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Duty Of Challengee And Second After Challenge Sent.
1. The challengee has no option when negotiation has ceased, ...

Arms, And Manner Of Loading And Presenting Them.
1. The arms used should be smooth-bore pistols, not exceeding...

Duty Of Principals And Seconds On The Ground.
1. The principals are to be respectful in meeting, and neithe...

The Party Receiving A Note Before Challenge.
1. When a note is presented to you by an equal, receive it, a...

Second's Duty Before Challenge Sent.
1. Whenever you are applied to by a friend to act as his seco...

Duty Of Challenger And His Second Before Fighting.
1. After all efforts for a reconciliation are over, the party...

The Degrees Of Insult, And How Compromised
1. The prevailing rule is, that words used in retort, althoug...

Appendix
Since the above Code was in press, a friend has favored me wi...

Who Should Be On The Ground.
1. The principals, seconds, one surgeon and one assistant sur...

The Person Insulted, Before Challenge Sent
1. Whenever you believe that you are insulted, if the insult ...



Duty of Challenger and His Second Before Fighting.








1. After all efforts for a reconciliation are over, the party aggrieved sends a challenge to his adversary, which is delivered to his second.

2. Upon the acceptance of the challenge, the seconds make the necessary arrangements for the meeting, in which each party is entitled to a perfect equality. The old notion that the party challenged, was authorized to name the time, place, distance and weapon, has been long since exploded; nor would a man of chivalric honor use such a right, if he possessed it. The time must e as soon as practicable, the place such as had ordinarily been used where the parties are, the distance usual, and the weapons that which is most generally used, which, in this State, is the pistol.

3. If the challengee insist upon what is not usual in time, place, distance and weapon, do not yield the point, and tender in writing what is usual in each, and if he refuses to give satisfaction, then your friend may post him.

4. If your friend be determined to fight and not post, you have the right to withdraw. But if you continue to act, and have the right to tender a still more deadly distance and weapon, and he must accept.

5. The usual distance is from ten to twenty paces, as may be agreed on; and the seconds in measuring the ground, usually step three feet.

6. After all the arrangements are made, the seconds determine the giving of the word and position, by lot; and he who gains has the choice of the one or the other, selects whether it be the word or the position, but he cannot have both.





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