--The Louisiana Herald
, published at Winnsboro, Franklin Parish
, gives the annexed account of the tragical death of two citizens of that Parish on the 10th inst.
It seems there has been a misunderstanding existing between the parties, E. J. Pierce
and M. P. Daily
, for more than a year.
Occasionally this feeling of animosity was aroused by some new cause of provocation.
Last Saturday, while the Home Guard was on parade in Bœuf prairie, Mr. Pierce
demanded of Mr. Daily
an explanation of a note written to him by Daily.
being armed with a double-barreled shot-gun; Mr. Daily
thought it unsafe to enter into an explanation without being similarly armed; he therefore procured a gun, and the parties started to the woods.-- Mr. Pierce
being ten or twelve feet before, turned and fired, but fortunately for Daily, the entire charge was lodged in a tree by the side of which he was standing.
D. then leveled his gun at Pierce
, but it missed fire, whereupon Mr. Pierce
fired the second barrel, lodging the contents in the side of his antagonist, inflicting a mortal wound.
While in the act of falling the (Daily) fired, killing Mr. Pierce
Thus the two combatants lay on the ground within ten feet of each other, one dead and the other suffering the most excruciating pain, resulting in lock-jaw, killing him in a short time.
We should add that these two young gentlemen were close neighbors and kinsmen, and each leaves a wife and children.