No. 423
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
April 23, 2019

A Duel on Horseback.

Two rivals for the affections for an Arkansas belle fight a desperate battle with knives and are hor
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A Duel on Horseback.

Duel on Horseback Two rivals for the affections for an Arkansas belle fight a desperate battle with knives and are horribly mangled, near Bear Creek.[more]

Two young men, cousins, named Austin Guthrie and Franklin Meyers, near Black Creek, Ark., rivals for affections of a young girl, quarreled and proceed to blows. Both were on horseback, and drawing their knives they commenced a contest which lasted several minutes, both receiving a contest which lasted several minutes, both receiving fatal wounds. Meyers’ arm was almost severed from the body and he was horribly cut about the face and breast. Guthrie was fearfully wounded in the head and body. Both fainted and fell from their horses. They were found unconscious in a pool of blood by the roadside.


Reprinted from National Police Gazette, October 27, 1883.