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Boston Corbett

Thomas H. "Boston" Corbett was a Union Army soldier who shot and killed President Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth. Corbett was arrested for disobeying orders, but was released on the orders of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, who referred to Corbett as "the patriot" upon dismissing him, he was considered a hero by the media and the public. Known for his devout religious beliefs and eccentric behavior, Corbett drifted around the United States before disappearing around 1888. Circumstantial evidence suggests that he died in the Great Hinckley Fire in September 1894, but that remains impossible to substantiate. Corbett was born in London and immigrated with his family to New York City in 1840; the Corbetts moved before settling in Troy, New York. As a young man, Corbett began apprenticing as a milliner, a profession that he would hold intermittently throughout his life; as a milliner, Corbett was exposed to the fumes of mercury nitrate used in the treatment of fur to produce felt used on hats.

Excessive exposure to the compound can lead to hallucinations and twitching. Historians have theorized that the mental issues Corbett exhibited before and after the Civil War were caused by this exposure. After working as a milliner in Troy, Corbett returned to New York City, he married, but his wife and child died in childbirth. Following their deaths, he moved to Boston. Corbett began drinking heavily, he was unable to hold a job and became homeless. After a night of heavy drinking, he was confronted by a street preacher whose message persuaded him to join the Methodist Episcopal Church. Corbett stopped drinking and became devoutly religious. After being baptized, he subsequently changed his name to Boston, the name of the city where he was converted, he attended meetings at the Fulton and Bromfield Street churches where his enthusiastic behavior earned him the nickname "The Glory to God man". In an attempt to imitate Jesus, Corbett began to wear his hair long. In 1857, Corbett began working at a hat manufacturer's shop on Washington Street in downtown Boston.

He was reported to be a proficient milliner, but was known to proselytize and stop work to pray and sing for co-workers who used profanity in his presence. He began working as a street preacher and would sermonize and distribute religious literature in North Square. Corbett soon earned a reputation around Boston for being religious fanatic. On July 16, 1858, Corbett was propositioned by two prostitutes while walking home from a church meeting, he was disturbed by the encounter. Upon returning to his room at a boardinghouse, Corbett began reading chapters 18 and 19 in the Gospel of Matthew. In order to avoid sexual temptation and remain holy, he castrated himself with a pair of scissors, he ate a meal and went to a prayer meeting before seeking medical treatment. In April 1861, early in the American Civil War, Corbett enlisted as a private in Company I of the 12th Regiment New York Militia. Corbett's eccentric behavior got him into trouble, he carried a Bible with him at all times and read passages aloud from it held unauthorized prayer meetings and argued with his superior officers.

Corbett condemned officers and superiors for what he perceived as violations of God's word. In one instance, he verbally reprimanded Colonel Daniel Butterfield for using profanity and taking the Lord's name in vain, he was refused to apologize for his insubordination. Due to his continued disruptive behavior and refusal to take orders, Corbett was court-martialed and sentenced to be shot, his sentence was reduced and he was discharged in August 1863. Corbett re-enlisted that month as a private in Company L, 16th New York Cavalry Regiment. On June 24, 1864, he was captured by Confederate Colonel John S. Mosby's men in Culpeper and held prisoner at Andersonville prison for five months, he was released in an exchange in November 1864 and was admitted to the Army hospital in Annapolis, Maryland where he was treated for scurvy and exposure. On his return to his company, he was promoted to Sergeant. Corbett testified for the prosecution in the trial of the commandant of Andersonville, Captain Henry Wirz.

On April 24, 1865, Corbett's regiment was sent to apprehend John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, whom Booth fatally shot on April 14, 1865. On April 26, the regiment surrounded Booth and one of his accomplices, David Herold, in a tobacco barn on the Virginia farm of Richard Garrett. Herold surrendered; the barn was set on fire in an attempt to force him out into the open. Corbett was positioned near a large crack in the barn wall. In an 1878 interview, Corbett claimed that he saw Booth aim his carbine, prompting him to shoot Booth with his Colt revolver despite Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton's orders that Booth be captured alive. Lieutenant Edward P. Doherty, the officer in charge of the soldiers who captured Booth and Herold, stated that "the bullet struck Booth in the back of the head, about an inch below the spot where his shot had entered the head of Mr. Lincoln." Booth's spinal cord was severed, he died two hours later. Lt. Colonel Everton Conger thought Booth had shot himself.

