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was carried, as the world knows, 'to
the little house across the street, and
the bod in the small room being
much too short for his stature of 6
feet 4 inches, it was necessary to
place the body diagonally upon it.
(It is such details as these that are
not generally filled in, in the picture
of Lincoln's last hours with which
the public is familiar.)
The room was soon so crowded
that tho ofllcer in command of the
provost guard cleared it of all but
tho surgeons. This officer was later
relieved by General M. C. Meigs, who
was directed to take his place by
An examination was then made. of
tho wound. The bullet, a Deringer,
which had been remolded to make
it brittle, had split In two pieces as
it passed into the brain, one part be
ing lodged half-way in its progress
through the brain, the other being
found just behind the right eye,
whoso orbital plate was shattered by
tho concussion. These facts were
ascertained not during the explora
tion of the wound; but at the autopsy
subsequently conducted by five sur
geons, of whom Dr. Taft was one.
A tablespoonful of diluted brandy
was forced between Mr. Lincoln's
lips. His breathing was labored, his
pulse was 44, he was entirely uncon
scious and there was no sensibility
to light in either eye, the pupil of
the eye behind which the fragment
of the bullet had lodged being ex
cessively dilated. The body of the
president was completely swathed in
mustard plasters, and by the time
this had been done the eyes were
closed and the lids and surrounding
parts were suffused with blood.
Other surgeons entered the room and
a further attempt was made, unsuc
cessfully, to give Mr. Lincoln a table
spoonful of brandy. No further at
tempt was made to probe the wound.
The president breathed his last at 21
minutes and 55 , aecpds Jiast
Siuock; his heart ceased beating at
22 minutes and 10 seconds past 7.
Dr. Taft's hand was on the presi
dent's heart, while Surgeon General
Barnes, who held the watch, stood
by his side with his finger upon the
carotid. Most men would have died
almost immediately after receiving
such a wound. Mr. Lincoln had
lingered almost eight hours, from
11:30 until 7:22.
On one of her visits to the room
during the night Mrs. Lincoln said
to Dr. Taft: "Oh, shoot me, doc
tor! Why don't you shoot me, too?
I can not live. I begged him not to
go." When it was finally announced
that Lincoln's spirit was irretriev
able by any human art or healing
skill, Secretary Stanton broke the
impressive silence with the words:
"fie now belongs to the ages."
From the Philadelphia Ledger.
who sacrifices membership fee, rail
road fare and hotel bill ought to re
ceive regular pay for the two days
spent in attending its meetings.
"For the past forty years this as
sociation has advocated in advanco
every good feature of our present
school laws and has used its whole
influence to make them effective. It
has brought the men and women en
gaged in school work in closer touch,
inspired them with common ideals
and aroused a high professional pride
in a calling in which tho great ma
jority continue but a short time.
"For the meeting next November
the executive committee promises the
best program in the history of the
association and the indications point
to an unprecedented attendance. Men
of national reputation will appear on
the program, as Booker T. Washing
ton, of Tuskegee, Ala.; Principal G.
B. Morrison, St. Louis; H. T. Bailey,
North Scituali, Mass.; Ex-President
Elliott, of Harvard University, etc."
DEATH OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Dr. Charles Fabin Taft, brother of
Alfonso Taft and uncle of the presi
dent, is one of tho four survivors of
tho group that surrounded tho death
bed of President Lincoln on April
15, 18G5. Doctor Taft had been
present with his wife at Ford's
theatre on tho evening before, at
tho performance of "Our American
Cousin," which tho conspirator,
Booth, had chosen for his opportu
nity. And after the appalling trag
edy had been enacted ho heard a
piercing shriek from tho box occu
pied by tho presidential party, fol
lowed by insistent cries of "water!
water!" and then a shout for "a
Doctor Taft sprang to the top of
tho orchestra rail, and, announcing
himsolf as an army surgeon, was
lifted to tho president's box. His
assertion of his identity was sup
ported by his uniform he had been
drilling the mon of the signal corps
all day and had not had time to
change his attire. Assistant Surgeon
Charles A. Dale of the navy was al
ready in tho box, and Doctor Taft
says that Dale's quick decision in
having tho dying president laid flat
on the floor of tho box prevented his
expiring of syncope within a few
minutes of tho time tho shot was
ilred. Tho coat and waistcoat had
boon cut from the prostrate figure
in tho search fnr Hio wn,,.,,i
leaving the box the bullet hole in
the head was found, but no blood
issued from It then. The surgeons
countermanded tho order that the
president's carriage should take the
dying man to the White House. Ho
NEBRASKA STATE TEACHERS
This office is in receipt of a com
munication from A. L. Caviness, pres
ident of the Nebraska' State Teachers
Association, calling attention to the
next meeting to be held In Lincoln,
November 3, 4, 5, 1909. He assures
us that school boards quite generally
throughout the state are giving their
cordial support by voting to allow
their teachers a vacation, on full
pay, on the above dates in order that
they may attend the meeting.
Speaking of the. association he
says: "It is a voluntary organization
of teachers and others interested in
education. In no sense is it a labor
or trade organization, for it does not
advocate strikes or dictation to school
authorities. It never meddles in pol
itics nor does it promise its members
assistance in finding employment or
securing increased salary.
"It stands for Improved methods
and bottor school facilities, and its
highest ideal is unselfish, devoted
service to the future citizen. Surely
the wide-awake, progressive teacher
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