1854 · New York
Ward was tried in the Hardin Circuit Court at Elizabethtown, Ky., April, 1854, for the murder of W.H.G. Butler. McDade explains: "Butler, the principal of Louisville High School, had whipped Matt Ward's younger brother. Matt demanded an apology of Butler, not for the whipping but for calling the boy a liar. The apology not forthcoming, words followed; and Ward, having come prepared for blood, shot Butler. Kentucky justice saw that Ward was promptly acquitted.
McDade, Annals of Murder, 1042; Sabin 70981.. Lacks the original wrappers; light age-toning and some spotting. Clearly removed from a nonce volume. But, very good. (Inventory #: 39213)