Dan Slavin was accidentally shot by "Mitch" Lawrence last night The wound is in the calf of Slavin's left leg and is not serious. The young men-- Slavin a brakeman and Lawrence a painter-- were drinking in Effinger's saloon on Georgetown street in company with half a dozen friends.
Slavin ordered Effinger to prepare some oysters. Effinger told him to put his "turkey on the board" first. Slavin produced a revolver with the remark tha the "gun" was as good as the "turkey" when it came to fetching oysters and added that if the bivalves were not forthcoming there would be a few minutes "rough house."
Lawrence, believing that Slavin was just about in condition to take a shot at his own likeness in the barroom mirror, took the pistol out of his hand. Slavin tried to recover the weapon and in the scuffle for its possession it was discharged.
Slavin was taken home, while Lawrence procured the services of Drs. Taylor and Bannister for his wounded friend. Later Lawrence was arrested by Officers Grace and Grant on a charge of shooting and wounding. He gave bail for his appearance in court.
Lexington (Kentucky) Morning Herald, January 24, 1899.