American journalist and social critic of the 1890's. He was often referred to as the "Prairie Voltaire" and quite probably was an influence on H.L. Mencken. He published a monthly called The Iconoclast. A favorite target of his venomous wit were Baptists, which did not go over too well with the local populace since he lived in Waco, Texas at the time. He was killed in an old fashioned gun duel on April 1, 1898 (yes, April Fool's Day), in which his opponent was also killed.