The Central press. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1858-1868, April 21, 1865, Image 2

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    ti lt T rit t rit i p roo. IASSASSINATION
Friday Morning April 21st 1865.
Terms-42 00 in Advance,
Abraham Lincoln.
Again has Good-Friday been rendered a'
day of misfortune and deep calamity by the
perpetration of an enormous crime upon
mankind ; a crime which is of equal birth
with and stands by the side of that great one
wrought eighteen hundred years ago.
Again has a great, noble and wise man, a
genuine priest of Love, of Freedom and of
elevated and progressive Humanity fallen
by the assassinating hands of those for
whom he labored in the true spirit of resig
nation ; whom he strove to rescue from
the punishment of their sins and transgres
sions ; for whom he interceded ; who heard
from him but words of gentleness, and kind
ness, of mercy and brotherly love ; and
who was prepared—like his great archetype
—the Savior of the world—to exclaim of
his murderers : "Forgive them, they know
not what they do I" Like his exalted pro
totype, he blessed them that cursed him ;
be did well unto them that insulted and per
secuted him ; with a . heart and:mind devoted
to the great principles of charity and hu-
Ulan beneficence and with words of love for
'lie enemies, be died a martyr to the cause
of universal liberty, as ordained by the Al
mighty. His name and memory are bless
ed and hallowed forever.
The nation at large mourns the loss of its'
great dead, not only as a great national ca-I
lamity, but also as a personal irreparable,
loss which grasps with a savage pang eve- 1
ry fiber of the human heart. Each one
feels that he has lost a true and tried friend,
a father, and a benefactor. Even the un
curbed and slanderous tongue of the enemy
is rendered speechless by the enormity of
the crime, and unites in the general lamen
tations ; for they will not likely find a sec
ond Lincoln as their lenient judge and fath
erly adviser.
All human weaknesses which attached to
the departed -weaknesses which only existed
in the almost incomprehensible goodness of
his heart—now vanish from before the mem
ory of his greatness and his wisdom ; and
henceforth Abraham Lincoln will live in the
hearts of the American people as the second
Washington, and survive all foes of liberty.
Not alone America, but the entire civiliz
ed world mingles its death lamentations
with our profound national sorrows, and so
soon as the gigantic death-intelligence will
have been borne over the ocean, the loud
murmurings of grief will sound across the
sea mingled with tbeir deep curses for his
murderers and their sympathizers. All na
tions feel that in Abraham Lincoln they
have lost their best and truest friend ; the
most noble champion of their cause and
hopes, and the foremost defender of down
trodden nations.
After well-accomplished hard labor, he
crowned the whole with his martyr-death as,
the noblest sacrifice to Freedom and llu- 1
inanity ; and from generation to generation
will the name of our immortal Washington
be mentioned and coupled with that of the
great Lincoln by all nations of the earth.
The murderous hand of the miserable asH
lumina that smote Abraham Lincoln, that
essayed to butcher the aged William 11.
Seward while in his bed suffering from se
vere injuries, and who also reached for the
vitals of E. M. Stanton as well as the rest
of the Cabinet, were but the tools. The
beastly spirit and nature which slavery and
southern nobility inculcates and depraves
humanity—the equally low-lived spirit of
their northern accomplices, who, for the
past four years uninterruptedly urged them
on to hatred, to treason and murder—they
guided the assassins' hands. Let them suf
fer unrelentlessly the most bitter punish
ment. Can a more horrible scene be
conceived than the brutal hatchery at the
sick-bed of the Secretary of State? These
are the fruits of the doctrines and teachings
of treason in the North such as the files of
the Watchman in this place, and other prints
in the State abound with. The organ of
the Copperhead party, or rather the Knights
of the golden Circle, in this town, not many
months ago, inquired if no one could be
found to follow the example of Charlotte
Cordai, and murder the President, whom
the editor called the old tyrant at Washing
ton. (We shall reproduce the article in
due time.).:
This blot of the first political assassina
tion which disgraces the Republic, cannot be
wiped out by generous forgiveness. Assas
sination was the motto of the accursed re
bellion from its incipiency : Assassination
of the Union ; Assassination of our poor
Union prisoners ; and assassination of the
President and ministers of the Republic.
