Think a minute…Edwin Thomas was one of the greatest actors in the 1800’s. He became world-famous for his acting performances in Shakespeare’s plays. Edwin’s two brothers, John and Junius, were also actors, but they were not as talented as Edwin.
Then one night, almost like a Shakespearean play, tragedy hit their whole family.
The brother, John Wilkes Booth, shot and killed the American President, Abraham Lincoln, while Lincoln was in a theatre watching a play.
After that night Edwin Thomas Booth’s reputation was greatly hurt. In fact, shortly after his brother killed President Lincoln, Edwin actually quit acting and ended his very successful career.
Many years later Edwin tried to return to acting for a time, but he was never the same because he was filled with terrible shame and guilt from his brother murdering the President.
One night, Edwin was getting on a train when it suddenly moved and jolted forward. A young man next to him slipped and fell down onto the track by the moving train.
Very quickly, Edwin risked his own life to reach down and pull the man back up to safety. A few days later Edwin received a letter of thanks from the man whose life he had saved.
The man had recognized Edwin as the famous actor and wanted to thank him again in a letter. Amazingly, that young man whose life Edwin had saved was Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of the man Edwin’s brother had killed. So while one brother had killed the President, the other brother had saved the President’s son.