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MEDINA, OHIO, SBT. t, 1921,
the Ages
A Story of the ButlJen
a Democracy
By Irving BacheUer
. CHASTER I. Samson and Sarah Tray
tor. With their two children, Joelah and
Maty, travel by wagon from their home
Vergennee, Vt., to the Wat, the land
plenty. Their destination U the Coun
try of the Sangamon, la Dllneia
"CHAPTER iL-At Niagara Falls they
Mftot a party of lmmlg anu. among them
mm namea jonn McNeil, who also
lee to to to the I tnnmnn country.
Of the nartv suffer from fever and
tftte. Sarah's ministri. Uons save the life
1 a youth, Harry Nt edles, in the last
MM of fever, and lie aooompanles the
Tray lore. They roach Now Salem, Illinois,
aid sure welcomed by young "Abo" Lin-
OHAPTEB III. Amelia; the Traylora'
rat aoaiialntances are Lincoln's friends,
okJKelso and his pretty daughter Blm,
Vtuurswn IV. Bam.n decides to le
gate at Now Salem, a id begins building
III house. Ltd by Jack Armstrong,
rowaies attempt to bre Jt up the proceed-
Ml Lincoln thrashes Armstrong. Young
Marry Needles striken Ban ItoNoli, of
e Armstrong crowd, cm
arm strong crowd, ina Merc oil uu
CHAPTJIJI V.-A fen days later Harry,
Hone, le attacked bv McNoll and hie
faag aa would have ra roughly used
Sad not Blm driven oft Ma assailants with
ev ohetgun. John McNeil, the Traylora'
Niagara Falls acquaintance, la markedly
attentive to Ann Rutk Igo. Lincoln t In
fere with Ann, but has never bad enough
eonrage to tell her so.
CHAPTER VI. Tray lor helps two
laves, who had run av. ay from St Louis,
w epnepe. aiupnaiet Digga, owner ox the
dlavos, following them attempts to beat
p Traylor and In
a tight baa his arm
viuu-ijvn v 11. watu
to heal Biggs meets E
rwhom Harry Needles ha
'Biggs asks for Blm'a
CHAPTER VrX-Waltlag for his arm
) mm Kelso, wits
has fallen In love.
'a hand, hut hr
father refuse his consent. Biggs re
turns to m- uouis.
CHAPTER VIII. Blm confesses to
Harry that she loves Biggs, and Ike
'youth la disconsolate. Lincoln decides to
seek a seat in the legislature. He and
Harry volunteer for the Blaok Haw it war,
and leave Now Salem.
CHAPTER IX. Bises comes back to
the village and ho and Blm elope. Harry
learns of it on his way home from the
"war." Lincoln's advice and philosophy
sua tarn mm in his gner.
CHAPTER X.-Lincoln, defeated in his
candidacy for the legislature, forms a
partnership with "Bill" Berry in the
grocery business. Biggs sends a gang to
Burn Traylor's house, but the New Salem
men are warned and the raiders worsted.
CHAPTER XI. Lincoln, now post
master, decides to run again for the
legislature. Ann Rucledge is openly in
lore with John McNeil. He leaves for
his home in the East, promising to re
turn soon and marry Ann. Lincoln ac
cepts his defeat manfully. No word com
Mng from McNeil, Ann oonf esses to Abe
that his real name is McNamar, and her
fears that he will not return. Lincoln
In his deep love endeavors to reassure
her, though he shares her misgivings.
Lincoln wins his seat in the legislature.
CHAPTER XII. Ann hears from Mc
Namar, but his latter is cold and she is
convinced ho does not love her. She tells
Abo of her doubt, and ha confesses! his
love and asks her to marry him. Ann
declares aha
not yet love him, but
will try to. With that Dromlea Lincoln
eta out for Vandalla and his legislative
CHAPTER XIII. -inspired by Elijah
Lovejoy, Traylor arranges on his farm a
l hiding place for runaway slaves, a sta
tion on the "Underground Railroad."
CHAPTER XIV. Asm agrees' to, marry
Abo, bat her health is wrecked. Three
runaway slaves seek CPraylor's hejp in
r escaping. They belong to Biggs and he
come in pursuit of them. Threatened
with arrest for inciting ithe raid en tTray
lor, he flees. One of the fugitives is Blm
i in disguise. She has fled from her ! hus
band's cruelty.
CHAPTER XV. -Dying, Ann Rutledce
calls for Abo, and be bids her farewell
:at hor bedside. Following her demise a
settled sadness descends son him. Beds
no longer "Abe," but "Abraham Lincoln."
iWbereln Young Mr. Lincoln Safety
i-Baases Two Great Dantjer Pointt
and Turns Into the Highway of HU
Vr days thereafter tlie people 0t
.New;-!alem were sorely troubled. Abe
Lincoln, the ready helper in time of
.need,. the wise counselor, the friend of
.all- "old and young;, dogs and .horses,"
:ES Samson was wont to say the pride
.and hope of the little cabin village,
was breaking down under his grief.
He seemed to care no move for work
.or study -pr friendship. He wandered
out in the woods and upon the prairies
Alone. Many feared that he would
,Uuh his reason.
There wan a wise and merry-hearted
. man who lived a mile or so from the
'village. His name was Bowlln Green,
Those day when one of middle age
had established himself in the affec
tions of a community, its members had
S way of adopting him. So Mr. Green
bad been adopted into many families
from Beardstown to Springfield. He
was everybody's "Uncle Bowlln." He
had a moat unusual circumference and
the strength to carry It. His ruddy
cheeks and curling locks and kindly
dark eyes and large head were details
of importance. Under all .were a heart
with the love of men, a mind of un
usual understanding and .a hand
skilled In all the arts of the Kentucky
pioneer. He could grill a venison
steak and roast a grouse and broil a
chicken in a way which had filled the
countryside with fond recollections of
bis hospitality; be could kindle a fire
with a bow and string, a pine stick
and some shavings; he could make
anything from a splint broom to a
rocking horse with his Jack-knife. Abe
Lincoln was one of the many men who
knew and loved him.
On a warm, bright afternoon early
in September, Bowlln Green was going
around the pasture to pot his fence In
repair, when he came upon young Mr.
Lincoln. The latter sat In the shade
of a tree on the hillside. He looked
"terribly peaked," as Uncle Bowlln
has said in a letter.
"Why, Abe, where have yon bssnf
be. ajked.. "Ttoe vMi rWm J
scared. Samson Traylor was here last
night lookin' for ye."
"I'm like a deer that's been hurt,"
aid the young man. "I took to the
woods. Wanted to be alone. Ton see,
I had a lot of thinking to do the kind
of thinking that every man must do
for himself. I've got the brush cleared
away, at last, so I can see through. 1
had made up my mind to go down to
your house for the night and was try
ing to decide whether I have 'energy
enough to do it."
"Come on; it's only a short step,"
urged the big-hearted Bowlln.
"What I feel the need of, Just now,
la a week or two of sleep," said Mr.
Lincoln, as he rose and started down
the long hill with his friend.
Some time later Bowlln Green gave
Samson this brief account of what
happened in and about the cabin : !
"He wouldn't eat anything. He
wanted to go down to the river for a
dip, and I went with him. When we
got back, I induced him to take off his
clothes and get into bed. He was fast
asleep in ten minutes. When night
came I went up the ladder to bed. He
was still asleep when I came down in
the morning. I went out and did my
chores. Then I cut two venison
steaks, each about the size o' my hand,
and a half moon of bacon. I pounded
the venison to pulp with a little salt
and bacon mixed in. I put it on the
broiler and over a bed o' hickory coals.
I got the coffee Into the pot and up
next to the fire and some potatoes in
the ashes. I basted a bird with bacon
strips and put It Into the roaster and
set it back o' the broiling bed. Then
1 made some biscuits and put 'em
into the oven. I tell you, in a little
while the smell o' that fireplace would
have 'woke the dead honest! Abe
began to stir. In a minute I heard
him call:
'"Say, Uncle Bowlln, I'm rnin' to
get up an' eat you out o' house and
home. I'm hungry and I feel like a
new man. What time Is ltY
'"It'll be nine o'clock by the time
you're washed and dreBsed,' I says,
" 'Well, I declare,' says he, I've had
about sixteen hours o' solid sleep. The
world looks better to me this morn
"At the table I told him a story and
got a little laugh out of him. He
stayed with me three weeks, ohoring
around the place and taking it -easy,
He read all the books I had, until you
and- Doc Allen came with the law
books. Then he pitched into them.
think he has changed a good 'deal since
Ann died. He talks a lot about God
and the hereafter."
In October young Mr. Lincoln re
turned to his surveying, and in the
last month of the year to Vandalla for;
an extra session of the legislature,!
where he took a stand against the con
vention system of nominating candt-;
dates for public office. Samson went'
to Vandalla for a visit with him and
to see the place before the session end
ed. The next year, in a letter to his
brother, he says: ',
"Vandalla is a smatl, -crude village.
It has a strong flavor of whisky, pro-;
fanity and tobacco. The night after
I got there I went to a banquet With'
Abe Lincoln. Heard a 'lot about the,
dam nlgger-lovlng Yankees who were
trying to ruin the state and country
with abolition. There were some'
stories like those we used to hear in
the lumber camp, and do end of pow-i
erful talk, In which the names of God
and the Savior were roughly handled.'
A few of the statesmen got 'drunk, and
after the dinner was over two. of them'
jumped on the table and danced down
the whole length of it, shattering
plates and cups and saucers and
glasses. -Nobody seemed to be able
to stop them. I hear that they had to
pay several hundred dollars for the
damage done. You wilt be apt to think
that there is too much liberty 'hose in
the West, and perhaps that is so, but
.the fact is these men are not half so
bad as they seem to be. Lincoln tolls
i me that they are honest, almost to .a!
man, and sincerely devoted to the pub-!
'He good as they see it I asked Abe
Lincoln, who all his life has associated'
with rough-tongued, drinking men,
how be managed to hold his own;
course and keep his talk and habits so;
clean. ,
'"Why, the fact is,' said be, T have
associated with the people who lived
around , me only part of the time, hut I'
have never stopped associating with1
myself and with Washington and Olayl
and Webster and Shakespeare and
Burns and DeFoe and Scott and
Blackatone and Parsons. On the
whole, Twe been in pretty good com
"He has not yet accomplished much
in the legislature. I don't think that
he will until some big issue comes
along. 'I'm not much of a hand at
hunting squirrels,' he said to me thej
other day. 'Walt till I see a bear.' The
people of Vandalla and Springfield
have never seen him yet. They don't
know him as I do. But they all re
spect him Just for his good-fellow
ship, honesty and decency. I guess j
that every fellow with a foul mouth!
hates himself for it and envies the
man who Isn't like him. They begin .
to see his skill as a politician, which I
has shown Itself in the passage of a!
bill removing the capital to Spring
field. Abe Lincoln was the man who
' put it through. But he has not yet un-
covered bis best talents. Mark my
word, some day Lincoln will be a big
"The death of his sweetheart has
aged and sobered him. When we are
together he often sits looking down,
with a sad face. For a while not a1
word out of him. Suddenly he will
begin saying things, the effect of
which will go with me to my grave,
although I cannot call back the words
and place them as he did. He is what
I would call a great captain of words.
Seems as If I heard the band playing
wfrHe jhey jmarched by me. aj. well
dressed and stopping as proud and
regular as the Boston Guards. In
some great battle between Right and
Wrong you will hear from him. I
hope it may be the battle between
Slavery and Freedom, although st
.present he thinks they must avoid
coming to a clinch. In my opinion it
cannot be done. I expect to live to
see the fight and to take part in it."
Late In the session of 1886-1887 the
prophetic truth of these words began
to reveal itself. A bill was being put
through the legislature denouncing the
growth of abolition sentiment and its
activity in organized societies and up
holding the right of property in slaves.
Suddenly Lincoln had come to a fork
in the road. Popularity, the urge of
many friends, the counsel of wealth
and power, and public opinion, the call
of good politics pointed in one direc
tion Ad the crowd went that way. It
was a stampede. Lincoln stood alone
at the corner. The crowd beckoned,
but In vain. One man came back and
Joined him. It was Dan Stone, who
was not a candidate for re-election.
His political career was ended. There
were three words on the sign-board
pointing toward the perilous and lone
ly road that Lincoln proposed to fol
low. They were the words Justice and
Human Rights. Lincoln and Dan
Stone took that road In a protest, de
claring that they "believed the institu
tion of slavery was founded upon in
justice and bad policy." Lincoln had
followed his conscience, instead of the
At twenty-eight years of age he had
safely passed the great danger point
In his career. The declaration at De
catur, the speeches against Douglas.
the miracle of turning 4,000,000 beasts
into 4,000,000 men, the sublime utter
ance at Gettysburg, the wise parables,
the second inaugural, the Innumerable
acts of mercy, all of which lifted him
Into undying fame, were now possible.
Henceforth he was to go forward with
the growing approval of his own spirit
and the favor of God.
book Three
Wherein Young Mr. Lincoln Betrays
ignorance of Two Highly Important
There were two subjects of which
Mr. Lincoln had little understanding.
They were women and finance. Until
they had rightly appraised the value
of his friendship, women had been
wont to regard him with a riant curi
osity. He had been aware of this, and
for years had avoided women, save
those of old acquaintance. When he
lived at the tavern in the village, of ten
he had gone without a meal rather
than expose himself to th$ eyes of
strange women. The reason for this
was well understood by those who knew
him. The young man was an exceed
ingly sensitive human being. No
doubt he bad suffered more than any
one knew from ill-concealed ridicule,
but he had been able to bear it with
'Composure in his callow youth. iLater
nothing roused his anger like an at
tempt to ridicule him.
Two women he had regarded with
great tenderness hls foster mother,
the second Wife of Thomas Lincoln,
and Ann Rutledgfe. Others had been
to him, mostly, delightful but inscru
table beings. The company of women
and -of dollars had been equally unfa
miliar to him. He had said more than
'once in his young manhood that he fel t
embarrassed in the presence of either,
and knew not quite how to behave
himself ran exaggeration In which
there was no small amount -of truth.
In 1838 the middle frontier had en
tered upon a singular phase of Its de
velopment. Emigrants from the East
and South and from overseas had been
pouring teto it. The summer "before
the lake and river steamers had been
crowded with them, and their wagons
had come In long processions oat of
the East. Chicago had begun its phe'
aomenal growth. A frenzied specula
tion in town Jots had been under way
In that community since the autumn
of '35. It was spreading through the
state Imaginary cities were laid out
on the lonely prairies and all the cor
ner lots sold to eager buyers and paid
for with promises. Millions of conver
sational, promissory dollars, based
upon the gold at the foot of the rain
bow, were changing hands day by day.
The legislature, with an empty treas
ury behind it, voted twelve millions for
river Improvements and Imaginary
railroads and canals, for which neither
surveys nor estimates had been made,
to serve the dream-built cities of the
speculator. If Mr. Lincoln had bad
more experience in the getting and use
of dollars and more acquaintance with
the shrinking timidity of large sums,
he would have tried to dissipate these
illusions of grandeur. But he went
with the crowd, every member of
which had a like inexperience.
In the midst of the session Samson
Traylor arrived In Vandalla on his
visit to Mr. Lincoln.
"I have sold my farm," said Samson
to his old friend the evening of his ar
rival. )
"Did you get a good price?" Mr. Lin
coln asked.
"All that my conscience would allow
me to take," said Samson. "The man
offered me three dollars an acre in
cash and ten dollars in notes. We
compromised on seven dollars, all
"What are you going to do now that
you have sold out?"
"I was thinking of going up to Taze
well county."
"Why don't yos go to toe growing
and prosperous town of Springfield?"
Mr. Lincoln asked. "The capltol will
be there, and so will I. It s going to
o big. city. Men who a.re.40 mate
The Big Berea
Tuesday, Wednesday and
Horse Racing
$3,000 in Purses. Good Horses.
Good Track. Fast Time.
$1,500 Premiums in Boys' and Girls'
$8,000 in Class
New Features for Midway. New Ideas for Entertain
ment and Instruction. Big and Varied Exhibits of All
history will live in Springfield. Ton
muat come and help. I shall need your
friendship, your wisdom and your sym
pathy. I shall want to sit often by
your fireside. You'll find a good school
there for the children. If you'll think
of it seriously I'll try to get you into
the public service."
"We need you plenty," Samson an
swered. "We kind o' think o' you as
one o' the family. I'll talk it over with
Sarah and see. Never mind the job.
If I keep you behavln' yourself, It'll be
Job enough. Anyway, I guess we can
manage to get along."
"I've had a talk with Stuart and
have some good news for Harry and
Blm," said young Mr. Lincoln. "Stuart
thinks she can get a divorce under the
law of 1827. I suppose they are still
Interested in each other?"
"He's like most of the Yankees.
'Once he gets set, it's hard to change
him. The Kelsos have moved to Chi
cago, and I don't know how Blm
Stands. If Harry knows, he hasn't
said a word to us about it"
"I'm interested in that little ro
mance," said the legislator. "It's our
duty to do what we can to secure the
happiness of these young lovers. Tell
Harry to come over here. I "-ant to
talk with him."