The world will shudder at the intelligence
of this unparalelled roprobateness which has
grown so large in the "model Republic,"
and which has a living representative in ev
ery southern chivalier, and in every north
ern friend and sympathizer with the rebell
ion. We must root out this brood in order
to afford peace to the country and cleanse it
it from this dark stain. American citizens
owe this to themselves and their posterity ;
let the work be carried out as they began
it, and. the Republic will hereafter celebrate
an Easter for which Abraham Lincoln did
1110 i in vain di/ a sacrifice on last Good-Fri-
WASHINGTON, April 14th.
President Lincolu and his wife, together
with other friends, this evening visited
Ford's Theatre, for the purpose of witness
ing the performance of the " American
The theatre was densely crowded, and
everybody seemed delighted with the scene
before them.
During the third act, and while there wasj
a temporary pause for one of the actors to
enter, the sharp report of a pistol was heard,
which merely attracted attention, but sug
gested nothing serious, until a man rushed
to the front of the President's box, waving
a long dagger in his right hand, and ex
claiming, '-Sic semper tyrannis !" he imme
diately leaped from the box, which was of
the second tier, to the stage beneath, and
ran across to the opposite side, thus making
his escape, amid the bewilderment of the
audience, from the rear of the theatre, and
mounting a horse, fled.
The screams of Mrs. Lincoln first disclos
ed the fact to the audience that the Presi
dent bad been shot, when all present rose to
their feet, rushing toward the stage, many
exclaiming, "hang him ! hang him !"
The excitement was ono of the wildest
possible description, and of course there
was a tough termination of the theatrical
There was a rush toward the Presidential
box, when cries were heard, "Stand back !
give him air I Has any one stimulants ?"
On a hasty examination it was found
that the President bad been shot through
the head, above, and back of the temporal
bone, and that some of the brain was ooz
ing out.
lie was removed to a private house oppo
site the theatre, and the Surgeon General
of the army and other surgeons were sent
for to attend to his condition.
On an examination of the private box,
blood was discovered on the back of the,
cushioned rocking chair on which the Pres
ident bad been sitting, also on the partition!
and on the floor. A common single-barrel- 1
ed pocket pistol was found on the carpet.
A military guard was placed in front of
private residence to which the President
had been conveyed.
An immense crowd gathered in front of
it, all deeply anxious to learn the condition
of the President. It had been previously
announced that the wound was mortal, but
all hoped otherwise. The shock to the com
munity was terrible.
When the excitement at the theatre was
!at its wildest height, reports were circula
ted that Secretary Seward bad also been
On reaching this gentleman's residence al
crowd and a military guard were found and
on entering it was ascertained that the re
ports were based upon truth. Everybody
there was so excited that scarcely an intel ,
ligible account could be gathered, but the
facts are substantially as follows.
About 10 o'clock a man rang the bell,
and the call having been answered by a col
ored servant, he said he had come from Dr.
Verdi, Mr. Seward's family physician, with
a prescription, at the same time holding in
his hand a small piece of folded paper, and
saying, in answer to a refusal, that he must
see the Secretary, as be was entrusted with
a particular direction concerning the medi
le still insisted on going up although re
peatedly informed that no one could enter
the chamber. The man pushed the servant
aside and walked quickly to the Secretary's
room, and was there met by Frederick W.
