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1 WHOLE NO. 10,458.
r I Additional Details of the
j Terrible Event of
[J Friday Night
I f - Incidents Connected with tho
; Sad Affair.
Developments Showing the Assassination
to Have Been a Deep Laid and DeMberately
Planned Conspiracy.
) Mournful Appearanoe of the
National Capital.
a Nearly Every Building Draped
in Ddourning.
Tike Services in the Churches I
M. CAIt l U'njr . B
Official Acoount of His Inauguration.
Secretary Seward Out
of* T)an<rAr
Hopes of the Recovery of
Frederick Seward,
Ac., &c., &c.
Tk? Ooadltlon of Mr. Secretary leward
and Mr. Fredcrlclt Reward.
81 WARD.
Wariiinuton, April 10, 1H06.
(Mn?I B. 8. SAvronn:?
Obr.le to m well thl* morning w the circumstances will
permit He retain* hm mental vigor and resolution. The
nrgeon flpeaka very favorably.
Poor Prod, la still utterly unconscious. He hai not
p 'wd bin eyea MM twelve o'tlov.k Friday night I
The Major (Augustus leeward) will get along nit ?'ly K]
W?auivr.ToN, April 10?13 M. Ej
Wie Burgeon <iunnral has just returned from the Hee-1
rotary of Htato, and report* tlml Mr Sewnrd t..s not been M
ao well at any time "tnro be wax thrown out of the cur H
?<*? um he i? to-day. K
U li? thought that Frederick Seward Is somewhat bet R
ter, although Burgeon* are unwilling to promiso anyl
Killrfl nf PMViVflrV H? l?ua hAim tin tm* rnat<.M<l I .
eunaciouaneaa a* to reognUe thoMC about him; but it liH
not dwlreblc to r store conactouxnoM entirely with too II
much rapidity, for four of producing rongeatljn. k'l
(Another despatch from Mr. Clarence Seward, reoalved H
In this city yeaterday afternoon, standi that the coudltiou fl
ef Secretary Nev::irU had Improved *lnce morning, ami U
hope* were entertained or his recovery.? Er> Hkiulo] II
Vl MR r April 18, 1805 I
Till* Im* been a aolemn ami mournful day In Waalung 9
ton The utreetii have been quiet. It t* true that a nuin-H
twr of people, with *ad and dejected countenance*, have I
been wandering about the ?treet.s looking at th* building*!
where the tragi* deud wa* committed , but their step ?ul
that of the funeral tram. Slowly and *adly they trod I
the (lavement. All xigna of excitement ha* disappeared. I
The *ky was clear, the day ovirhead wax bright and cheerful,
fiirnltlilng a great contrail with the -ad countenance*
of the people. Yesterday a calm and drilling rain came
apon u* with the owning of day, a* if Heaven was weep
trig on er the desperate deed* of the axsaiwln. It looked
aa if uature had Joined with the mourning of the nation.
But to-day nature ha* put on a cheerful faoe.
The park* In frout of tha White House and fecr?
tary Seward a reaidence wcra dreaaed In brilliant green,
the foliage being Jit ft far enough advanced to
prevent a cheerful and gay appearance Hul what a con
traet with (he Radium which reign* within the ?bove
dwellings I Sentinel* are Rationed at the gatea of the
walk* and driven leading from l'ennaylvanla avenue to
the White Houxe; and no person, except upon official
teudne**, or thoee who have been sent to condole Willi
ih? Iwr. At'i (t familm n# tk* !- - r*%. 1-0 %* . _? * * _
? '>WHJ "1 HH WW Vlllt'l NV
allowed to deeecrato the apot or dlRtarb the aolomuttjr of
Ute place even by 'he *onud of a footatep.
Ouurd* arc xtationed In fronl of Mr. Howard'* rwldenre
and no jx r?on in permitted to inim on the pavement or In
njr way dintnrb the fepoee of the afflicted within A
wai? nful and careful Internet In manifested ereryw hero.
la tho church* i were well attended. Many who are
Mldom aeen within the place* of ?or?hlp were th?r?
*?> day; and Uiom who are regular atteudantt at churches
on Monday wire more punctual than iinual The service*
verywbere were Intonating and solemn. In many
plar r men, women and children, old and )oun|, wept aa
m they ne\er wept before
ixfkovihiknt ik mw. fltward.
S?' rotary Seward -howed thlf morning marked Mgn* of
knproi ement. He ron?er*ed frerly. Thurlow Weed
?|h ni nearly an hour at lit* bed?l<le talking with him I
At Mr. Heward'a rei|ii??t the aeirmnt# of the tragx aflalrl
tn the morning paper* were read to him H
*iib attkmpthi assassination havim? hih ltn.1
AIM it < ll V ' tl I'cI< , I Input QllMlil Kftrlie* *atii)3
tful Hit ll i roiaty ?na better than he had M n aluc Ihk B
laJU frvin L? sail.age It *bk<uw? luai tbe l>ke?liLg of I
hit wounds was bcneflclal to htm. The blood hod beruQ
gathering about Lm I moc, and the day that he was stabbed R
the physiciaas had commenced considering the question of B
lancing hi* eheok to relieve him. Tk* ommmms per/ormedK
Ml work far them *y tutting go.(Ao tn tack ckttk, and (A?n
frttpmU mrt m kt wtu mm rmotr. p
tub wounm or majoh wwikd, |
There has boon considerable mlenadenitandiug m IoD
what other members of tho family wore wounded
Miyor Augustus toward, tho oldest son, la a pay mauler in
tho army. Bo was out la several places, but not dangerously.
This la the sob who has boon la some of tho
despatches caMsd William H., Jr.. and Clarence. Clareuu*
A Howard la a nephew of tho decretory, and was in Now
York when (ho awfal tragedy took place. Frederick W.
80ward is tho second son, and the Assistant Secretary of
State. Bo mot the assassin at the door, and was then
tolled to the floor by Mows administered with a navy
pistol, with such force asAo break tbe pistol and separate H
tho chambers from tho barrel. Frederick disposed of,
tho dastard went into the room and attacked the Secretary.
The male attendants and soldier names were the
only other persons tqfurod.
