SHOT GUNS USED IN DUEL SATURDAY December 6, 1912
Dr. J. L. Smith and S. E. Peeples, Exchange Shots Saturday
Saturday morning about 8 o´clock a regular battle occurred
in Hendrix and Son´s store
between Dr. J. L. Smith and S. E. Peeples. A few words were
passed before the battle
opened, and Peeples drew his gun on Smith, who the latter
rushed across the street and
came back with a double-barrel shotgun, and finding Peeples
had gone upstairs into the
furniture department, started up the stairs in the rear of
the store, (but facing the front.)
Dr. J.R. smith was with him trying to prevent him from going
up stairs, when about four
or five steps up the stairway, two shots rang out from the
front end of the store, one of
them striking J.R. Smith in the back of the head and
shoulders. Dr. J. L. Smith was by
his side and spying Peeples near a front window, quickly
emptied at his gun at his head as
it appeared above a heavy davenport which he used as a
barricade. A second shot was
fired into the back of the davenport did not go through the
back. Then the Smiths left
there, and soon after Peeples escaped with his gun out the
back way and made his way up
the railroad a short distance and flagged a freight train on
which he went to Jackson.
Sheriff Gray went up Saturday with a warrant for his arrest.
He was in a hospital and not
able to be brought back. It is presumed he will be permitted
to escape, and the matter will
drop if he will remain away from Selmer.
Bad blood has existed fro some time on account of domestic
difficulties. Peeples married
the youngest daughter of Dr. Smith, and it is charged has
not treated her as a dutiful
husband should. She, with her two children, have been at her
fathers for some time.
The entire community regrets the occurrence, and trusts it
will end a long suspense. Dr.
J.R. Smith is not seriously wounded and will be out in a few
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Notes: S.E. Peeples is St. Elmo " Elmer" Peeples, the son of
Martin Van Buren Peeples.
The daughter of Dr. Smith, is Mary Ann Smith b. 12/10/1891
Selmer, McNairy County TN
d. 12/05/1985 Pine Bluff, Ar.
Transcribed by Mary Hudson from old newspaper clipping sent