Seward, of whom he demanded to see the
Secretary, making the same representation
which he did to the servant. What further
passed in the way of colloquy is not known,
but the man struck him on the head with a
"billy," severely injuring the skull and fel
ling him almost senseless. The assassin
then rushed into the chamber and attacked'
Major Seward, paymaster in the United
States Army, and Mr. Hansel!, a messen-I
ger of the State Department, and two male
nurses, disabling them all. He then rush
ed upon the Secretary, who was lying in
bed in the same room, inflicting three stabs
in the neck, but not severing, it is thought,
and hoped, any arteries.
The assassin then rushed down stairs,
mounted his horse at the door, and rode off
before an alarm could be sounded, and in
the same manner as the assassin of the i
Special Dispatch to The N. Y. Tribune.
WASHINGTON, Saturday, April 15-4:50 p. m,
The two Sowards remain about the same. l
No hopes are entertained of Frederick's life)
The frightful gashings of the Secretary
would not of themselves result in his death.l
It is the prostration his system has receiv-;
ed from his first injuries which excites '
prehension. Another fracture was yester
day discovered on the other side of his jaw.'
but the physicians all agree that he exhibits;
wonderful vitality. The hemorrhage last'
night was excessive, but his pulse up to
this time is remarkably strong and enccur
aging. His instant death was prevented by
his providentially turning his head after
the first stab.
By a common impulse everything was'
closed, and all business suspended. Every
precaution has been taken by the War De- '
partment to prevent the sweeping tempest
of indignation and horror from assuming
any retaliatory characters.
Gen Grant has this morning arrived, and
is allighted from his carriage at Williards.
Nothing is yet determined upon in refer
ence to the President's obsequies. _
The excitement, beginning last night'
with the assassination of Mr. Lincoln, con-I
tinued unabated this morning. Groups of
people were to be seen congregated in every'
hotel and on every street corner, listening
to the versions of some one who considered,
himself fortunate in having been an eye
witness to the murder. For a time, the ex
cited and exasperated mass surged rapidly ;
from point to point, as if burning to execute,
their vengeance upon some one connected;
with the affair, and the reign of mob vio-:
lence was seriously apprehended.,' Several)
were seen with rolls in their hands, signed]
of citizens, requesting signal
I tures, with the avowed purpose of movingi
l en mass upon those who are known in town
as persistent Rebels.
The feeling of the populance during the
day has been one of the deepest and most
intense indignation against the perpetra
tors of Mr. Lincoln's and Seward's assas
sinnation, and every one remarks tho utter
impossibility of full/. realizing as yet the
real magnitude of the great disaster to the
Early in the morning the city was draped
in mourning, every hotel and almost every
house displaying crape from the doors and
windows. The newspaper office• on Four
teenth-st. were particularly conspicious for
their funeral decorations. The houses of
prominent and' well-known Rebels were also
noticeable for the display of crape, which
was hung out only to shield them from the
vengeance of the embryo mob. Frequent
rushes were made for every person seen on
the streets under guard, but, so far as we
learn no one suffered violence.
It is a remarkable fact that but few law
less graybacks were seen upon the avenue
Rumors of the capture of the murderer
Booth have been in circulation ftequently
during the day, and although coming from
the most trustworthy quarters, are yet to
be confirmed. Secretary Stanton inclines
to the belief that he still remains concealed
in the city. Evidence has been taken all
day at the headquarters of Superintendent
Richards, of the Police, and evidence of a
conclusive character been received of the
assassins both of the President and Gov.
Seward and family. Of the guilt of Booth
there has since daylight, existed not the
slighest doubt. lle and his accomplices, if
',they have left the city at all, are supposed
to have escaped across the Eastern branch.
Travel has been interrupted during the
day, trains have been delayed here, in Bal
timore and at the Relay House. No one is
permitted under any pretence to leave the
I have gathered full particulars of his
movements for the greater portion of yes
terday. At about Ba. m., three men called
at the office of the National Hotel, and in
quired for Booth. The clerk, Mr. Henry
E. Merrick, on sending to his room, inform
ed them that he was not in, after which an
earnest consultation was held between the
three men, and after making inquiries as
to the probable time of his return, they left.
