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THE ARGUS, MONDAY, FEBItUAltY 10, 1908.
Lincoln at Close Range
A Rough Exterior and the Soul of a
Prophet How He Impressed Greeley, Doug
las, Cullom, Woodford, Voorhees and Others
by J. A. Edserton.l
FTER all. it Is
i counts. Those
who clasp hands
with a man,
who look into
his eyes, who
with bitn, who
see him In daily
life, who hear
his voice and
know bis hu
man stide it is
they who can
bring the hearts
of men to him.
coln Is one of
whom the world
mands this in
edge, for there
is no one. in
at least, that so
peals to men's
AS UNCOUTn WEST
preat men have filled the world's intel
lect and imagination more than be. but
none in our day has been so loved. It
is the very humanness of the man that
etidears hitn to us. For this reason we
treasure every sorrrp of personal testi
mony concerning him.
And yet there is another side of Lin
coln that the touch with his homely
human nature, however intimate, does
not reveal. It is a misty, elusive
something, an undiscovered greatness.
a quality that cannot be weighed or
bounded or defined. He surprises us
with unexpected depths and beauties,
He reveals to us glimpses of outlooks
over undiscovered countries. Behind
his rough exterior we Fcein to sense the
soul of a prophet. At a distance be ap
pears almost as one of those legendary
divine figures that we are told came to
gnlde men when the world was young.
Surely if in our prosaic age any one
has been sent for a work and has been
guided in that work in ways we do not
pee Abraham Lincoln was such a one.
And to this view even the personal im
pressions bear witness.
Horace Greeley in an ifadclivered lec
ture published in the Century mauy
years after his death has given mauy
glimpses of Lincoln. Frobably none is
more Interesting than his first impres
sion. It was of the time that Lincoln
served in congress and refutes the idea
that the future emancipator was home
ly, at least at the time In question.
Lincoln was not quite forty years old.
He was gonial, cheerful, rather comely,
noticeably tall and the only Whig from
Illinois not remarkable otherwise, ta tho
best of my recollection. He was generally
llkrci on our sid? of the house. He made
two or three moderate speeches which at
tracted little attention. He voted gen
erally to forbid the Introduction of slavery
Into the territories, but ho did not vote
for Mr. Gait's resolution looking to the
immediate abolition of slavery In the fed
eral district. There were men accounted
abler on our side of tho house, yet I Judge
that no other was onore generally liked
and esteemed than, he. And yet had
each of us been required to name the man
anions us who would first attain the
presidency I doubt whether five of us
would have designated Abraham Lincoln.
Daniel W. Voorhees paid this tribute
to the courage of the first martyr presi
dent: i I was In congress whilo Lincoln was In
the White House and saw a great deal of
him. Ho was a man who knew nothing
of physical fear, and, while men about
him used to tell him stories of possible
assassination and the necessity of care.
Lincoln never seemed to pay much heed
to them. He was often seen walking
about the streets or making frequent ex
cursions to the forts and camps and other
points about Washington. I don't think
ho was afraid of anything on earth.
Ex-Governor Alvin Saunders of Ne
braska when a boy saw much of Lin
coln and heard his stories. Of these he
It has always seemed to me. though it
Is a contrary view
to that held by
the majority of
those who knew
h 1 m. that Lin
coln's stories were
never told for the
purpose of raising
a laugh, but wcro
related solely for
Illustration or re
buke, and when
the latter was the
case the man
. against whom It
would have pre
ferred any other
method if he had
rense enough to
point. Vulgar and
would grasp only
the funny points
of his stories and
would ignore the
lessons they were
Intended to teach.-
When In his
thirties Lincoln mxcolx at the
was a member . house raising.
of the Illinois legislature. Of that time
an eyewitness says:
He certainly was one of the leading
members and, I think, was regarded as
. . the equal of any member of the house In
debate and ability. . He was awkward In,
manner when speaking. He had a sway
ing motion of tho body and a swinging of
his long arms that were somewhat un
graceful. And I remember to have heard
the members laughing and talking about
appointing a committee to hold his coat
tails when he was speaking and keep
JHere 13 a much earlier glimpse of a
time when the coming president was
In his twenties. The relator, Robert
Wornick, was then a neighbor boy.
