Saturday, April 29, 2006

The Last Duel

The loser of Newfoundland's last legal duel haunts St. John's.

In 1827, a young military officer entered the officer's quarters near St. John's, Newfoundland. He was surprised to see one of his detachment sitting at the kitchen table, a loaded pistol in his hand, and a bullet hole in his head. Then the victim disappeared into thin air. Newfoundland has many famous ghost stories, but probably the most interesting is that of the Last Duel. It made history, as being the last legal duel to be fought in Newfoundland. However this final duel may not have ended; it may still be fought on some dark nights in St. John's. Although this duel was fought over one hundred and fifty years ago, and the winner has long been forgotten, yet the loser has lived on, in the legends of St. John's, Newfoundland.

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