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A Duel With Potatoes.

(" Leeds Mercury.") In County Carlow, Ireland, an aggrieved member of a certain congregation, declining to accept his'parson's assurance that he was nob one of tho set of miserable sinners rather, pointedly referred to m the Sunday sermon, challenged his vicar to personal, combat, and offered him his choice of weapons. The challenge was j accepted, the clergyman, declining, however, to use .such secular arms as swords or pistols, but expressing his willingness to try a novel kind of ammunition—i.e., raw potatoes—to be used as. missiles, the bigger the better. Tin-morning on which the novel duel commenced was as raw as the potatoes, which lay m heaps by the side of each combatant. The potatoes were to be thrown alternately. The challenger commenced and missed. The clergyman, aiming calmly and scientifically, raised with his first shot a bump upon his opponent's forehead almost as-large as the missile which Caused it. The layman promptly losb his temper, and aimed wildly and recklessly, hitting the second and missing the vicar with great regularity. The vicar, feeling that he could aftord to be magnanimous, put down his potatoe, advanced to his aggrieved parishioner, held out his hand, and said, "C«me, Mr OR., I think we're a couple of idiots. Let us shake hands and be friends, and utilize these vegetables for a more peaceful purpose at dinner tonight." , ;■

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2516, 12 September 1890

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A Duel With Potatoes. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2516, 12 September 1890