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charged that there was an alliance between Lincoln and the Federal office holders, and that he would deal with them as the Russians did with the allies in the Crimean War, not stopping to inquire whether an Englishman, Frenchman or Turk was hit. Lincoln replied, denying
the alliance, but mildly suggested to Douglas that the allies took Sebastapol.
Lincoln was a man of faith in the right when the great contest between him and Douglas ended and the election was over. Lincoln had carried the popular vote of the State, but Douglas secured a majority of the Legislature.
"When it was settled that Douglas had triumphed in securing a majority of the Legislature, I happened to meet him in the street and said to Mr. Lincoln, is it true that Douglas has a majority of the Legislature?
"I felt greatly disappointed, and so expressed myself, when he said:
“Never mind, my boy, it will come all right,' and in two years from that day the country was ablaze with bonfires all over the land celebrating its first national Republican victory in his election as President of the United States.
'It has been said Mr. Lincoln never went to school. He never did very much, but in the broad sense he was an educated man. He was a student-a thinker-he educated himself, and mastered any question which claimed his attention.
"In my belief there has been no man in this country. possessing greater power of analyzation than he did. Webster and Lincoln, while unlike in intellect, were two
of the greatest men intellectually this country has produced.
Mr. Lincoln was said to be slow and timid when, as President he walked along the danger path before him. He learned the truth of an observation by Cicero, that whoever enters upon public life should take care that the question how far the measure is virtuous be not the sole consideration, but also how far he may have the means of carrying it into execution.' So in the great struggle for national life he sought to go on no faster than he could induce the loyal people to go with him.
"As we look back over the period of agitation of slavery and of the great Civil War, we see Lincoln towering above all as the savior of his country and as the liberator of three millions of slaves. Lincoln was a shrewd and crafty man. After, as you remember, Vallandigham, of Ohio, was sent South, through the Rebel lines, he got round on the Canada border and finally returned home without leave. People thought his return would
It is said that Fernando Wood called on the President and cautiously inquired if he had been informed that Vallandigham had got home. Lincoln knew that by sending him South he had broken his power for evil, and in reply to Mr. Wood he said:
"No, sir; I have received no official information of that act, and what is more, sir, don't intend to.”
"Another illustration of his great good nature and shrewdness is told. As the war approached its close, Mr. Lincoln and General Sherman were in consultation at City point. One of the questions considered was what should be done with Jeff Davis when captured.
General Sherman inquired if he should let him escape. Mr. Lincoln told him the story of the temperance lecturer who was plentifully supplied with lemonade. host in a modest way inquired if the least bit of something stronger to brace him up would be agreeable. The lecturer answered he could not think of it--he was opposed to it on principal; but, glancing at the black bottle near by, he added:
'If you could manage to put in a little drop unbeknown to me, it wouldn't hurt me much.'
'Now, General,' said Mr. Lincoln, 'I am bound to oppose the escape of Jeff Davis, but if you can manage to let him slip out unbeknown'st like, I guess it won't hurt me much.'
"Mr. Lincoln was never disturbed by little things. Mr. Chase was President Lincoln's Secretary of the Treasury. As the time approached the Presidential nomination, Mr. Lincoln was understood to be a candidate, and Mr. Chase was a candidate, retaining his place in the Cabinet. Being in Washington for a time, I had a conversation with Mr. Lincoln about Mr. Chase's candidacy, and I advised Mr. Lincoln to turn him out. He replied:
'No, let him alone; he can do me no more harm in office than out.'
"When the President was considering Mr. Chase in connection with the high office of Chief Justice of the United States, a deputation of great men from Ohio— Ohio always had and has yet many-came to Washington to protest against Mr. Chase's appointment, and presented some letters at some time written by Mr.
Chase, criticising Mr. Lincoln.
He read them, and
with his usual good nature, remarked:
'If Mr. Chase has said some hard things about me, I in turn have said some hard things about him, which, I guess, squares the account.'
Mr. Chase was appointed.
"He was an American in the highest sense. He stood for America, for liberty, for the Declaration of Independence, for equality of rights, and he journeyed from his home to the National Capital to obey the call of the people and guide the ship of state through the portending storm, he came to his own historic city and in old Independence Hall he declared 'that if the Government could not be saved without giving up the Declaration of Independence, he would rather be assassinated on the spot than surrender it.'
"He was a Republican, as we are; he not only believed in union, liberty and equality, but under his guidance the policy of the Government was established, which has been maintained for more than thirty years and never seriously interfered with until now, and which has given the people unexampled prosperity.
"Mr. President and gentlemen, his life and public utterances speak to us now in this period of peril to business and commerce. Yes, to sustain the honor of our nation as a Republic, to stand fast by our colors, save the people from poverty and distress, the nation.from. financial wreck, and its flag in this and other lands from dishonor."
Baby Foot Prints.
The Rev. Robert McIntyre in a Lincoln Eulogy at the Auditorium, Chicago, among other good things, said:
One day at the cabin in which Mr. Lincoln spent his early years. I was told this story: Sometime before he was elected President Mr. Lincoln visited some of his people there and he stood in the doorway watching a summer shower hunted by a pack of sunbeams, which laid the rain in puddles gleaming in the yard.
They say that Mr. Lincoln, taking up a little girl who was kin to him, carried her out into the yard and dipped her baby feet in the mud-puddle.
Then, carrying her into the cabin he lifted her and marked the ceiling with her feet, leaving marks that remained
there for many years. We are told that something of that kind happened to him, by a power greater than himself that lifted him up among the heights and leaving those footprints that will shine forever in the annals of human endeavor. I do not like this theory because it takes away hope from our youth.
Lincoln was like other men. man in any sense of the word.
He was not a miraculous
He had indeed less of
the supernatural about him than any man in history and more of the natural, and it was this that made him so great and lovable in the eyes of the people.
Washington has been idealized until we have forgotten his real character. I confess he is a nebulous character
Now they are going to refine and sandpaper and veneer Lincoln until nothing of the simple, loving, common
place soul is left to us.
We don't want this.
want him just as he is.