DAILY STATESMAN – BOISE, IDAHO
OVER A DEED
Men Empty Six-Shooters at Each Other
GREEN BADLY WOUNDED
Ailshie, the Other Participant, Comes Out Unscratched – Story of the
Grangeville special to the Lewiston Tribune gives the following account
of a duel with six-shooters at Grangeville in which J.F. Ailshie, well
known in Boise, participated:
entire town was thrown into a furor of excitement at 2 o’clock today
as the result of a shooting scrape between A.D. Green and J.F. Ailshie,
two well-known citizens of Camas prairie.
Each had a revolver and the chambers of both weapons were empty
when the shooting ceased. Green
was hit five times. Alshie
passed through the affair without a scratch.
How both men escaped instant death is remarkable.
shot penetrated Green’s side, breaking a rib, another passed through
his right thigh and another through his right shoulder.
The other two are flesh wounds.
While suffering intensely, and while either of three of his
wounds could prove fatal, he has strong chances of recovery.
men appeared to have been close friends in the past, and were apparently
on the most friendly terms. Green
has lived on Camas prairie for about 15 years.
He was deputy under Ezra Baird of Lewiston when the latter was
United States marshal for Idaho and has an acquaintance extending all
over the northern section of the state.
He is familiarly known as “Duff” Green.
Ailshie has resided at Grangeville for several years and is a
prominent member of the legal bar of the county.
W.A. Hall makes the following statement of the affair on behalf of Mr.
entered Ailshie’s office at a time when everyone else had gone out,
locked the front door behind him, drew and cocked his revolver – a
Colt 45 – pointed it at Ailshie and told him to return a certain deed
within 30 seconds or he would kill him.
Ailshie replied that the deed had been destroyed by order of Miss
Aileen Green, his daughter, and therefore could not be returned.
the expiration of 30 seconds Green pulled the trigger, but the cap did
not explode. While Green
was working with the weapon to get it fixed Ailshie opened a drawer in
his desk and got out a Smith & Wesson, with which he shot Green four
times, all taking effect and making five wounds.
Green’s pistol was ready again and he fired three times, but each shot
missed. Ailshie’s weapon
was now empty and he ran into the adjoining room, pulling the door to a
holding it fast but removing his body away from the door.
Green then fired two shots through the door close to the lock
where he supposed Ailshie’s body would be, and the latter’s
forethought again saved him.
revolvers were now empty and the duel was over, Ailshie having fired
four shots, all effective, and Green six, all wild.
It was for awhile thought Green had been shot to death, but late
tonight Dr. Bibby states he will probably recover if inflammation does
not set in. The fourth shot
passed through the fleshy part of the stomach and afterward broke the
wrist, which was the fifth wound.
warrant has been issued against Ailshie charging him with assault with
intent to commit murder, but he has been released on his own
recognizance. The wounded
man’s daughter, Miss Green, who is assistant postmaster here, states
that the deed which caused the trouble was hers and she had instructed
Ailshie to destroy it. The deed as far as can be learned, was for some property in
Cottonwood, the former home of the Greens.