Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1905. First Edition. Detailed account of political conditions and criminal details relating to the assassination, in 1900, of newly-elected Kentucky Governor William Goebel. The author, the sitting Attorney-General, was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for complicity in the crime. Powers goes to great lengths to provide evidence exonerating himself from the assassination, and it's clear that the book's primary purpose was to elicit a state's pardon (which, in fact, Powers received in 1908). The true identity of Goebel's assassin has never been established. The book was written from the author's jail cells in Fayette County and Louisville, Kentucky, and includes some brief but colorful accounts of life behind bars. SUVAK 260. Octavo (19cm). Gray cloth boards, lettered in gilt on spine and front cover; 490pp; 16 inserted leaves of plates (halftones). Binding slightly rubbed and soiled; dusting to page edges, still a VG copy with internals clean and unmarked. Illustrated from contemporary photographs.