An UNFORTUNATE AFFRAY occurred in Clarke county (MO.
THIS UNFORTUNATE AFFRAY caused considerable excitement in the neighbourhood, as both the parties were men with large families depending upon them and stood well in the community.
Gang conflicts provided a systematic means for young men to prove themselves against their peers, and affrays were invested with great significance by the participants.
Moreover, scuttling affrays were characterised by the widespread use of weapons.
It is important to stress that participation in scuttling affrays was not universal among young working-class males, even in those areas where the gangs were strongest.
In order to develop a more detailed analysis of scuttling affrays in relation to masculine notions of honour and reputation, I now propose to examine a series of cases involving John Joseph Hillyar, a leading Salford scuttler during the 1890s.
The vast majority of affrays reported by the local press, however, took the form of full "scuttles".