William Peden met a suspicious man on his way home. Peden grew suspicious and moved from the sidewalk into the street. The other man drew a "bar of iron from his overcoat" and, just as he was to strike, Peden slipped on some ice and fell to the ground, thereby avoiding the blow. Peden was then able to draw his gun and the would-be robber quickly retreated. Source: St Louis Republic 3 February 1905


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