AN ATTEMPT TO STEAL THE BODY
(LATE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)
INCLUDING A HISTORY OF
THE LINCOLN GUARD OF HONOR,
WITH EIGHT YEARS LINCOLN MEMORIAL SERVICES
JOHN CARROLL POWER,
CUSTODIAN OF THE NATIONAL LINCOLN MONUMENT AND
SECRETARY OF THE LINCOLN GUARD OF HONOR
THE H. W. ROKKER PRINTING AND PUBLISHING HOUSE.
Entered according to Act of Congress, April 19, 1887,
By JOHN CARROLL POWER.
In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington
TABLE OF CONTENTS
DIVISION FIRST........pp 9-17
Respect for Resting Places of the Dead - Desecration of the Tomb of Rev. George Whitefield - Bone from one of his arms sent to England - The Tomb of George Washington invaded - First Plot to Steal the Body of Lincoln laid by a Springfield Lawyer - Second Plot by a Counterfeiter in St. Louis - Counterfeiters and Thieves to put it into execution - Scheme well laid, but Whisky defeats it - The principal Conspirator changes his base.
DIVISION SECOND ......pp 18-27
Plots and Counterplots Discovered by a former Government officer - Correspondence with, and Statements by, parties who were cognizant of parts of the Plots - Widely separated with the flight of time - Ignorance and Whisky the general cause of defeat in such schemes
DIVISION THIRD .......pp 27-33
Thieves, Counterfeiters and Counterfeit Engravers - Jack Hughes - Lewis C. Swegles - P. D. Tyrell, of the United States Secret Service - The Hub - Terrence Mullins - First intimation to the officers of a Plot to Steal Lincoln's body to secure the release of Ben Boyd - Ben Boyd and Nelson Driggs the most expert Counterfeit engravers in the United States - Their arrest at the same hour, though 200 miles apart - Sketch of Boyd, with his aliases - His work as a Counterfeiter - Account of his Capture - Driggs' Solid Wealth - Trial, Conviction and Sentence of Boyd - Talents necessary to be an expert Counterfeit engraver.
DIVISION FOURTH ......pp 38-67
Plotting in Chicago to Steal the Body of Lincoln - Discovered in Hunting for Counterfeiters - Thieves, like fish, can only be caught with the right bait - Watchmen placed at the Lincoln Monument - Brief sketch of the U.S. Secret Service - Assumes immense proportions in consequence of the Slaveholders' Rebellion - Large sums of money appropriated by Congress - Chiefs of the Secret Service - Counterfeit and Stolen Money recovered - Plates for Treasury notes, National Bank notes, fractional currency
DIVISION FIFTH ........pp 67-75
Grand Jury of Sangamon County find a True Bill of Indictment against the Thieves - Their Trial and Conviction in Springfield - Their Removal to the Penitentiary at Joliet
DIVISION SIXTH ........pp 75-105
Precautions to Protect the Remains from further Attempts at Robbery - The Lincoln Guard of Honor - The Custodian Warned of Danger - The Body Identified Twenty-two years after Death - Final Burial - Custodian's Historical and Descriptive Statements to Visitors - The Remains now Absolutely Safe.
DIVISION SEVENTH ......pp 106-123
EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY
Legal Organization of the Lincoln Guard of Honor and a Statement of its Aims and Objects - Its first Memorial Service - Two Versions of Lincoln's Farewell Address to the People of Springfield - Members of the National Lincoln Monument Association made Honorary Members - Observance of Soldiers' Decoration on Memorial Day - Beautiful Decoration of Lincoln's Sarcophagus - Anniversary of Lincoln's Birth
DIVISION EIGHTH .......pp 124-142
Second Annual Meeting and Election of Officers - Observance of the Sixteenth Anniversary of the Death of Lincoln, being our Second Memorial Service - Oration by Rev. Dr. Sturtevant, an exceedingly valuable contribution to History and to Literature - Two versions of Mr. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address - Valuable address by Hon. H. H. Thomas - Reading of Selections by Clinton L. Conkling - Address by Rev. W. B. Affleck - Grand Army Services at the Monument - Decoration of the Sarcophagus - The Picture that constitutes the Frontispiece to this Volume.
DIVISION NINTH ........pp 143-166
Historical Sketch - Certificate of Honorary Membership and Circular - Election of Officers - Seal - First Certificate of Honorary Membership - Circular - Third Memorial Service, held in the Afternoon - Address on Temperance by Abraham Lincoln - Death and Funeral of Mrs. Lincoln.
DIVISION TENTH ........pp 167-180
Fourth Annual Meeting - Names of the First Honorary Members - Certificates of Honorary Membership - But a small number sold - Others were issued gratuitously - Officers re-elected for another year - Fourth Memorial Service, the only one held on Sunday - Greetings from California - Original poem read by a brother of William Cullen Pryant.
DIVISION ELEVENTH .....pp 181-198
EIGHTEEN HUNDRED and EIGHTY FOUR
Fifth Annual Meeting - Re-election of Officers - Fifth Memorial Service - Reminiscence of and Poem by Rev. Samuel Francis Smith, D.D., Author of "America" - A remarkable poem on the Death of Lincoln.
DIVISION TWELFTH.......pp 199-225
EIGHTEEN HUNDRED and EIGHTY FIVE
Sixth Annual Meeting of the Lincoln Guard of Honor, and Election of Officers - Sixth Memorial Service, in which the Post of Honor is yielded to the German Turners and German Singing Societies - Appeal to the Citizens of Springfield, and their Liberal Response - Rain interferes with the Services
DIVISION THIRTEENTH ..pp 226-243
Seventh Annual Meeting and Election of Officers - Seventh Memorial Service - Prayer by Dr. Springer - Oration by Major James A. Connolly - Poem, "Our Eloquent Dead" - Poem and Monument at the Grave of Lincoln's Father - Dirge - Reading by C. L. Conkling - Prayer and Benediction by Rabbi Charles Austrian - Meeting of The Lincoln Guard of Honor.
DIVISION FOURTEENTH ..pp 224 - 265
Eighth Annual Meeting and Election of Officers - Exhuming, Identifying and Reburial of the Bodies - Eighth Memorial Service - Programme - Invocation by Dr. McElroy - Singing - Oration by Bishop Seymour - Oration by Hon. W. H. Collins - Historical Sketch of The Lincoln Guard of Honor - Prayer and Benediction by Dr. Springer.
DIVISION FIFTEENTH ...pp 267-286
Membership of the Lincoln Guard of Honor - G. S. Dana - J. N. Reece - J. C. Power - E. S. Johnson - J. F. McNeill - J. P. Lindley - N. B. Wiggins - Horace Chapin - C. L. Conkling.