inspector for the Chattanooga, Roma & Columbus railway, and Frank Osborn, a prominent farmer. Osborn was instantly killed.

A family feud of five years’ standing has existed between the Osborns and Barbers. Several days ago Osborn circulated a slanderous report concerning the wife of Barber.

This morning Barber was at the store of Bonti Brothers, making a purchase, when Osborn walked in. Approaching Barber, he began cursing him, whereupon Barber replied, calling the former a liar.

Osborn advance toward Barber, at the same time drawing a pistol, but before he could use the weapon Barber fired. Osborn fell to the ground, mortally wounded, but, raising himself up, fired at Barber, missing his mark. He sank to the floor a corpse.

Barber continued shooting, placing five bullets in the body of Osborn. Barber gave himself up to the Sheriff. Osborn has a large following and more bloodshed is expected. Osborn leaves a wife and six children.


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