John Wilkes Booth had a famous brother, also an actor, named Edwin Booth. It was to Edwin's great shame that his brother had assassinated Abraham Lincoln. Years after that fateful day in the theater, Edwin Booth was traveling by train and was caught up in an impatient crowd at a busy railway station. He was a recognizable man and hoped no one would notice him. However, he moved forward toward to the conductor in an attempt to use his fame to get a last minute ticket.
As he drew closer he saw a man fall between the platform and the train. In the commotion no one else seemed to see him. The man was trapped. The engine roared, and with moments to spare, Edwin Booth reached down, grabbed the man by the collar, and pulled him to safety. The man turned to see who had rescued him and was astonished to be face-to-face with none other than Edwin Booth. The men parted ways quickly and Booth did not know who he had rescued until some time later when he received a letter from an old friend, a military General, who informed him the man he had saved that day was Abraham Lincoln's son.
This knowledge gave Booth a measure of comfort, that despite the horror linking his family to theirs, he had been able to show this kindness to one of them.
Do you believe in destiny or was this merely a coincidence?