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Wednesday i-tarning at $1,50 a year, in ad
vance; or ?2,00 in a'l eases if not pai
promptly in advance.'' No subscriptions dis
continued until all arrearages arc paid, unles
tt te option of the pablisber. M
lusinrss Tarbs. '-'--
TOl'IS E. ATKINSON.
Attorney at liuvv,
WlFfJXTOWN,'fi.N
tVS-Colli cling and Convejancinj-romplly
(taded to. ; , ?'"
Office on Bridge street, opposite tha Court
House Square. .
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OBEKT McMEEN,
ATTORNEY AT LAW,
. MIFFLIKTOWN, FA.
Office oa Bridge street, in tha room formeH)
occupied by Ezra I). Parrer, Esq.
AUCTIONEER.
JF. O. LONG, roiding in Spruce Hill
township, often his services to the citi
sens of Juniata county as Auctioneer and
Vendue Crier. Charges moderate. Satis
faction warranted. jnu2-Sm
g D. LOUDEN,
MIFFLINTOWN. PA..
Offers his services to the citizens of Juni
ata county as Auctioneer and Vendue Crier.
Charges, from two to tea dollars. Satisfac
tion warranted. - n9v3,'03
0 YES! O YES! ,
H. H. SNYDER, PerrysTille, Pa ,
Tenders bis services to tlie citixena nf Jtipi
ata and adjoining counties, as Auctioneer.
Charges mo'lesate. For satisfaction give the
)alckmtH a chance. P. O. address, Port
Rnval, Juaiata Co., Pa.
Feu 7, '72-1 y
r DR. l C. RUNDl67"
BIG S3 BE
PATTERSON, PENN'A.
August 1. 1809-tf.
" f MiasXeuier, m.IkT
' Physician and Surgeon,
MIFFLINTOWN, PA.
OSes hours A M. It S P. M. Office in
fcelford's building, two doors above the Stm
ttntl office. Bridge street. aug 18-tf
jJw- gakveuT'
Hoisopatliic Physician Mi Surgeon,
fUving located in tha borough of Thoiupson-
owa, offers his professional services to the
citiiens of that place and viciuity.
Orrics lu tiia room recently occupied by
W. Srg. June VI, VZ-lf
HOM-EOPATIHC PHYSICIAN & SI! KG EON
ilavin; perniancc'.ly located in ike tirroucli
of Mitiintown, olfers liis profeMtionnl yerviee
to il citizeus of tuis pUce and turro'iniing
eeuntry.
OfTice on Main street, over lleidler's IVuj
Store. at'g '8 lWf
Br. A. Simpson
Treats all forms of disease, :ml vnuy be cn
enlted f V.li-ws: t t.ia oflice in Liverpool
V.. every SATL'RUAY and M'.N1 V p-p-iintiaenti
cau he n.ad for oilier !nys.
tS-r;; on or address
DK. K. A. SlMI'stlS.
dec 7 Liverpool. Perry Co.. Ta.
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IS THZ ,
I'-ltlOi:'! OF TEKTII!
Full Upper or Lower Sets as Low as $5.00.
No teeth alluweJ to leave the office unless
tba patient is satisfied.
Teeth remodeled and repaired.
Teeth filled to last for life.
Toothache stopped in five minutes without
extracting iha tooth.
Dental work done for persons without them
leaving their homes, if des:red.
Eleotricity used iathe extraction of teeth,
rendeiing it almost a painless operation, (no
extra charge) at the Dental Office of Q. L.
Dcrr. established in MifSintown in 18K0.
- G. L. DEKR,
Jen 2i, 1872-ly Practical Dentist.
C. KOTHHOCK,
DENTIST,
2HcA.Uatei-vi.lle, PennaH
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FFERS his profeassonal services to the
nutitie in aeneral. in both branches of
bis profession operative ana uiku.lii.i.
First week of every month at Richfield, Fro
aaont and Turkey Valley.
Second week Liverpool and Wild Cat Val-
Tbird week Millerstown and Raccoon
TVourth week at his office in M'Aliaterville.
Will visit Mifflin when called on.