Frederick Seward was this morning in a uritieal condition
| but he was qalstly sleeping, laying like a child
In r?|iose, unconscious of what was going on around him.
His oontinaing In that state was one of the most hopeful
symptoms of his case. Perfect quiet Is essential for his
recovery; it is necessary In order to give hla system time
to raHy.
Scores of people were seen all day looking at the house
whore the President breathed his last. Artists were
there sketching It and tbe theatre opposite. The house
is a plain three story brick building. The front entrance
is reuohod by winding steps, fifteen or twenty in number,
so characteristic of this locality, bnt u style almost
unknown to New York. There Is nothing about the
bulldiug to make it attractive.
Tho room in which Mr. Lincoln was laid when taken
into tho dwalliiur 111 In th? nai> rxt iKn ?.1 - H
the en?l of the main ball, from which riseR a stairwny I
The wallH were covered with a brownish paper, I
figured with white. It ift quite small?not over ten feet B
in width and fifteen fee', in length. Two or three en I
graving!) and a photograph hung upon the walls I
The ongravingH were copied of the "Village I
Blacksmith" and Herring's "Stable and Barnyard B
Sceneri." The photograph wan one taken from B
an engraved copy of Rosa Bonheur's "Horse Q
Fair." The only furniture in the room wua aB
'bureau covered with crochet, a table, eight or nine plain fl
chairs, and the bed upon which Mr. Lincoln lay when B
hiH Fpirit took Itx (light. The bedstead wax a low walnut, Hj
with headboard from two to three feet high. The floor H
wax carpeted with Brussels, considerably worn. Every- M
thing on the bod wax stained with the blood ofB
the Chief Magistrate of the naiiou. It wax in this kg
quiet but humble plaoe that the Reparation of tho soul M
and body took pluce. It wax hern that the spirit took Its
departure and left the earthly casket stiir, cold and mo B
tionlesx It was here that the honored and beloved K
leader?the Moses who hax conducted uk through the
wilderness of fratricidal war, like Moxen of old, after
being permitted to view from alar the promised heritage
of his people?perished ere they had entered upon its
The Interior of the White House to day presented a
scene of overwhelming sadness. An air of desolation
pervaded the whole building. The officers and domestics
of the household moved about with noiseless tread,
as if fearful to disturb the last sleep of the great good
heart which was stilled forever, or to arouse the grief of
the mourners who were sobbing over their irreparable
The body of the late Chief Magistrate of the nation
was temporarily laid out in one of the upper rooms of
the house, known as the guests' room, in the northwest
corner of the building. No change has been made in
the arrangement of the furniture. In the middle of tbe
room wfre two undertaker's stools, covered with black
velvet, upon which rested tbe cloth covered cooling
board on which were placed all th*t remains here of
him who, having conducted the nation through a
period nf adversity unparalleled in the history of tbe
world, was about (a win the glorious title of the great
pacWloator. The body was drwwd in the suit of plain
black worn by him on tbe occasion of his last Inaugura
tlon. I'pon his pillow and over the breast of tbe corpsc
w*re scattered white flowers and green leaves, offerings I
of affection Tho features are nati.ral. A placid smile
In upon the lips. The eye* and upper part of the cheeks I
re still discolored by the effects of the cruel shot which I
caused his death. The face, however, Is uatural, and the I
broad brow and firm jaw remain as In the portraits of I
the late President, so familiar to the people. It wa* I
proposed to remove the discolorat ion from tho face by I
chemical proccf, but the Secretary of War inxlsted I
that that ??' a |>art of the history of theM
event, and it should be allowed to remain I
a* an evidence to the thousand? who would H
view the body when it shall l>e laid in ^tate. of^he death I
which tliin mart> r to his Ideas of Justice and right bad H
suffered. Tbe body wan covered with a white cloth, and I
over the icatures was thrown a flue cambric handker B
chief. A guard of honor hin been present In this chain
Ikt of death ever sin e tlio body was thus laid out. fti
( encrals Augur Hasklns and llowe, each attended by I
subaltern oflkcers, litre been alternately the watchers l9
butdde the groat dead. Pr
Tim t'ATAFALyrK, ll
upon wnicn ine ixxiy or Mr. Muenln Ik to dc laid in State,
is l>eilig erected lii the Kaet Il<>oin of the White House. B
under the direction of John Alexander, Kwj , the ti|> H
holsterer of the White House. It I* to be placed acron*
the breadth of the room, oaM and wnt, oppoMile the door
leading froin the reception room* The floor of the
cati{falquf, upon which lite coffin will lie plan-d,
ic alxt'il four feet above the level of tho floor. It
will lie approached on either xlde hy one step. Above
there in a canopy fluted Inside with white silk. The
whole tahl/aqut otherwise will be covered with black
alpaca, with a funeral pull of black velvet. The mirrors
will be covered with black ?l|wa, w ith centre* of whito
crape, and the cornice* also rovsred with black.
ban boen 4e>-lgnod hy Mr X. M. Clark, Architect of the
Treasury. It will bo a inai-mflcent affair, fourteen foct In I
length. The bed of the cat will be eight feet from theH
ground, dniped with Mack cloth and velvet festoonedI
with white The whole will be nia*?ivo In appearance. I
tub rCNKKAl<.
It Ik understood that the fiineral of President Lincoln I
will takepla>o 011 Wednesday nc*t. Rev I)r. Onrley, I
of the New York avenue I'rosbyterian church, where the I
IVsldsnt and hi* family haare been accuxUimed to wot-i
hip, will doubtleHN be the officiating clergymen T'"'||
remain* will be temporarily deposited in tl?o vault of the
Congressional com-tory, and hereafter taken to Mr. Mn
ocln's home at Springfield, III.
President John-<>n and Cabinet, at the meeting to
day, entriitcd to Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
Harrington the general arrangement of the programme
for the funeral of the lata Presides!. Major French, tho
Commissioner of Public Buildings, will attend to the
carrying out of so much of It a* directly appertain* to
tho corpse, and M^)or tW^eral Augnr, In charge of the
defence - of Washington, will be In charge of the military
part of the procession. Assistant Secretary Harrington
ha* been In oonaultttlon to night relative to the arrange
menu'with Governor Ogle*hy, Senator Yatee and ex
Represenlative Arnold, of Illinois, and General* Grant,
Italic, k and Augur, and Colonel Nu holi and Admiral*
Farragut and Sbubrlck.
