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ered that the position Mr. Lincoln coveted was that of a a private soldier. Mr. F showed alarm and the President laughingly released him.
A Lincoln Story About Little Dan Webster's Soiled Hands!-How Dan Escaped a
Mr. Lincoln on one occasion narrated to Hon. Mr. Odell and others, with much zest, the following story about young Daniel Webster:
When quite young, at school, Daniel was one day guilty of a gross violation of the rules. He was detected in the act, and called up by the teacher for punishment. This was to be the old fashioned "feruling" of the hand. His hands happened to be very dirty. Knowing this, on the way to the teacher's desk, he spit upon the palm of his right hand, wiping it off upon the side of his pantaloons.
"Give me your hand, sir," said the teacher, very sternly.
Out went the right hand, partly cleansed. The teacher looked at it a moment, and said:
"Daniel! if you will find another hand in this schoolroom as filthy as that, I will let you off this time!"
Instantly from behind the back came the left hand. "Here it is sir," was the ready reply.
"That will do," said the teacher," for this time; you can take your seat, sir."
Lincoln and the Little Baby-A Touching Story.
"Old Daniel," who was one of the White House ushers, is responsible for the following touching story:
A poor woman from Philadelphia had been waiting with a baby in her arms for several days to see the President. It appeared by her story, that her husband. had furnished a substitute for the army, but some time afterward, in a state of intoxication, was induced to list. Upon reaching the post assigned his regiment, he deserted, thinking the Government was not entitled to his services. Returning home, he was arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to be shot. The sentence was to be executed on a Saturday. On Monday his wife left.
home with her baby to endeavor to see the President. Said Daniel, "She had been waiting here three days, and there was no chance for her to get in. Late in the afternoon of the third day, the President was going through the passage to his private room to get a cup of On the way he heard the baby cry. He instantly went back to his office and rang the bell.
"Daniel," said he, "is there a woman with a baby in the ante-room?"
I said there was, and if he would allow me to say it, it was a case he ought to see; for it was a matter of life and death.
"Said he, "Send her to me at once."
She went in, told her story, and the President pardoned her husband.
As the woman came out from his presence, her eyes
were lifted and her lips moving in prayer, the tears streaming down her cheeks.
Said Daniel, "I went up to her, and pulling her shawl, said, 'Madam, it was the baby that did it.'
Lincoln to Save Her
During the war, says D. L. Moody, I remember a young man, not twenty, who was court-martialed at the front and sentenced to be shot. The story was this:
The young fellow had enlisted. He was not obliged to, but he went off with another young man. They were what we would call "chums."
One night his companion was ordered out on picket duty, and he asked the young man to go for him. The next night he was ordered out himself; and having been awake two nights, and not being used to it, fell asleep at his post, and for the offense he was tried and sentenced to death. It was right after the order issued by the President that no interference would be allowed in cases of this kind. This sort of thing had become too
frequent, and it must be stopped.
When the news reached the father and mother in Vermont it nearly broke their hearts. The thought that their son should be shot was too great for them. They had no hope that he could be saved by anything that they could do.
But they had a little daughter who had read the life of Abraham Lincoln, and knew how he loved his own children, and she said:
"If Abraham Lincoln knew how my father and mother loved my brother he wouldn't let him be shot."
The little girl thought this matter over and made up her mind to see the President.
She went to the White House, and the sentinel, when he saw her imploring looks, passed her in, and when she came to the door and told the private secretary that she wanted to see the President, he could not refuse her. She came into the chamber and found Abraham Lincoln surrounded by his generals and counselors, and when he saw the little country girl the asked her what she
The little maid told her plain, simple story-how her brother, whom her father and mother loved very dearly, had been sentenced to be shot; how they were mourning for him, and if he was to die in that way it would break their hearts.
The President's heart was touched with compassion, and he immediately sent a dispatch canceling the sentence and giving the boy a parole so that he could come home and see his father and mother. I just tell you this to show you how Abraham Lincoln's heart was moved by compassion for the sorrow of that father and mother, and if he showed so much do you think the Son of God will not have compassion upon you, sinner, if you only take that crushed, bruised heart to him?
Honorable Frederick Douglas' Reminiscences.
The well-known Frederick Douglas in the Northwestern Advocate says:
I saw and conversed with this great man for the first time in the darkest hours of the military situation when the armies of the rebellion seemed more confident, defiant and aggressive than ever.
I had never before had an interview with a President of the United States, and though I felt I had something important to say, considering his exalted position and my lowly origin and the people whose cause I came to plead, I approached him with much trepidation as to how this great man might receive me; but one word and look from him banished all my fears and set me perfectly I have often said since that meeting it was