My book Bowie Knife Fights, Fighters, and Fighting Techniques is available from Paladin Press. This blog contains additional information about the bowie knife, as well as the fighting knives of other nations.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Chewing Tobacco Saves Stabbing Victim

News note from 1857:
The Free Democrat says: Thomas Webb was passing the evening in the company of a widow and two daughters in Leopold, Indiana, recently when a Dr. Christian, impelled by jealousy, rushed into the room and stabbed the unoffending man with a bowie knife. A substance, wrapped in a paper in a vest pocket, prevented the knife from doing its deadly work, and unromantic as it is, it must be said this 'substance' was a plug of tobacco.

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