The fonernl ceremonle* of the late President will take
plac? od Wednesday. The time for the remain* to leave
the city, a* well as the route by which they will be taken
to Bpungfleld, I* as yet undetermined.
The proeesslon will form at sieve? o'clock, and the religious
service* will commence at noon, at whkb hour,
throughout the whole land, the various religious societies I
have been requested to assemble In their respective place*I
,.f ...... tv- -?.?i.. _m .1 H
P M DoUlIt will he mail* known u noon w perfwtM. I
Tlw An.\ng 8?<-r?uc* of 8hu? ban i?fiie<l the following!
il"lr??i ? M
pFTJRTMKin o? *?T?r? J Q
W*??!ii??ro?r, A|>nl 17, 1IW6 j Q
T?i Tn? Fnti.1 o? n?? I>trio P
111* uBdi're unml ik riin-cUt) U *iiiii<uu?a llul U.utC
! fnuerul cm-> monka of the lamented (h?el Ma? ulralc wMI ft
lake pUce at lite Kxucutive Mum-Ion in thin city at twelve B
jo'clock, noon, on Wednesday, ttie 19th luetiuil Ttio J
Ivurous religious 4NMBMMUMM thioughoot tbe country
re luvttud to meet in their restjecllve pluces of worship H
at that hour for the purposo of soli iniuz tig the o^asion H
with appropriate ceremonies. W
W HUNTKit, Acting Secretnry of State I
As yet few visitor*, and only those who are known lonj
sympathise deeply la the faintly affliction, have been ad-1
mitted to ttte mansion. In this hour of Vr affliction B
lira. Lincoln has been attended only by Oeueral J B11 |
Todd and her two ku, Robert arid little Tad, until to-1
(toy. Mrs Secretary Welles has been with her all day H
Mm Lincoln has refused to receive any vis'ts of condolence,
Mkd has consented to nee only Secretary 8tanton,
of the Cabinet, who hud an Interview with her thle afternoon
to aHccrtam her wishes in regard to tbe funeral
ceremonies. H<t Bister, Mr*. Grimfley, who has been
mm h with her, is expected to arrive here ou Tuesday
next. Mrs. Uncoln has been much prostrated by this
deep aud mournful tragedy, which, in the moment of his
greatest triumph, has bereft her of him Whose gfeatness
and goodness was hor great pride. Sho has, however,
borne the blow with heroic flrmnstw, and while trying to
comfort her son* for their great loss, has, vnder the
ministrations of Dr. R. K Htono, the family physician,
been enabled to bear the sad btow that has befallen her
Yesterday Surgeon General Barnes, Dr. Stone, the late
President's family physician; Drs. Crane, Curtis, Woodward,
Toft and other eminent medical men, performed
an autopsy on the body of the President.
Tbe external ap|>earance of the face was that of a
deep Mack stain about both eyes. Otherwise the face
was very natural.
The wound was on the left side of the head, behind, on
a line with and three inches from the left tar.
The course of the lull was obliquely forward, toward
the right eye, crossing the brain obliquely a fow Inches
behind the eye, where the ball lodged.
In the track of the wound were found fragments of
bono which had been driven forward by the ball.
The ball was found itubedifed in the anterior lobe of
the west hemisphere of the brain.
The orbit plates of both eyos were tbe seat of comminuted
fracture, and the orbit* of the eyes were filled H
with cxtravasuted blood, D
The seni lis injury to the orbit plates was duo to the H
centre coup, tho result of the intense ahOOk of SO large R
a projectile fired so closely to the head. H
j The bull was evident ly a Derlnger, tumd cast, and I
from which the neck had been clipped. ij
A shaving of lead had been removed from the balling]
ttopMMge through the bones of the skull an<l wawR
fouml in the orifice of the wound. Tli?- flrxt fragment of H
bOM wan (wad two unit a half llthN within the l.nun, M
the secmid and a larger fragment about four lltll from I
the orifice. The liall lay Htill further in ndvancc. The I
wound won half an inrh in diameter.
The coRln of the President measures in the clear six
feet and nix inches in length, and eighteen inches In
breadth at the hrcast.
A strong military guard ban been plared around the
residences of the several Cabinet oftlcers and around the
Executive mansion.
Several account* have been given of the circumstance*
attending the murder of President Lincoln. The following
thrilling aud detailed accounts have been obtained
from those who were immediately in Attendance upon
him Just before, at the time of the murder and just
after the fatal shot was fired. They may differ in some
minor details from some of those hitherto given, bat in
the main^agree with them, and the differences may bo
accounted for by the various impressions received in a
moment of so much Intense excitement.
