regular train, which should have left at eleven, delayed.
The party took berths in the sleeping-car, and without change of cars passed directly through Baltimore
, where Mr. Lincoln
arrived at half-past 6 o'clock in the morning and found Mr. Washburne
anxiously awaiting him. He was taken into a carriage and in a few minutes he was talking over his adventures with Senator Seward
at Willard's Hotel.”
The remaining members of the Presidential party from whom Mr. Lincoln
separated at Harrisburg
left that place on the special train intended for him; and as news of his safe arrival in Washington
had been already telegraphed over the country no attempt was made to interrupt their safe passage through Baltimore
As is now generally well known many threats had up to that time been made that Mr. Lincoln
, on his way to Washington
, should never pass through Baltimore
It was reported and believed that conspiracies had been formed to attack the train, blow it up with explosives or in some equally effective way dispose of the President-elect
. Mr. Seward
and others were so deeply impressed with the grave features of the reports afloat that Allan Pinkerton
, the noted detective of Chicago
, was employed to investigate the matter and ferret out the conspiracy, if any existed.
This shrewd operator went to Baltimore
, opened an office as a stock-broker, and through his assistants -the most adroit and serviceable of whom was a woman — was soon in possession of inside information.
The change of plans and trains at Harrisburg
was due to his management and advice.