Particulars of the Attempted Assassination.
Washington, Monday, April 17
A BRAVE SOLDIER
George F. Robinson, a soldier and nurse, who was in attendance on Secretary Seward on Friday
night has related circumstailly the proceedings in the chamber, from which it appears that it
was through his brave and determined endeavors that the consummation of the murderous designs of
the field were frustrated.
According to Robinson's narrative, Frederick W. Seward, Maj. Seward and Mr. Hannell were all wounded
on the stairway, as heretofore mentioned in this correspondence. As Robinson opened the door
to learn the cause of the disturbance without, a man struck at his breast. In his hand he had a long
knife, the blade of which appeared to be about twelve inches in length and one inch in width.
Robinson determined to oppose his progress and raised his arm to parry the blow. The consequence was
that a wound was inflicted in the centre of his (Robinson's) forehead, close to the hair, which he wears
turned back. The knife glanced and the clenched hand in which the man held the dagger came down upon
Mr. Robinson's face and felled him to the floor.
Miss Seward at this juncture escaped from the room, and ran to the front window screaming murder. The
assassin leaped to the bed where Mr. Seward lay, still apparently in a helpless condition, and gave a
tremendous blow at his face. He missed his mark, however, and almost fell across Mr. Seward's body.
By this time Robinson had recovered, jumped on the bed, and caught hold of the assassin's arms. While
he was thus attempting to hold the assassin, the latter struck Mr. Seward on the left side of the face,
and then on the right side. The assassin then raised up, and he and Robinson came to the floor together.
They both got on to their feet, Robinson still keeping a firm hold of him.
The assassin reached his left arm over Robinson's shoulder and endeavored to force him to the floor.
Findding he could not handle Robinson in that position, he dropped his pistol which had been forced against
Mr. Robinson's face in the hand which was around his neck, caught hold of Robinson's right arm with his left
hand and struck behind Robinson with the knife. They still continued to struggle for a few moments,
Robinson forcing him toward the door which was open, with the intention of throwing him over the
When they had nearly reached the door Major Augustus Seward entered the room. Robinson called upon him to take
the knife out of the assassin's hand. Major Seward immediately clutched the assassin. The latter then
struck Robinson in the stomach, knocking him down, broke away from Major Seward, and rushed down stairs.
During the scuffle when he cannot say, Mr. Robinson received a wound quite serious, some two inches
in breath, on the upper part of the right shoulder blade, another a little lower down on the same side,
and also a slight one on the left shoulder.
While struggling with the man near the bedside, he had seized the wrist of his right hand, in which
was the dagger, and did not release his hold until knocked down by the xx near the door, and after
Maj. Seward had come to his assistance.
He returned to the room after he found that the assassin had escaped, and found that the
Secretary had got off the bed on to the floor, dragging with him the bed clothes, and was lying in a pool
of blood. Upon going to the Secretary he found no pulse in his wrist, and stated to Miss Seward, who had
reentered the room and asked if her father was dead, that he believed he was. But upon a second
examination, Robinson ascertained that his heart was still beating.
The Secretary then said "I am not dead. Send for the police and a surgeon and close the house." He
then placed the secretary upon the bed, telling him he must not talk. Mr. Seward did not speak
Mr. Hannell subsequently told Mr. Robinson that having been alarmed by the noise, he had started for
the Secretary's room, and was met on the stairway by the assassin, and was wounded and thrust to one side.
Mr. Robinson remained with Mr. Seward until 11 o'clock the next morning, when he was removed to the
Douglas Hospital. Every attention is being paid to this brave man by the attendants of this
institution, and his condition is very favorable.
A Rumor About Booth.
Reading, Penn., Wednesday, April 17
BOOTH, the murderer, it is supposed was on the passenger train that left here at 6 o'clock for Pottsville.
A gentleman noticed him on the train before it reached here, spoke to him and shook hands with him.
During the conversation Booth colored up several times, and appeared annoyed and desirous of avoiding
observation. The gentleman is positive it is Booth, having known him for several years. Why he did not
give the alarm at once or before the train left here I do not know, but just as the train left he
notified several of the officers of the road. An extra train was immediately sent in pursuit of the train.
Telegrams were sent to all points xx the line of the road. The result is as yet unknown.