The President's box at Ford's theatre ia a double one,
or what ordinarily constitutes two boxes, in the second
tier, at the left of the stage. WJ>en occupied by the
Presidential party the separating partition Is removed,
and the two are thus thrown Into one. This box is
entered from a narrow, dark hallway, which In turn Is
separated from the dress circle by a small door. The
examination of the premises discloses the fact that
me assassin had ruiiy and deliberately prepared and
arranged them for bis diabolical purpose previous
to the assembling of the audience. A piece of board
one Inch thick, nil inches wide and about three feet to
length served for a bar, one end being placed In an indentation
excavated in the wall for the purpoeo about
four feet from the floor, and the other against the nold
Ing of the door panel a few inchea higher than the end in
the wall, so that It would be impossible to Jar it out of
place by knocking on the door on the outside. The demon
having thus guarded against intrusion by any of I he
audience, next proceeded to prepare a m?ans of observing
the position of the i?rtl>>s Inside the l>oi. With a
gimlet or small bit he bored a hole tn ?he door panel
which he afterward* reamed out with hli knife so
as to leave it little larger than a buckshot ou the Inside,
while it was aulln n ntly larp- on tin outside in the dark
entry (or him to place hjs agivnst with 1 H
and n'v tli? p<isitii>n oci ipiol l>y the President Ml '""H
friends. Both bntNNMN perforated m like man H
ner. But there were *pr n?: lot. k- on ea< h <.f tie ?< door*, I
and it was barely P"- -iblr that they might bo fastened. ||
To provide a>/afnst such an emergency the screws which H
fasten the bolt hasps tn the wood had been partially Kfl
withdrawn, and left so that while they would hold tin H
hasps to the wood they would afl<<nl little or no resist
ance to a firm pr s-tiro up< nthe door frwtu the out-id'\ W
Having thus provided for a sure ai.d easy ttitranie ton
the box, the next business was to insure a clew andH
unobetrucb-d passage to the locality of the victim H
ii/ > < ii un un.iUK<'U!rui ui mi" criairB anu m* >ji> hh
an would place the other oerwimntf at considerable
di*tanro from him he rocking or e??*y chair occupied
by Mr. Lincoln waa found In the front corner of the ixi*
furthest from the Mage. Another for Mr". Lincoln, a
liulo nmri' t< mute from the front, while the other chair*
and a aofa were all placed oa the tide nearept the stage
leaving the centre of the Spaiioua box clear for the
bloody op?T?li >?iv of the act or y These preparations weru
neither conceived by a maddened br.im, designed by a
fool, nor executed by a drunkard. They boar moat un
mlstukable evidence of genius, indir try and persev*r
arise In the perfect areompliHhmerit of a deliberate
At a few nimiie* pant eight id the evening the President
and Mr*. I .ilk <>ln railed at the realdenco of & nuto
Harris, corner of Fifteenth and H rtreeta, where they
took MIm Clara Harrln and Major Henry H. Hath
bun, I'nlted Htaiea Army, Into their carriage, and proceeded
to the theatre. Shortly afler they entered the
fatal box the President eeated himself In the chair de
signed for htm by the afnassln Mra. Lincoln took one
near him, Mlra Harrm the one at the opposite corner,
fronting the audience, and Major Rathhun seated h in
aelf upon the aofa, a few feet behind Mis* Harrla. Ther?
were no other pemon* In the box, and no one entered of
left It until about the time of the aaaaeemaiion. Charlea
forW, the peraonal attendant of the President, had
been told by Mr* Lincoln to remain near the box, m he
might be wanted The Preeldent tufmed weJl, though
eomewhat wl. ??<1 "poke vary little. He aro?e orx oB
during the performance, went to the door of lb* bo*, put
on hlf orercoot and then returned to hi* chair Mid m?i I
down. W
The deed ?M perpetrated during tbe ml * < if of
tlio third art of the piece, by wim nun who ror t
havo approached utealthily and inwt thnngU iho
dark pannage at tbo l>?ck of the 1h?m. Ma)<>r
Rathbun wa* not aware of bis preaence till hoo f|?K tlia
report of a plntol, and, lookingjround, n? tbe fiw<h, and
dimly through tha emoke tha form of a tu?', |n th? i ' *.
not more than an feet from the Preeideal (),? Vaior
dprang toward* him he heard htm nhrle 4 gome word like
"freedom. "' lie than pelied him. ' f|?? am-aaell ?b?K?k
loone from the officer a graep, and r t thf Mtnc t,ni? mi*le
a violent tbru*t at bin left breaM wWh lh# which he
beld in bla band. Major Kalk hun cau(|bl lb(. (.low on
hla loft arm naar the ehool' and at enco npreng for
bun again, but only mica* drd jB Rr|knilD| ^ rloihlng,
which ho partly tore fr^r rt M leaped from the b"i
Up tbe ?tage The "V r (bfu rrled o?l ' Ktop that ma"
nn<l,?uppoeing It lay oealble for him to e* ape thumgh t(><'
i iowd boh'W, runlve ^ ba^h U) tbe I'raeideni and to the aid of
Mr* Lincoln, ? for lbo fret Uiwe reollung wh?t iiail
occurred ww ?briffcta? lor b?Hi 11>a ITv?m??bI1,01
lY, AritLLi 17,
changed his po*Uon, except that bis eyes were closed audi
hla head slightly beat forward Major Rathbun k?" at afl
glance I ha* ho wan mortally woi tided H? went to theB
door of U?e box for the purpos (if procuring medical M<^>H
and to his aHi< hi tun hi found the outer door a* the encig
of tho dark halt from which the In,ten are entered ftrmly B
barred on the inside with a pit e of wood wedged acrossB
about four feet from the flour; so that those outside whofl
wero knocking for admiss ou could not get in. TeuringQ
away the fastening* and passing in one or two person* g
who represented themselves ua surgeons, he requested#
Captain Crawford to prevent all other persons from enter Bj
tog the box, and begged the audience to disperse. B
When the surgeons had concluded their examinations]
it wan deckled to remove tho body from the theatre, and B
accordingly the whole pnrty, including Major Kathlmn, B
who had charge of Mrs. Lincoln, proceded to a ho scR
opposite. It was now found that tbo Major wasB
seriously wouaded, and becoming quite faint from loot of I
blood. Ho was sent home by his surgeon. h
The wholo time orrupied from the firing of the pistol H
In the box to the leaping u|>on the stage was not overB
thirty seconds. The President never spoke or unclosed E
his eyes front this time until his doath. The clothing of H
Major Ratl.hun and the dress of Mire Harris were he- H
spattered with Mood from the wound of the Mujor. The B
wound of tho President did not bleed at all. H
Prominent among those mentioned in connection with E
the incidents of the l.'ite tragical death of our worthy
President is the name of Miss Laura Keene, the actress.
In order to place hor right ia the history the following
fa< ts will suffice
Miss Keene was behind tho ICC DM at the precise time
of the shooting, waiting to come on the siago. She was
near the place theatrically known as the turmmtor.
She was on the northern stde of the theatre, while the
President's box was on the southern side. Miss Keene's
position was near tho prompter's desk; but as that
official was absent calling some of the actors sho placed
herself near the point whero she could more readily K
enwr upon ner part, sue was ftt the time expecting to j
see tbe ingress of Mr. Spear, whose part wa? at hand,
and prepared herself to break his fall ax ho entered in a
drunken scene; but instead of receiving Mr. S|>car Mr.
