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gatest SrttjrapliU gtws.
He is AssßSfeiiiat*d in Ford’s
Theatre, Washington.
Attempt to Assassinate
Sec. Seward.
SIO,OOO Rewaid for Arrest
of the Murderers.
The Land in Mourning.
Preparations for the Funeral of the
War Department, )
Washington, April 15—11 :&) A M. )
fe llajar General Ihx:
This ever ing, at 9:30 P. M., at Ford’s Theatre, the Prari
dent, while sitting la hfa private bxx with Mrs Lincoln,
Xra Harris and Major Bathburn, was shot by an assassin,
v to suddenly tutored the box and approached behind the
3he sssasein then leaped upon the brandishing a
larte dagger or knife, and made hfa escape in the rear of
the theatre.
The pistol bail entered tee back part of the President’s
bead and penetrated nearly through the head Tae
wcund is mortal. The President has been insensible ever
lince it was inflicted, and is now dying.
About the same hour, an assassin, whether the tame or
■not, entered Mr. Seward’s ap ntmente, and under pretense
of having a per miption, was shown t? the Secretary’.!
sick chan ber. The aiwasti i immediately ru-hed tn the
bed and inflicted two or three stabs on ihe throat, xud
two cn the lace. It is hoped the wound may net be mor
tj.l. My apprehension is that they will prove fatal.
Tbe nurse alarmed Mr Frederick be ward who wjjlnan
adjoining room and hastened to the door of his father's
room, wiun he met the as.it ssin. 'who infix ed on him one
or more dangerous wounds. The recovery of Frederick
Seward is doubtful.
It isxofprtbable that the President will live through
the right.
G< neral Grant and wife were advertised to ba at the
theatre this evening, but he started to Burlington at 6
o’ckek this evening
At a cabi- et meeting, at which General Grant was
presert tbe subject of the state of tae country and the
prospect of a speedy peace was discussed. Trie Presi lent
ww very cheerful and hopeful, and spoke very kladly of
General Lee and others oi the Confederacy, and of the
establishment of government in Virginia.
All the members of the Cabinet except Mr. Saward
are now lu attendance upon the Pr> sident.
I lave seen Mr. Hew&rd, but he ami Frederick were
both unconscious.
Secretary of War.
War DBPumiiNT. Provost Marshal)
G£nfr»l’s Burkau Washington, >
P. C , Apr 1 15-9:49 A. M )
It is believed that the assassins of the President and
8 oretary Eeward are attempting ta escipa to Canada.
You will make a careful and thorough examination of
al persons attemptl: g to cross from the United Etates
Into Canada a?d v ill a r rest all tuspieious p rsens The
it oil vigilant serntir-y < n your part, and the force at your
<ispo j al, is demar del.
A description of tho parties supposed to bo implicated
in tic mtadcr 'will be telegraphed you today, But lu
tl e meantime be active in preventing the crossing of any
suspicious persons.
By order of the Secretary of War,
H. U JEFFEft-i, Bvt. Brig. Gen’l,
Acting Provost Marshal GeneraL
Wah Dxfabtmknt, Washington. !> <?.,»
April 15-4:10 A. M. 5
M-ajob Gen. Pix,
The Pi esid< nt continues insensible and is sinking.
Secretary Seward remains without change.
Frederick Seward’s sfcuil fa fractured In two places, be
tide a tevere ent upon the heal..
The attendant is still alive, b it hopeless.
Major Seward's wound fa n t dangerous-
Itis new ascertained with reasonable certainty that
two .issaefirs we’ e engaged in the horrib’.e crime. Wilkes
Booth being the one that shot tne President, and the other
a companion of his w hose name is not known, but
deticrkuon is so clear that be can h ird y escape. It
appears frem a letter found in Booth's trunk'that the
murd< r wa« planned before the 4th cf March, but fell
through then b< cause tbe accomplice backed out until
•' Bkhmoi d could be h«ard from.” B.»oxh and hfa ac
complice were at the live ry stable at elx o’clock last even
fa u, srd left there with their horses about ten o’clock, or
sbuit y before thathour.
It would seem that they had for several days been seek
ing tb< ir chance, but t<r fone unknown reason it was not
carrkd fa.to effect until last night
Or e of them hasevidmtly midohls way to Balti uore
—the otr.er bus not yet been traced.
E. M. B?ANTON, Secretary of War l
WASntNGtON, April 15, t»J). 5
Abraham Lincoln died this morning at twenty two
minutes a:’a r 7 o’clock
EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War.
Washington, April 15- 8.49 A. M.
M jor General Augur, coa manoin,’ tie Department of
Wi.sbirgton. has offered areward of SIO.<KU to the p irty
or parties arresting tue murderer of tbe President aua tne
astatsin <_ 1 the Secre lary ot State and his sou.
This mon irg at 6 o clock, there was no change in the
conditkn ol Stcretarj Seaaid
The CArentclc says a letter found in J. Wilkes Booth's
trunk, idei fafies him as the murderer of the President
Washington, April 15 1%5.
The assassinator of Preriieut LtacJn left behind him
his hat ard a spur.
The hat was picked uo in the President’s h;x, and hxs
been identified by pariie* to whcmlt has been shown, s,s
the tne belonging to the suspected man, aud accurately
described asibe ore belonging to the suspected man by
other partus cot allowed to see it before describing it
Ti ei j ur was dropped upon the stage, and that also has
been icentifl* d #s ihe one produred At a stable where the
same man hired a horse in the evening
The gentlemen who went to the Secretary of War to
apprise him ot the attack os Mr. Lincoln, met at tbe rest*
deuce ot he former a man muffled in a cloak, who, when
accosted by them, hastened away.
£, ; lt had been Mr. F tan ion’s intention ta accompany Mr.
Lincoln to the theatre and occupy tlio same box. but the
press of business prevented.
It the relore SLems evident that tha aim of the plotters
waa to paralyze the country by at once striking down ths
he ad, tbe heart, and the arm of tho country.
As soon as the dreadful eventa were aunounoed in the
streets, Fuperintendent Richard? and hw were
at work to disc over the assassin.