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Bob's Lake (Timmins)

Bobs Lake is a lake in the James Bay and Abitibi River drainage basins in the city of Timmins, Cochrane District in northeastern Ontario, Canada. The lake is about 1,500 metres long and 370 metres wide, lies at an elevation of 281 metres, is located in the community of Porcupine on Ontario Highway 101; the primary inflow is an unnamed creek at the northeast, the primary outflow is Bob's Creek at the southwest, which flows to Porcupine Lake and via the Porcupine River and the Frederick House River to the Abitibi River. A second Bobs Lake in Cochrane District, with a named primary outflow Bobs Creek, and, in the Abitibi River drainage basin, is Bobs Lake and is located 63 kilometres to the northeast. List of lakes in Ontario

James Hall Huling

James Hall Huling was an American Republican businessman and politician from West Virginia who served as a United States Representative in the 54th United States Congress. Congressman Huling was born in Williamsport in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania on March 24, 1844, he died April 23, 1918. He went to school at Lycoming College in Williamsport, he served in the Pennsylvania Cavalry in 1863. He engaged in the lumber business and moved to West Virginia in 1870, he left the lumber business in 1874, he declined a renomination. He won election from West Virginia's 3rd District in 1894 as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress, he returned to business in Charleston, where he died April 23, 1918. Congressman Huling was buried there in Spring Hill Cemetery. United States Congressional Delegations from West Virginia List of mayors of Charleston, West Virginia This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

United States Congress. "HULING, James Hall". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Online. September 11, 2007

Nikolay Shcherbina

Nikolay Fyodorovich Shcherbina was a Russian poet of the 19th century. Nikolay Shcherbina was born in the Mius district of the Don Cossack Host in the mansion of his mother, his father was of Ukrainian descent, his mother of Greek and Don Cossack descent. His parents moved to the city of Taganrog, populated by Italian colonists; this influenced his aesthetic feelings and acquainted him with the Greek way of life and popular legends. Shcherbina studied at the Taganrog Boys Gymnasium, where he fell in love with Greek language lessons and wrote the long poem Sappho at the age of thirteen. In 1838, his work To the Sea was published for the first time at the magazine Syn Otechestva. In 1850, a collection of his poems, Grecheskie stikhotvoreniya, was published in Odessa and was well received by the public. Shcherbina moved to Moscow the same year, where he worked as assistant to the chief editor of Moskovskie Vedomosti and published poems in various journals of Moscow and Saint Petersburg. In 1854, he moved to Saint Petersburg, where he was appointed official for special missions at the Ministry of Public Education.

In the capital, he published Pchela, a collection of verses for popular reading, approved by the Ministry and improved his financial means. In 1857, his complete works in two volumes and Collection of the Best Russian Poems were published. In 1860-1869, he served at the Ministry of Internal Affairs

Next of Kin (novel)

Next of Kin known as The Space Willies, is a science fiction comic novel by English writer Eric Frank Russell. It is the story of a military misfit who conducts a one-man psychological warfare operation against an alien race, with whom humans and allied races are at war, it was published under the title Next of Kin in 1959. A novella-length version was published in Astounding Science Fiction in 1956 as "Plus X" published in somewhat expanded form by ACE Books as The Space Willies in 1958. John Leeming is every sergeant's worst nightmare — immune to discipline and punishment, given to random acts of defiance, such as wearing his cap backwards on parade for no particular reason, thus when a mission to fly a prototype spaceship behind enemy lines comes up, he is the ideal candidate to fly it. The ship should be able to outrun anything else in the galaxy, it carries no arms but is an ideal spy vessel for discovering the movements of the ships of the Lathians and their allies. Since the odds of returning alive are pretty slim, it is an ideal way of dealing with Leeming.

