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'"His heart is as large as his
legs are long," she would reply.
That there had "been some mys
tery about Mary Todd's marriage
to Lincoln we gathered even as
From the scraps of talk we
could picture the whole busy day
for Mary Todd and Lincoln gave
their relatives but a scant day's
nQtice at tlieJast. We even knew
that Lincoln called at the Epis
copal minister's residence and
said; "Dr. Dresser I have a lit
tle job I want you to do for me
We knew that Miss Todd's sis
ter had asked the neighbors' as
sistance to bake the cakes and
biscuits and hams for that night.
That Mary Todd wore a sister's
white satin dress and spilled cof
fee down the ample widths. The
dress is still preserved among us.
We knew that Lincoln slipped on
the plump little hand a ring en
graved "Love is eternal."
Many stories have been circu
lated about Lincoln's unhappi
ness with his wife. These found
little credence among us. We
knew that she made him a com
fortable home and that her heart
and soul were in Lincoln's suc
cess. We know of her passionate af
tion for their four boys. We
heard Lincoln's partner's wife,
Mrs. Stuart, tell of her bitter
grief when one died. Mrs. Stuart
remembered Lincoln bending
over her with some food, saying,
"Eat, Mary; for we must live."
The poor mother turned away her
head and would not touch it.
We heard a thousand stories;
of Lincoln's care and considera
tion of her: how he always hur
ried home when it thundered be
cause the storm terrified her and
that the moment he was nominat
ed for the presidency he hurried
to "tell a little woman who would
like to hear the news."
True, she had a hot temper.
An old Portuguese woman is still
living here who was once her ser
vant. She sums up the fiery lit
woman in this way: "Mrs. Lin
coln she take no sassy talk; if
you good to her she good to you.
-You got a good friend."
Mrs. Lincoln was fond of dress.
Ladies remember yet the pretty
clothes she ordered before she
went to the white house and of
her rustling proudly into church
the last Sunday before they left,
gowned in "an ashes of roses
bayadere stripe with bonnet to
match and black lace shawl."
When Springfield saw her
again it was long years after. She
was a crushed, heartbroken wom
an who had seen her husband
shot down by an assassin's hand,
and had buried three of her beaut
She had come back to us, to
live out her days in that house of
her sister's that had sheltered her
when Lincoln vied for her hand.
In 1882 we laid her to rest.
In most fraternal societies, they
have to give a man an office to get
him to attend regularly.
A comic supplement always
seems rather tame to a man who
has six children in his house.