In a few moments the telegraph had aromed the whole
police force of the cicv.
MayorWaltach and several members of the City Gov
ernment were scon on the spot, a-id every precaution
v as tr.kcn to preserve order and quiet in the city.
Every street in Waihlugto-a was patrolled at the request
of Mr Richards.
General Augur sent horses to mount the police.
Every read leading out cf Washington was strongly
picketed, and every possible auenue of esc ipe was thor
oughly guarded.
Heamboata about to depart down tbe Potomao were
TI e Daily Chroniete flay? :
• Ai it fasuspected that this conspiracy originated in
Maryin d, the telegraph flashed the mourn ul newi to
Baltimore, and ail the cavalry was imm diately put noon
•c’ive duty. Every road was and every ore
caution ta j en to prevent the escape tf the
u a preliminary examination w mi le by Mosirs.
Richards*nd hl- asst tints Several pen*ms were oa'.ied
to testify, and tbe evidence aseltcfaei before an informal
tribunal, and not under oath, was conclusive to this
print: The murderer of President Llaooiu was Jona
Vt i k€B iko'h His hat wa« feu nd in eho private box and
ider-iitkd by several persons who Hal seen him within
the Ifatt two days ; acd the spur wfaLli ha dropped by ac
cident, alter he j imped tv ths stag s was i’deadfled as one
cl tt ofe which he had obtained from tae stable where be
hiied hte horse.
Th s man Beoth has played more IXvi once at Ford’s
Ti ea re, and is, ol course, asq tainted with fas exit and
enirarcts, and the facility with which he escape! behind
U e t cents fa c aaily understood
Tbe person who assassinated Secretary Seward left ba
hind him a slouched hat, and an old rusty nivy revolver.
The chambers were broken loose from the barrel, as If
dene by striking.
The loads were dralwn from the chambers one beluga
rough piece of lead, and the other baits smaller than tne
clumbers, wrapped in paper, as it to keep them froxi
falling cut
Washington, Saturday, A, ril 15-8:30 A. M.
Hopes are expressed this morning that Secretary Sew
ard v»ill survive his wounds. The surgeons evidently
despair of the Assistant Secretary, Frederick Saward.
1 he rebel as'.assin fa described by the colored porter on
c uty at that entrance door cf the house as a mau in light
j antaloi ns, and a dark frock coat, buttoned up, aoout the
aixe, to ute his o wn words, of Mr. George K. Baker.
lie represented that he was sent by Doctor Verdi with a
piescrli tion of medicine for Secretary Seward, which he
was told to deliver personally, with the doctor s instruc
ts ns how it shoukl be taken Tha porter d?e'.lned to ad
mit him, a parley ensued, at d full fire minutes passed be
fore the assassin effected admission into the hou-e.
With a directness of walk which would iniicita a
knowledge of the house, he went straight up to the Secre
tary’s bed room and entered it.
The character of phybfa tan was infaautly thrown off,
and that of a determined murderer put on. There were
four persons in the room: Major Augustus Saward, Miss
Fanny Seward, the Secretary’s daughter, a hired man
rurfe, and the Chief Messenger of the Bute Department,
also actiDg as nurse.
Tbe Secretary lay in bed on his back; the assassin jump
ed upen tne bed, and endeavored to cut the throat of his
He Inflicted threw different wounds upon it. Wnl’.een
j gaged in It the man nurse had flung himself upon his btd
ard thrown tus arms around him and sirivdn to pall him
! etf tbe bed.
; The murderer instantly reversed the action of hfa knife
' and ttabbt d aid cut quickly over hfa shoulder, and drove
| the nurse ofi bis baea. He then sprang from the bed and
er gaged in a fight for escap* with all that opposed hiaa.
| He stabled the chief messenger in tbe
1 break*, stabbed Maier R?»%!<i in the arm and beat him
over tbe head and face with a hravy pistol a??d disabled
i him.ai d attacked Frederick Bcward who hsdenterelthe
rocm.roman adjoining chumler, and gave him a ?catp
wuund with hfa knife, which, strange to ary, commenced
attre forehead, passed over the top cr the head, and ex
tended part way down tne back of the head, and then
’ riruck him, either wfa.h the pistol or a slung shot, a heavy
blow , which knocked him down insensible.
| The way of escape was clear; the acrasin ran down
' stairs, mounted his horse awr rode rapidly away.
The Secretary’s throat has three dis'.icct g; shop; no art*
ery hrs teen eeverer, and although mcuh effadon of
. blood hts taken place, and a terrible sco-:k given to bis
enfeebled system, hopes are entertataed of hfa recovery
I Frederick Seward sustained a :racture ot tne skill.
: Portions of the bone have been temoved from the wound,
j The tinfavuja'.le symptoms cf stupefaction and vomiting
en-ved upon the fa jury, and have characterized hfa ccn-
I dition during the night
Major Sewaid is about this morning, one arm in a sling
ard his head and lace bandaged.
The department metaenger fa considered to be dinger
otfly wounded. Tbe hired iHtrse.’swouc-dsare superficial
ar d although numerotf. are nut serious.
' Tbe ateassin is said to have be<:n trace! by the horse he
rode, and which was hind trorn a liv< ry stable hereto
Long Brkge, ard over into Virginia, Both the man and
the crime are the power.
Washington, April s—ll A. M.
The Star extra flays:
At twen’y minutes past s«ven o’clock the President
i breathed hfa lart, closing his eyes as if falling to le»p,
and his couLtenarce assuming an expression of perfect
■ serenity. Thor* were no indications of paio, and t was
' rot krowD tbwt he was dead until the gradually decn&s
--i ing respiration ceased altogether.
Tie Rev. Dr. Gurley of ths Nev York Avenue Presby
terian Church on its being asc rtained that
life was extinct, knelt at the bedside and offered an Im
prwaive prajer, which was resoonCed to by all prese*.t.
Dr. Gujley then proceeded to toe front parlor where
It n. Lircoln, Captain Itobert Lincoln : Mrs John IL»y, tha
Fiivrte i ecretary, and others were wafatng, where he
agdn ottered a prayt j for the ccnsohtton oi tae family.