Knowing Booth's acquaintances to be per
sons of respectable appearance, Mr. Nei ,
rick was surprised that he should receive
visits from the three men referred to, who
were rather shabbily dressed, and had, so
he stated, the general look of Southern ref
ugees. This circumstance struck him as
singular, and for some time afterward oc
cupied his thoughts. Notwithstanding this
he omitted to read the cards which they 11.
nally left, but placed them in the box of
the room occupied by Booth, to whom they
were afterward given.
Again at about 11, ho was noticed in the
office of the hotel, but nothing remarkable
was visible in his appearance, except that
he looked usually pale.
At about 4 p. m., he again made his ap
pearance at the counter of the office, and
inquired of Mr. Merrick whether any letter
had been left for him in his absence. Oar,
being answered in the negative, he seemed
greatly disappointed, and with a nervous
air called for a sheet of paper and an en-,
velope. Ile was about to write, when the
thought seemed to strike him that some one
around him might overlook his letter, and:
approaching the door of the office, he re-;
quested admittance. I should have stated
that, when handed the paper and envelopes
by Mr. Merrick, the latter jocularly asked
'if he had made a thousand dollars to-day.
With a startled look he replied, sutto voce,
" No, but I have worked hard enough to,
,have made ten times that amount."
On reaching the inside of the office, he!
immediately commenced his letter. Hel
had written but a few words when he said
earnestly, 4. Merrick, is this the year 18641
or '65." You are surely joking, John,"
!replied Mr. M., " you certainly know what
year it is." " Sincerely, Ido not," he re
joined, and on being told, resumed writing.
'lt was then that Mr. M. noticed something
troubled and agitated in Booth's appear
ance, which was entirely at variances with
T his usual quiet deportment. Sealing his
letter, he placed it in his pocket and again
left the hotel, reappearing and taking tea
'at about 6i o'clock, and leaving the key at
;the office as he went out.
Mr. Brady of Brady's Gymnasium here,l
saw him on the Avenue opposite Grover's
Theater, at about half past four p. m. He
was at that time sitting on a small, fine
quoking bay horse, and engaged in conver
!sation with Mr. Mathews of Ford's Theater.
IMr. Brady accosted him, and after a few
,minutes conversation on ordinary topics,
[passed on without having remarked any
thing extraordinary in his demeanor. The
circumstances of his hiring a horse at a
Ilivery stable has already been published.
An old Degrees living near Ford's theater
,saw him leave his horse in the alley be
jhind it, and subsequently saw him mount
and ride away after the assassination. Ile
s had formerly kept a horse and buggy in a
stable in the same alley, but had on Wed
nesday sold both.
, ;
The following statement of Capt. Theo
dare McGowan, A. A. G. to Gen. Augur
Imay be implicitly relied on as a correct ver.
sion of the assassination of Mr. Lincoln :
" WASEIINGTON, D. C.,April 14.—0 n the
night of Friday, April 4th 1865, in com•
pany with a friend, I went to Ford's theater.
Arriving there just after the entrance of
President Lincoln and the party accompa
nying him, my friend, Lieut. Crawford, and
I, after viewing the Presidential party from
the opposite side of the dress circle, went
to the right side, and took seats in the pas
sage above the seats of the dress cir
cle, and about five feet from the door of the
box occupied by President Lincoln. Dur
ing the performance, the attendant of the
President came out and took the chair near
est the door. I sat, and bad been sitting,about
four feet to his left and rear, for some time.
I remember that a man, whose face I do
not distinctly recollect, passed me and in
lquired of one sitting near who the Presi
dent's messenger was, and learning, ex-
Ihibited to him an envelope, apparently offi
cial,l having a printed head and superscrib
ed in a bold hand. I could not read the
address, and did not try. I think now it
was inent for Lieut.-Gen. Grant. The man
lwent away. Some time after I was disturb•
ed in my seat by the approach of a man
Iwho desired to pass up on the aisle in
which I was sitting. Giving him room by
[bending my chair forward, he passed me,
and stepped one step down upon the level
below me. Standing there, he was almost
lin my line of sight, and I saw him while
watching the play. He stood, as I remem
ber, one step above the messenger, and re
mained perhaps one minute apparently
looking at the stage and orchestra below.
