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A Sensible View of the "Code of Honor." John W. Syme, senior proprietor of the Raleigh (N. C.) Register, having challenged W. W. Holden, also of Raleigh, to mortal combat received the following sensible reply: ‘ "I beg leave to say that I do not approve of or practice the code of the duelist. I regard it as barbarous and unchristian. If I wrong a man I will right him and do him justice, if convinced that I have thus wronged him; but if a man wrongs me as you have done in your paper of to-day. I will defend myself and characterize the wrong, and will stand in my place, responsible for such 'satisfaction' as it may be in his power to obtain. I do not fear you or any one else, nor do I, when I know I am right, fear that 'public opinion' which sustains the code of the duelist. Your obedient servant. You are at liberty to publish this letter if you choose." ’ John W. Syme"
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