Teeth put up oa any of the bases, and as
liberal at anywhera else. . -. j
Address by letter or otherwise.
r-- - . . ...
JJEST CIGARS IN TOWN
nollobaugli's Saloon.
Two for 6 cents. Also, the Fre-hest Lager,
tba Largest Oysters, the Sweetest Cider, the
Finest Domestic Wines, aud, in snort, any
thing you may wish in the
EATING OR DRINKING LINE,
at tha most reasonable prices. He has also
refitted bis
BILLIARD HALL,
so that it will now compare favorably with
any Hall in the interior of the State.
June 1, 1870-ly
WALL PAPER
Rally to the Place rhere you can buy
your Wall Paper Cheap.
THE undersigned1 takes this method of in
forming the public that te has just re
ceived at his residence en Third 8treet, Mif
flintown, a Urga aaaartment of - -.....
WALLPAPER,
f vwrioas styles, which ha offers for sal
CHEAPER than ean be purchased elsewhere
ia the county. AU persons in need of tbe
above article, and wishing to save money, are
invited to eall and examine his stock -and
bear his prices baforo going elsewhere.
Mt-Larce supply constantly on hand.
SIMON BASOM. ,
Caution.
ALT. persona are hereby cautioned against
Haatrng. Fishing, or ia any way tres
passing on the lands of the undersigned, in
Milford township. All persons so offending
will ba dealt with to tbe full extent of the
taw. - . P. H. HAWN.
Pes. wrs-tf -; .7- -
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7 " -"" " t'"i mi coaiTiTPTioa THi oioa-AD THa aaoomT or Taa lawi. 1)IT0K AJD FltOPRlETOB.
VOLUME XXVII, N0. 26;
3Xicllaiiy.
The Assassination of the Sewards.
L 11 V T, S. VF.HDI, A M., M D.
Nitk .Among tbe gagfs of war an
Dala L w Lave more thrilling interest
tli an those which record the murder of
the Prcflitlatit and the attempted assas
aioatinn of his Fccrelarj of State. Dr.
Veidi. of this city, who was the family
plijeiciau of the Sewarde, has furuished
The JiijjuLIic with the following graphic
atorjr of that terrible tragedy. The iuci
deou related, of which he wa uot only
an eye-wituei.', hut an important part,
will, we think, be deemed valuable con
tributions to political hietory. Kd.
At the break it g out of the war we
find Mr. Seward ill the Cabinet, aud all
his eons, William, Frederick, al Augus
tus, in the service of their ctuutry.
Frederick, a man of letter?, whs se
lected by his father as hi - coiijiitr in
the Department of tate, with the psi
tion of assistant secretary.-
Augustas already hel l a cnmruis.'ion
as pay master in the regular Arm, lie
is a graduate of West Toint.
William left a very lucrativeJjn-inoss,
a yo.mg wife and buby, and, as Colonel
of the Ninth New Yo:k Artillery, came
to brave the hardships of a soldier. At
the battle of Mouocacy he distinguished
himself and was wounded, for which be
was raised to the rauk of brigadier gen
eral. In 1503, while commanding . at Fort
Foole,' on tbn Potomac, " Wfllitm wag
seized with au acute attack of dysen
tery, induced by exposure in thai mala
rious district. He was brought home to
Washington by the surgeons in charge,
who looked upon his case as one to ex
cite tlio greatest alarm For several
days he lay between life and death,
causing the greatest solicitude to his
pareuts. At his bed side 1 had the
opptirtm.ity of ei-timating the character
of that atigtlic woman who, moving
around his cach ad if au ethereal form,
admini.-terid to Lis wants with so much
judgment ana lumiiie maternal love.
lie rail ed and his convalescence brought
a consciousness of happiness in that
househol l. which, without excessive de
monslratious, Eeemt d to prevde the
very air. As he becime euuvahiscent, 1
recommended a temporary change ol
climate, and ordered hitn to his home iu
Auburn. - There he improved greatly,
aud gave hope of a speedy recovery ;
Lut a few weeks after, the malaria still
remaining iu his system developed into
a dangerous form of typhoid fever
About the first of November Mr. Sew
ard requected that I should immediately
20 with him to 'Auburn. lie had re-
ceived a telegram stating that a consul
tatiou of physicians had given but little
hope of the recovery f his son. Fur
nished with an extra train, accompanied
by bis daughter Fanny now Lis almost
inseparable companion we started for
Auburn.
