May 9th, 2011
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Too eager to report terrorist threats?

Have the media been too quick to report unconfirmed information about terroristic threats since 9/11?

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  1. SuperBejo

    I know a little about Henry Rathbone and Clara Harris. I hpapen to own a letter signed by Henry along with his carte de visite. The text of the letter reads Washington, D.C., October 5th 1869. H. Dunckel, Esq., Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., N.Y. Sir: Referring to your letter of Sept. 24 (ulto.), in which you requested a certified copy of so much of the records of this office as show the quota assigned to the town of Mohawk, Montgomery Co., N. Y., under the calls of March and July 1864, I have, in reply, to enclose herewith an extract from the records of this office, properly certified under the Seal of the War Department, containing the information desired. I am, Sir, Very Respectfully, Your Obedient Servant, H. R. Rathbone, Bvt. Colonel U.S.A., In charge Enrollment Branch. However, it is another piece of writing that might provide the answer to the questions about what Henry was wearing and what rank he was on the evening of the assassination. A part of what is known as Booth's Last Diary Entry reads I struck boldly, and not as the papers say. I walked with a firm step through a thousand of his friends, was stopped, but pushed on. A colonel was at his side. I shouted Sic semper before I fired. In jumping broke my leg Henry was no doubt proud of his promotion to Colonel. It makes sense to me he would have worn his uniform on a night celebrating Lee's surrender to Grant while in the company of the President. The relationship of Henry and Clara was notable because Henry's widowed mother Pauline Rathbone had married widower and New York Senator Ira Harris which made the Senator his stepfather and Harris' daughter Clara Henry's stepsister and Henry Clara's stepbrother. They then became husband and wife themselves in 1867. Later on in 1883 Henry tragically murdered Clara but spared their three children one of whom a son became a Senator from you guessed it Illinois.

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