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, he stated that a short time previous Burroughs had attempted to escape from confinement, and was shot dead in the act by the sentinel on guard. With an expression of relief, Mr. Lincoln rejoined, I ought to be obliged to him for taking his fate into his own hands; he has saved me a deal of trouble. During a brief absence of the President, Judge Holt told me that the atrocities of some of the criminals condemned, surpassed belief. A guerilla leader in Missouri, said he, by the name of Nichols, was in the habit of filling the ears of wounded Unionists who fell into his hands with gunpowder, setting fire to it, and blowing their heads to pieces. When captured, a number of human ears were found upon his person. Referring to Mr. Lincoln's disposition to pardon or commute the majority of the death sentences, he remarked, The President is without exception the most tender-hearted man I ever knew. Judge Holt, it will be remembered, was called into Mr. Buchanan's cabinet towards th