An artifact of Mark Twain's 'Duel that Never Was'

December 23, 2014 8:50 PM

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The story of Samuel Langhorne Clemens' hasty departure from Virginia City in the spring of 1864 has been stretched and massaged for much of the 150 years since it happened.

The legend has it that Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, had to light a shuck off the Comstock or face prosecution for violating the Nevada territory's law against dueling after he challenged rival editor James Laird to a duel.

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