1909: Duelling with wax bullets

‘Friday February 26th. Wax bullets were used last night in a duel at the New York Athletic Club.‘


‘The combatants Eugene Pitou and Dr. Edward Fowler, standing 60 feet apart, each were hit just below the shoulder, but neither, of course, was injured, although the marks of the little pellets were plainly visible on the gowns specially worn for the contest.’

‘The bullets which are the first importations to this country from France, were fired from the regulation French duelling pistol of .44 calibre. Considerable interest was taken in the novel spectacle, and the new sport promises to be popular.’

- The Morning Astorian, February 27th, 1909

All images and newspaper text: Bain Collection, Library of Congress