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[Huston Brothers' Quarrel Produces Near Fatal Result]

"An Unfortunate Affair"
The Troy Herald (Troy, Lincoln Co., MO) 25 June 1873.

On Wednesday last a quarrel arose between two brothers which came near producing a fatal result. Early that morning, Perry and James, sons of James HUSTON, who lives on the Millwood road about six miles from this place, aged respectively sixteen and eighteen years, went out to the field to plant tobacco. A dispute soon arose as to the proper method of setting out the plants; this was carried to such a height that Perry struck James with a small stick. The latter returned the blow with a short, thick club, striking Perry on the left side just under the short ribs, and causing much injury to the spleen, liver, and stomach. Alarming symptoms made their appearance, such as swelling and intense pain in the region of the injured organs, obstinate vomiting, sinking pulse, and the like. Dr. Hutt was called in, who pronounced the case an extremely critical one. On Saturday an improvement took place and at this writing, the patient is considered out of danger if peritonitis does not intervene. James, on seeing the result of what he had done, was overwhelmed with grief, and until his brother became better, suffered the most intense mental agony. This affair was the more unfortunate as the brothers bear the highest reputation for morality, Industry, and parental respect.

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