Then he drew a number of visiting cards
from his pocket, from which, with some at
tention he drew or selected one. These
things I saw distinctly. I saw him stoop,
and, I think, descend to the level with the
messenger, and by the right side. He
showed the card to the messenger, and as
my attention was then more closely fixed
upon the play, I do not know whether the
card wise carried in by the messenger, or
his consent given to the entrance of the man
who presented it. I saw, a few moments
after, the same man enter the door of the
lobby leading to the box and the door clos
ing behind him. This was seen because I
could not fail from my position to observe
it ; the door side of the procenium box and
the stage were all within the direct and ob
lique lines of my sight. How long I watch
ed the play after entering I do not know.
It was, perhaps two or three minutes, pos
sibly four. The house was perfectly still,
the large audience listening to the dialogue
between " Florence Trenchard, and " May
Meredith," when a sharp report of a pistol
rang through the house. It was apparent
ly fired behind the scenes, on the right of
the stage. Locking toward it and behind the
Presidential box, while it startled all, it
was evidently accepted by everyone iu the
theater as an introduction to some new
passage several of which had been interpo
lated in the early part of the play. A mo
ment after a man leaped from the front of"
the box directly down nine feet on the stage
and ran rapidly across it, bare-headed,
holding an unsheathed dagger in his right
hand, the blade of which flashed brightly
in the gaslight as he came within 10 feet of
the opposite rear exit. I did not see his
face as he leaped or ran, but I am convin
ced that lie was the man I saw enter. As:
he leaped he cried distinctly the motto of.
Virginia, " Sic Seinper Tyrannis." The
hearing of this and the sight of the
dagger explained fully to me the nature of
the deed he had committed. In an instant
he bad disappeared behind the side-scenes.
Consternation seemed for a moment to rivet
every one to his seat, the next moment con
fusion reigned supreme. I saw the fea-,
tures of the man distinctly before he enter
ed the box, having surveyed him contempt
uously before he entered, supposing him to
be an ill-bred fellow who was pressing a
selfish matter upon the President in his
hours of leisure. The assassin of the Presi
dent is about five feet nine and a half in
ches high, black hair, and I think eyes of
the same color. He did not turn his face
more than quarter front as artists term it.
His face was smooth, as I remember, with
the exception of a moustache of moderate •
size, but of this lam not positive. He was
dressed in a black coat, approximating to a
dress frock, dark pants, and wore a stiff
rimmed, flat-topped, round-crowned black
bat of felt, I think. lie was a gentleman
ly looking person, having no decided or ob
truding mark. He seemed for a moment
or two to survey the house with delibera
ion of an habitude of the theater.
For hours after the removal of the Presi- 1
dent's body from the house opposite Ford's,
the building was regarded by thousands
with the greatest curiosity.
Later in the day a little boy was discov
ered rubbing bits of white paper on the
steps, and afterwards carefully placing them
in his pocket.
On being asked to explain the reason for
this singular proceeding, he said, with child
ish simplicity, "Don't you see those dark
stains on the board ? it is the blood of the
President and I want to save it." In years
to come how priceless will be those scraps
of paper, darkened by the heart's blood of
the great emancipator.
Booth had left the stage, having made
his last appearance in the character of Ro
meo, at the benefit of Miss Avonia Jones,
which occurred some three months since at
,Drover's Theatre.
