Bullet Time

A story from The Pioneer, Allahabad, (India,) 31st January, 1913 about a vengeful bullet.

“Twenty years ago, near Honey Grove, in Texas, James Ziegland, a wealthy young farmer won the hand of Metilda Tichnor, but jilted her a few days before the day fixed for the marriage.

The girl, a celebrated beauty, became despondent and killed herself. Her brother, Phil, went to James Ziegland’s home and after denouncing him, fired at him. The bullet grazed the cheek of the faithless lover and buried itself in a tree. Young Tichnor, supposing he had killed the man, put a bullet into his own head, dying instantly. Ziegland, subsequently married a wealthy widow.

All this was, of course 20 years ago.

The other day the farmer James Ziegland and his son cut down the tree in which Tichnor’s bullet had lodged. The tree proved too tough for splitting and so a small charge of dynamite was used. The explosion discharged the long forgotten bullet with great force, it pierced Ziegland’s head and he fell mortally wounded. He explained the existence of the mysterious bullet as he lay on his deathbed.”

The Pioneer, Allahabad, (India,) 31st January, 1913.

 

From the preface for:

INDIAN GHOST STORIES by S. MUKERJI
The 1917 imprint by A.H Wheeler & Co, Allahabad.