Abe was an ungainly, awkward young
fellow and always ready to do somebody
elso a good turn. He wore homespun and
In summer was barefoot. I have seen him
at many a house raising and other gath
ering of the kind. He was always one of
the men picked out to carry up a corner.
It was while laid up with frozen feet
at the house of Mr. Wornick's father
that Lincoln began the study of law.
As a lawyer one of his colleagues after
ward said of him:
He was as wise as a serpent In the trail
of a ense. but I have had too many sears
from his blows to certify that he was as
harmless as a dove.
Coucerniug Lincoln's ability as a
lawyer Stephen A. Douglas once re
marked: When Lincoln Is right you can't beat
him; when h is wrong you must be care
ful or he'll boat you. This makes a strong
man of Lincoln.
General Stewart L. Woodford recent
ly gave this characteristic description
of Lincoln as a campaigner, it was
the occasion of the Cooper Union
speech in 1SG0:
I can see him today as I saw him then
an uncouth westerner, whose coat was
short in the sleeves and whose trousers
did not meet with the tops of his shoes.
The thumb of his right hand was in his
armpit. As he began to get to a climax
of his argument his suspt-nder began to
come-out until it gradually worked up to
the level with hi3 ear. Ho was perfectly
unconscious of the action. When he ut
tered thos immortal words. "Freedom la
national and slavery is sectional." the
whole hall rose as one man. Lincoln
paused, appeared to realize where his sus
pender was. flushed and let g. The sus
pender flew back Into its place again.
President Lincoln was the master of
his cabinet and knew how to take
things Into his own hands when nec
J. M. Scovel tells
this inside his
tory of the move
U t at e s and
Great Britain at
the. time that
Mason and Sli
dell were cap
know of the
to Queen Victo
ria. In reply he
received a letter
from her assur
ing hira that the
tion existing be
LINCOLN BEGAN TO
would remain unchanged, in this con
nection Colonel Scovel quotes Richard
Cobden's estimate of the great emanci
patorthat "this century has produced
no man like him." And Mr. Cobdeu
added, "It is not 6trange that Queeu
Victoria thoroughly understands and
highly esteems the president of the
For a general view of Lincoln the
following by Senator Shelby M. Cul
lom of Illinois is perhaps as compre
hensive as any:
It has been my fortune to know Abra
ham Lincoln in all the walks of life as a
private citizen, as a candidate for con
press, as a statesman and I heard a por
tion of his great debate with Douglas,
which was the most noted discussion of
political questions which ever occurred In
this country outside of the halls of con
gress. I knew him as president, and I
was permitted to know him In the sacred
precincts of his family at home. I have
studied the lives of the great men of the
world, and now, after nearly fifty years
have passed away since his death. I do
not hesitate to give It as my opinion that
he was the peer In all that makes a man
great, useful and noble of any man of
any age in the world's history.
Of the martyr president's prophetic
quality, the many times he seemed to
feel a presentiment that he would lose
his life in the struggle are familiar to
all. There is even a story, now little
told, of a vision he had in connection
with a mirror lu his room which led
him to feel that he would be assassi
Perhaps Robert C. Ogden has given
this element of Lincoln's character its
final statement In the following words
recently addressed to a Bible class In
New York city: .
I shall never forget the president as I
saw him In church after the battle of An-
tietam. As he came out tho V expression
of patient sadness on his face came as
near the Christ expression as I have ever
seen It In a human being.
