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That same lawyer and politician who told me how Virginia came to go dry sai dhe rememberd a similar situation in government when he was a young man. That a law against dueling had bene on teh 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 adn 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 nubme killed off in the state begcame alarming so much so that a clause was put in teh 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;