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PASE Once again, PASE will be hosting a dinner in the MPGS cafeteria on the same evening as the Spring Book Fair - Science Fair - Art Fair. The meal includes a sloppy joe or hot dog, chips, green beans, dessert, and tea or lemonade. Advanced tickets may be purchased at a discounted rate. The advanced ticket prices for the meals are $5 (sloppy joe) and $3 (hot dog). The deadline for the advanced ticket sales is Friday, March 18. Orders and payments must be received in the school office before the end of school that day. Meals may also be purchased at the door for the increased prices of $6 (sloppy joe) and $4 (hot dog), while supplies last. Dinner - 5 pm until 7 pm Thursday, March 24 To purchase advanced tickets, complete and detach the follow- ing form. Return it to the MPGS office by Friday, March 18, with (Please Print Legibly) your payment. Thank you for your continued support! ITEM Please place order form (right) and money in an envelope and Hot Dog Meal return to MPGS by Friday, March Sloppy Joe Meal 18. Cash or Check accepted. Please make checks payable to PASE. Thank you! Head of Household/Complete Family NAME: Unit Price $3 00 $5 00 Indicate Quantity TOTAL $ $ TOTALDUE $ Second Of Two 1876 Plots To Steal Abraham Lincoln's Corpse The Chicago Plot (Cont'd from Feb. 5 Issue) By PhilBertoni The determined Kinealy engaged a Chicago pair to steal Lincoln's corpse. Evi- dently, however, Kinealy was not given much influence in this plot, having suffered the laughable failure just a short time ago (or perhaps was engaged as a "silent partner" to avoid any possible deten- tion.) Instead, this endeavor was designed by John Hughes, a Chicago criminal with an extensive counterfeiting record, and Terrence Mullen, the operator of The Hub, which was a windy-city saloon that "had a reputation as a gathering place for counterfeit- ers and other 'coney men.' Recently deceased James Hickey, Abraham Lincoln historian and Curator of the Abraham Lincoln Collec- tion for the Illinois Historical Library for many years until his retirement, reported on this second attempt thusly: Not until the opening of the Robert Todd Lincoln Papers of the Illinois State Histori- cal Library [forerunner of the present Springfield Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library], however, has. the full extent of Robert Lincoln's involvement been made clear, including how as Robert complained to Judge David Davis he was finally 'left in a lurch' by the Secret Service. Most researches have concluded that the President's son asked the Secret Service for aid in capturing and prosecuting the conspirators. It is clear from his correspondence, how- ever, that the Secret Service approached him for help. As Robert wrote to his old family friend and political advisor, Judge David Davis: "I learn from Mr. Tyrrell, the secret-service agent here that in some way which is unac- countable to me, the instruc- tions which came to him from his chief bear no similarity to my understanding with Mr. Conant...I think you under- stand my situauon. I could have stopped this scheme with little trouble and no expense, but allowed it to go on at their request. Now, they leave me in the lurch," he concluded, and "I am compelled to continue the prosecution at my own expense, and I cannot well pay out ten or fifteen hundred dol- lars for such a thing, if I can help it." The trial finally began on May 29, 1877 and ended shortly with both receiving guilty verdicts and modest prison terms. As Hickey further discov- ered: No more communications of Lincoln on the subject can be found after his June 26 letter to Brooks. A search of Treasury and Secret Service reports for the period do not show that Lincoln was ever reimbursed for his consider- able expense--in fact no record of the whole affair can be found among those papers...may have been noth- ing more than a plan by the Secret Service to keep them tied down for those several months and out of action. Although, as Lincoln said to David Davis about the Secret Service, 'They leave me in the lurch,' he may have taken pride in the fact that the pass- ing of counterfeit money in the United States dramatically slowed nd nearly ceased after the extraordinary crime[s] per- petrated at his father's tomb.'" These two eccentric attempts on Lincoln's tomb in 1876 were among the most celebrated such intrigues and about which much has been researched and written. In a 1982 American Heritage magazine article entitled "The Plot to Steal Lincoln's Body," Deane and Peggy Robertson wrote that these attempted heists of President Lincoln's body led to almost comi- cal and certainly interesting arrangements to keep our slain president's corpse secure: Lincoln's rest has been dis- turbed with astonishing fre- quency; his body was moved seventeen times between the warm May afternoon in 1865 when it was first placed in I" 175th Anniversary Committee Celebrating General Casimir Pulaski's Birthday 6 pm to 11 pm Sat. March 5 Mt Pulaski American Legion Hall tit--Dinner, Polish & American foods and Dessets- Entertainment- Kung Fu Dynamite Band (4os. sos-60s- 7os Music) Tickets $10 Per Person... On sale at Salt Creek Attic the temporary receiving vault at Oak Ridge Cemetery and the day it reached its current resting place in 1901. On September 26, 1901, the coffin was pried open and Lincoln's remains were identified once again before being laid to rest for the final time. At the insistence of his son, Robert, it now lies ten feet beneath the floor of the tomb's north room surrounded by a steel cage and embedded in two tons of solid cement. ..22= At his fallen leader's death- bed, Edwin M. Stanton, Secre- tary of War in Lincoln's cabi- net, uttered what has become a most memorable quote, "Now he belongs to the ages." But, perhaps, the most fitting description of President Abra- ham Lincoln, was also given to us by Stanton at that time, when he lamented: "There lies the most perfect ruler of men, the world has ever seen." [A valuable print from an old glass-plate negative found many years ago of the latter stages of construction (above) of the final resting place for our 16th President may be viewed in the Nit. Pulaski Township Historical -Museum. Photograph was developed by local photographer, Dorothy Bender, who found this negative in the old Mt. Pulaski DuBoce Photography Studio many years ago.] 14 Mt. Pulaski Times March 5, 2011