The Charlotte News
Friday, April 16, 1948
We note that the material to which we linked in the previous day's note under "Ford's Theater" promptly disappeared only a few hours after we established the link, despite that material having been present for two and a half years prior to our linking to it. What happened, we do not know. The organization responsible for the particular material has other Lincoln assassination material still at the same site, which we have always found to be stable in terms of preserving its links, and it is therefore a bit baffling. The material in question was a booklet of newspaper clippings from the Teens and Twenties of the last century, in which Jeannie Gourley Struthers set forth her first-hand account of what occurred at Ford's Theater the night of the assassination. Ms. Struthers appeared in "Our American Cousin" that night, playing the part of "Mary Trenchard", or actually Mary Meredith, as she explains the error on the playbill. We were drawn to the material by its reference to Helen Trueman, one of the few such references available in original accounts, who was also in the play, on the playbill listed as "Miss H. Trueman". Ms. Struthers stated that Ms. Trueman was still living at the time, in 1924, in Los Angeles. She had played the part of Augusta.
Anyway, having said all that for the good of all, we trust, we find that the material is back online, as fresh as ever. Thank ye. Thank ye very much
We note that the first performance of Our American Cousin, taking place at Laura Keene's Theater, 622-624 Broadway in New York, occurred, by coincidence
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