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That same lawyer and politician who told me how Virginia came to go dry said he remembered a similar situation in government when he was a young man. That a law against dueling had been on the statue books of Virginia for fifty years and yet broken with as much impunity as the prohibition law today, but generally only by men who were politically ambitious. He paid unscrupulous politicians would [illegible] a chance to pick a quarrel with really fine honorable men and such was the public sentiment about defending one's honor that the best of men could not refuse a challenge - so they thought - and the number killed off in the state became alarming so much so that a clause was put in the oath of office throughout the whole state, swearing I have not fought a duel or been a party to fighting a duel etc nor will I etc during term of office;