The assassin of Gov. Seward and family
is believed, from information received at
Police headquarters, to be a man named
Sattuck, a well-known Maryland rebel. I
At least six persons were engaged in the
conspiracy, four of whom neglected to per
form their part in the bloody business as
signed -
sied them by their chief. • I
' The report that they affected their escape
,across the Potomac to Mosby is probably
At this time (11:30) Governor Seward is
considerably better, and the case of his son,
Frederick is regarded by his physicians to'
be not altogether hopeless.
An autopsy was held at 11 o'clock this
morning of the President's body by Surgeon
Gen. Barnes, aided by a number of assist -I
ants. On examination, the ball, which, as
has been stated, entered the back of the
head, near the base of the brain, was found
to have taken a direct course to the right
eye, the orbinal bone of which it struck,
and rebounding lodged several inches from
the surface, and resembled in shape the
canteen commonly carried by the soldiers.
The orifice in the back of the head is per
fectly round and the skull unfractured, so
close was tho murderer when he fired the
fatal shot. The circular piece of skull was
taken from the head ono and a half inches
from the orifice. The piece, together with
the Deroinger pistol left behind by the as
sassin, and the bullet, were duly sealed
and deposited in the War Department.
Attempt on the Vice- President,
WASHINGTON, April 16, 1865.
We have been shown the card sent to
Vice President Johnson's room at the Kirk
wood house the afternoon of the day Mr.
Lincoln was assassinated. It bears in legi
ble pencil writing the following :
"I do not wish to disturb you, but would
lbe glad to have an interview.
Mr. Johnson, happening to be out at the
time, did not discover till this morning that
so suggestive a card had been lying on his
table for these memorable two days.
Not long since a gentleman came from'
Canada to the State Department and gave
full particulars of a plot for a general mas
sacre of the chiefs of our government in
Washington, which had been divulged in
Canada. It was given with such particu
larity as to establish belief in its existence,
and it was undoubtedly thwarted by the ex
tra vigilance at that time adopted. Wheth
er this is part of that conspiracy does not
yet appear. It is stated that there has
been as many as three distinct plots to as
sassinate Mr. Lincoln known to the govern
There is no truth in the rumor that a let-1
ter was receited on Friday night at the
State Department giving warning of the
assassinations committed that night .
A noted guerilla named Paine was,
brought into the city this evening, escorted
by a large squad of cavalry. Instantly the
public took it for granted that he was one,
of the assassins, and the wildest confusion;
and excitement followed, with cries of
"hang him, hang him," filling the air. He
was finely dressed in a new suit of anglo-
Confederate grey and after examination at
the Provost-Marshal's, sent up the Old Cap
The vitality, physical and mental indu-I
ranee of the aged and suffering Prime ,
ister are truly wonderful. His pulse has(
improved to-day. The terrible news of Mr.
Lincoln's death was broken to him last
night, but he bore up under the depressing
announcement with remarkable fortitude.
The very critical condition of his son Fred
erick has not yet been revealed to him, al
though informed that he was also seriously
hurt. A physiological fact as curious as
gratifying is stated by his attendidg physi
cians. They say that one of the gashes
made down the side of the face has greatly
reduced the infiamation and the patient's
suffering caused by the fractured bones.
They also express the opinion that the sim
ple contrivance of adjusting his jaws in,
strong wires, which had just been applied,(
( strong
prevented the assassin's blade l
from severing the artery. Gashes were left l
F on the surfaces of these wires where the
edge of the dagger had struck them.
The painful statement comes to-night
that the possibility of Mr. Frederick Sew -1
i l ard's recovery is beginning to be despaired'
of. lie still remains in an unconcious state.
and is evidently sinking, though he may
F oot expire for some days.
,Inauguration of President John-
WASHINGTON, April 16, 1865.
Yesterday morning Attorney-General
Speed waited upon the lion. Andrew John
son, Vice-President of the United States,
and officially informed him of the sudden
and unexpected decease of President Lin
coln, and stated that an early hour might be
appointed for the inauguration of his suc
cessor. The following is a copy of the com
munication refdrred to.