During this long journey he conversed
no freely that I ventured to ask him the
question ''bow it happened that be, the
acknowledged leader of the Republican
party, was not selected as tbe candidate
for the Presidency in 18C0 J'' I put my
question with some degree of timidity,
for I feared that be might be sensitive
on that subject. He surprised me with
his ft auk aud unaffected answer. There
was no bitterness or disappointment in
the tone of bis voice. " If he Lad bad the
ambition to become the Chief Magistrate
of the nation particularly when his
party, the child of his brain, came into
power it was smothered by the nobler
desire of serving Lis country rather than
himself. His reply was :
"The leader of a political party in a
country like ours is so exposed that Lis
enemies become as numerous and formid
able as bis friends, and in an election
you must put forward the man who will
carry the highest number of votes.
Pennsylvania would not have voted for
me, aud without her we could not carry
the election ; hence I was not the avail
able man. Mr. Lincoln possessed all tbe
necessary qualifications to represent our
party, and being comparatively unkuown
bad not to contend .with the animosities
generally marshaled " against a leader.
We made Lim the candidate , be was
elected, and we Lave never Lad reason to
regret it.
Colonel Seward recovered, and soon
returned to the field 'and fed his regi
ment at tbe battle of the Monocacy.
There be was wounded, and in the hasty
retreat of the uational forces he was left
on the field. Tbe rebel rushing wildly
in pursuit, did not discover that under a
simple blue blouse was an officer of so
much importanc. He played "possum,"
as they say in the Army, waited for
them to get out of ,sight,:then . caught a
stray mnl, mounted it, and came n f tfce
lines at Washington. "The simple, and
unconspicuons uniform saved him, aa it
saved many of our officers ' in the cam
paigns.: ..Had. it ; been "otherwise, he
would bave been discovered and proba
bly would have ended Lis life in the
mnrdrrons Southern prisons, 'i ' ' .
MIFFLINTOWN,
Colonel Seward afterwards general
remained in service during the ' entire
war, resigning only on June 1, 1866.
In November, 1864, Frederick Seward
was in New ' York on official business.
On descending the stairs at the A b tor
House, he fell and broke Lis right arm
at tbe elbow. He was consequently
confined to bis hoase for several weeks.
"and threatened with a stiff arm for the
.rest of his life. He, however, recovered
the perfect nse of it, and resumed the
duties of his office
' Ou the 6th of 'April, ISG5, the Secre
tary and Frederick Seward rode out to
pay an official visit to one of the foreign
ministers. As the carriage stopped in
front of the house the driver descended
from Lis box to open the carriage door ;
from some reason or other, probably
from an unconscious pull at the reins,
the horses started, dragging the driver.
They soon became unmanageable, and
dew off at a frightful speed. Both Mr
Seward and Frederick, ' seeing the dan
ger, jumped from the carriage. Freder
ick was nnliurt. but Mr. Seward could
not rise ; people rushed to his assistance
and found that he was seriously ii jured,
the blood streaming from his mouth, and
bis right arm lying powerless at his side,
lie was immediately picked up and car
ried to bis house, not a block distant. -!
fnutid Lim in his bed, his face fright
fully bruised, his lower jaw completely
fractured on both sides, Lis right ' arm
fractured, also, near the shoulder. . He
was in great pain, aud it was with difll '
culty that he could be relieved. His
condition, considering his age, was per.l
ous in the extreme. Suffusiou soon took
placet his ght eye closed, and the light
side of his face became blue from the,
contusion. liis lower taw was hanging
down, aud being fractured on both sides.
he could not raise it for mastication. The
right eide of the jnw, npon which he
evidently fell, became greatly tumefied
and inilatned, so much so that he could
not bear the slightest bandage. His
sufferings became intense, a high fever
rose, which greatly aggravated his con
diii'iu
Mrs. Seward and Fanny, after recover
ing from the shock that this new mis
fortune caused them, were unremitting
in their attentions ; very cnpiiee that a
j fvt rif h imagination would excite was
promptly gratified by fhosc tender and
loving lmr.d.4.
liis Lt-hts became so restless that he
required a constant watch. Ill's jiw was
iu such a condition that it was a difficult
problem for sivgoua to decide how it
could be kept in coaptation, so aa to
favor nssificaliou and the knittmg to
2'tlit r of the broken ends. lie took Lis
fond 1 1. tough a tube aud with great dilli
culty. liis ri.ht arm was in rplints,
and Mi. Stwardlny helphss 011 a bed of
agony.
