A melancholy occurrence happened near Wesley, Tipton county, Tennessee, day before yesterday. Two brothers by the name of Collier and of respectable and wealthy parents. Their ages were respectively twenty and twenty-one years got into a disputed about a pony, when the younger brother stabbed the other and killed him.
The particulars are as follows: The younger brother owned a pony which the elder wished to ride to town. The other brother objected, and as the older brother rode off, hearing the other grumbling and uttering angry sounds, turned in his saddle, and in a mild and joking mood said, “I’ll get me a cowhide, and when I come back I’ll whip you.” He went to town and returned home in a short time. The younger brother, on meeting the older one after his return, asked him, “Did you get the cowhide?” To which the other replied, “No, I did not;” whereupon the younger kicked at him, and , as the elder turned to depart, he having taken no notice of the conduct of his brother, the younger stabbed him in the neck, cutting the large artery therein, and causing death in a few moments.
–Memphis Inq., Aug 29 (Daily National Intelligencer, (Washington, DC) Wednesday, September 10, 1856)