\VASIIINGTON CITY, April 15, 1865.
SIR : Abraham Lincoln, President of .
the United States, was shot by an assassi
last evening at Ford's Theater, in this city
and died at the hour of 7:22 o'clock
About the same time at which the Pres
ident was shot, an assassin entered the
sick chamber of the Hon. W. 11. Seward,
Secretary cf State, and stabbed him in
sveral places in the throat, neck and face,
severely if not mortally wounding him.
Other members of the Secretary's family
were dangerously wounded by the assassin ,
while making his escape. By the death of i
President Lincoln the office of President
has devolved under the Constitution upon
you. The emergency of the Government
demands that you should immediately qual-i
ify according to the requirements of thel
Constitution and enter upon the duties of
President of the United States. If you
will please make known your pleasure such
arrangments as you deem proper will be
made. Your obedient servants,
Iluo4 M'CuLDocit, Sec't'ry of the 'rreasury.
EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War.
GIDEox WELLES, Secretary of the Navy.
WILLIAM DENNISON, Postmaster-General.
J. P. USHER, Secretary of the Interior.
JAMES SPEED, Attorney-General
To ANDREW JOHNSON, Vice-President of the
United States.
Mr. Johnson requested that the ceremo-!
nies take place at his rooms of the Kirk-,
wood House, in this city, at 10 'o'clock in]
the morning.
The Hon. Salmon P. Chase, Chief justice,
of the United States, was notified of the!
fact, and desired to be in attendance to ad
minister the oath of office.
At the above named hour the following!
gentlemen assembled in the Vice Presi-1
dent's room to participate in the ceremony
The Hon. Salmon P. Chase ; the lion.
Hugh McCulloch, Secretary of the Treas
ury ; Mr. Attorney-General Speed, F. P.
Blair, sr., the Hon. Montgomery Blair, Sen
ators Foot of Vermont, Yates of Illinois,
Ramsay of Minnesota, Steward of Nevada,l
Hide of New Hampshire, and Gen. Farns-1
worth of Illinois.
After the presentation of the above letter,'
the Chief Justice administered the follow
ing oath to Mr. Johnson :
" I do solemnly swear that I will faith
fully execute the office of President of the l
United States, and will, to the best of my
ability, preserve, protect and defend the
Constitution of thel United States."
After receiving the oath and being de
clared President of the United States, Mr,
Johnson remarked : _ _
" GENTLEMEN : I must be permitted to t
say that 1 have been almost overwhelmel
by the announcement of the sad event
which has so recently occurred. I feel
competent to perform duties so important ,
and responsible as those which have been
so unexpectedly thrown upon me. As, to
an indication of any police which may be l
pursued by me in the administration of the
Government, rhave to say that that must
be left for development as the AdministraJ
tion progresses. The message or declara
must be made by the acts as they trans-,
pire. The only assurance that I can now,'
give of the future is reference to the past.!
The course which I hsve taken in the pasti
in connection with this Rebellion must be,
regarded as a guarantee of the future.l
My past public life, which has been long'
and laborious, has been founded, as I ink
good conscience believe upon a great grin-,
cipal of right, which lies at the basis of all
things. The best energies of my life have:
been spent in endeavoring to establish and,
perpetuate the principles of free Govern-;
merit, and 1 believe that the Government,
in passing through its present perils,
settle down upon principles consonant with
popular rights, more permanent and endur
ing than heretofore. I must be permitted
to say, if I understand the feelings of myl
own heart, I have long labored to amelior-,
ate and elevate the condition of the great,
mass of the American people. Toil and an
honest advocacy of the great principles of,
free government have been my lot. The,
duties have been mine—the consequencel
are God's. This has been the foundation of
my political creed. I feel that in the end,
the Government will triumph, and that,
these great principles will be permantly
established. In conclusion, gentlemen, let,
me say that I want yocr encouragment ands
,countenance. sI shall ask and rely upon',
Iyou and others in carrying the Governmentl
through its present perils. I feel in mak-1
ing this request that it will be heartily re
sponded to by you and all other patriots'
and lovers of the rights and interests of a l
free people."