Ou the 9th, four days after this accf
deut, the news reached Washington of
the surrender of General Lee. The bells
chimed the joyful tidiugs ; the people
rushed to and fro in their intoxication of
gladness The President and the Sec
retaries received the ovations of the peo
ple, and be, the great premier, the man
who had contributed so much to the sal
vation of his country, was held down by
relentless physical suffering
The city was thiown in a blaze by a
general and spontaneous illumination ;
the cannon resounded from every fort,
and from the centre of the city the peals
of gladness. Even the sympathizers
with the South rejoiced that the end of
the war bad come. His own house was
a beautiful transparency of uational flags
yet be Lardly dared to move a finger for
fear of drawing an unwilling groan. His
face bespoke, however, his joy within,
for the play of his features could not
hide tbe emotions of that stout heart.
, If tbe family sorrow was not forgotten
at that moment, it was not unalloyed
with happiness, for even that noble lady,
whose heart was filled with grief, gave
evidence thai she too shared iu the na
tion'e joy.
For five days our city, the capital of
this redeemed land, wore tbe garb of
festivity. Tbe people were loth to settle
down, so great was the magic effect of
tbe late events. The excitement seemed
now and then to allay, but only to break
forth in some new form. Every little in
cident was made an occasion for a gath
ering, which ended in the deafening hur
rahs for the Union, for the country, - for
the Genera!, for the President, and for
whatever favorite chief.
' On the 14th of April, Mr. Lincoln was
to receive an ovation from the people at
tbe theater. Preparations were made on
a large scale for this soulful reception by
the people of their President. - At 9
o'clock I went to make my evening visit
to the Secretary, and found that his con
dition was ameliorating sensibly ; I staid
half an hour with him ; then bidding
him good night, left him with Mr. Rob
inson, the night watch. From there . I
returned to my house, and half an hour
had not elapsed when I heard a person
running, who suddenly stopped to give
an extraordinary pull at my bell. .Think
ing that this was a pressing message, 1
went to the door myself, and there met 1
JUNIATA COUNTY, PENiVA.,
William, Mr. Seward's colored waiter,
who, with a frightened look, and in the
most excited manner, said, "Ob, come,
doctor, Mr. Seward is killed !"
Hardly comprehending the import of
so sudden an announcement,' I grasped
my surgical case, and, hatless, ran with
hitn to the house. There were only two
blocks between my house and Mr. Sew
ard's. While running I asked the boy
what he meant, how was Mr. Seward
killed ? ''Oh," he exclaimed, . 'a man
came to the door and asked admittance
in your name ; I let him in ; he' went
up to Mr. Seward's room, aud killed
him."
I was amazed ! "How, who. in my
name V It was all I could utter . 'Who
for what, did a man go in my name ?''
were unanswered questions that flashed
through iny miudj . In this short . time,
so great is the power of imagination, I
thought of a man who had begged me to
recommend him to Mr Seward for aeon?
sulship ; that I had done so, bat that
Mr. Seward, not having the place vacant
would not gratify the office-seeker. Now
this man, mad with disappointment, is
surely gone to assassinate the Secretary.
These thoughts had hardly crossed my
miud when I reached the door of Mr.
Seward's ; I ascended quickly, and when
I got up staiis I met the blanched face
of Mrs. Scwatd, who, in an agonized
tone, said, "look to Mr, Seward !"
