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ever got in early life was in that way. I attended an old field school in Indiana, where our only reading-book was the Bible. One day we were standing up reading the account of the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace. A little tow-headed fellow who stood beside me had the verse with the unpronounceable names; he mangled up Shadrach and Meshach woefully, and finally went all to pieces on Abednego. Smarting under the blows which, in accordance with the old-time custom, promptly followed his delinquency, the little fellow sobbed aloud. The reading, however, went round, each boy in the class reading his verse in turn. The sobbing at length ceased, and the tow-headed boy gazed intently upon the verses ahead.
"Suddenly he gave a pitiful yell, at which the schoolmaster demanded:
"What is the matter with you now?
"Look there,' said the boy, pointing to the next verse, "there comes them same damn three fellows again!'”
As indicating the slight concern Mr. Lincoln had about money-making, as well as the significance of the expression "well off" half a century or so ago, the following conversation, related by Judge Weldon, is in point.
At the opening of the De Witt Circuit Court in May, 1859, just a year before his first nomination for the Presidency, Mr. Lincoln was present, unattended for possibly the first time by his life-long friend, Major John T. Stuart. Upon inquiry from Weldon as to whether Stuart was coming, Lincoln replied, "No, Stuart told me that he would not be here this term."
Weldon then remarked, "I suppose the Major has gotten to be pretty well off and does n't have to attend all the courts in the Circuit."
"Yes," replied Lincoln, "Stuart is pretty well to do, pretty well to do."
"How much is the Major probably worth, Mr. Lincoln?" asked Mr. Weldon.
"Well," replied the latter, after a moment's thought, "I
don't know exactly; Stuart is pretty well off; I suppose he must be worth about fifteen thousand dollars."
Another incident characteristic of Mr. Lincoln was related by his friend Judge Weldon.
During the gloomiest period of the war, and while our seaboard cities were in constant apprehension of attack, a delegation of business men from New York visited Washington for the purpose of having a gunboat secured for the defence of their city. At their request, Judge Weldon accompanied them to the Executive Mansion and introduced them to the President. The spokesman of the delegation, after depicting at length and in somewhat pompous manner, the dangers that threatened the great metropolis, took occasion, in manner at once conclusive, to state that he spoke with authority, that the gentlemen constituting the committee of which he was the chairman represented property aggregating in value many hundreds of millions of dollars. At this, Mr. Lincoln interposing impatiently, and in a manner never to be forgotten, said:
"It seems to me, gentlemen, that if I were as rich as you say you are, and as badly scared as you appear to be, I would, in this hour of my country's distress, just buy that gunboat myself!"
THE FIRST LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY IN AMERICA
EFFECTS OF THE FOUNDING OF THE VIRGINIA HOUSE OF BURGESSES VIRGINIA'S GIFT OF TERRITORY TO THE GOVERNMENT
· KASKASKIA CAPTURED FROM THE
- JAMESTOWN THE SCENE OF THE FIRST BRITISH COLONY-THE BEGINNINGS OF COLONIAL SELF-GOVERNMENT SALUTARY LAWS MADE GOVERNMENT BY
- DESPOTISM OF JAMES I-MACAULAY ON THE
THE THIRTEEN ORIGINAL COLONIES
VIRGINIA NOTABLE FOR HER STATESMEN.
N the thirtieth of July, 1907, at the Jamestown Exposition, was celebrated the anniversary of the assembling of the House of Burgesses of Virginia, the first legislative body to assemble upon the Western continent. The meeting was presided over by the present Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses, and by invitation of the President of the Exposition addresses were made by ex-speakers Carlisle, Keifer, and myself.
My address was as follows:
"We have assembled upon historic ground. We celebrate to-day a masterful historic event. Other anniversaries, sacredly observed, have their deep meaning; no one, however, is fraught with profounder significance than this.
"The management of the great Exposition did well to set apart this thirtieth of July to commemorate the coming together at Jamestown of the first legislative assembly in the New World. The assembling of the representatives of the people upon the eventful day two hundred and eighty-six years ago of which this is the anniversary- marked an epoch which, in far-reaching consequence, scarcely finds a parallel in history. It was the initial step in the series of stupendous events which found their culmination in the Bill