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Tho ‘ Temps ’ correspondent telegraphed from Perpignan the story of a strange duel which took place lately in the neutral waters of the harbor'of Vnlontn, in Spain. Since tho opening of hostilities a German steamer ana a Belgian steamer have been lying side by side in the port. A day or two ago the Belgian captain received a letter from his soldier brother in Belgium telling of tho German atrocities there. The wife and two little daughters of the Belgian captain had been among the victims. The Belgian’s anger, which had already been aroused by the daily insults of the German crew.'was raised to fever heat. Ho sent n challenge to mortal combat to the member of the German crew whose attitude had been tho most provocative. The challenge was accepted, and the German sailor dived from the side of the vessel with a knife between his teeth. The Belgian captain followed his example, and the two men met halfway between tho steamers. But the incident had been seen from the shore, ami a boat manned by several Customs’ officers immediately put out and separated the two duellists, though not before both had been severely wounded. An enormous crowd had followed the incidents of this aquatic duel from the quays. Tho port authorities have seen to it'that the two vessels are now moored at a safe distance one from the other.

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A STRANGE DUEL., Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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A STRANGE DUEL. Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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