Mr. Seward Iny on bis bed, with pall
id face and half closed eyes ; he looked
like an exsangninated corpse. In ap
proaching hitn my feet went deep in blood
Blood was streaming from an extensive
gash in his swollen check ; the -cheek
was now laid upon, and the flap bung
loose on his neck. ; With prompt appli
cations of iced-water I checked the hem
orrhage, and then examined the extent
of the wound. The gosh commenced
from the high cheek bono down to the
neck, in a semi-circular form, towards
the mouth ; it was, probably, five inches
long aud two inches deep. It was a
frightful wocud. It seemed as if the
jugular vein or the corotid artery must
be wounded, so great was the loss of
blood. I was greatly relieved to fiud
that they were not.
Mrs. Seward and her dsnghter, almoet
paralyzed, were waiting and watching
for tny first word.' Relieved to see that
the Secretary hd f miraculously escap
ed the severing of those two vital vessels
I said : "Mr, Seward, even in your mis
fortune, I must coiiT.-.tulate you ; the
assassin has failed, aud your life is not
in danger."
He could not speak, but he made a
sign with the hand for his wife, and
daughter to approach, took hold of their
baud, aud his eyes only spoke and bid
them hope.
I had hardly sponged his acefre.m the
bloody strains and replaced the flap,
when Mrs Seward, with au intense look
called me to her "Come and see Fred
erick,'' said she.
Somewhat surprised, I said, "What is
tbe matter with Frederick I" In a pain
ful whisper she muttered. "He is badly
wounded, I fear."
Without adding another word, I fol
lowed her to the noxt room, where I
found Frederick bleeding profusely from
the head. He had a ghastly appearance
was unable to articulate, gave me a smile
of recognition, and poiuted to his head.
There I found a large wound a little
above the forehead and somewhat on the
left of the median line, and another fur
ther back, on the same side. The cra
nium had been crushed in in both places,
and the brain was exposed. The wounds
were bleeding profusely, but the applica
tion of cold water pledgets Boon stopped
the hemorrhage. I feared these wounds
would prove fatal.
... Mrs. Seward again was hauntiug me
with that intense look of silent anxiety.
I gave her words of encouragement ; I
feared they were unmeaning words.
Again she drew me to her with that
look I had seen in the other room. As
I approached, almost bewildered, she
said, ''Come and see Augustus."
' "For Heaven's sake, Mrs. Seward,
what does all this mean I"
' I followed her in another room on the
same floor, and there found Augustus,
with two cuts on his forehead and one
on his right hand. They were superfi
cial. : -
As I turned to Mrs. Seward to give
her a word of comfort, she said, ''Come
and see Mr. Robinson."
I ceased wondering ; my mind became
as if paralyzed ; mechanically I follow
ed her and examined Mr. Robinson. He
had four or five cuts on his shoulders.
Tbey, too, were superficial.
Again I turned to Mr. Seward, as if
asking, "Any more V yet unbelieving
that any more could be wounded. She
answered my look. "Yes. one more "
In another room I found Mr. Hansell,
piteously groaning on tbe bed. He said
he was wounded in the back. I stripped
him, and found a deep gash just above
the small of tbe back, near the spine. I
thrust my finger in the wound, evidently
made by a large bladed knife, and found
that it followed a rib, but had not peue-'
trated "the" viscera. Here was another
JUNE 25, 173.
miraculous escape!"' Even here I was
glad to be able to give a word of comfort.
- And all this the work of one man -yes,
of one man ! .- , ,'
No one ia that house knew then that
at that very moment, a more fatal, if not
so extensive a tragedy, was being per
petrated in that theater where we thought
people were rejoicing.
We were so engaged with the perilous
condition of the victims of this terrible
slaughter, that we had not time even to
ask for an explanation.
A blight, as if from a thunderbolt, bad
passed over this house, laying its inmates
low with stricken bodies, with paralyzed
souls. !
- What human passion, what frantic
revenge, could fiud a vent in such a
monstrous deed ?
What could Mr- Seward have done, in
the course of Lis life, to have awakened
such demoniacal passion I
- These questions each miud put to itself,
yet.no answer could be given. Yet, one
man, a man unknown even to Mr. Sew
ard himself, bad done it all !
Inexplicable, as horrible, was this foul
deed. .
Not comprehending either object,
cause, or extent, we had the doors of the
house locked.
