Respect to President Lincoln.

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Springfield, Monday Evening, April 17, 1865.

WASHINGTON, April 18 — The corpse of the late president has been laid out in the White House. It is dressed in the suit of black worn by him at his late inauguration. A placid smile rests upon his features, and the deceased seems to be in a calm sleep. The corpse will be laid out in state in the East Room on Tuesday, in order to give the public an opportunity to see once more the features of him they loved so well.

The catafalque upon which the body will rest is to be placed in the south part of the East Room and is somewhat similar in style to that used on the occasion of the death of President Harrison. It is understood the funeral will take place on Thursday next, Rev. Dr. Gurley will doubtless be the officiating clergyman. His remains will be temporarily deposited in the Congressional Cemetery, and hereafter taken to Mr. Lincoln's home in Springfield, Ill.

Up to this time it has not been ascertained whether the assassin of the president has been captured.

The extra Star has the following:
"Developments have been made showing the existence of a deep laid plot on the part of a gang of conspirators, including members of the order of the Knights of the Golden Circle, to murder President Lincoln and his cabinet.

We have reason to believe that Secretary Seward received intimation from Europe, several months since, that something of a very desperate character was to transpire at Washington, and it is more than probable it had reference to the plot of assassination.

The pickets encircling this city Friday night, to prevent the escape of the parties who murdered President Lincoln and attempted the assassination of Secretary Seward and his son, were fired upon at several points by concealed foes. Arrests will be promptly made.

It was ascertained some weeks ago that the president had received several private letters warning him than an attempt would probably be made upon his life, but to this he did not attach much importance. It has always been thought he was not sufficiently careful of his individual safety on his last visit to Virginia.

The following incidents of the last day of his life have been obtained from several sources. His son, Capt. Lincoln, breakfasted with him on Friday morning, having just returned from the capitulation of Lee, and the president passed a happy hour listening to all the details. While at breakfast he heard that Speaker Colfax was in the house and sent word that he wished to see him immediately. He conversed with him nearly an hour about his future policy as to the rebellion, which he was about to submit to the cabinet. Afterwards he had an interview with Mr. Hale, minister to Spain, and several senators and representatives. At 11 o'clock the cabinet and Gen. Grant met with him, and in one of the most satisfactory and important cabinet meetings held since his first inauguration; the future policy of the administration was harmoniously and unanimously agreed on. When it adjourned Secretary Stanton said he thought the government was stronger than at any pervious period since the rebellion commenced.

In the afternoon he had a long call from and pleasant interview with Gov. Oglesby, Senator Yates, and other leading citizens of his state. In the evening, Mr. Colfax called again at his request, and Mr. Ashman, of Massachusetts, who presided over the Chicago convention of 1860, was present. To them he spoke of his visit to Richmond, and when told that much uneasiness existed at the north while he was at the rebel capital for fear that some traitor might shoot him, he replied, jocularly, that he would have been alarmed himself if any other person had been president and gone there, but that he did not feel any danger himself.

Conversing on a matter of business with Mr. Ashman, he made a remark that he saw Mr. Ashman was surprised at, and immediately, with well-known kindness of heart, said: "You did not understand me, Ashman, I did not mean that you inferred, and I will take it all back and apologize for it." He afterwards gave Ashman a card to admit himself and friends early next morning, to converse further about it. Turning to Mr. Colfax, he said: "Your are going with Mrs. Lincoln and myself to the theater, I hope?" But Mr. Colfax had other engagements, expecting to leave the city next morning. He then said to Mr. Colfax: "Mr. Sumner has the gavel of the confederate congress, which he got at Richmond, to hand to the secretary of war; but I insisted then that he must give it to you, and you will tell him, for me, to hand it over."

Mr. Ashman alluded to the gavel which he still had, and which he had used that the Chicago Convention. President and Mrs. Lincoln, who was also in the parlor, rose to go to the theatre. It was half and hour after the time they had intended to start, and they spoke about waiting half and hour longer, for the president went with reluctance. As Gen. Grant had gone north, he did not which the people to be disappointed, as they had been advertised to be there. At the door he stopped and said, "Colfax, do not forget to tell the people in the mining regions, as you pass through them, what I told you this morning about the developments when peace comes, and I will telegraph you at San Francisco."

He shook hands with both gentlemen with a pleasant good-bye, and left the executive mansion never to return to it alive.