Desperate Fight for A Cigarette

June 12, 1909


A near fatal brawl between two men for possession of a cigarette is instigated by an argument over who should smoke it.


Chicago, June 9. – Two men fought with meat cleavers for the possession of a cigarette, and Gustavus Vlockas, twenty seven year old, is in a hospital with several cuts in the head, and John Arahontis, twenty-six year old, is under arrest. Vlockas has one cigarette, and in a dispute over which one should smoke it Arahontis seized a meat cleaver and started after Vlockas. The owner of the cigarette seized a similar weapon. When the police arrived Arahontis was taking the cigarette out of the prostrate Vlockas’ pocket, but the cigarette was found to be crushed beyond usefulness.
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Alan Banuchi


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