J.' A- EDGERTON
KE of Abraham Lincoln's love
affairs of which but little has
been written was known
vaguely to William II. Hern-
don, his law partner at Springfield and
one of his biographers. Mr. Herndon
has chronicled in an extended footnote
in his biography about all that is
known concerning this instance of Lin
coin's lovemaklng. The girl's , name
was Sarah Rlckard. '
For years prior to his marriage to
Mary Todd, Lincoln had lived tn the
house of William Butler, a close friend.
He was practically the same as one. of
the family. Sarah Rickard was a
younger sister of Mrs. Butler.
In the summer of 1840. when Lincoln
was thirty-one years of age. he made
a proposal of marriage to Sarah. The
girl was then only sixteen. Years after
Lincoln's death this lady, long mar
ried and a resident of a western state.
reluctantly admitted to Mr. Hernflon
that Lincoln had proposed to her. add
ing that she could "scarcely see what
good it could do history."
Being nearly twice as pld as the girl.
no doubt Lincoln considered himself
quite an ancient person. At any rate.
he seems to have taken that view of
himself in talking to Sarah about mar
riage. He recalled to her the Bible
story of the marriage of the patriarch
Abraham to Snrah. This he urged as
an argument for another union or
Abraham and Sarah.
"My reason for declining his pro
posal." wrote the lady, "was the wide
SARAH RICRAl'.D. .
difference In our ages. I had given the
subject of matrimony very little if any
thought. 1 entertained the highest
regard for Mr. Lincoln. lie neemed al
most like an older brother, being, as It
were, one of my sister's family."
Thus Sarah Kickard. with her decll
naticn of the proposal, seems to have
passed forever out of the' life of the
future president. His regard for her
wins to have been little more than a
rossibly Lincoln may have intimated
to Herndon something concerning his
i'.Miig for Miss Itickard. for the biog
npher states that "for many years he
had reanon to believe that the girl had
been "the recipient of attentions at the
hands of Mr. Lincoln."
Lincoln's Last Lines.
During n recent visit to the White
House former Senator William M
Stewart commented on the fact that
he visited the mansion on the night
of President Lincoln's assassination
and probably received from the mar
tyred execntive the last lines he ever
wrote. Pointing to the portico of the
White House, he continued
"I saw President Lincoln get Into his
carriage from those steps the night be
was killed. I was the last man to
speak to him at the White House. He
wrote me a note that night that I
would give ?1,000 for if I had It now.
Mr. Lincoln's calling hour for con
gressional visitors was 7 o'clock in the
evening. I vas In the senate and call
ed at the White House about 7:30
o'clock that evening. The presidential
offices were located then lu the second
story. From there I sent my card to
the president, who wrote upon it these
words: I have an engagement to take
Mrs. Lincoln to the theater, an engage-
ment I never break. Call tomorrow
morning at 10 o'clock.' That. I be-
lieve. was the last line Mr. Lincoln
'On my way out of the White House
I met President Lincoln in the lobby
going to his carriage with his wife.
H.- stopped to shake hands and re
peated to me that he would like to
h:ive me call the next morning. I
stood there until he helped Mrs. Lin
coln ia the carriage and got in him
Rebuked by Lincoln.
Abraham Lincoln could administer
a stinging rebuke when the necessity
demanded, as thus to (Jeneral Bltiut
for fostering "LyncU law:" "Judgt
Lynch sometimes takes jurisdiction o!
cases which prove too strong for th.
courts, but this is the first case within
"ay knowledge wherein, the court be-
:ng able to maintain jurisdiction
;sgainst Judge Lynch, the military has
come to the assistance of the latter.
He was rather milder with Carl
Fehurz: "I certainly, know that if the
nr falls the administration falls and
that I will be blamed for It. whether
deserve it or not. and I ought to be
Mamed if I could do better. You thiuk
I could do better. Therefore you
blame me already. I think I could not
do better. Therefore I blame you for
Lincoln end the Bug.