The foilowlug minutes taken by Dr. Abbott the
condition of the late President f ronghout the night:
11 o’clock, pulse 44.
11 06 o’clock, putee. 45, and growing weaker.
11 10 o’clock, pulse 45.
11:15 c ’clock, pulre 43,
11:20 o’clock, pulse 45, respiration 27 to 2L
11:25 c’elock, pulse 42,
11:32 o’clock, pulse 18 and full.
D :40 j’clock, pulse 45.
11:45 o'clock, poise 45, respiration 22.
12 o’clock, pulse 48, respiration 23.
12:15 o’clock, pulse 48, respiration 21,
Ei hmyotis both eyes.
12:30 o’clock, pulse 45.
12 32 o’clock, puke G)
1.’:30 o'clock, pulse 06.
12:40 o’clock, pulse 69—rightej e m tch swollen and cob
12:45 o’clock, pulse 70.
12.15 o’clock, pulse 8d- straggling motion of arms.
1 G’ckck. puJse 86—respiration SO.
ISO o’clock, pufae 95—apt earing caster.
furroundir.g the dsaih bed of the Presid-nt were Score.
tar les Stanton, Wel. e, Usher, Attomay-Gansr il Bpsed,
Poetmatter Ger.tral Dennison, M. B Field, Assistant Sec
retary cf the Treasury; Judge Otto. Assistant Secretary ot
the Interior; Gen. Halleck. Gen. Maiga, Senator Sumner,
B. F. Andrew a of New York, General Todd, of Dacitah;
John Hay, Private Secretary; Gov. Oglesby, of I ltao\s;
Gen. Farnsworth, Mr: and Miss Kenney, Miss Harris,
Captain Robert Unepln, sou ot tha President and Ora E
W r . Abbott, R. K. St:n ,C. D. G.faCh, Naal Ha.;: ami
Liebtnnar.n. Secretary McCullough removed with the
Freriderd until about 5 o’.te.ck, an ! Becrer.iry eh ,se,
after revcral attendance during the night, returned early
th s morning.
Imineuittiely aft? r tie Preridem’-s death a Cabinet meet
ing wss called by Secretary Stanton, and held tn the room
in v. hii h tl e corpse ay. ■ Secretaries Welles, Stanton aud
Usher, Postmaster General Demrfaou, and Attorney Gen
eral Spe< d were present. The re«us:s of tbe conference
axe as j et unknown.
The above pai tb.u am o c - ning the PrtiddenL’i) death
a:e from the Extra Et*.*ir<g ttar.
1:45 o’ckck, pu’ae 86, \« ry quitt, refjpiraticn i- -eyatay,
Jure Lincoln present.
2:1( o’clock, Mrs. LLu .oln retired with Robert Lincoln to
an adjoining room.
2:30 o’clock. President very quiet, pufae 54. respiration
2:52 o’clock, pulse 48, respiration 30.
3 o’clock, visited ajainby Mrs. Lincoln.
3:26 o’clock, respiration 21 a ad reg liar.
3 35 o’clock, prayer by Rev. Dr. Garley.
4 o’clock, respiration 20, am regular.
4:15 o’clock, pulse 60. respiration 26.
5:60 o’clock, respiration 28, regular.
6 o’clcck, pul*e failii g, respiration 28.
6:30 o’clock, still falling and labored breathing.
7 o’clock, symptoms i f immediate diitwlutiun.
7:22 o’ciock, Ceath.
Washington, April 15, 1865.
The President’s body was removed from ths private
rtsider.ee opposite Ford’s theatre, to the Exscutive Man
sion, this morning at half past nine o'clock, la a hear-.e
and wrapped in the American flag It «’« aborted by a
small guard of cavalry. General A’igur and other mili
tary tfiicers following on foot.
A cense exowd accompanied the remains to the Whi\6
House, where a military guard excluded the crowd,*'-
lowir gnorebut pore-ms of the household personal
frtencs of the deceased to enter the premises. Senator
Yates and Representative Farm.worth being among '.h?.
number ftCmfa ted.
The body is being embalmed with a view to Its removal
to IlUncis.
Flugs over the departments and throughout the cfa.y are
half-mast. Scarcely any business fa being trana.i-itel any
where, either on private or public account.
Our citiznes,!: without any preconcert whatever, are
draping th< ir premises wtih fes'oonsof mourmng.
The bells are tolling mournfully. All is the deepest
gloom and sadness Strong men weep in (Ae streets. Tae
grief is wide-spread ind deep, and frvtrsnge contrast to
’h jc-y so lately manifested over our recent military vic
This is indeed a day of gloom.
Reports prevail that Mr. Frederick TT. Seward, who
wa-j Kindly ajai-.ti’-g the nursing of Secretary Reward, re
ceived a stab in the ba k. Hte shoulder-blxde prevented
the knfleor dagger into hfa body, Thd
prorpectsaretiiathe will recover.
Tr.e Government Departments are closed by order, and
■will be draped with the usual emblems of mourning,
. The reads leading to and from the city are guarded by
the milliard, and the utmost.circampection fa -ooserve i as
to all attempting to enter or leave tae ci:y.
Amcrg ’be circumetauces te. ding to fix a participation
lu '.lie crime on Bcoih were letters Sound tn his trunk, one
of w’rJch, ftpjarertly from n. Uv’v, supplicated him to
deribt Horn the perflvtw undertaking in which lie wai
about to embark, as the lime was inausp-clxus, ths mine
not yet being ready to be sprung.
The extra Ir<telligenar says ■
‘ From tha evidence obtained it Is rendered highly
pretab e that the m.k? who stubbed Mr Seward and hfa
»3E.s is John Surratt, of Prince George county, M* v.tand.
” Ttc herre he rode was hired at Naylor’s s.aota, on
Fourteenth street Surratt is a young man, with light
hair and goatee. Bis lather is sud to have oeen pos
master of Prince George county.
