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Beware The Ides of March

March 15, 2010 by Post Team 

Beware The Ides of MarchBeware The Ides of March:From chapter five of The First Assassin, a conversation between Col. Charles Rook and his superior officer, Gen. Winfield Scott, on March 15, 1861:

The colonel leaned forward. “You’ve heard the rumors about the president. They haven’t let up. It is the talk of the city. Mr. Lincoln’s life remains in danger, no less than it did on his inauguration day.”

Scott frowned. “Of course I’ve heard some rumors. Who hasn’t? The air is hot with them.”

“Do you know what today is, general?”

Scott did not like being questioned. He scowled, but answered anyway. “Friday.”

“That’s not what I mean. It’s March 15.”

“Yes?”

“The Ides of March.”

“Are you giving me a history lesson, colonel? I know my history. Today is the date of the death of Julius Caesar.”

“And the anniversary of the most famous political assassination in world history.”

Scott rolled his eyes. “Your dramatics do not transform fable into fact. Rumors are not the same thing as evidence.”

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