In a few minutes the city was full of
the wildest rumors ; horrified and excited,
the people ran through the streets, giving
utterance to expressions of grief and
alarm, that grew deeper and deeper, and
rose higher and higher, until the unusual
sounds surged iuto an unterrnpted roar.
Attracted by this unusual commotion, we
lent our ear to comprehend the meaning
of the mysterious aud frantic echoes of
the people's lament. It was then we
learned that Mr. Lincoln had been shot
aud "tilled, in the midst of his frieuds,
by tbe side of his wife, at the acme of
the people's joy.
The mystery was solved. It was a
hellish machination of political madness.
The discovery, although overpowering,
was a relief. The victims of the tragic
act were innocent ; the causes were not
personal. The odious act sanctified the
victims.
Iu the face of so great a national ca
lamity, the calamity of Mr. Seward paled
in compaiison.
What a night for these two families;
what a night for the people of Wash
ington. The deed was as dark as the
night ; the people were convulsed with
rage, with sorrow, with fear.
Tread, tread, tread ! The people ex
citedly passed to and fro, as if in search
of an unknown something, stopping each
other to ask unanswerable questions, and
to relieve with groans, their sorrow
stricken hearts. Shutters were inquiring
ly thrown open by the fearless, doors
were locked by the timid, anxiety was on
every face. Were we walking on a vol
cano ? Households rose from their beds,
mothers folded their children within their
arms, as if tbey feared danger in the
very air. Men returned to their grief
stricken families.
Let us now recur to souse of the chief
incidents of tbe attempted assassiuation.
At or about 10 o'clock of the evening
of tbe 14th of April, thirty minutes after
1 had left Mr Seward, tbe bell of his
house gave a ring. William Wells, a
colored lad, who usually attended tbe
door, answered that ring. A man hold
ing a little package in his bands, pre
sented himself, saying I must go op to
Mr. Seward, to deliver bim the medicine j
and a message from Dr. Verdi. j
The lad tells bim he cannot go up ;
but he would deliver both medicine and
message himself.
No ; the stranger cannot trust the im
portant message, he must go up himself.
In vain the lad remonstrates. In his
testimony before the court, be stales :
"I told him he could -not go np ; it was
against my orders. That if he would
give me the medicine, I would tell Mr.
Seward how to take it. That would not
do ; be started to go up. Finding that
he would go np. Finding that he would
go up, I stepped past bim, and went up
tbe steps before him. Then, thinking
that such might be the orders of Dr.
Verdi, and that I was interfering, I beg
ged bim to excuse me. I became afraid
be might tell Mr. Seward and the doctor
of my interference, i He answered 'all
right." As he stepped heavily, I told
him to walk lightly, so as not to disturb
the Secretary." :
la tbe adjacent room to Mr. Seward's
Frederick is lying on the sofa, resting
He hears steps and voices ascending ; he
comes out on the landing and there meets
the stranger. .
Frederick inquires, "What do you
want?"
"I want to see Mr- Seward. I have
medicine and a message to deliver from
Dr. Verdi."
"My father is asleep; give me the
medicine and the directions ; I will take
them to him."
- "No, I must see bim ; I most see him,"
he repeats in a determined manner.
" I ou cannot see 111m ; you cannot see
hira. .I am the proprietor, here ; I am
Mr.,Scwards son. If you cannot leave
them with me, you cannot' leave them
at all '
WIIOLE NUMBER 1372.
The man still insists; Frederick still
refuses. The determined tone' of Fred
trick causes the man to hesitate; he ever,
turns to go down stairs, the lad preced
ing him, telling trim to walk lightly. He
descends four or five steps, when sudden
ly Le turns back and springs npon Fred
erick, giving Lim a blow doubtless with
the heavy pistol on the head, that fells
him to the ground. The lad, seeing the
brutal assault, runs down crying, "Mur
der, murder !'' He flics to the corner
General Angnr's headquarters. He fiuds
no guard. "
In the meanwhile Robinson, tbe nurse
in attendance on Mr. Seward, hearing the
unusual noise, opens tbe door and sees
the stranger, and Frederick thrown on
his hands and bleeding ; before he has
time for thnnght the assassiu is on him,
striking Lira to the grouud ; he quickly
riies, but before he can clinch with him
the assassin is on Mr. Seward, who,
having awakened and comprehending the
scene at once, had risen in his hud. The
assassin plunges an immense kuife in
Mr. Seward's face ; he attempts another
stroke at his neck, but Robinson is on
him, and the knife is partially arrested
He tries to diseugage himself from Rob
iuson by striking him with the kuife over
the shoulders.