Booth pushed bis way suddenly through the aide
ae<rne, st rlking Miss Keeno on tho hand with
his own, in which hn held the dapper. Sho for
a second looked at him and saw it wus another
person from the one she expected, and uit-tantuiicoiirly
she heard tho cry that the President was shot. The cry
was siKHituneoux among the audience, and ntanv of them f
wore making for the a tape. Khe then knew something was
occurring, as women were screaming, inen hallooing and
children crying, as if a lire panic had taken place. Miss
Keene went to the front ofUie stage, and. addressing the
bewildered audience, Raid, "For (Jod's sake have presence
of mind and keep your places, and all will he well."
Notwithstanding this appeal the audience were boisterous,
and while all seemed willing to delect the porpc E
trator of tbe great crime, but one mado a moveC
to this end. Scarcely had the perpetrator of the I
crime Jumped from tho President's box to the|j
stage, than he was followed by Mr. Stewart, oneg
of tbe auditors. As Mr Booth crossed the stagel
he met ant struck at the cariwntor with tlieH
dagger be held, and instantaneously made his exit to the I
rear of ths theatre, where his horse was in rcadiuev. ij
and Ibencetnade his escape. Miss Keeue, after momentarily
arresting tbe panic and couxteruation in the audi
ence, beard the cry of Miss Harris, Haying "Miss Kcene,
bring some water." Mian Keene, responding to the call,
made her way, which was rather circuitous, through the
drees circle to tbe President's box, and got there a few
moments after the occurrence. There abc saw Mrs
Lincoln, In the agony of a devoted wife, uttering the
most piteous cries. Miss Keene attempted to pacify her.
at the same time offering ths good ofHros in her power;
but she was convinced from her observation that human
bslp was in vain. Miss Keene remained with the President
nntll be was taken fixtm tbe theatre.
One of the judges of the courts In this city was In at
tenuuirs m r ora s ineairc on too mgui 01 ia? irageay,
nd oorupled a mm about ten feet back from the box
which the Presidential party occupied. During the representation
of the third act he mw a man loaning
gainst the wall, a few step* back from the private box,
whose manner attracted bin attention. His first itnpres
?i<>nn were that be waa drunk, but, eyeing him more
closely, the strange person gave the Judge a pierainit
look. Bw glaring eyes, pale fire and nervous action led
the Judge to bWlevc that the man was crazy, and he
nailed the attention of the gentleman sitting next to him
to the strange at tion. Ju?t then there was a d'-monstra
lion of applause In the theatre over somo srene on tin*
stage, which attracted bis attention. A moment?and
but a moment?he turned again to view the stranger,
and he was Just passing through the door Into the Preaidents
box. But a moment more the deed wa* done, I
and tin- strange ponton disappeared on the staee. ?
Ford's theatre was vlsitod today by Judge Oltn, in {
company with Senator Harris and hig daughter, when a >j
careful examination of the President's box was uiade !
major ratimrn's wound. \
Major Katlihun still suffers ho much from loss of bloc/jr
that he was unable to make one of (lie party His srnr-l
goon, Dr. Notion, however, reisirts him in toou v.ndition
and progressing rapidly. He lias been ablo to fit
up a portion of the day. The dagger entered ihu lefi
arm, Jnat above the elbow, as It was thrown f.p to ward
off the blow a'med st tho left breast. A* the forearm
was elevated the point of tho knife wa> forced several
inches in the dirertlon of the shoulder, tusking an tit'lyl
wound. Ho is well cared for at tl.<j resident of Senator
Harris. j.
Fifty-one battle flags nre ;U tho ofllro of the cavalry!
bureau. They aro tho ? '>',mr.xl by Sheridan * forces at E
Klve Forks and Ap|*>niii> (ox Court House, an<l wero -<*ntl
up in cliargo of Col'itud Hhi'rrnan and Colonel Price E
Ther are to 1)0 prv.<>nt<d to the VVsr Department, hutl
probably not t>'| sftor the funeral. Hli> ridsn was all
Nottoway C??.irt House T
cabinet mrmm.
A Cabinet meeting wa.s held to day at the ro<n,i of Mr.
M'ttnllocb, in th? Treasury Department. Tin* only biial
nen? tran?acte<| wae (ho arrangement of the jiroKramme
for tho funeral of Mr llncoln ft wa* deter nlned that
the funeral ahould take place on Wedmitday next at
twelve o'clock. Secretary HUnton w.u? charged with the
arrangement of the details uf the prograta me, with th"
undemanding that it Is to uniform cli'clly to that of tlx*
funeral of flenorn) Taylor.
It haa not yet l?>rn determined whet I* r to have the
remain* dep'*it< d in a vault lu re, or carr i<-d Immediately
to IlllnoiR. The wialu-s ?.f Mm l.lin ol?. In line respect
bave been consulted and those *111 be made known after
Ucr consultation wiUi li.timsv* friends of the family
There le do neceasit'y for any feellr g of unea' Iticaa lu
regard to the flD'tndal effort of the change In the
administration. Yhcre In the bent i uthortty for saying
that there will *ll(i no ,hnnge In the policy of the govern
ment which -#||| unfavorably affeot the finances. Kverv
thing will 'proceed ae before, an* v-'ith the tame sueoe**
which thua far ehurty tensed Herretarv McCulloch'a
able * i ml met rat ion of tlia financial affair* of tiie nation.
arrival or rnnMtNKNT cirt/BMS.
A large number of prominent politician*, member* of
(longress and ex-member* have reached here from differ
ent eection* of the eoanlry slnre the aaaaMKination of
the I*rosldent. Atirong Ihe ntimlx-r are Preaton King,
Senator* Morgan, Ilarrle, Anthony, Htewart and Nye,
Mew* Phelp* and Webeter, member* of Congrea* from
Maryland; ('otwale of I'a , and moat of the memlieraof
the Committee on the Conduct of the War, fleneral
Walbrtdge General RiUler, Thuriow Weed and numerous
others of more or lees >mi>orUn''e,
Mr Johnson appear* not only to fully realize the re
apoMtbtllty of the |?*itk>n to which he has been so mid I
donly and unexpectedly called. but to rise to the emer I
(onr.y of tha o?< u*n Hit < ourw yrwUrday and to day
ha* fratiflwl tha tw#t wtahr-a H?> determined to
mnnlfMrt thai b? t" vqnal to th# projw>r (iiachargr of thi<
duttaaof Chief Magtftrat# of Mi* Nation.
