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. Publisher's brown wrappers printed in black; edgeworn and lightly rubbed, large water-stain to front wrapper. Most leaves with water-staining to either top half (earlier leaves) or top corner (later leaves) but not affecting readability, middle leaves with bottom corner turned in. (Inventory #: 40659)