- The daughter, who, too, is watching in
the dimly lighted room, screams "help"
and "murder."
Augustus Seward, who is taking an
early sleep to be able to watch his father
later in the night, is awakened by the
heart rending screams of his sister. This
room is on the same floor ; and undressed
he ruus to his father's room. His mind,
hardly awakened, does not take in the
situation ; be thinks his father delirious ;
he sees a man in the middle of the room ;
he thinks it is bis father ; he takes hold
of him ; as he grasps him be perceives,
by his size and strength, it cannot be his
father ; he thinks it is the man servant
drnnk or crazy ; he grapples with him to
cast bim out; he receives blows with
some instrument about the bead aud
hands. The man yells like a tiger, " I
am mad 1 I am mad t" Augustus pushes
him ont and follows him, locking the
door behiud him to prevent his return.
Augustus quietly goes back to his
father's room, only to discover that his
father and brother have hardly escaped
death from the hands of an assassin.
Mr. Hansel), a messenger of the State
Department, was sleeping in a room
above Mr. Seward's. He is there to help
if watited. He hears the scream.3 of
murder ; not being much of a hero, he
tries to make his way out of the house ;
as he descends the assassjn is behind
him, who, thinking that this mau is going
down to give the alarm, springs on h:H,
plunges Lis kuife in Lis back, f;I!s him,
aud passes by.
William, the colored boy, iu the raean-
-i:1p. lifld run nliout rrazilv in opt naia
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tauce, and returns with three soldiers
just in time to see the atsassin mount!,
his horse aud ride oa !
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it takes to relate.
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J Wilkes Booth the arch-nssassiu,
educated to theatrical tableaux, must
play the Brutus ; be assassinates the
President before two thousand people,
leaps' on the stage and exclaims, "Sic j
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army is after nith, and he' is run down '
like a cowardly fox. But the assassin J
of Mr Seward no one knows; there is
no clue to Lis identity AU the detec
tives are at work npon all sorts of im
possible theories ;' this man baffles their
acuteness. For three days all attempts
to get a trace of him are vain.
Booth, having thus exposed himself,
gave the detectives a point at start in
their plans of detection. They soon
learn Booth's strange affiliation with
John Surratt and his family. Accord
ingly an order is given for the apprehen
sion of the Surratts. At 11 p. m. of
tbe 17th the officers go to Mrs. Surratt
and inform her of their mission-. While
they are waiting in the hall for her to
get ready, a knock is beard at tbe door.
An officer opens, and a laboring iran,
with a pickaxe on his shoulder, appears.
He, seeing the officers, says, "Think I
am mistaken."
"Whom do you want to see?" the
officer inquires.
"Mrs. Surratt
'You are not mistaken, then, walk in.'
He walks in ; the door is" locked be
hind him.
"Do you want to see Mrs. Surratt V
"Yes."
W hat for P
' She has engaged me to dig a gutter
for her in the garden."
"Where have you worked ?"
"I have worked about the streets."
'Where did Mrs. Surratt engage you V
"She knows I work by jobs ; she saw
me iu the street and engaged me." -
"Did you come to dig a gutter to
night ?" .
"No ; I came lo ask ' her when she
wanU the dofHj ..
Ad officer goes and asks Mrs. Surratt
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man ; gets - excited ; she fears it " iaa
thief ' she is 30 glad the officers are in
tbe house !
- She comes in the hall, looks " at ' th
roan, and declares she never saw L-rnt i
her life. Yet, as h is proven by the
evidence in the trial, this man Lad oceif .
for three days, March 11; 15, aud 'a
guest at her house, ate at her owe table,
went to the theater with her son, Ac
This man gives Lia name aw Lewis
Payne. Lewis' Payne is arretted under
the suspicions' circumstances. William
Wells, the colored lad, war sent lor ;
beirg shown to a room containing sever
al people, he is askd if he' recognises;
the assassin among them 1
No ; he does not see bim.
