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Saloon fight


A TV western saloon fight had nothing on a real one that took place one night in Ennis in 1890. After a fight between a drunk jeweler, J. H. Thompson, and a man only identified as a “Bohemian,” an early pejorative for Czechoslovakians, the owner of the establishment where the quarrel took place, T. M. “Tom” Bradley, “put the party out of the house to preserve order.” Thompson, who had been struck over the head with a bottle by his unnamed assailant, returned the next morning to the saloon where he found Bradley opening his establishment. Believing, in his stupor, that it was Bradley who struck him, Thompson took out his shotgun and aimed it at the saloon keeper. His shot missed Bradley, who was able to return fire with his gun but it jammed and Thompson then unloaded six shots into him.
Amazingly, Bradley survived, and doctors extracted the bullets. Thompson fled but was captured about a mile out of town and taken under guard to Waxahachie where his bond was set at $1,000. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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