Former Senator Mason of Illinois
tells this story of Liucoln: lie was
driving along the road one day when
he suddenly stopped the buggy. He
saw a beetle upon its back at the road
side struggling vainly to regain Its
feet Lincoln got out of the carriage
and turned the bug over. As he re
entered the buggy he said: "Web, I
feel better. I have done a good act.
I have given that bug an equal show
with all the other bugs on the earth."
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RECORD OF COURT HOUSE
CIRCUIT COUUT. .
Judge E. C. Graves, circuit judge,
S973. Frederick Seitz vs. Coal Val
ley Mining company. Motion for re
trial filed and heard and denied. De
fendant excepts. Judgment on verdict
in favor of the nlaintiff and against
the defendant for $1,200 for costs and
execution. Defendant excepts and prays
an appeal to the appelarV court of the
Second district, which is allowed on
defendant entering into and filing in
this court bond in the sum of .$1,500,
Conditioned as required by law, with
sureties to be approved by the clerk
of this court. Bond in 30 days, biil of
exceptions in 90 days.
9005. Johanna M. Applequist vs. city
of Rock Island, et al. Judgment on
verdict against plaintiff for costs'and
9074. Lucian E Gaylord, admini
trator of Maurice Gaylord, deceased
vs. George B. Swift company. .Tudg
ment by agreement of parties, in favor
of the plaintiff and against the defend
ant for $4,000 and for costs and ex
9114. Leander Berggren vs. J. Pe
lerson &. Co. Appearance of Sweeney
& Walker withdrawn.
9502. Commissioners of highways of
Hampton township vs. R. S. Silvio
Case dismissed by plaintiff. Costs paid.
9529. Maria Harper vs. Tri-City Rail
way company. Demurrer to additional
count sustained. Motion by plaintiff for
leave to file additional counts to narr
9532. John Ixxmey vs. the Union
Printing company. Demurrer to narr
9570. John Looncy vs. G. A. Kocster.
Demurrer to narr sustained. Motion bv
plaintiff for leave to file an amended
narr. Motion allowed.
9G20. United Jewelers company vs.
V. A. Reed. Motion b- plaintiff for
leave to file amended second count
Motion allowed and amendment filed.
9G27. Elmer Simpson vs. James F
Fargo, et al. Cause of actipn satisfied,
costs paid and case dismissed
9080. Sam Rosenfield vs. Julia Ro
senfield. Demurrer withdrawn. Rule
to nlead extended to Feb. 22.
9095. George Schneider vs. Igelhart
& Co. Cause of action satisfied, costs
paid and case dismissed.
9704. William- C. J. Kurth vs. Tri-
City Railway company. Demurrer sus
tained. Motion by plaintiff for leave
to file amended narr. Motion allowed.
2SG4. Henry Schaarmann vs. Mary
Koepping. Report of trustees filed and
approved. Bond and sureties examined
and approved. Trustee authorized to
execute loan for three years from Nov,
n02G. James vv Atkinson et al. vs
Harriet E. Keyees'. et al. Bond and
sureties exammeu ana approvea
5107. R. C. Cool vs. Dora Wendt et
al. Case dismissed by complainant
at his costs
5220. Desnres & Co. vs. S. Baker
& Co. Motion byrpefendant to dismiss
for want of prosecution. ,
5496. Tony Martin William Reitzvs
Lizzie Aswego et al. Demurrer to bill
5541. Frank Kracke vs. Fred W
Rinck et al. Motion by John Rinck
for ten days further time to file report
and for examination as to sufficiency
of bond. Motion allowed.
5G0O. Lena Raible et al. vs. Ida Rai-
et al. Motion by J. L Haas, tras-
tee, tor time unui aaiuruij ui .u
pie report and for hearing on same.
ana on sumciency 01 mrau
lowed and time granted.
