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Shot Too Heavy, So He Gets $6000
Sportsman Wounded by Companion Is Awarded Decision on French Technicality
On the opening day of the shooting season, a year ago, M. Pradeau inadvertently potted the neighboring gun, M. Masson, in the leg. The latter, as soon as he could hobble into the law courts, sued the inexpert sportsman for $20,000 damages. The case raised several nice points of shooting etiquette. The circumstances of the accident were not disputed.
They were there: M. Masson possessed a dog. M. Pradeau, who was a visitor in the district, did not. So when M. Masson's dog pointed, his polite owner signaled to M. Pradeau to come nearer to have a better shot. M. Pradeau did so but with such precipitation that he forgot to keep the muzzle of his gun pointed to the ground. The gun was discharged, and the full shot entered M. Masson's leg.
M. Pradeau's counsel pleaded divided responsibility. If M. Masson had not called upon M. Pradeau to come nearer, the accident, he urged, would never have happened. Not so, argued M. Signorino, counsel for the claimant, and himself an ardent sportsman. It was not the proximity of the shooters, but the position of the gun, that caused the accident.
Further, the charge which entered the leg of the unfortunate M. Masson was of a caliber much heavier than ordinarily employed by experts shot at the opening of shooting season. Impressed by the technical knowledge displayed by M. Signorino, the tribunal awarded $6,000 to his injured client. —Special Cable to the Call, Paris, 1913
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