I have a local news item from the Belle Plaine News, Belle Plaine, Sumner County, Kansas, USA, 4 February 1882 in which it is stated:
J. P. Martin has laid several young men "in the shade." For further particulars, inquire of Sig Reed, John Darby and M. F. Robinson.
What does "in the shade" mean in this time period? I tried to find out when I first obtained the clipping about ten years ago, but no one seemed to know.
It sounds like a fight, but one man took on three? James Knox Polk Martin's (1854-1917) wife was Jeminia Robinson Martin (1856-1881) and M. F. Robinson was her brother. I don't know who the other two men were.
James did remarry about a week after this appeared in the paper.
While I have many clippings from this paper where trouble makers were often mentioned, he was never one of them. Thanks!