5607. Edward G. Tindall vs. Henry
M Tindall. Bond of David Matthews.
with John M. Tindall and M. V. Cur
tiss. as sureties in sum of $1,000, filed
5653. Lizzie Hcaly White vs. Frank
L. Newcomb et al. Kxceptions to
answer heard and taken under ad
5781. John Blaseer vs. Fred Saul
pauKh et al. Petition tor leave io me
second supplemental bill filed.
5S05. J. Oscar Sell vs. Franklin
H. Sell et al. Motion by plaintiff for
leave to file an amended biil filed
Motion allowed, and amendment filed
5809. Frank Kracke vs. Frank Paul
Schill et al. Report . of Frank H
Kracke filed. Bond and sureties ex
amined and approved.
5822. Victorine Van Hulle vs. Jul
ius Van Hulle. Case dismissed by
complainant at Tier costs
5830. Ellen Peterson vs. Carl Ber
strom et al. Motion by E. H. Bow
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man, receiver, for time to file report
and for examination of bond. Motion
5S49. Peter Vogler et al vs. Roxbec
S. Jennings et al. Cas j dismissed as
o Pearl McCall. Report of master in
liancery filed and approved, decree
quitting title in complainants except
as to Pearl McCall.
o?,u. zinnia van laenaerin vs.
Esedore Van Vlaenderin. Replication
o answer lilcd. Cause heard. Find
ing for complainants. Decree for di
vorce and alimony.
5S;i8. Jacob alder vs. Augusta
Walder. Decree for divorce.
5850. Hcrschel E. Potter vs. Juan-
ita I. Potter. Finding for complain
ant, decree for divorce
- 5SG8. Vada Stewart vs. Ed Stew
art. Answer of defendant withdrawn.
Motion by complainant for leave to
amend bill. Allowed and same amend
ed. Defendant ruled to answer bill as
amended instanter and Is called and
defaulted for want of answer under
the rule. Case heard and taken under
5905. Max Ruben vs. Carrie W.
Gregg et al. Defendant S. A. Lynde
ruled to answer In five days.
5921. Mabel Robertson vs. Charles
Robertson. Finding for complainant.
Decree of divorce and alimony, com
plainant to resume her maiden name
of Mabel Anthony.
5924. Dubuque Citizens' Baseball
club vs. Three-Eye league et al. An
swer of ail defendants except hock
Island Baseball association filed. Mo
tion 'to dissolve temporary injunction
filed. Affidavits of Charles L. Miller.
Wilson Bering and Herbert E. Miller
filed. Motion to dissolve set for Fri
day morning. Feb. 14.
5928. Frank Bleuer et al vs. Arthur
F. Huesing et al. Case dismissed at
complainants costs. Cause of action
5940. Supreme council of W. C. U.
vs Carrie Murrin et ai. nine u an
swer extended five days on motion of
defendant. Carrie Murrin.
5943. Mary L. Morehead vs. John
Morohead. Motion bv defendant for
extension of time to plead and to an
swer petition for temporary alimony
15 days. Motion allowed.
5952. Amy Cathcart et al vs. Fred
erick Henry Ficken et al. Answer, of
Central Trust & Savings bank and
appearance of H. E. Curtis withdrawn.
Service by publication and mailin;
examined and aporoved. Service on
all of defendants by service of sum
mons in time. Case referred to the
master in chancery to take and report
the same together with his findings
of law and fact to this court.
5967. George V. Christ vs. Walter
E. Smith et al. Motion for leave to
file amendment to bill, filed and allow
ed and amendment filed.
Real Estate Transfers.
Frank H. Johnson to Julia Mc-
Gimpsey, part southeast 47 acres sec-1
tion 35-17-lw. ?2.350.
H. W. Litten to Alfhlld E. '.Bleuer,
southeast quarter northwest quarter
section 6-17-lw. $300.
Frank Hayes to Frank H. Johnson,
part southeast 47 acres section 35-17-
Eliza E. Taylor to Oscar L. Bruner;
east one-half southeast quarter, section
9-1 6-3 w. $1,200. '
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