Tlio rntiunitUMt na ih? I'oiMtui t of the War, of which
rrMtldrnl Johruxm ?u formerly a nwmtwr. hart aft inter
view with him tu day They worn aconmimniod by th?i
Hon. John (Jorod^, II* ffirmrr chairman Th? IntUr apl?
art U> bfl highly gratified witli tl>? rftult of tho later
view. says that the President remarked mat "treaaon
Is a crime that henceforth la to Lto punished, not
It Is reported on good authority thut the freebooter
Mosby has offered to surrender his command if the name
terms ore accorded to him as to (ieneral Lee'B army H
is not known whether this offer will bo a<ceptod or
whether it will be considered that the interest* of nociety
require the extermination of him and his infamous band
of highwaymen.
WAHiiiNciTo'y, April 15, 1S66
Two theories are pursued ill regard to the escape of the
assassins of Mr. Lincoln and the Fewarda. One is that
they have really gone from the city; the other that they
ar<* still concealed here. There Is now no doubt that
more than two were connected with the tragic occurrence.
Information hits been obtained showing that six
or more were engaged in it. The authorities believe,
from their investigations, that there were a number
of aiders and abettors besides the principal actors.
It Is now definitely ascertained that John Wilkes Booth
is the murderer of President Lincoln. There are stories
afloat showing that long ag^ he manifested a disposition
to become on actor in somw such great tragedy. A vast
amount of testimony haa been taken on the subject,
showing that it was his intention to have committed
the deed on the 4th of Mnrch last ;
but this is irrelevant to the question of
Immediate interest. On Friday last ho dined at Weleker's
restaurant, the most fashionable one In tho city. After
dinner he returned to the Nat onal Hotel. When he was
leaving he was noticed by Mr. Merritt, the clerk, to be
unusually pale and nervous. He asked for a sheet of
paper and a^ envelope, and commenced to write a letter
at the public counter. Observing that a number of people
were at the counter, he requested to be allowed to write
at the private desk, which request was acceded to. While
writing he inquired if it was 1R04 or 1865, and was
answered, "Don't you know the yoar you livo in?"|
Upon finishing his letter ho deposied it la the mail I
box and proceeded to Ins room. About seven
o'clock lie came down to (be office, ami, upon
handing his key to Mr Bunker, the clerk on duty, the
latter remarked his unuHiial paleness and marble-like
appearance, and ask> d if he was ill. He answered quickly,
"No," and asked, ''Are you going to Ford's theatre
to night?" Mr Budker replied "No." lie said, "You
ought to go; thore it* to be seme splendid acting there tonight."
The next heard of Booth was a litlle after 7 oclock,
when he, in company with (Ivo others, entered the drinkling
saloon of George Hurry, a<IJoining Ford's Theatre,
3and all ef them drank together Th" emphasis of their
H manner In taking the drink attracted attention. After
drinking they formally shook hands with each other, bidJding
one another good bye. Upon leaving the
Sbarroom two of tho party rode off on horse
3ha< k. After tho tragic occurrence at Ford w
Theatre an officer commanding one of
the fort ideations east of the city was hurrying to Iris
Jeommand, and wan accompanied by an orderly Between
B Lincoln Hospital and Camp Harry they came upon two
linen riding clcsiarateVy. These two turned down a lane
I in wliirh were four others, all mounted. The officer and
his orderly gave chase, and weje ffred upon. The. orderly
wits wounded, and the party pursued rode rapidly
away and escaped with those who were evidently; waiting
for thein.
These facts, In connection with others whtf-h for tho
present should not be published, lead to the belief that j
the horscincn who crossed the Auacostia river on that
fatod night wore accomplices and decoys, a/id that the
real culprits ore either concealed In the city or have
taken a different direction.
Detectives are on tho hunt. Tho most Expert men in
the profession, from Now York and other cities, are here
for thia purpose. Colonel U C. Baker also arrived today,
and is engaged In ferrettlng out th?i assassins. It ll
believed they will be caught within tw><nty-four hours.
It Is very evident that the then Vl?* President Johnson
was included In the murderous yrogramme of Friday
night On Thursday a man of ger.teel appearance took
a room at Kirkwood'it Hotel, where Mr. Johnson
boards. For reai-ons beet known to the proprietor or the
detective, the name registered has not been disclosed,
( uring the following day he was particular In his inquiries
about the room of Mr. Johnson, his whereabouts
and habit*. Since Friduy night the strango iodger ba*
not been Men, and oo breaking open Ms room laat night
there wre found concoalrd between the bed and mat
traM a bo wie "knife and navy revolver, and a hank book
of J Wllk<-s Bnot'i, showing a balance of over four hundred
dollar* In bank During the afternoon of Friday,
Bixith (alli-d i?? KirkwiMxl h, and ecnt to Mr. Johnson a
card, us foil')*.-*?
"Don't wt b u? disturb you. Aro vou at home?.
Winn ine a ansination of Mr Lincoln occurred Sena
IMr J'.lui-on's room and woke him up, to apprize him of
horrid tragedy. I'pon entering the room be look lit"
l>'eeur,lton to cxtili ulsli tho light It may bo that lhi?
<lr<:H'n-uii(v or the early retiring of Mr J' hn
?on, wived him from .? xasxiuatlon.
;1nir hlx iiimit; ir.itl 'ii Pre- ideal John-on ig attended
from and to bin hotel by a mo inled guard.
