MEMPHIS, NOVEMBER 21.-A passenger on the James W. Gaff, which arrived from St. Louis to-night, tells the following story of a double murder committed Tuesday evening in Lindale, Mo., near Cottonwood Point, on the Mississippi river, 125 miles above Memphis: Two farmers, A. M. Crockett and Dock Nichols, fell out about a hog of the latter trespassing upon the premises of the former.
The men met in the road and renewed the fuss. Crockett proposed to whip Nichols. They agreed to settle the matter that way, and went to work, one armed with a dirk, the other with a three-inch blade pocket knife. The determination of the men to thoroughly carve up each other his antagonist is indicated in the fact that Crockett received eighteen cuts, slashes and stabs, while Nichols received thirteen, one of which cut his tongue out, and another severed his jugular vein, causing instant death. Crockett survived his antagonist a few hours. Both were heads of families, Nichols leaving a wife and eight children.
Your correspondent’s informant states that the fight was witnessed by no one, but the spot of ground on which it occurred bore evidence of perhaps the bloodiest two-handed conflict on record. The few details of the fight known were related by Crockett before he died. Crockett’s character was that of a very fractious man and troublesome neighbor, while that of Nichols was the opposite.
Source: The Atlanta Weekly Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia, Tuesday, November 36, 1879; Pg. 2, Column 6