Fatal Boxing Bout at Blantyre

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Aberdeen JournalFriday 11 January 1907

Fatal Boxing Bout at Blantyre

Fatal Boxing Bout at BlantyreA young man named James Wallace, aged 22 years, residing with his parents at Aitkenhead’s Buildings, High Blantyre, was arrested on Wednesday on a charge of culpable homicide, the victim being another young man named; Thomas Russell, aged 20 years, residing in lodgings at Forrest Place, High Blantyre.

The police information is that between 8 and 9 o’clock on Tuesday night six young men were standing on the cornor of Forrest Place which in the centre of High Blantyre. The conversation turned upon boxing, and it was agreed that a friendly bout with the gloves should take place between Wallace and Russell. For this purpose they all adjourned to a house in Forrest Place.

Two rounds had been fought and the third had just commenced when, it is alleged, Wallace struck Russell on the side of the head, and the latter fell heavily. When water had been thrown on his face he recovered, but almost immediately became unconscious.

When Dr Donaldson saw him in the morning he recognised that the lad’s condition was grave, and on his examination he found that Russell was suffering from slight concussion of the brain, and that a blood vessel had probably been ruptured.

Russell never regained consciousness, and died on Wednesday. Wallace was interviewed by the Fiscal yesterday, and was afterwards released.

Source: http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

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Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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