•• About eleven o’clock last night two men crossed the
Anacot.ua Bridge, one< f whom gave hfa name as Booth
ard the other as Smith. The latter is believe! to be John
‘••last night, a riderless horse wai found, which has
been icentifl d by the proprietor of one of tha stables
previously ment oned uaving baen hired from his
" Accounts aieccntlicflag as to whether Booth crossed
the bridge on horseback or on foot But as It is believed
that he rede across it, it is presumed that he had ex
changed his horse.
“ From information in the pcssesßion of the authorities
it is evident that the Scope of the plot was intended to be
much more comprehensive.
“Tbe Vice President and other oromlnant members of
the Administration were particularly inquired tor by saj
pected parties, and their precise localities accurately ob
tained ; but providentially, in their cimb tne scheme
“A boat was at once sent down the Potomac to notify
the gunboats on tbe river of tha awful crime, in order
ihat all possible means should be taken for ihe arrest of
the perpetratoi s.
“ The most ample precautions have taeti tak?n, and it fa
not believed the cutoriis will lung succeed la escaping the
ovc-rtakiug anu of justice.”
Washington. April 15—12 o’clock.
At an early hour this morning the Hon. Edwin M. dean
ton, Secretary ot War, sent an official communication to
Andrew Johnson, Vice-Presiaent of the United State.*,
stating that in consequence of tie sudden and unixpactol
death of the Chief Magistrate, hfa inauguration should
take jlace as soon as possible, and requesting him to
jtate the place aod hour at which the ceremony should
be performed.
Mr. Johnson Immediately replied that ft would be
agreeable to Dim to have the proceedings take place at
his rooms in ths Kirkwood House, as soon as tha Arranga
xnentß could be perfected.
Chief Justice Chase was informed of the fact, and re
paired to the appointed ptace, in company with Sucre
taiy McCollough of tbe Treasury Department, Attorney
Ger.era! Speea, J P. Blair, Sen., Hom Montgomery Biair,
Senators I cote, of V« rm mt Ramsay, of Minnesota; Yates,
of Illinois; Stewlrt, of Nevada; Hate of New Hampshire;
and Gereral Fainsw. rth, ot Illinois.
At 11 o’clock the oath of ofli ■« was administered by the
Chief Ju tlce of tie United States In his usual solemn ani
impressive manner.
Mr. Johnsen received the kind expressions of tbe gen
tlemen by whom he was surrounded in a manner wiiioh
Fhcwcd hfa earnest sense of the great responsibilities so
suddenly devolved upon him, and made a brief speech in
which he said: ‘ The duties oi the office are mine. 1 will
perorm thtoin. The consequences are w ith God. Gentle
men, 1 shah lean upon you. I leel that I shall need your
support. lam deeply impressed with tne solemnity of tha
occadon ard the j capons ibilfiy of the duties of the offlee I
am assuming.”
Mr Jchnscn appeared to be in remarkably god health,
and hi.Ha high and realizm? sense of the hooes that are
centered upon him. His manner was solemn an i .digni
fied, and his whole bearing produced a most gratifying
la predion upon those who participated in the ceremonte- 1 .
It fa probable that during the day President JoSnsjn wii
issue his first proclaim.ton to the American people.
Washington, April 15—3 P. M. J
jfafor Ge/ieral Dix, New Yoik:
At twelve o’clock the President met the Heads of D j
partnunts in cabinet meeting at the Treasury building,
and among other business the following was transacted:
IVret—The airaugementa for the funeral of the late
President were referred to the several Secretaries, as far
ab relates to their retpec Ive departments.
£ecowJ—William Hun;er, Esq., was appointed Acting
F<<retaiy of State during the dwabdity of Mr. Seward,
ard hfa ion, Fr-.dcrkk Saward, the Assistant Secretary.
The President formally anutnoced that be de
nied to retain >he present Secretaries cf Departments of
his cabinet, and they would io cn and disc barge their re
specth e duties in the fame mtnnt r ss be (.re tba deplore
tit ev?ntthat ha l changed the head <>f thr» government
All was swended curing
m9 |aiit,prnlltnt.”
The surgeons report that the condition of Mr. Seward re
mains de charged. Ho fa doing well.
No improvement iu Mr. Frederick Seward.
Tbe mu d- rers have not yet been apprehended.
It is expected, though nothing hii be n definite y deter
mined upon, that the funeral of the late President XAu
ooln will take pl ire tn. or about Thursday next,
D fa support that his remain i will be temporarily de
posit* d hi the Congressional Cemetery.
The following dispatch from tha State Department was
received this arteraoen by Mr. J O. Derby, United States
Dispatch Agent in this city, with instructions to send a
copy to Mr. Adams at London by tae steamer of to day,
if i eceived intixe:
Washington, April 15.
The rad duty devolves noon noon me to anoounce the
of the President at Ford’s Theatre tart r.iglri
by a j istel shot from a person who entered the box for
the purpere.
’lhe assaidn escaped, but it is supposed has been ar
The President died ai 7:30 o’clock this morning
Ve e President Jotasoa has assumed tha functions of
Fn Fident navmg been sworn in oy the Chie: Jostios.
About the tame tim* an attempt was made by (it is be
lieved; a different person to a’lsei‘rinate Mr Sewarl, but
tbe murderer only suxeedfid in Inflicting painful and re
vere wounds principally upon hfa face.
Mr. F W. HewarQ vas beaten over to,*) head with a
heavy weapon in the hands oi the person who attacked
his lather, aud gri"v<ii O Jy hurt Hfa brother was also
wounded by the daggir of the as was Mr Hon
ue. l a nieiengeref tha Department, who wa-j with tne
Secretary, ai»d the m,ie nurst. in attendance
Acting Sjcretary of State.
This dispatch earne in time t.i send a message to Minis
ter Adams by the steamer which left Portland at three
o’clock this afiernoofl.
IXfOUTivs Chamber, )
.A lb an r. Ap r 1115,1 &J 5. 5
'ihe fearful tregvdj at Washington has converted an
cccafkn of rejoicing over national victories into one of
mi l* Dal mourning It fa flltiug, therefore, that the twen
tieth ol April, heretofore iet apart a? a (lay of thank -
givirg, ihoulJ now to service.? appropriate
to a season of nationalbereavement.
