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The Best Laid Plans

July 1, 2014

The woman who ran the boarding house wanted her money.  On July 2, 1881 the Daily Post was supposed to run the following ad:

WANTED: Charles Guiteau, of Illinois, who gives the President and Secretary Blaine as references, to call at 924 14th St., and pay his board bill.

Charles Guiteau surrendered that same morning to Police Officer Patrick Kearney, but not for the purpose of paying his bill.  Guiteau had just shot President Garfield and was seeking protection from the angry mob at the train station.

Guiteau’s weapon was a .44 caliber British Bulldog revolver.  He had purchased this particular gun less than a month before because he thought it would look good in a museum.  However, the gun is not on display at the present time because it has been lost.


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