Dering answered that he had had to shoot or be killed. The man who had gone into the river had all but put a knife in him.
Medium: Graphite and ink on illustration board
Dimensions: sheet: 11 9/16 × 16 3/8 in. (29.4 × 41.6 cm)
Illustration Citation: "Natchez," by Joseph Hergesheimer, in The Saturday Evening Post, May 21, 1927
Credit Line: Gift of Frederic R. Gruger, Jr., 1982
About: The rakish character smoking in the foreground is informing a Natchez gambling contact that he has tired of his underworld activities and plans to go straight. Frederic Gruger was one of the most prolific and expert artists in black and white media, which he mastered early in his career as a newspaper illustrator.
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