Bowing reverently to the Providence of God, let ua
assemble in our piact-sof worship on that day to : c now
ledge our dependence an Him who has brought sudden
darkness on the land in the very hour of it restoration
to union, peace and llterty.
In witness whereof . have hereunto set my hj-cd and
affixed the privy seal <f the Btate; at the city of AibAny,
this fifteenth day of /pril, iu the year of our Lord one
thousand eight humlrai and sixty five
Signed, R. K Fbnton.
By the Governor :
Geo. 8. Hastings, Private Secretary.
[To C. A. Seward, rom a member of the a nily.]
Washington, April 15—3:15 F. M.
Secretary Seward hv> been Informed of th? death Of
Mr. Lincoln, and of tie critical condition of Frederick
who is still uncor.S' iota. The Governor fa no worse, and
bis physicians feel ho-ieful of him.
hi the tl y.
The feeling lu tbe city, as It has oeen given expression,
is most intense. Stores of all kinds were closed early yes
terday and draped in Bouruing. la the afternoon hardly
a place of business renamed open. The asrassLaation of
the President was the only subje ct of comment.
At about hiif-pastehven o’clock a carriage, containing
G<n. ral Butler, came d Ivinr down Nassau s r reet into
Wall street, followed by a targe crowd, shouting after it
to stop, which it finally did in ! rent of the Custom Hoa«e,
in William street Meanwhile tha targe concourse of
people, who btd gathered around th-* street, took posi
ticns in front of the building, catling upon tha General to
cc me out.
After a nnetlug had been organize! by the apuol* t
rr.vnt of Simeon Dracer. Esq., as Prefltd< nt, Gen. Butler
was presented and made a speech He Rai l th:«t -i few
cays ago tne people waved tbe flags which now are
draped iu menrning in joy over our late victories and
u;.cnthe prospect ol a near and gloriou* i.eaoe. Taen «c
assembled in glaoness, but co oay ’- e are g-chjred in griet
Hr the loss ol t: at noble, good, generous man, th? great
ert sraufmau o’ the Abraham Lincoln
firm k (V-wn by the sorrow of the event, the peontoi»-a l
higher ditties to rerform. They had m see that twdeath
was net lost to the country, other rebel<ions ha t b-’en
wai gi.rated by aesaHsiuativ us but taiswi .kfd rebe lion,
in i s (i\i. £ gai-p, gavetue murdtr .us blow to tha Chief
Mastetnte of a great country , aco even struck down a
dung old man <n ins bed of agosy It Miowea at ic«
ceath the bin d hatred toward the peoph by striking do vn
tbe mos pover'ul, most leideut, most precious friend its
kactrs had in this hour, wii n toey surely need-J aim
n.. st, H< u’n net these wicked men who have nurtured
ti.-ib ba' u d t< el toward rthers. if th y kill t*io e who nad
d. Di :h« m good? Ihe s’.length o' tne reoellion was
ci u-m d, bin its soul shou’d o* crushed -i thrre wcukl be
nopea- e. The spirit ot tbe rebellion was ny gone with
its arn y. It sat deejn.r among the lenders, au i taev
bhou;d be brought to punf hm' /jt Trere was no reason
to deeptir. Tne life of Mr. Lincoln was hrovidentia'.ly
eave.d tour years ago; «nd row that be na i done wh *t ha
meant to do, tbe people flhou d do the little he left uu
cote, ad kill the s.uiof tbe r?be lion fhh *r.
J<hns< n’t obi-cl and he was r.ot cn : y willing but able to
do it. bad Mr Lircoln foreseen wh-at waa to ersue.be
wculd net have punued ihe couise of cl miency which
mtart death to him m forgiveness meant assasnuxd >n.
in closing, tbe General asked the people to demand ne
i tous puj'isbment for ail who brought on or participated
In the letelllcn.
Lon. Taulel *?. Dickinson followed, ani ’also
Gereral Peck, General Garfield, of Ohio; Hon. Moh&i
Grinnell, Hon L. E Chittenden.
The following resolul in was adopted by the meeting :
Rr solved. That this me sting, iu vie w ot the nation’s be
reaveirent in ihe aeath of Abraham L'ncoln, recommend
the cliiztiiS oi Naw York to wear the usual badge of
mourning fcr thirey cays.
The re was a general stupe irdon of business in ail the
courts of this city and Brooklyn yesterday. Flags were
at half mast, aad many were the expressions of sorrow
at the sadden and terrible tragedy which deprived the
nation of its head.
As an expression of the deep and all pervading regret
felt for tte death of the President, the city fa already
in gineral mourning. Ail the public and private buildings
art draped. The newspaper offices also show outside ex"
prcsslcLS of woe, and flags were at half mast every where*
Custom Housis, New Yore, (
Collectok's uffius, April 15, 1835. 1
To all persons attached to the Customs D-jpartmeus of the
District ot Nt-.w kork:
Slab—Anticipating your proposed resolati nin such re
gard, I i ere by atmoiiuoe to you thrt it will be in order to
wear crepe ou tne ieit atm for tuirty dayt next succeed
lug this Cate, as un emblem of hocor and resoaot to our
departed President. &. DRAPER, Collector.
Painters’ Dkpartmknt, )
U. 8. 'NAVY Yard, I
New York, April 15, 1855 )
On the aunoupcemcnr of the daata by awassination of
our much respected and highly esteemed Ctaiat Magistrate
of chete United States, the Department assembled and
passed tbe io.-lcwing resolutions:
G<d, In his a 11 wise Providence, b.ai seen fit
through the bora os the ruthless assaKtin. to remove from
the head of tnfau dim tt e hope and pride of the loyal
peop eof tr-ese Lmted Slates; therefore
Awofced, Tnattnis department fa profoundly sensible of
the great loss nistaii.ed by the people ot these United
biates tn the death or Abraham Lincoln.
Attoited, That iu cout-.-mutating the character of the
deieastdwc meat uaturaliyaud fondly revert to ihosn
qualities ot Ins mind and heart which graced his personal
demeanor ar.d intercourse, to the ever cheerful temper,
the warm atieciicn and genial intercour-e the tretii and
playful spirit, and to tne race, varied and executive re
quirtiuexits ot our late President.
