New York Times, "Fatal Duel at New Orleans," February 3, 1857

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    “Fatal Duel at New-Orleans,” New York Times, February 3, 1857, p. 2: 6.
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    New Orleans (LA) Picayune
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    Fatal Duel at New Orleans
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    Meghan Allen, Dickinson College
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    Fatal Duel at New-Orleans.

    We copy the following from the Picayune of the 20th instant:

    “Yesterday a so-called affair of honor came off on the Metairie Ridge, near the race-course, in which one of the parties was instantly killed. The facts of the case, so far as we have learned, are as follows: The challenger was Mr. GEORGE W. WHITE, a bookkeeper in a large hardware establishment, and his antagonist (who was killed) was Mr. PAKENHAM LE BLANC, a Deputy-Sheriff, who attended to the Supreme Court. We last saw Mr. LE BLANC when he was engaged in reading the death-warrant of KENNEDY on Friday last. On the evening of the same day, as we learn, he went to a Society Ball at Masonic Hall, on St. Charles street, and found some difficultly in obtaining admission for a lady who accompanied him. This caused him to retire in anger, and when subsequently he met Mr. WHITE, who was one of the acting managers of the ball, he deliberately spat in his face. Mr. WHITE then challenged him, and, the challenge being accepted, the parties met at 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon, to settle their difficultly with double-barreled guns, at fifteen paces.

    At the given signal Mr. WHITE fired, and his antagonist was shot through the heart, but his finger was on the trigger, and in falling he discharged his piece, though without doing any execution. His body was then carried to his residence on Bourbon-street, and an inquest will be held on it this morning. What became of Mr. WHITE after the fatal issue we have not learned.”

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