Chunk Colbert tried to take on the wrong man in Clay Allison.
On January 7, 1874 the two men sat down for a friendly meal at the Clifton House in Colfax County, New Mexico. Chunk nursed a grudge; Allison had beaten up his uncle a few years before. Colbert went for his gun, but caught it on the table. Allison took his time and put a bullet in Chunk’s head. Asked about having a meal with Colbert, Clay said, “I didn’t want to send a man to hell on an empty stomach.”