L>>ohe4, Tost v bite thus mindful of the cer.ional at
traction now lost to ujtorev<r, we should not omit to tes
tity our high appreciation of tiie learning, the clear and
ptrfuasive method oi reasoDiog. the nice pow»rof dii
elimination, unwavering industry, strict sense of justie?,
jpfitxible'ntegri y, anu greit prActicil wisdom, which
illustrated ana accrr.ed his career as Chief Magistrate of
tbeee United Mates
1 hat we tender the expression of condolence
totdefeflheted family of the deceased and to the loyal
p« ople ot the United States, end t iat a cony of these reto
luuwxS. gigued by the Committee, o« publuhed.
George W. Freed,
John D Hann,
Kdwakd W. Moonky,
Charles Atkinson,
Joseph H. Edgerlf,
John Mitchall,
The incident in the life o' Abraham Lincoln are as gen*,
erally km wn throughout the c-. uatrv, that taere it no
rpectal call lor an extended biographical notice at thfa
Born on the 12th of Fe
Kentucky Mr, Ltacoln’s early Ute w»s spent in poverty
;nd toil. His lather, Thomas Lincoln, removed -rem ■fa
homestead in Kc mucky, when Abraham was in bis
eighth year, and sebtfd in Spencer conn y, India nt.
a, ter si ending twelve years in th?ir n% v ho ne, the
family emigrated to Decatur, Jl'inofa, where .abrahan
hired Lin; e f cut&s a term car.d to the neighbors, or as a
ckrk in s store Iu when the Black Hawk w.,r
broke ot t he joined a volun eer company, aid wts
tin sm cattsin.
He was rec< rded ss an efficient, faithful officer, watch
fu! < i hfa men, nud prompt in the discharge of hfauuty;
»nd bis courage and pain >ti-m shraukfrcin no da-ig ; r<
or haidrl ips. A ter ms military life, ha ranfor tha Illi
nois Ltgidiature, but was de.teatea. He sroiequinily
fai id iu bUflmsa, ani wag appam ed f odnu er.
In 1844 he was sent to tre L gfalature, and wh*n the
fi ts <n u>» over be commune, a the study oi law and oU
ta x.fd alie-Dst to r.racnce. m uartrerstilp with hfafriend
ardfoxmer c<>'ie>gue in the Legislature, Hon John T.
btiiait In IM7, Mr. Lincoln wa.-. eiac.ed to Congress a<
the only V hig representative from Il inota White in tin
Lome he then It trocu.ed a bill to atalfah staviry iu the
I i'trict o ! Co tmlia.
Hib non if at ion a> d eltcthn a? to'esider.tin 1860 and
l c 6t are.subjeits of which ail are fuliv cogntzm The
<ivj) war wi i< h followed; the hundreds oi thousands
s’aio; the setot < mancipat on. and other events, whicn
bavi rei dtrec tt e lasttour veaistre rn st memorable in
the h s’< rv of die nation need no recital here.
i. it as'rarge v draw a'le cnncltifl'on to see ao-eventful
a'P- hblj'is rethe war which tad made ire uoraole b s
rrti t rw of cfti.e Wfs eomirg p> a close, *.nd on the
feurih aonivcrrery of <he inrreudcr of Fort Hunter, na
DA/kLa ta aftEasataAted, and uxato too, at the xxational capl-
His Family, Antecedents,
Age, Political Sentiments,
Professional Career,
Etc , Etc.
John Wilkes Booth whose portrait appears
above, is a eon of Junius Brutus Booth, the cel
ebrated English tragedian, who came to thia
country about the year 1828. Ila is, we under
stand, the youngest of four children, Junius
Biuius, Jr , Rosalie, married to J. 8. Clarke the
actor; Edwin and himself. He is the son by a
eewnd wife ; ar,d is now about 23 years of age.
Be is described as being a due looking man,
stand'ng about five feet nine inches, and having
daik ejee, dark hair and a fair complexion. Hie
fa'htr on ccmng to this country, played several
times at Richmond, Va. before visiting New
Yoik and the other Eastern cities. The place
where he appears to have fix'd his residence,was
Baltimore. Here it was that Jao. W. and the
other children Junius aud Rosalie excepted, w : re
bcm. The elder Booth played frequently at the
I’aik Theatre in this city, and found the appre
ciation which hie high tragic talent deserved.
Indeed, the reputation of the eons is iu a great
degree owing to the father’s. Toe family while
here moved in very good society, boarding at
cur best hotels. They are said to hare been
ford of good living, and bitterly it is said that
John has been addicted to too frequent indul
ge rice in the intoxicating cup Ilia alatus as a
tragic actor has never bitn very h gh in the es
tiiLation of “ good theatrical-critics.” Ho
could, however,
“ Split the ears of gromrlllugs.”
He graduated at William and Mary College,
Maryland, aid three years ago Le appeared at
Winter Garden as f.ic/iard ILL, and was consid
ered to have made a decided hit. The next even
ing as Charles de Moor, in “ The Robbers.”
Recently he has not played extensively, but ru
mor says that he has been extensively engaged
in the oil business, and has realized about SI9J,-
LCD. Like his two brothers, El-vin and Junius
I Brutus, he inherited and early manifested a pre-
I dilection for the stage, and is well known to the
I theater-goers and the public generally as a tiue
icoking young man, but as an a tor of more
' promise than performance. He is beat remem
bered, perhaps, in Richard, which he played
closely after his father’s conception of that
character, and by his admirers was considered
superior to the elder Booth. Ho was quite popu-
Ur iu the western and southern cities, and hie
last extended engagement was, wa believe, in
Chicago. We have neard excellent aotors say—.
and actors are not over-apt to praise each other
—that be had inherited some of the most bril
liant qualities of his father’s genius. But, of
late, an apparently incurable bronchial affection
has made almost every engagement a failure.
The papers and criticr have apilogized for his
“ hoarseness,” but it has long been known by
hie friends that he would be compelled to aban
don the stage.