Several other people are then bronght
in, when suddenly he walks towaroV
Lenis Payne, and in an excited mrnuier
exclaims : "There he is ! I knew I eoud
never forget that lip ! ' The recognition
was complete.
Next morning I accompanied Mists
Fanny and Augustus feward to the
Monitor, where Payne was held a prison
er. What a feeling must have prcvaded
tho bosom of this giil while she was-going
to meet this assassin, who, before
I her oVn eyes, had so brutally assanlttd.
and all but killed, her father. She had
seen him in a dimly-lighted room, under
great excitement. Would she recognize
him now? The idea of meeting this
man face to face, although where he was
harmless, would have excited rain fears
in marry a' girl's heart ; but she was
composed, and her demeanor expressed
only the dignity of her own strange
position:- She met the naval officer on
the Monitor with the same calm and
gentle manners so natural to her. Tho
officers, on the other hand, felt almost a
reverence for this girl who, instead of
making a demonstration of her harrow
ing grief, was commanding self, and iu
her own unaffected manner received tho
expressions of their respect and sympa
thy with unfeigned gratefuluess,
Payne gradually rose from- toe hatch
way, and with neck exposed, head un
covered, showiug a serious if not stolid
face, and colossal frame, he stood un
moved before this frail girl, who would
not even ntter a curse upon him. God
alone knew what passed in those two
hearts at that moment. Strangely quiet
they stood before each other. Were
they overwhelmed by the magnitude cf
a crime that was beyond man's redress 7
The scene was a solemn one too;oTema
for man to- titter a sound ; a siljcc,
broken only by the hissing wind and
surging waves pervaded the whole ship.
It was almost a' weird transformation
from a- mysterious power.
Miss Fanny was hanging on my arm.
Did I feel a quiver Probably I did for
I gently drew her from the painful scene.
Conscientious" even at this trying mo
ment, she could not identify the man
I her ludentification, she thought, mirht
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To the Questions cf the detectives
Payne answered hesitatingly and some
what evasively. Had he ever secu the
lady before 1 No.' Could he pronounce
Dr. Verdi's nrt ) lie pronounced it so
well that it ciade me shutTdcr. Yet my
name was a foreign cue, and he a strau-
ger to me. Had he evctvseeu Dr. crdi
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before ro. oucu was tbe assassin
l'ayne ; a head and face th it expressed
a preponderating criminal element.
There was a vacancy in that face amoiiut-
jiug almost to imbecility, liis answer
bespoke only a light degree of fear, not
of intelligence, liis pliystque was her
culean ; he was purely a brute ; an in
strument well adapted for the use of a
refined brain like Booth's.
Booth, egotistical iu his plot, wanted
no intelligence to share the honors of bis
self imposed heroisra. fie only wanted
blind instrument? to aid him in his dia
bolical scheme. AH his accomplices
ere of that character
True to his nature, Booth had prepar
ed means of escape for himself. Payne,
a stranger in these par Iff, had been left
ignorant of the topography of the conn
try, and even without means of susten
ance. Booth had taught him well .Lo
habits of Mr. Seward! ;' he had taught
him the physician's name that was to
bring him to Mr. Seward's couch, but
bad not taught him how to escape from
the avenging hand of jtstice, and Payee
fell a victim to his own ijpioTance and to
his master's Satanic egotism.
For three days Payne roamed about
the country ia the vain attempt to con
ceal himself. Hungered, friendless rest
less, he wandered back to the only one
who could and should offer him aid and
comfort he returned to Mrs. Surratt's.
A mysterious power was dragging hira
there. This criminal, whom man did not
know, was led by necessity to the houe
of Mrs. Surratt at the very moment that
tbe functionaries of the law were appre
hending bis accomplices Useless were
then the reiterations of innocence. There
they stood, self-accused !
An illustrative instance of this mau
insensibility was related to me by Major
CosirnriB 05 rovaia agi.
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