Edwin was widely considered to be one of the better actors of his time. Some even called him the best overall. With a healthy, theatrical love for Shakespeare plays, he found any chance he could to get involved in one, a contestant among critics to be the finest Hamlet that there ever was, and ever will be.
After being selected out of a few other popular performers for a role, as well as to visit his sister, he eagerly awaited at the train station. It was loud and populated with people, the air being filled with the noise and chatter among the others there. The day was chilly and filled with rainfall, making the station having an almost white noise sound around it.
When the train finally arrived, the crowd was all too anxious to get on the train and hurdled towards it, pushing a young college student near the edge of the platform. He struggled to keep his footing and stumbled onto the tracks as he lost his balance.
Edwin, having witnessed this from the corner of his eye, yelled at the conductor to stop the train, but the man was unable to hear him over all the frantic noise, and it was already too late for him to do so. The train began to move and towards the young man who was now trapped between the carts.
After waiting for certain doom as the wheels began to turn before him, the man closed his eyes before suddenly being lifted and helped off the tracks quickly. The scholar recognized Edwin and called him out by name as he was lifted from the train tracks, the carts passing by as he was saved from death, lifted by the collar of his shirt. They looked at each other briefly, silent, before the schoolboy thanked him.
After saving his life, after a quiet moment, Edwin introduced himself to the boy, who in turn revealed that his name was Robert. They would never see each other again. In a manner of a few weeks after the incident, the President of the United States was murdered in the White House in an event that shocked the world and nation.
The actor was the brother of John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated the student’s father, Abraham Lincoln.