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Terrific and very rare broadside extra announcing the Lincoln assassination...
Item # 655954
April 15, 1865
ITHACA JOURNAL--EXTRA, April 15, 1865
* Very rare miniature broadside
* Abraham Lincoln assassination
* John Wilkes Booth arrested ?
A terrific item, this being a slip broadside issue (printed on one side only) with the only report being the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Headlines announce: "Assassination of President Lincoln" "Attempted Assassination of Secretary Seward "Frederick Seward & Major Seward Killed in Defending their Father".
The text begins: "People in Ford's Theatre last night were startled about 10 o'clock to hear a pistol shot, but it did not attract very much attention. A person appeared at front of President's private box exclaiming 'Sic Semper tyranis', and flourishing a long knife--then jumped down and ran across the stage and out of building & rode away on horse..." with more on the report (see).
The text ends with: "A man by the name of J. Wilkes Boothe [sic], has been arrested as the assassin of the President." this being untrue. He would not be captured & killed for another 12 days.
All text is in one column as was typical with broadsides, measures 5 by 13 inches, various foxing with browning near the top, a very discrete archival mend on the reverse only. A great little broadside "Extra" of one of the more notable events of the 19th century. A great item for display.