For his part, Leeming is ready to jump at any alternative to life in the stockade. He is equipped with a survival kit designed by a top bureaucratic committee, so it contains an exquisite miniature camera, of no conceivable use if he needs to survive on an alien world, as well as the usual inedible food. For a while the mission goes well, Leeming relieves some of the boredom by listening in on routine ship-to-ship messages, he overhears conversations in a language that sounds like English, but used to make bizarre statements, such as "Mayor Snorkum shall lay the cake", "What for the cake will be laid by Snorkum?", "I shall lambast my mother!". Leeming starts tossing in his own comments, resulting in an aggrieved response "Clam shack?" The ship malfunctions and Leeming is forced to land on an alien world, which turns out to be inhabited by the speakers of quasi-English. They are reptilian race who make ideal prison guards. On being locked up, Leeming is told by the guard "We shall bend Murgatroyd's socks" to which he can only reply "Dashed decent of you".

Leeming winds up in one half of a POW camp, of which the other half is inhabited by members of another allied race. They have never seen a human and so do not trust him. To find a way out, he tries to get the other prisoners to trust him, he begins to cultivate an imaginary friend. He convinces the guards that Eustace can go anywhere and spy for him, that every human has a Eustace who can do the same. In addition, Eustaces can wreak revenge on those. Events help him here, in that one guard he threatens with Eustace is shot for allowing a mass escape attempt of the other prisoners. Furthermore, Leeming alleges that the Lathians, the leaders of the enemy alliance have invisible companions called Willies, although these are far inferior to Eustaces, he tells the aliens to ask human prisoners on other planets two questions: "Do the Lathians have the Willies?" and "Are the Lathians nuts?", a "nut", according to Leeming, being someone with an invisible companion. Leeming's captors are convinced by the responses and fear that if they start accepting human prisoners, they will have thousands of invisible Eustaces running wild across their planet and causing mayhem.

They release Leeming and smuggle him home, at the same time withdrawing from their alliances and convincing other races to do the same. The enemy alliance collapses and the Lathians have to make peace. On arriving home, Leeming's behaviour is, if anything more erratic and insubordinate than ever, it is not clear if this is due to his sense of elation at having beaten his captors, or to his having suffered a nervous breakdown from the stresses he has endured. The plot has obvious similarities to E. H. Jones's The Road to En-Dor – an account of that author's escape from the Yozgad prisoner of war camp in Turkey during World War I. Next of Kin title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Review at Infinity Plus

Richard Kidder

Richard Kidder was an English Anglican churchman, Bishop of Bath and Wells, from 1691 to his death. He was a noted theologian, he was educated at Emmanuel College, where he was a sizar, from 1649, graduating 1652. He became a Fellow there in 1655, vicar of Stanground, Huntingdonshire, in 1659, he was deprived in 1662. He was rector of Rayne Parva, from 1664 to 1674, having conformed to the Act of 1662, he was vicar of St. Martin Outwich, in 1689 a royal chaplain, dean of Peterborough, his A Demonstration of the Messias has been identified as a significant influence on the librettist Charles Jennens, in writing the words for the Messiah of Handel. This book took up suggestions of Joseph Mede on multiple authorship of the Book of Zechariah, he was killed on 26 November. The Christian sufferer supported A Demonstration of the Messias. In which the Truth of the Christian Religion is Proved, Against All the Enemies Thereof. In Three Parts A sermon upon the resurrection A Commentary on the Five Books of Moses: With a Dissertation Concerning the Author Or Writer of the said books and a general argument to each of them The life of the Reverend Anthony Horneck, late preacher at the Savoy The holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments A Discourse Concerning Sins of Infirmity, Wilful Sins, with Another of Restitution Works by or about Richard Kidder in libraries