True stories of old Houston and Houstonians: historical and personal sketches / by S. O. Young. Page: 212
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212 TRUE STORIES OF OLD
what I saw of him wLen I was a boy that he must have been
rather contentious and fond of bickering and argument.
I remember, when a child, hearing of shootings and cuttings at
"The Shades," but I was too young to grasp the details. The
first tragedy that came under my personal observation occurred
about 1858 or 1859. I was coming up Prairie Avenue from the
direction of the bayou. When about Travis Street I saw a small
man struggling out in Main Street with a big fat man. The big
man had the small man grasped from behind and was evidently
trying to prevent him using a six-shooter he held in his hand.
At a window on the second floor of the buliding another man appeared
and poked what looked like a walking cane out of the
window. The movement of the two struggling in the street became
more animated and then the little man turned his pistol
under his arm and shot the big man through the chest. The
big fellow dropped and without turning to look at him, the little
fellow began shooting at the man upstairs.
It was all over in a moment. The little man in the street
was one of the leading business men of Houston, while the man
upstairs with the cane was a fashionable physician. There had
been serious trouble between the two which had resulted in
the merchant ordering the doctor to leave town within 24 hours.
The 24 hours had expired that afternoon and the doctor still
being in town the merchant had gone gunning for him. He
armed himself with a shotgun and sixshooter and finding the
doctor taking a drink in "The Shades," he pulled down on him.
The doctor, whose back was to the door, saw his enemy in the
looking glass and just as the gun was fired he dropped to the
floor and the bartender, who was in front of him, received the
full load in his chest. The doctor jumped to his feet and rushed
for an enclosed stairway leading upstairs. Just as he was disappearing
up the steps the merchant discharged the other barrel
of his shotgunt at him. Only one buckshot took effect and that
passed through the doctor's heel. The merchant then went out
in the street, where he was grabbed by his too zealous friend,
whom he had to shoot in order to have a chance to protect himself
from the doctor, who was armed with a rifled shooting cane.
Two men were seriously wounded and the doctor was only
slightly wounded, yet strange to say both got well, while the doctor
took lockjaw and died a few days later.
The next sensational shooting that took place there was just
before the war. It was between one of the leading physicians
of Houston on one side and a distinguished citizen of Texas, a
veteran of the Mexican war, and his son on the other. Fortunate,
while both father and son were terribly wounded, no one was
killed and all three rose to prominence during the war that soon
There had been a feud of long standing between the doctor
and the captain. Mutual friends had patched this up and no
one was looking for trouble between the two. The captain and
his son came to town that morning and they had not been here
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Young, Samuel Oliver. True stories of old Houston and Houstonians: historical and personal sketches / by S. O. Young., book, 1913; Galveston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24646/m1/212/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .