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THE ARGUS, SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 6. 1909.
GLIMPSES OF LINCOLN
Tributes to the Martyr President's Character and Lead
ershipHow He Pardoned a Soldier.
Within a few" days the formal cole-, ? S ,hZ1tvp 5,nd Mi h"E '
I that I did not foci a bit Rullty and asH
ration of tlie one hundredth nnniver- him wouldn't he lis n so that the nun?
wry of Abraham Lincoln's birth will Pary would not bo from our raiment.
be observed. Many stories are boln?
told about the martyr president and
tributes paid to" his character.
j That was point: to lie the hardest of 11
; to die by the hands of my comrades. .
Just as I was going to an'.i him tlii:i
favor he stood up. and he says o' rae.
hnv atsiil nn ...... a rl 1 n. I- m In
L.. U.. Cimtenuen, who was register the face.- I did as he bade me. "My
of the treasury irom 1861 to 1SG5 and boy." he said, "you are not soins to he
- t -i . i . rt i shot-tomorrow. I bclirve you when you
a personal friend of Abraham Lincoln. J t0 rae that you couI(1 noty kPcp awak.
now for the first time tells in full the I am going to trust you and send y.u
story of "Lincoln and the Sleeping bacJ to your r?Btment.. But I hnve been
,'. , . put to a pTeat d-al of trouble on your nc-
Sentluel,' published by Harper & count. I have had to tome up here from
Bros., which has hitherto been known Washington when I have got a creat d"-al
only In Its bare outline. He speaks as t0 do- nA what 1 want 0 know 13 now
one having authority, and with justice. , 0 lVlXZ .nmv throat. I
for he bore an important share in the could scarcely speak. I had expected to
die. you see. and hail kind of got used to
the savings bank. I press we could bor
row some money on the mortgage of the
farm. Thoro vas my pay. which was
somotWr.fr. and If h would wait until pay
day I was sure the boys would help, so
1 thought we could make it up If It wasn't
more than 1300 or JGUO."
"But It Is u great deal more than that."
Then I said I didn't just see how., but I
was hure I would tlnd some way If .1
Then. Mr. Lincoln put his hands- on my
shoulders and looked Into my face as IT
"My boy. my bill
It was on a dark September morn- Jhlnkm that way. To have it all changed
Ing In 18C1. he informs us. that he was an(, mat,nBen to say. -waited
on at his Washington office by "T am irrateful. Mr. Lincoln. 1 hop's I
a party of soldiers. They, belonged to am as gratrful as cvpr n man can be to
the Third Vermont regiment, then sta- for saving my life. nut it comes upon
rioned at the Chain bridge, some three ,ay ouc for lt at aI1. But tnorc ,s som
miles above Georgetown. One of their way for me to pay you. and I will find it
number, a youth of tweirty-ouc, had "t a little. There Is the bounty In
fallen asleep at his post as srmtinel.
A hardy boy. not as yet inured to mili
tary life, he had found lt Impossible
to keep awake for two nlgLts In suc
cession. He had been found by the
relief sound asleep, had been convicted
by a court innrtial and Fentenced to be
fcbot. With tears In their eyes, his
comrades pleaded with Mr. Chittenden
to use his Influence and save the boy's
"TTo'a a ,r,i n hnr n thi.m !i In i he was sorr: and said: "My boy. i
. . ,. , , , ... Is n very lare one. Your frlcnds'cannot
lue nruiy, b.uu me it-iiuer. unu ue is ,t nor vour bount nor the farm.
not to blame." Scott h:id never before nor all your comrades. There Is only one
lieeu un all nlarht In his life. He had manJn all the world wfio can pay lt, and
been "all beat out" by his first xpe- h,s ,a WM"ai? 8f"" ' " from,i3
A Will i o m -nt .lrt.tf Vi la H tit v stn thfi T
lienoe. The second r.Ight he hud sue- f x wore tnere wnon ne comPS t'0 die n4
CUlubed to sheer physical exhaustion. could look me in the face as he does now
ilr. Chittenden's heart was touched. ' and say. -I have kept my promise, and I
He determined to piit young Scott In have je r du' aso!?riZyt
, , , ' . , " , , debt will be paid. Will you make that
personal touch with resident Lincoln. prom3e and try to keep lt?"
By using all his In flueuce he succeeded. , g(.ott d,d proml9e and dU1 keep hls
This is how Scott himself told the prornIso. He soon (.llrnofj the reputa-
story of the interview: ' tlcn of bci,icr th bravest man In his
had ever seen. I knew him at once by a regiment, the fnithfulest and the kind
Lincoln medal I had long worn. I was est. If any man were needed for the
most exposed service. Scott was al
ways eager to be called upon.- If any
other man -vere In trouble. Scott was
his good Samaritan. If any soldier
were sl-4c, Scott was his willing nurse
lie was ready to volunteer for any
txtra service or labor. Nevertheless
he steadily refused promotion, saying
that he had done nothing to deserve lt.
The end came in March. 18G2. near
Yorktown. The federal forces were on
one side of the James river, the Con
federate ton the other. General Ma
Clellah bad ordered General Smith to
assault and capture the works on tie
south bauk. The Confederates, how
ever, were too . strongly Intrenched
They drove their assailants back across
the river. Scott was almost the first
to reach the south feonk.!tIie first tu-
scared at first, for I had never before
talked with a great man. But Mr. Lin
coln was so easy with me. so gentle, that
I Eoon forgot my" fright. He asked me all
about the neople at home, the neighbors.
tn farm and where I went to school ana
who my schoolmates were. Then he asked
me about mother and how she looked, and
I, was glad I could take her photograph
from my bosom and show it to him. He
said how thankful I ought to be that my
mother still lived and how. If he was In
my place, he would try to make her a
proud mother and never cause her a sor
row or a tear. I cannot remember It all,
but every word was so kind. t
, He had said nothing yet about that
dreadful next morning. I thought lt must
be that he was so kind hearted that ha
didn't like to speak of it. Kut why did
he say so much about my mother and my
rot causing her a sorrow or n tear when
I knew' that 1 must die the next morn
ing? But I supposed that was something
that would have to bo cjvxulalncd. and
the rifle pits and he last to retreat,
lie was carrying cue of his wounded
comrades across the stream .when the
fire of the enemy was concentrated
upon him. ne staggered with his liv
ing burden to the shore and fell. - -"He
was shot all to nieces." said an
eyewitness. "We carried hint back out
of the line of fire and laid him on the
grass to die. But his strength' was
great, and such a powerful man was
hard to kill." They carried him to a
cot In a nearby tent. Just at. daylight
the word was passed that Scott wantr
ed to see all the boys. They went into
his tent nnd stood around his cot. Ills
face was bright and his voice cheer-fnl.
'Boys,' he said, 'I wili never see an
other battle. I supposed this would be
my last. I haven't much to say. You
all know what you can tell them at
home about me. I have tried to do the
right thing. I Jim almost certain you '
will all say that Then, while h'.s
strength was failing, his life ebblug
away, and we looked to see his voice
sink into a whisper, his face lighted
up and his voice came out natural and !
clear as he said: 'If any of you ever
have the chance I wish you would tell
President Lincoln that I have never
forgotten the kind words he said to
me at the Chaiu bridge, that I have
tried to be a good soldier and true to
the flag, that I should have paid my
whole debt to him if I. had lived and
that now, when I know that I am dy
ing, I think of his kind face and thank
hira again because he gave me the
cbance-'to fall like a soldier iu battle
and not like. a coward by the bands of
my comrades.' "
Then he closed his eyes, crossed his
hands on bis breast, and that was all.
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Richard Watson Glider in his study
of "Lincoln the Leader," published iu
the February Century, presents some
Interesting phases of Abraham Lin
coln's character. Of his speech, writ
ings and belief In God he says:
"Lincoln's style In speech and writ
ing is the same sort of miracle that
gave us the consummate art of Shake
speare, the uncolleged actor; of Burns,
the plowman, and of Keats, the apoth
ecary's apprentice, son of a livery sta
ble man. It is not easy to analyze a
miracle, but in discussing the leader
ship of Lincoln it isvlnteresting to find
certain qualities in his literary style
that are traits of his character and
thus elements of his leadership.
"Notwithstanding that the country
has been ransacked for every record
of his public speech and every scrap of
paper to which he put pen, there has
been found from him absolutely noth
ing discreditable and little that can be
criticised in the way of expression.
Without the aid of any teacher he
early learned to be moderate and rea
sonable in statement, so that on tho
part even of the obscure young poir
tlclan there Is a complete absence of
that kind cf public speech which is
described in a passage be loved to
quote, where It Is said of the orator
that 'he mounted the rostrum, threw
back' his head, shlned his eyes "and left
the consequences to God.'
- "An intensely Important feature of
Lincoln's leadership would be omitted
if nothing were said of the effect upon
his' thought and conduct of his belief
in and conscious communion with an
almighty, mysterious and benevolent
power, concerning itself not less with
human affairs than with the march of
seasons and the sweep of constella
tions. The Deity was to him an ever
present, ever regnant influence. There
was nothing of theology or dogmatism
In his religious opinions, but he lived
in the spirit. The strange silence of
the Almighty Sovereign perplexed
him, and he sought with passiouate
eagerness to read the decrees of Prov
idence In the uufoldiugs of eveuts,
sometimes taking definite action iu ac
cordance with bis interpretation of di
vine indications. And always the be
lief in God was to blm a challenge to
singleness of purpose. To the all pure
he lifted clean' hands and a pure
Mr. Gilder in closing his article says:
"Let me close with the memory of a
night of the spring of the year 18G3. in
the time of the blooming of lilacs, as
says the wonderful' poem. I was wait
Ing in Philadelphia for Lincoln's fu
neral train to start, as it was my duty
to accompany lt to Newark. I had and
have little desire to look upon faces
from which the light of life Is depart
ed, but suddenly it came upon me that
I had never seen the great president
nnd must not let go by this last oppor
tunlty to behold at least the deserted
temple of a lofty soul. To my grief 1
found It was too late. The police had
drawn their line across the path In
front of Independence hall. ' But my
earnest desire prevailed, and I was
tho last to pass In by the window and
beheld in a sudden dazzle of lights
and flowers the still features of that
face we all now know so well.
"Then I went my way Into the night
and walked alone northward to the
distant station. Soon I heard behind
me the walling music of the' funeral
dirge. The procession approached
The funeral train moved out beneath
the stars. Never Bhall I forget the
groups of weeping men and women at
the little towns through which we
6lowly passed and the stricken faces
of the thousands who In the cities
stood like mourners at the funeral of
a beloved father. Thus, as came the
dawn aud the full day, through griev
ing states tvas borne the body of-the
beloved chieftain, while the luminous
spirit and example of Lincoln, tbe lead
er of the people. . went forth into all
the earth along the pathway of eternal
fame." - ' - - "
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tained from 11-year-old trees last year in Ceylon. As much as 12 pounds have been taken from
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They All Come Back with the Same Story, and Yet "The Half Has Not Been Told
The following opinions arc taken from letters written by persons who have visited the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and the
vicinity of Sarabia since October 15, 1908. Not one " single knocker has yet been heard from:
George W. Hoagland of Kansas "As I have had the pleasure 'A
looking over some of your land on the Isthmus, I think it is a goo:l
investment for any one, either the poor man or the rich. I do honestly
believe almost anything can be raised, there, fruits, vegetables, corn,
W. R. Williams of Colorado "I have been visiting and inspecting
your lands on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, in the states of Vera Craz
and Oaxaca. Mexico, aud can say that this is truly a wonderful coun
try and one where all tropical fruits can be raised successfully; also
rubber, coffee, chocolate and many very valuable products."
W. H.-,Marlow of Livingstoncounty, Missouri "I have been a far
mer all MjMife. Am 75 years m11. Have also traveled a great deal.
Have neve'seen any land yet that equals the land you are offering
for sale." J.
D. M. Clark, M. P.. of San .Gabriel, Texas--"This is. in my honest
opinion, ths best country on earth. You showed me the richest lanl
in the world and the finest climate imaginable. I saw growing there,
rubber, chocolate, pineapple, oranges, lemons, limes, bananas, corn,
rice, tpbaccO, and the most valuable forests on earth, plenty of good
.-water, numerous wild deer, wild turkeys, monkeys and parrots." ' T
"V.VR. Childress of Texas I believe you have the richest country
on earth. I saw'grovving there oranges, lemons, coffee, rice, bananas,
rubber, chocolate, 'potatoes, corn and many varieties of the finest hard
and soft woods on earth, plenty of good water and a climate surpass
ed by none." . '
John MCCormick of Kansas "I think the Isthmus is one of thj
richest sections I ever saw. Th2 possibilities for the American people
are unlimited." " .-
Dr. Genevieve V. Evans "When I read your literature regarding
the property I thought it too good to 'be true, but you do not. begin to
tell half thw attractive facts concerning your property, and I believe
it is the greatest opportunity for American brains, energy and money
that can be found anywhere in the world."
Mary V. Sheley of Missouri "We visited your lands on the Isthmus
of Tehuantepec and I truly believe that in a few years northern energy
will transform this land into a veritable Garden of Eden."
B. F. Gilbm of Kansas "I think It the richest and most product
ive land I have ever seen, and my honest opinion is that all the coun
try needs is development and prospects are good for that, for many
are going now and more as soon as possible."
B. F. Gilson of California "A ly one contemplating visiting Mexico
should be all means visit the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and your lands.
All this part of Mexico needs is Ameiican energy to bring.it to thi
front in a short time." . . '
W. P. Cook of Chillicoth, Missouri "I have been over "most all
the United States. Must say that your land shown me is southern
Mexico will produce greater quantities and greater varieties of pro
ducts than any land I ever saw in my life."
J. M. Brown and .. E. Robinson of Ottawa county, Kansas "We
were prepared to see wonderiand, but what we have seen surpasses
anything we had thought possible.''
7. H. Weaver of Morgantown, W.Va. "The soil is exceedingly ricli.'
The products were as fine as I ever saw. Taking all things into con
sideration, they are more valuable than can be grown any place else
on the American continent." ' ,
Mrs. H. B. Severance of Kansas City, Mo. "I have just returned
from a trip to your land in Southern Mexico and can truthfully say
Northern people who have not visited this land can have no idea of its
wonderful beauty and vast resources. If I return within five years, I
expect to see the garden spot of the world."
A. W.iStonuni of Missouri "The soil is very fertile,, valuable
crops are raised on the adjoining plantations and other conditions are
as good as represented in your literature,"
M. E. Kyler of Missouri "Have just made a tour of inspection of
your lands in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, and find the lands as good
and I think if anything better than represented : by your literature.
The. soil and climate, I believe, are unequnled anywhere, on the North
American continent. I believe capital invested In this land, under
- proper management will yield profitable returns." . '. , -
; W. H..L4nvllle. of Beiolt. Kansas: VI have just returned from an
inspection trip to your lands on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico.'
and to state that the trip was a pleasant one is expressing myself too
mllJIy. It was one round of pleasure from the time we left Kansas
city until we returned. I found your lands all you claim for them, 5n
fact much better than I' had .expected to find. The "fertility . of the
soil Is wonderful. .': i - ' :;
'We found growing on the plantations adjoining your lands 'the fol
lowing products In abundance: Oranges, lemons, limes, bananas,
, grape fruit, cocoanuts, cocoa, rubber, coffee,' and many other - pro
ducts. I found the land somewhat rolling, but hill tops, side-hills and
lower lands fertile alike, and each adapted to its own product. The
lands are generally covered with the finest timber I ever saw."
Jesse F. Eller,' of Harvard, Neb: T take pleasure in writing you
concerning my trip to the Isthmus of Tehauntepec in Mexico. I
found the land and ,all conditians equal, if not better, than you repr?-.
sent it in your literature, and to the intense farmer, fruit grower or
forester, he who wants to get the most possible .out of his land.
.Nature has provided the necessary elements, viz.: rich soli, plenty
of rain and temperature. He needs no irrigation or fertilizer," aud as
it never frosts he is capable of realizing $1,000 per acre per annum,
and even more after his trees pet Older. I was impressed with the
large plantations of rubber,' cocoa, coffee and cane adjoining this
tract and managed by men of large experience. I found them espec-
ially kind in giving information and entertainment'
D. J. Haugeberg, of Kansas City, Mo.: ""This isthmus country i3
as yet practically undeveloped only a few of those brave spirits ever
in the van of human progress have as yet found a foothold on the
isthmus, but these brave souls are even now reaping the results of
their efforts. It is my judgment and firm belief that in a few years ,
these lands will become the most valuable and high priced of any on
this continent. The sort, climate, and easy access to the markets of
the world assure . this beyond a doubt. Fortunate indeed is the man
who jiow secures a foothold cn this isthmus."
Charles Dobson, Jr.: I found a land that surpassed anything in '
my estimation I have ever seen. Richest soil by far of anything I
have ever seen, fine climate, and to make a long story- short. I
fiimly believe the half has neer been told. One must see this prop
erty vto fully appreciate all the beauty of a land where they have no
extreme heat or cold and frost is unknown."
J.. F. Decker, of Lathrop, Mo.: "To say I am delighted with the
country is putting it mildly, The soil, climate and health conditions
are all that one could ask and are much better than advertised. To
appreciate this country it must be seen."
W. C. Phillips, of Texas: " have spent two days riding over your
property n the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico, and after a thorough
investigation, I find everything, not only as good as you represent It,
but much better than you have c'.aimed. You have the richest land I
ever saw on earth, an ideal climate, and some of trie most beautiful
and valuable forests to-be found. on the globe."
J. E. Hooper. "But why try to describe? When one tries to tell
all about the Isthmus of Tehuantepec words fail, and even the imagina
tion of man is stunned at the magnitude of the task. So I can only
say to the doubting Thomas who feels as I did before I made tha
trip, 'Go thou and do likewise.'
J. W. McKee, of Clay Center, Kansas; "In regard to the crops I
will say that I never saw a place before where practically everything
would grow, and with very little cultivation. We saw at least 30 dif
ferent kinds of trees growing in the forests and nearly all of them
are very valuable."
A. R. Edwards, of Bisbee, Arizona; "I expected to see some
things nearly as good as represented, but was prepared to accept the
proposition if I found the lands one-half as good as you represented
"them. Imagine my surprise when I saw the grandeur of the Isth
mian country a land of eternal springtime with a climate equal to -southern
California. I felt very comfortable on the isthmus with
woolen clothes on, but had to discard them when I reached Texas. A
perron cannot describe in print the great possibilities of your Gulf
Coast country. I saw all the tropical fruits growing successfully as
nearly all other products grown in the states." -
William Nabaum, of Los Angeles, California: "Having been a
number of years in the tropics, in the rubber districts of the Amazon
river west of Para. Brazil, also in the rubber districts of the Philip
pine islands, and knowing we'd the conditions necessary for the grow
ing of rubber and cocoa, f think your lands compare favorable and
meet the conditions of "district mentioned above. In fact, better, be
cause you have the transportation facilities and nearness of the
markets of the world, a factor which Brazil and the Philippine is
lands lack. .
. The rubber I saw at the mdjiinkig plantations I think is as good as
. the world-famed product from Brazil, which is supposed to be the best
In the world. Coffee and cocci grown here are the best quality and
- demand top prices. The climate here, is very agreeable. A steady
breezTblowing f rom the gulf renders the nights quite cool, and
therefore a good blanket is necessary every night."
Adolph Leintz, of Leavenworth, Kansas: !'I have been looking for
land for' the last 20 years and have traveled through Colorado. Ore
gon, Washington, Vancouver Island of British Columbia, South Da
kota, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico and I have never seen a place
that suitej me as well as the tropics of Mexico, where there Is alsa
good, valuable timber growing on these lands."
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