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F. L. Bates was a young lawyer at Glenrose Mills, Texas when he became acquainted with John St. Helen. They became warm friends and St. Helen engaged Bates as his attorney in a federal suit. When St. Helen was urged to go on trial, he advised his attorney he could not afford to go into a federal court for fear that his true identity would become known. Several years later,F. L. Bates was a young lawyer at Glenrose Mills, Texas when he became acquainted with John St. Helen. They became warm friends and St. Helen engaged Bates as his attorney in a federal suit. When St. Helen was urged to go on trial, he advised his attorney he could not afford to go into a federal court for fear that his true identity would become known. Several years later, St. Helen became very ill and believing he would die, he called for his friend and attorney, Mr. F. L. Bates, and said: “Take from under my pillow a tintype photograph of myself and send it to my brother.” When questioned as to who his brother was, he said: “Junius Brutus Booth, New York City.” Mr. Bates then asked: “And who are you?” He replied: “I am John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Lincoln.'' This photograph is shown in the book. St. Helen did not die but recovered, and after many weeks, made a full confession of his crime, and escape, which is about as follows: “It had never entered my mind to kill President Lincoln until the afternoon of the day I committed the horrible deed. I and Herold, with others, had tried for a year and a half to kidnap Lincoln and take him to Richmond as a hostage of war. We came to Washington that day to make a final successful effort, but when we arrived in the city we learned for the first time that General Lee had surrendered. We went immediately to the Kirkwood Hotel to meet Vice-President Andrew Johnson, [who was in on the plot] and told him further efforts to kidnap the President were now useless, when Johnson remarked: “Will you falter at this supreme moment?” When Booth could not understand his meaning, Johnson said; “Are you too faint-hearted to kill him?” They then arranged the plans for the assassination at Ford’s Theatre that night. The book gives in detail the arrangement for the assassination, the means of escape, and explains who was the man killed at the Garrett home and passed off as John Wilkes Booth due to growing public pressure that Lincoln’s assassin be brought to justice. ...

Title : ESCAPE AND SUICIDE OF JOHN WILKES BOOTH
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ISBN : 38660440
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Number of Pages : 171 Pages
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