Books: Rebel at Large

Two days after Abraham Lincoln's assassination, a customer in a Detroit sa loon pointed at a slender, mustached young stranger and shouted: "That's John Wilkes Booth!" The stranger promptly drew a revolver, clouted the first man at hand and drove his boot into the belly of another. Then he backed out the door and dashed to the ferry. By putting his revolver to the ferry captain's head, he persuaded him to get started at once. Once on the Canadian side, he apologized for the "inconvenience," gave the captain $5 and walked off.

The revolver-toting stranger was not John Wilkes Booth, but a...

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