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A Man for
the Ages
A Story of the Builders
of Democracy
By Irving Bachelier
, CHAPTER I.—Samson and Sarah Tray
tor, with their two children, