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In New York, a brawl between two city inspectors turns deadly and one is shot to death

Wall Street, New York City, 1866, engraving
07/30/1865
In New York City, a long-running work dispute between two New York "weighers and guagers," responsible for inspecting standards of freight, turned deadly and resulting in the death of Joseph Van Doren.  James F. Oram had previously worked for the victim and the two were on poor enough terms for them to start fighting on the street.  The smaller Oram drew one of his two pistols and fired two shots, killing Van Doren instantly.  He was arrested but plead self-defense.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"Shocking Tragedy: Fatal Affray between two City Weighers," New York Times, July 31, 1865, p. 2. 

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