At the conclusion of the above remarks
the President received the kind wishes of
,the friends by whom he was surrounded.
A few momenta were devoted to conver
sation. All were deeply impressed with
;the solemnitylof the occasion, and the recent
'sad accurrence that caused the necessity
for the speedy inauguration of the President
was gravely discussed.
Mr. Johnson is in fine health, and has an
,earnest sense of the important trust that
.has been confided to him.
William Hunter, esq., the chief clerk of
the State Department has been appointed
Acting Secretary of State.
A special meeting of the Cabinet was
[o'cl ock
at the Treasury Department at 10
[o'clock this morning.
We have a dispatch stating that Booth
has been traced to Port Tobacco, Maryland.
This may have been his track, in the hope
of crossing the Potomac and escaping into
The intelligence of the President's death
created the greatest consternation in Rich
!mond, the people fearing the consequences.
f l Secretary Seward is rapidly improving.
Hon. F. W, Seward is also getting better..
ille was concious on Monday, and able to.
!converse a little.
The Diplomatic Corps at Washington
held a meeting on Monday, expressed their
' sympathy vrith the government and the
family of the President and resolved to at
tend the funeral in a body.
The investigations of the authorities at
Washington tend to show that the assassin
ation of the President was part of a great
conspiracy to kill every member of the Cab
A riot was threatened in 'Washington be
cause some arrested persons were mistaken
for the assassin of the President and Secre
tary. They and the police were atoned,
but finally reached the jail.
Four persons were sentenced to six
months in the Penitentiary in New York,
on the 17th, for treasonable language. A
rebel flag that had been banging in the par
lor of Mrs. Ex-President Tyler, on Staten
deland, was demanded by a number of call
/ers on the evening of the 16th, and it was
/ surrendered. The excitement against all
I favL,ring treason is very great. A man was
thrown from a Brooklyn ferry•boat for treas
onable talk.
The news of Lee's surrender was receiv
ed with great enthusiasm in Charleston, by
crowds gathered to see the old flag restored
,over sumpter.
Jeff. Davis was at Macon, Ga., on the
10th. He is said to have $160,000 in gold
on deposit in a bank in Havana.
The National flag was restored to Fors
Sumter, on Friday night, with the most in
teresting ceremonies.
The New. Vice-President,
:Special D ispatch to the N. Y. Tribune,
WASHINGTON,' April_l6th, 1865
The Governors of several. States are in
town, and a large number of United States
Senators. Senator Foster of Connecticut,
now Vice-President, arrived this morning.
lie is pronouncz.d by our ablest public de
baters theemost accomplished Parliamenta
rian in the country.
A venerable Cabinet Minister, under a
former Administration, who has recently
returned from abroad, says that the quiet
and harmonious movements of our Republi
can form of Government, under our appall
ing calamity, will be the greatest marvel
among foreign nations.
The Messrs. Blairs have been indefatiga
ble in their efforts to assist the •government
in its hour of sublime trial. They have al
so the credit of having done much to tem
er the overwhelming grief of the Presi
dent 's stricken household.
Mrs. Mon, aomery Blair has delicately
extended to Mrs. Lincoln an earnest and
feeling invitation to make her private resi
dence her home so long as she may remain
in Washington.
Notice is hereby given that letters of
( Administration on the estate of Joseph Myers,-late
of Harris township, dec'd., have been granted to
the undersigned. All prrsons knowing themselves
indebted to said estate are requested to make im
mediate payment, and those having claims against
the same will present them duly authenticated for
settlemant. ELIZABETH MYERS,
Administrators. .
April 21, '65.
No 709 Chestnut Street, above 7th.
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April 21st, 1865-Iy,
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