The h' r * Mtppo^fd to liavo l>een ridden by the man
Who iujmIo tho * ~.iult on iho Sewardi wag n r<<.m well
momwii In tho eity, of po? -uliar puein gu.t, and very fa-i
M He hairing* to Thompson Naylor livery -table keeper, on
R Hire* t. Thi- hor-<o Imd bo, u lot on Friday, to bo re
turned at ei^ht o'cloek In the evening Not toiniiiK at
the time ?t?:o<l tho h< -itler wn? on Iho look til for him
noar \V llard> H know the horo by Iho jieeui nr found
of hiv hoof* ii|h'ii tho pavement Ah a horseman eame
down the avenue the boy fluted to a friend, There iho
puny, now'" Observing ibat he dl<l not
turn down Fourteenth street to tho atahle, he ran
towards him to ?pie-dlnH* liiin. At that moment
the horseman turned, from xoine ca i>o or oilier- |K-r
Imps the rummolon on iho street- and, riding bark i?i
tho corner, purged rapidly up Fourteenth dtroet and down
F street. The hoy, now fearing lli >i tho man intended
lo atoal tho horse, ran to the stable, and, mountln.'
another fleet horse, Marled In pursuit. Knoflng that
the man had given lib r shlcn e a- Port Toti,?< < o, Hd
be went to?arJ llio Navy Yard bridge, aoroM Iho
extern braneb Near the Capitol ho met an ohi man who
Informed him that a man on a roan hort-e bad
1 tipt paaacd up tho hill He then punhnd on to the Navy
J"ard bridge, where lie Inquired of the guard if a man on
a roan hod Just oro-wd over and answ red ,n the
afllrmallvo, and the man gave hlfl name Ui the guard a<
Smith The boy then explained to the guard hi< fear
that the hor-e wag stolon, and .i ked if lie eould pa <
over Th? guartl said ho could, but rould not return
ili.il nifiit Not MMWfWMi nui mrr nwm Him ?onw
my Dothlug of the trnirio n run ?tn< h had just !*> n < n
a< ted In the clly, ho returned U> the Ntahlo.
Tin* fwrwin who hired the rimn hor?? had I' on keep
lug i d two li'irvH it N i\ !<>r ? M.iHr- during the ln?t
two Week*. 0n? of them, n Nlulllun, had Ixv-ti wild The
<ith?r, h lir'iwn one eyed paror, whowi gult and n[w#<t wer"
quite alrn41.tr tothi-w "f tho r<>?ii, hoh.td taken #??y, ami
re|K>rted that hn had ftold him It now api>"ar? that llil
bono wim the one takau on tho *tr?M l on Friday night by
the jk.Uio, after hating fallen with hi* rider, win.
( raped. Naylor'a foreman Id'-nt.flon the Kiddle
which wa* on the horv the uirin whl< h hiwl
formerly bekingM to the one eyed brown hor H
Iho identified hla photograph, now In the handu
of th? authorities. When he kopt hla hows at Nay
lora he garr hl? rune as At/ rard. ami hla rw ilrm c
a* Port Tubacr o. Wliun ho hin d the roan borM on
Friday he left I'uniphory'a hr wn m?r? at tlio atabl*
with droetlona that ah# should bo fed, groomed and Had
died hy ton o'clock prer.lnoly.
Thin ww tho mare which, on the ?amc day, 1ii*d been
hired of I'lunphrcy hy Kootb. At ton In tho overling
a man, who f.ivn hlfl b.ime at Earlo, call d
for the inar?\ The atablo boy Mk>d him wliat
had became of the man with the roan? ''Oh.' ?aid
he, "ho wtll b- b?< k dlri i lly, and when mounting to
rtda away h? remarked, V n n III hoar i f groat nowa
tioforr m rnlng " The boy thought nothing of that, a?
we had bem hearing of great nawa avery <tay for *im?
time, but, foiling uneaey alx?ut tha man he wati hod te
rm whUh way the rider of tin maro went aud l?w Imn
turn uc Ttath ftrert. toward lord tthoalrt
V * /
' ! *!? " * '-muM
Neither Pamphwy's mare nor Uie roan nave yet been
The man who took the room wore a gray overooat. Bo <
also did the man who assaulted the Sewarda. It It reported
to night that such an overcoat has beep found by
the detectives to-day in tlie vicinity of Fort Hunker Hill,
covered with blood. It had in tho pocket* aome tobaeoo,
a pair of riding gloves and a plcce of paper, on whieb
wan written?"Mary El lanlnor, 410." This coat ka suppotted
to have belonged to the asoarfsln of Mr. Seward.
It Is alao reported that Sergeant Sheets, of Hancock's
corps, who hut been amicuxl, ha* confessed that be II a
member of the order of the Knlglita of the Golden Circle,
and wai privy to this plot against the life of the President
lie alto suites that he haH recogutred many member*
of that order among rebel prisoners.
Our people were greatly disturbed about four o'clock
tills afternoon by the appearance on the streets of the
rebel Major General Paine and stair, whe had been
brought in from Virginia, under guard. It ia said General
Paine was one of the paroled officers of General
Lee's army, who had been permitted to visit Fairfax
county for ten days, with the privilege of asking for ao
extension of the period of his visit. The ten dajrt
having uearly expired he had sent his papers to General
Gamble asking for the extension. A party of oal
cavalry came upon him yesterday, and finding him and
the members of his stair without papers to show theli
right to be there, brought tlietu in under guard. N?
sooner did the crowd get a view of their gray uniform*
than, becoming highly excited, it followed htm, tncreao.
Ing in volume at every step till it numbered several hundred
by the time It reached Colonel lngraham's office.
As tlie prisoners passed In at the door a grand
rush wax made, mingled vlth shouts and criei
of ' Hang thorn." "Hang the rebels." Tlie tumult soon
became so great aa to threaten serious consequences.
Kx Senator Hale came out of the office and explained
in a speech. Gen. Spinner also talked to the multitude,
and begged the people to quietly disperse. He was followed
by fkil. Taylor, Chief of Staff, and Gen. Augur, In a
few wonfs intended to allav excitement. Meanwhile a
I. wu" '>rouK^t l,l'ou 111 K1,'? street, while tho
officers were |>aHsed out tin1 buck way, hurried into It and
driven rapidly to tho Old Capitol prison for protection.
Shortly after the crowd quietly disjoined, and the evening
his passed 11 way without undue excitement.
