The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 480
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
a friend for a public position was a major sport in the Republic,
debarment from seeking governmental jobs would have been
calamitous for many individuals. Though Francis R. Lubbock,
who was in the thick of politics and later became governor,
admitted that "a challenge from a proper party could not be
safely declined," he testified that the law effectually broke
up the practice of dueling. None of the leaders in the Repub-
lic's political or military life took part in duels after the
passage of the law. Like "Fighting Bob" Acres in Sheridan's
play The Rivals, they doubtless bore their disappointments "like
While formal dueling thus began to fade into the obscurity
of old-timers' yarns and scanty records before Texas "united"
with the United States, the State retained its reputation as a
region of fighting and violence. In 1853 Olmsted found that
the number of male inhabitants in the state was approximately
the same as the number of Colt revolvers. The development of
the six-shooter rendered fisticuff and bowie knife fighting less
common in favor of a more deadly form of personal combat.
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