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A SHARP TONGUE AND A LOVELY NECK HAD-
SNAPPY MISS TODD IN HER GIRLHOOD DAYS J
Intimate Story of Lincoln's Young Wife. 3
By Octavia Roberts.
Springfield, 111., Feb. 12.
When I was little the children did
not go to history to learn about
their townsman, Abraham Lin
coln; they went to their elders.
Our grandparents and their
friends had borne some natural
human relation to the great- man
and his family.
From their stories we gathered
a vivid picture of Lincoln, his am-
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Mrs. Abraham Lincoln.
bitious wife and his four little
boys, the contemporaries of our
"Mary Todd" the old ladies
called Mrs. Lincoln of her we
had almost as clear an impres
sion as we had of our own ac
quaintance. She had come to Springfield to
yisit her sister, Mrs. Ninion Ed
wards. That sister's house was
now our school house, so that itv
was easy to picture Mary Todd in
every nook and corner of the spa-
cious brick house.
We liked to wander into thee
parlors where Lincoln courted"
her in those far away days. J.
Mary Todd was quite an aristo-
crat. She was not exactly pret
ty, but she had a lovely neck and
arms, and a bright way of speak
ing. We liked to hear of the
sharp things Mary Todd could
say. Once she was talking to -some
gentlemen in a "very sub
dued manner" when a "bold self
sufficient fellow" approached and
"Are you talking dog Latin ? I
can't understand a word."
"That's strange," Mary Todd
flashed back, "a puppy should un
derstand his native language:"
Later when the young, ungain
ly Lincoln vied with others for
her favor he fared no better.
"Miss Todd," he said, " I want ..
to dance with you the worst
way." When the cotillion was
over (square dances were once
called cotillions) she could not
resist saying: "Mr. Lincoln, I
you've had your wish, you have ,.
danced with me the worst way."
"Mary," her girl friends teased, r
her, "if you ever rest on Ab-
raham's bosom, you will have ta ,
take a ladder." i