Dr O Finney duel details
THE FINNEY-PRYOR DUEL. How tho Preliminarles Were Ar ransed?Mr. Pryor's Escape. (Special Dispatch to Tho Times.) XKWrO-KT SSTEWS, VA., July 24.?No one received tho news of tho death of Mr. Oswald Finney, of Accomac. with more in? terest than Mr. George Kinnear, of this city. Mr. Kinnear, an old Confedarate sol? dier, was connected. in a rather exclting fashion, with the famous duel fought in 1851 between Dr. Finney and Judgo Roger A. Pryor. He was at that time a mail cie.rk oa tho Richmond and Danville (Rail? way. Judgo Pryor, it will bo remembered, was editor of the Richmond Enquirer. Dr. Finney was a member of the State Senate, and had been very severely critlcised by tha editor. Kinnear. Pryor and Finney wero in tho dinlng-room of the Ballard Exchange. When Finney went out Pryor followed him ar.d knocked his hat off, at thi* same timo springing back and drawlng a revolver. Kinney threw up liis hands, telllng the Judgo he was unarmed. Judge Pryor referred him to second, and the "affair" was arranged tn the bunk-bouse oj tho Richmond and Danville. While Mr. Kinnear was eatlng break fast next morning Dr. Finney was brought into tlie hotel seriously wounded in the hip. When Mr. Kinnear reached his mail coaeh he found Judge Pryor awaiting him. He informed Mr. Kinnear t^iat it was necessary' for him to get out of the city. Mr. Kinnear placed the editor in the mail coach and covered him up with mail bags so well that, though the car was searched for the fugitive, he was not discovered. Reaching Burkeville, Judge Pryor re? ceived a message from a friend telling him that Dr. F.nney would recover and ad vising him to come back to Richmond. The Judgo followed this advlce, fame back to Richmond, and was arrested. Mr. Kinnear tells the story of the af? fair very graphically.