« PreviousContinue »
Speech After the Battle of the Wilderness.
Speech to 140th Indiana Regiment.
The Perpetuity of Our Free Institutions.
The Ballot vs. the Bullet. . . .
The Emancipation Proclamation..
Gen. Grant After his Return from a Tour of the
Gen. Grant's Monument at Lincoln Park, Chicago.. 240 Henry Ward Beecher..
Lincoln's Father's Monument, near Rockford, Ind.. 250 Triumphal Arch...
The Original Fort Dearborn (as built in 1804)... 261 The Lincoln Family Moving from Kentucky to Indi
ana in 1816............. The House in Which Lincoln Died, April 15, 1865. 287 Monument of Abraham Lincoln at Lincoln Park,
Gen. Taylor's Army near Popocataptl, in Mexico.. 341
Our Savior Performing the Miracle in Cana.....
RELATED BY HIMSELF AND BY OTHERS.
How Lincoln Earned His First Dollar.
The following interesting story was told by Mr. Lincoln to Mr. Seward and a few friends one evening in the Executive Mansion at Washington. The President said: "Seward, you never heard, did you, how I earned my first dollar?"
"No," rejoined Mr. Seward.
"Well," continued Mr. Lincoln, "I belonged, you know, to what they call down South, the 'scrubs.' We had succeeded in raising, chiefly by my labor, sufficient produce, as I thought, to justify me in taking it down the river to sell.
'After much persuasion, I got the consent of mother to go, and constructed a little flatboat, large enough to take a barrel or two of things that we had gathered, with myself and little bundle, down to the Southern market. A steamer was coming down the river. We have, you know, no wharves on the Western streams; and the custom was, if passengers were at any of the landings, for them to go out in a boat, the steamer stopping and taking them on board.
"I was contemplating my new flatboat, and wondering
whether I could make it strong or improve it in any particular, when two men came down to the shore in carriages with trunks, and looking at the different boats singled out mine, and asked, 'Who owns this?' I answered, somewhat modestly, I do.' 'Will you," said one of them, 'take us and our trunks out to the steamer?' 'Certainly,' said I. I was very glad to have the chance of earning something. I suppose that each of them would give me two or three bits. The trunks were put on my flatboat, the passengers seated themselves on the trunks, and I sculled them out to the steamboat.
"They got on board, and I lifted up their heavy trunks, and put them on deck. The steamer was about to put on steam again, when I called out that they had forgotten to pay me. Each of them took from his pocket a silver half-dollar, and threw it on the floor of my boat. I could scarcely believe my eyes as I picked up the money. Gentlemen, you may think it was a very little thing, and in these days it seems to me a trifle; but it was a most important incident in my life. I could scarcely credit that I, a poor boy, had earned a dollar. world seemed wider and fairer before me. I was a more hopeful and confident being from that time."
An Honest Boy-Young Lincoln "Pulls Fodder"
The following incident, illustrating several traits already developed in the early boyhood of Lincoln, is vouched for by a citizen of Evansville, Ind." who knew him in the days referred to:
In his eagerness to acquire knowledge, young Lincoln