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In a whining tone the man begged for his papers, which he had dropped.
"Begone, sir," said the President, "your papers will be sent to you. I never wish to see your face again!”
Lincoln and the Wall Street Gold Gamblers.
Mr. Carpenter, the artist, is responsible for the following:
The bill empowering the Secretary of the Treasury to sell the surplus gold had recently passed, and Mr. Chase was then in New York giving his attention personally to the experiment. Governor Curtin referred to this, saying to the President:
"I see by the quotations that Chase's movement has already knocked gold down several per cent."
This gave occasion for the strongest expression I ever heard fall from the lips of Mr. Lincoln. Knotting his face in the intensity of his feeling, he said:
"Curtin, what do you think of those fellows in Wall Street who are gambling in gold at such a time as this?" "They are a set of sharks," returned Curtin.
"For my part," continued the President, bringing his clinched hand down upon the table, "I wish every one of them had his devilish head shot off!'
How the Negroes Regarded "Massa Lincoln."
In 1863, Colonel McKaye of New York, with Robert Dale Owen and one or two other gentlemen, were associated as a committee to investigate the condition of the
freedmen on the coast of North Carolina. Upon their return from Hilton Head they reported to the President, and in the course of the interview Col. McKaye related the following incident:
He had been speaking of the ideas of power entertained by these people. He said they had an idea of God, as the Almighty, and they had realized in their former condition the power of their masters. Up to the time of the arrival among them of the Union forces, they had no knowledge of any other power. Their masters fled upon the approach of our soldiers, and this gave the slaves a conception of a power greater than that exercised by them. This power they called "Massa Linkum."
Colonel McKaye said that their place of worship was. a large building which they called "the praise house;" and the leader of the meeting, a venerable black man, was known as "the praise man." On a certain day, when there was quite a large gathering of the people, considerable confusion was created by different persons. attempting to tell who and what "Massa Linkum" was. In the midst of the excitement the white-headed leader commanded silence.
"Brederin," said he, "you don't know nosen' what you'se talkin' 'bout. Now, you just listen to me. Massa Linkum, he eberywhar. He know eberyting." Then, solemnly looking up, he added, "He walk de earf like de Lord!"
Colonel McKaye said that Mr. Lincoln seemed much affected by this account. He did not smile, as another man might have done, but got up from his chair and walked
in silence two or three times across the floor.
sumed his seat, he said very impressively:
As he re
"It is a momentous thing to be the instrument, under Providence, of the liberation of a race.”
One of Lincoln's Last Storics.
One of the last stories heard from Mr. Lincoln concerning John Tyler, for whom it was to be expected, as an old Henry Clay Whig, he would entertain no great respect. "A year or two after Tyler's accession to the Presidency," said he, "contemplating an excursion in some direction. his son went to order a special train of cars. It so happened that the railroad superintendent was a very strong Whig. On Bob's making known his errand, that official bluntly informed him that his road did not run any special trains for the President.
"What!" said Bob, "did you not furnish a special train for the funeral of General Harrison?"
"Yes," said the superintendent, stroking his whiskers; "and if you will only bring your father here in that shape you shall have the best train on the road!"
Lincoln's Habits in the White House.
Mr. Lincoln's habits at the White House were as simple as they were at his old home in Illinois. He never alluded to himself as "Presideut," or as occupying "the Presidency. His office he always designated as "the place." Call me Lincoln," said he to a friend; "Mr. President" had become so very tiresome to him. "If you see a newsboy down the street send him up this way," said he to a passenger, as he stood waiting for the morning news at his gate. Friends cautioned him against exposing himself so openly in the midst of enemies; but he never heeded them, He frequently walked the streets at night, entirely unprotected; and felt any check upon his free movements a great annoyance. He delighted to see his familiar Western friends; and he gave them always a cordial welcome. He met them on the old footing, and fell at once into the accustomed habits of talk and story-telling.
An old acquaintance, with his wife, visited WashingMr. and Mrs. Lincoln proposed to these friends a ride in the Presidential carriage. It should be stated in advance that the two men had probably never seen each other with gloves on in their lives, unless when they were used as protection from the cold.
The question of each-Mr. Lincoln at the White House and his friend at the hotel-was, whether he should wear gloves. Of course the ladies urged gloves; but Mr. Lincoln only put his in his pocket, to be used or not, according to circumstances.
When the Presidential party arrived at the hotel, to take in their friends, they found the gentleman, over
come by his wife's persuasions, very handsomely gloved. The moment he took his seat he began to draw off the clinging kids, while Mr. Lincoln began to draw his on! "No! no! no!" protested his friend, tugging at his gloves. "It is none of my doings; put up your gloves, Mr. Lincoln."
So the two old friends were on even and easy terms, and had their ride after their old fashion.
MRS. GEN. JOHN A LOGAN. Lincoln's High Compliment to the Women of America.
A Fair for the benefit of the soldiers, held at the Patent Office, in Washington, called out Mr. Lincoln as