The Life, Crime, and Capture of John Wilkes Booth

With a Full Sketch of the Conspiracy of Which he was the Leader, and the Pursuit, Trial and Execution of his Accomplices.

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Language: English
Wordcount: 42,598 / 129 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 65.4
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 1,036
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Genres: Biography, History
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reamed, Miss Harris cried for water, and the full ghastly truth broke upon all--"The President is murdered!" The scene that ensued was as tumultuous and terrible as one of Dante's pictures of hell. Some women fainted, others uttered piercing shrieks, and cries for vengeance and unmeaning shouts for help burst from the mouths of men. Miss Laura Keene, the actress, proved herself in this awful time as equal to sustain a part in real tragedy as to interpret that of the stage. Pausing one moment before the footlights to entreat the audience to be calm, she ascended the stairs in the rear of Mr. Lincoln's box, entered it, took the dying President's head in her lap, bathed it with the water she had brought, and endeavoured to force some of the liquid through the insensible lips. The locality of the wound was at first supposed to be in the breast. It was not until after the neck and shoulders had been bared and no mark discovered, that the dress of Miss Keene, stained with blood, revealed where the ball had penetrat

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