He is of a passionate and enthusiastic nature,
and was easily excited upon any subject. In
acting he often became madly frenzied, and the
atrical record is full of anecdote of the mishaps
of brother actors who have played with him, par
ticularly in the fencing scenes of such pieces as
Richard 111. and Macbeth. While playing the
former character in thia city a few years ago he
threw the “Richmond” of the evening off the
stage into the orchestra among the drums and
fiddles. Although publicly he had no politics,
yet his sentiments were well known by ail who
were intimate with him as in full sympathy wi;h
the it bellion and its moat rabid leaders. H;s
frame was light and nervous; he frequently
gave himself up to periods of dissipation, which
rendered him next to a madman. It is said by
tome that ho was given to opium ea iug, It is
to be hoped that the mad act of John Wilkes
will not be allowed to reflect upon Edwin. Bor
the information of those who do not know Mr,
Edwin Booth’s opinions, and who may imagine
that eentiments are inherited’ with family names,
we will say, that he has been a thorough Union
man ; he has on different occasions, here and
elsewhere, performed for the benefit of the San
itary Commission, and in many other ways has
shown his sympathy with the Union cause. Wa
are informed that political differences Had caused
a'serious quairel between Mr. Booth and his
brother some time ago and that w tliin a month
Edwin had turned him forever from bis house in
Nineteenth street where the mother of both live.
Edwin is now in Boston playing an engagement.
Ilia health since the death of his wife, abou a
year since, has not been firm, and it is to be
f arid that our most eminent tragedian, as well
as the President himself, may fall baf.ie the
shock given him by the assassin.
J. Wilkes Booth was in this city soma three or
four days ago. an” is said to have been aocom
panied to Washing'on by a very particular friend
of his namtd Canning, whose description exactly
fits that given by Secretary Seward of the man
] who attempted to assassinate him. Whether he
•is rhe one or not remains to ba seen. The last
time the assassin played in Naw York was for ths
benefit of the Shaksptre Monument Fund, at the
Winter Garden, on the night of the 25th of Nov
ember, 1864, The play was •* Julias Caaaar,” aid
with a cast including the three Booth brothers—
Edwinas ll’utus, Junius as Cassias, and John
Wilkes as Marc Antony. If it is indeed true
that he is the assassin of the President, the uni
versal indignation which will consign him to
lasting infamy will not prevent the profoundsst
sympathy and sorrow for those who are allied to
him by blood.
Bcoth for some time past his been very much
given to drunkenness, and in his intoxicated
moods was very violent in his secession vie ws.
Ordinarily he was “As mild a mannered min as
ever cut a throat or scuttled a ship.” A sort
of hoaisenees induced by his frequent potations
Lad pretty much destroyed his voice an.l he
bad left the stage forever.
He is now damned In his owu conscience and
to all eternity. To-day a wanderer in the wilds
of Virginia, if not yet secured, stung by the re
morse of bis own conscience, followed by the
cur. es of a nation whose chief ho has murdered,
be undoubtedly suffers all the pangs that the
human mind can suffer. Fly where he may, ha
wilt ever see before him the ghastly faoa of tha
noble man whom he has murdered, and seek in
vain amid the temporary insanity of the
drnxkaid’s-bQwl, a forgetfulness of his crime and
a release from the pangs of an outraged ooa
ecience. There will be no rest for hi non this
earth until the felon’s cell shall enclose him.
That God may bless the successor of tne mail
whom he eent so suddenly into eternity is the
prayer of every lover of bis country.
The genius who RULiis the tag-rag
mid bobtail of the defunct Southern confeder
acy, has issued a proclamation dated Danville,
Va., Apiil 5, in which he announces to his de
luded adherents that ha intends io hold Vir
ginia at all hazards. This declaration is made
under the supposition that General Lee would
eicape the toils of General Grant and unite
his army with Johnson’s. Had Davis sup
posed for one moment that events would turn
out differently from what he anticipated, it is
notjto be supposed he would have made such
an ats of himself as to issue a proclamation
filled with so many bold assurances as are to
be found in this proclamation. In the light
of the events which have transpired since the
dating of this manifesto of the arch-traitor,
the statements made by him cannot but excite
-miles oi derision even on the faces bl' those
who, i> the North, are most affected toward
his cause.
During the palt week the President
issued two important proclamations designed
for the consideration of European governments
aid shippers. The first demand that our ships
of war shall be placed en an equal footing in
all foreign ports with those of the most favored
nations; and the second formally closes porU
in the States in rebellion which have hitherto
been declared under blockade. These procla
mations in effect demand of all powers having
treaties of amity with the United States, that
that they shall no longer recognize the so
called Confederacy as a belligerent power—
that they (ball, iu fine, at once ignore its ex
istence and look upon its ships as pirates.
A Chinese giant, believed to bo the
largest man in the world, and the moat amiable
man alive, is exhibiting in Hang Kong. He
stands about eight feet two or three inches in
height, and is proportionately broad.
The Emperoi Maximilian baa ordered
s. telegraph line to be constructed from th? City
of Mixioo to the State capitals of the var ous
States under his authority, to ba connected with
the wire from the United States.
The Chinese in Nevada county, Cal,
stick polished copper rods into the amg al am in
sluice boxes, to which it adheres. They thus ro’o
sluices and flumes of gold, even when the water
is passing through them.
A mechanic of Milwaukie, Mich.,
has man ufactured a wonderful piece of oabmet I
work, intended as a present for Mr. and Mrs.
Lincoln. Ilia an ordinary siz-d centre-table of
octagonal form, composed of twenty thousand
different pieces of wood.
It is represented that a tallow mine
has been discovered in the town of Windsor,
Corn. The greasy eubet&nce rises to the top of
a spring so the story goes, to the thickness of l
three- eighths of an inch. I
It was the intention at Polios H ladquVr'.ers
and in the various station houses to. oelebr* e
Thuidays in a becoming manner. But ths aoi •
sin.tion of President Lincoln wjl nndou'geily
end all preparations for merry-making txth
there and elsewhere.
