Art: Lincoln to White House

Seventy-two years ago last week a tall, grave man with chin whiskers entered Ford's Theatre in Washington to see a performance of Our American Cousin. Eleven hours later he was dead. Last week on the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination famed Collector Abraham Simon Wolf Rosenbach exhibited in his cluttered Philadelphia office a collection of Lincolniana which he values at more than $1,000,000. An important item was the notes of Dr. Charles S. Taft, the army surgeon who attended Lincoln's last hours.

Excerpt: "The pulse of the President fluctuated between 40 and 60...

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