LIBERIA: Shooting at Uncle Shad

Four score and ten years ago, a gunman jumped onto the stage at Ford's Theater in Washington, and fled, to be hunted down as an assassin. Last week in the African nation founded by American freedmen, one Paul Dunbar cast himself in the role of John Wilkes Booth; he was not playacting.

Liberia's diplomatic set had gathered at the Executive Mansion to celebrate President William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman's election to a third term. They were all watching a home movie about "Uncle Shad" when Dunbar rushed into the darkened hall, leaped to the...

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