Ottnerul (iraut 1m still here. Ho ha*, by invitation, participated
in all the Cabinet meetings held sincc bit)
arrival. He lian not yet visited the White Hou?e. Hi*
jfeelings will not allow him to go to that abodo of inourn
Xin?, nor to look u|>oii the lifeless form of him whom he
i/l'Tt on Friday in the finest humor, and rejoicing over tin
ft prospect of a s|>eedy and harmonious restoration of the
m Union, for which General Grunt was bo gallantly figbt9
j Immediately upon the arrival of klrvJor General Bullet
She called upon President Johnson. The nature of the
S3business calling him ho suddenly to Washington Is no!
ijd known ; hut It is believed that he is to lake an important
part hi connection with the investigation of the recent
5 tragic, event*.
I The most contradictory report* have prevailed all day
Hill regard to the apprehension of Booth and Uie man who
Druude tho attack on Secretary Howard. It ia ooufldently
Band knowingly asserted by many that Booth
I has been taken and la on a gunboat in tb?
river, variously dialed a* the Montauk, Mahopac,
Hfcc. Inquiries at the I'rovost Marshal l office and at the
H police headquarter* fail to confirm any of theee stale
inents, and it la certain that up to the present time BeW
Hlher of the principal! are known to be in custo4{~
H Numerous arrests have been made and more are eonHktatilly
being made of parti as suspected if complicity In
the conspiracy. Most of the persons arrested th* dtaH
charged after examination, they establishing their tnno*
cence. Some of them are bel<l for further examination
H&nd development* or aa witnewea.
M The investigation haa already, It la btlleved, given th*
authorities Uie cue to tha whole conspiracy, and proved
that parties are implicated who are at prevent not suaHpected
by the public. The whole matter la being fully
Ut fled, and in due timo the plot will be revealed with
Hall its ramifications, and the guilty part leu, whether prtnDcit>ala
or accessories, brought to punishment.
Thirty thousand dollars reward la offered for
Hthe detection and conviction of the rrlmiDnals,
ten thousand by Oneral Augur, and
Itw-nty thou*;and by the corporation of Washington. Tlin
Bnio'i i Xpert detectives In the country are engaged in the
investigation, und no (.nlii*, labor, t-kill or expose will
Wbc spared lu its prosecution
Sj'rht Cnnilltlon of Sr?-refury Mrwaril anil
III* Hon.
4 \V?-mviiroN, April 10?Midnight
II S'i material < !, inn" bin taken place in the rendition of
bjSS'cretary Hewarl or hi* win Th'' former war able; to "it
Hup for a abort time lln.-t ?flern-on, and bids fair to reHcover
*|>eo<liiy from Mf WMBdl
l1 Tho latter bad not yet rMOvewd hi* consciousness, but
Bit i ttpefltod ili.it he will4*M! (he court** of a bfl
LS* hours. It ib'pciida on hi* coieilt on when thin recovery
uf < ?.,ih: iii-ii lakes place whether he will survive In#
injuriw or not
WAsiiiwrn*, April 14, 1MT
Th'1 Urira .Star hai tin- f-tUh.' ?
lleveloptiw-nt luive Im-cji matin within Iho pa?t. twenty(nur
hours showing ooncl'mlvely tho existence of a deep
I.ild plot on the part of i g uig of conspirator*, including
niemliers of the ?Vd? r of the Knlirlitsof tin- tloldcti I lr
Ifil'V to murder Preaident Lincoln and hi* Cahinot. Wa
have reason to belleva thiit Secretary Kward reorrtrad,
>ov<ml m<'inU" nlnc?, an Intimation from Buropc that
HomMhini of a very deaperata character vw u> tmriepire
at Waahlngton, and tt I* more than protmMe that the m
IliiriaUon had rt'forenoe to thi: plot of .utKai-ain.tt'on.
| The picket* encircling thin city on Friday ni?ht U
prevent the oacapo of the |>artl< 5 who murdered Pratd lent
IJnroln ari'l Mft'-m ih- vwnlulloii of Her rotary
Seward and bla tutu*, were lire I upon at ceveral
point* hy Concealed foon. AitcrIs of IIhj partiix < tiargrd
with the offence will 1m> promptly mad*
It wae aerertain<'4 w?ek? v from pemonal
friend* of the late President that he had r> 1 a.ved weverat
private letter* wanilna htm that an attempt would probably
he miulx ti|>oii hi* Ufa; hut to thla h<- did not ?i'fm
to attach much If any Important It ha* ?lw,n? ! ??
thought that he wa* not mifllnenlly careful of In* m<Jl
vldual *afety in III* la?t vtait u? Vlrglnl
It la known that on frequent a>lon? be would ?t..rt
from tbo K*ec<iti*a Man*|nn for hta muniwr country
n rldeuoe at the Soldier*' Homo w ithout the uau.il ea\alry
e*?-..rt whl<-U often hurried and overtook h m (wf^re i.e
had proceeded far. It ha* aJway been uinl-r?t<H>d thai
thin oacort wk< accepted by hitn only on tha iiu|??-r??jrr*ty
ol hta friend- n? a matter of pr>- mtloii
Tlte Preaident before retiring t" bed would, when im.
porttnt military ev>nt? wet* pr-'iire^ing, ?i?H ilia Wa#
Department, cenerally alotK. )>. '' ?< ore? the dark Intervening
growl even at late h>'ir* on repeated orraal'.na,
and af'er the warning letter* had baen received
eeraral cloae and Intlmala Itlenda, aimed fo? any ?mrr.
(rncy, were careful that he ?ho Hd not cnntlnua Ilia vhitf
without th'ir company- |r"r htBMi'lf tba Prc*id<tj|
teemed to have no fi ara.
The ai?ive facia have h" ratofora been known to th?
writer "f thi? tc cgram, hut for prudautlal reaaou ha Ua?
not stated them uutiI now.
[A* er<rytlili>K pwtalnltik t" the tot hour* of the Itu
Pr*?l'!?nt niu?t I* InUrrMIni to Ul? public, th* foll< *n |
III. of t?i?? I ml <Uy of tiiti life ti?r? lw*o otitaimi
fr m WTrrtl MiurCM ?
11 *>n. iaputn Lincoln, kiv?kf?Ai<d with bin ?

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