(To be continued)
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(, 1921, Western Newspaper Union.)
LESSON TEXT Acta 17:16-34.
GOLDEN TEXT In him we live, and
move, and have our being-. Acts 17:28.
SJ. PRIMARY TOPIC-Paul Telling the
People about God.
JUNIOR TOPIC Paul in Athene.
In a Famous Greek City.
Paul In a Center of Learning-. Being
Driven from Berea, Paul Fled to Athena
I. The Idolatry of the Athenlana
Athens was the intellectual metrop
olis of the world at that time, the
home of the world's great eloquence
and philosophy. Paul's spirit was
stirred within him when he saw the
city wholly given to Idolatry.
II. The Parties Concerned (vv. 17
21). True to his usual custom Paul went
Into the Jewish synagogue and entered
Into earnest argument with the Jews.
From them he turned to such as were
found in the market place. Here he
came Into touch with the Epicurean
and Stoic philosophers. The former
were atheistic materialists. They de
nied the doctrine of Creation. They
Save themselves up to sensual In
dulgences since they had no Idea of
future judgment. , The latter were
pantheists. When they heard the
(preaching of Paul they desired to
know what new doctrine he preached,
so they Invited him to the Areopagus
where he might speak to them of his
new doctrine. They Inquired as to
what this "babbler" might say. The
word "babbler" means literally "seed
picker." III. Paul' Address on Mara' Hill
(w. 28-81).
1 The Introduction (w. 22, 23). He
did not accuse them of "superstition"
as the A. V. would make It, but as in
the Am. R. V. he introduces his dis
course in a courteous. and conciliatory
manner, stating that he perceived that
they were very religious. This he ex
plained by stating that as he was view
ing their city he beheld an altar with
an inscription "To the Unknown God."
This was his point of contact. He
proceeds at once to connect it with
the idea of the living God, implying
that this altar had been erected to
Him. He wsa too wise to begin at
eo.ee to denounce heathenism and
and IS
2. The body of his discourse (vv.
(1) A declaration concerning God
(vv. 24, 25). (a) He created the
material universe (v. 24). This was a
direct blow at the philosophy of both
the Epicureans and the Stoics. He did
not attempt to prove the existence of
God; it needs no proof. The Bible
everywhere assumes the existence of
a divine being, (b) His spirituality
and Immensity (vv. 24, 26). He la
not served with "men's hands as
though he needed anything," neither
Is He confined by any sort of religious
temple. Being essentially spiritual
He demands heart-service, and being
transcendent above all He la not con
fined to earthly temples, (c) His ac
tive providence (v. 20). He gives ex
istence, bestows needed gifts, and as
sovereign directs all things.
(2) Declaration concerning man ( vv.
26-81). (a) His common origin (v. 26).
This was a blow at the foolish Athen
ian pride which supposed that they
were superior to all other people. This
proposition he proved from their own
literature (see v. 28). If men are the
offspring of God and bear His like
ness it Is utter folly to make Images
as the senseless Idols were, (b) Na
tions have their place by the sov
ereign purpose of God (v. 28). The
position and mission of each nation is
of God's appointment, (c) Men should
'seek God (v. 26). His goodness and
grace In supplying all our needs, Hnd
ordering even the affairs of the na
tions should move roan to see and seek
God, for He is Indeed very near to
every one ; so near that our existence
and movements are all under His con
trol (v. 27). (d) Pressing obligation
to repent (w. 80, 31). This was his
supreme message. Though God liad
formerly passed over Idolatry He now
calls to all men to repent. The solemn
reason for such action Is the coming
day of judgment, the credential of
which is the resurrection of Jesus
Christ from the dead. The Judgment
of God of an unbelieving world Is as
sure as this fact. Men will be judged
on the basis of their attitude toward
Jesus Christ.
IV. Result of Paul's Preaching (w.
1. Some mocked (v. 82).
2. Some procrastinated (v. 82).
3. Some believed (v. 34).
AH to God.
You should frequently arouse with
in yourself the desire to give to God
all the faculties of your soul that is,
of your mind, to know Him and think
of Him, and of your will, to love Him ;
and further seek to consecrate all
your outward senses to Him In all
their actions. Pepelon.
If it happened yon will find It ia
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