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Strange Experience Of A Duelist

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The late Alexandrc Grailhe, whose reïnains were brought to thifl city from Europe ia the steamship Nuremburg, had a singular and rather unpleasant 1 ence on the field of honor in bis younger j days. Like all adventurous young Fienchmen, forty years ago, ho eould not uvoid involvment in some of tliose nurnerous personal affidrs which werc then 6o frequent betweeu Frenclnncn and fiery yoTing Creóles. With two very prominent and gallant gentlemen of the latter race Mr. Griülhe becanie e.Dgoged in controversies which leA to meetings on the field of honor. In the first instanee the duel was fouglit with Bwords, and the unfortunate Prencliman was run throngh the liody, and not only suffrred greatly from lm woond, bnt exhibited for two years afterward the effect of the iDJury in a certain inclination of hie body wMoh was not natural, owing to the interpal abr-eess res uiting trom tLe wouud. Some time after he engnged in his second renconter, in which he receivei the bullet of his adversary rigbt throngh his body. Strange to aay, tho ben'ficent missile passed right throngh the former wound, opening the abBoess which thrcatcned the. estimable gentleman" lile; and. by inflietiög a new, severe and painful wound, not only cured him, but had tho effect of straightening nis person to a rigid and exact perpendieularity, so that his carriago appeared even unnaturally stift and hanghty. Quite a similnr experience of the effect of wounds is related by Dr. önthrie in his celebrated work on gunshot wounds, of that distinguished firitish chieftain who reooived his death wonnd on the plains of Chalmette in Míe memorable bíittle on tlie 8th of Jamwry, 1815. We refer to Lieut. Gen. Sir Edward Packenham. In the attack by the British at the close of the last oentury on the French fortifications on the island oï Martinique, Col. Packenhara, who led the etoriniug party, reeeived a musktt-ball, which passed through his neck. He recovered trom the wouuc", but was for some years afterward very raarked by it, bearing his head with a strong inclination to one side of his body. Seven or eight years subsequently Packenham was the second man to ascend the ladders which had been established against the walls of Bada'os, in SpaiD, in the brilliant assault of the Bi-itish on that fortified town, and -was again shot through the neck, the ball entering on the opposite side to that of his old wound, and passed apparently through the same trark. On recoveriug his neck was brouffht into its original crcct and


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