1911 Epee Duel – France: Pierre Mortier vs Gustave Tery

A duel in November 1911 for Madame Curie’s honor. Pierre Mortier was a writer for “Gil Blas” and Gustave Tery wrote for “L’Oeuvre.” Tery had written a ‘smear’ campaign on Madame Marie Curie (stating she was “une Polonaise ambitieuse qui s’était, pour la gloire, accrochée aux basques de Curie et s’agrippait maintenant à celles de Langevin.”) and Curie’s friend, Mortier, challenged him to defend her honor.

Gustave Tery had previously fought a duel in 1909 and was wounded by Laurent Tailhade.  That experience seems to pay off as Tery wounds Mortier in the arm.

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