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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No. 1846, Sunday, August 21, 1831.


An affair of honour took place at Gibraltar, while the Britannia was lying there, between an officer of that garrison and a titled military young officer, and we are informed that the seconds on the occasion permitted them to stand at only four paces distant, and even at this close quarter to toss for first fire. Providentially the first pistol missed fire, when the opponent immediately discharged his in the air. The aggressor very handsomely instantly made an apology. Had death ensued at this meeting, all the living parties would, most assuredly, have been hanged.—Hampshire Telegraph.