Newspaper from Apr. 15, 1865

“The Great Crime in Washington- Proclamation by the Mayor”

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    “The Great Crime in Washington- Proclamation by the Mayor”

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    Editorial published in the Daily Wisconsin News on April 15, 1865, discussing the recommended stopping of all city activities by Major of Milwaukee, Abner Kirby. His proclamation states that “all the dwellings and business places of our city forthwith be clad with mourning, as a token of the deep and common sorrow that prevails...”

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    The Great Crime at Washington-- Proclamation by the Mayor.
    MAYOR’S OFFICE,
    Saturday Morning, April 15th
    The joy of the nation is turned to mourning! The Chief Magistrate of our Country is reported to have been villainously slain at the hands of an assassin, and the life of our Secretary of State taken by a still more infamous hand.
    Therefore, I, Abner Kirby, Mayor of Milwaukee, do hereby recommend that all the dwellings and business places of our city forthwith be clad in mourning, as a token of the deep and common sorrow that prevails; and that the people, abstaining from all excitement improper for such solemn occasion, postpone their ordinary business duties today, and that in all the churches tomorrow such services be performed as will duly express the great and general grief.
    Abner Kirby, Mayor.



    [Transcription by: Kyra S., Dr. Susan Corbesero’s Class, Ellis School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania]

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    Milwaukee Public Library

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    Daily Wisconsin News. "“The Great Crime in Washington- Proclamation by the Mayor”". Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed October 19, 2019. https://rememberinglincoln.fords.org/node/917