During the past week th s Police Commissi*. E>
ers have been engaged in mvvsligating a very
cmions case. Mrs. Bridget Gross, who claims
to have lately resided at amah r lira, S. I, states
that on March 28 she came to this city and re
ceived some money which had been sent to ter
from Washington, where her busbard then lay
sick in lioepit-L In the evening, not knowing
where to go, she applied to a dim to tall her
where she cculd find a Ldging for the night. Hi
took her to a house in Washington street,at .iut
Rector, and on her biirg ebo-’-n into a bedrabm
her conductor followed and oomm- noed to dis
robe, She wished to know wbat he mea<nt, and
he replied that he intended to bass the night
with htr. Skerepljrd that he should not. He
rejoined that be had money enough to ray her,
and the replied that the had money enough pt
her own. He wished to, know where, and sha
pointed to her boeom. He ina'atiCy sprang upon
her, tcre open her drees, seized the pock: t-boclr,
which contained sl9, and made off with it. Na
turally excited by the (.courreuce, she went to
tl e landlady and narrated what had pi seed, but
was by her thrust into the street iu her stocking
feet,her shoes having been left in the room. She
left, the house and soon found Officer Sow, of
the Twenty-seventh Precinct, to whom she told
her story. He said he could do nothing ibr he:-,
and as she was shivering with the oold he told
her to go into an alley or hallway near by and
wait until morning. Bhe did so, and wrappug
herself in an old shawl, sat shivering until nearly
5 o'clock in the morning when she saw the man
who bad robbed her si anding on the opposite
side of the street. She informed the office; at aud
they arrested him. On the evidence of this
woman alone, the prisoner, whose name is PA rick
Connolly, alaborer, was convicted and sent to ti e
penetentiary for six months. H r story natural
ly excited H.m« indignation among the court
officials that an officer should allow a woman io
sit shivering in an alley-way of a cold night, in
stead of tending her to the sta’ioii-houee,aß'l
they brought the matter to the notice of the
Police Commissioners, and an investigation dis
closed an entirely diff rent state of affairs.
Sergesnt Peck testified, that on the day preced
ing the occurrence mentioned, the woman evro
to the station-house and wished to get a pass to
Washington, stating that she hud no money. He
directed her to go to an officer who was detailed
at the slatting place of one of the lines of raii
roads leading there from this city, and he per
haps wight be able to get her a pass. At 12}
o’clock omhefollowiug mornieg she name into the
station-house and wanted lodging, and as they
had no accommodation hesent the doorman with
her to show her the way to lhe First Preoinafe
Station-house, No 29 Broad st. Officer Coyle,
who was with Officer Snow on the night iu qires
tion, (tire post being a dangerous oue and two
officers always traveling over it together at
night,) testified that shortly before 12 o’clock the
complainant came up to ’b m and said she lit d
been robbed. They replied they would go with
her and recover her money, but she was unable
lo point out the home iu which she alleged she
bad been robbed. They then told her io wait
until morning and the Captain would then send
an officer with htr to invesi igate lha matter. In
the meantime, they advised her to go to the
station-houte and procure some rest This she
utterly refused to do and they heard nothing
more of her until about 5 o’clock iu tie morning,
when she pointed cut to them a man whom sfie
said was the one who had rib' e 1 her, and tit- y
arretted him. Patrick 8 ark, keeper of a lodg
ing-bcureal No. 53 Greenwich st., teetiflad that
he had known Bridget. Geese fof'semn tind, an 1
was satisfied that she was a very bad character.
He bad turned h--r away fr m his heuse because
ebe had stolen So from hie wife, and on amoaher
occasion sls from a man wish whom she trad
cocupied a room. Caps. Helms stated that ho
felt satisfied that au inuooeiit man had been
convicted upon ner rapresuntations. He did hot
believe that she had been robbed at all. The
case was dismissed by the Board.
Philip Malone, of No. 409 '.Vest Sixteenth street,
complained of Officers Martin Ryan, William E,
Hawkins, Jr., and E C Rcborteon; ail of thr
Sixteenth Precinct, for direlectiou of duty. He
states that on the night of the 3d of Aprfl a
party of rowdies seized a number of oij
barrels belonging to him, which were stand
ing on the sidewalk in front of hie
premises, rolled them down to a bonffio
kindled in the street, and set them on fire. On
his applying to the officers for the proteolion of
his property, they would afford him no Batiefac
ticn. The officers stated in their defense that at
the time he called upon them no trace o( the bar
rels were visible. Captain Hedden stated that
tins man bad been reported several times for ob
stiucting the walk with those barrels, aud it wag
found impossible te prove the ownership, the
complainant declaiming be knew nothing about
them, and he seemed to think this charge had
bein brought threugh malice. Captain lord, of
the Sati'ary Police, also testified that the earn
plainant had been indicted for permitting a nui
sance to exist upon hie premises, aud consider*,
tie trouble had been occasioned. Tire eomplaint
was die missed.
Officers Thomas Heap and Thomas Murray, of
the Fourth Precinct,were complained of by Uapt.
Thorne fcr using profane language and being
guilty of grossly improper conduct iu the eta
tion-hrus-e on April 8;h From the testimony of
both cfficere, it appears that their poet leads
ihtm past a show in Chatham street, where, tn
addition to the other aitractions mock jewelry ie
display!d for sale, and where those who are
green enough to enter ami purchase are sure to
be uold. On the day in question Murray pointed
cut to Heap a man, whom to all appearance a
countryman, he said had been swindled by
the gang of roughs who congregate around
the above locality, and advised him to question
the sieming counlryman. He d.d so, and wag
t Id a kng story by him of having been robbed.
He subti quenlly discovered however, that too
supposed victim was in reality o:.e of tbe gang
of swindlers and that he was the victim of a
practical joke. Bect mtag enraged at thia, he
applied some hard terms to Murray, wfiieh the
latter retorted in like manner, and they then
separated. On meeting i-r the siaiion-hoTOg
seme tcure later they recoonnmoed the quarre’,
and were on the point of coming to blows when
the tergsant in command stopped them. We
presume the Commissioners w.U render thia a
rather expe s ve luxury.
By a law of the last Congress, a
copy of every book, munical composition, en
graving, pbotogiaph. e'e , which has bsen copy
righted must be sent free of expsnua to the U
krsry of Congress at Washington,

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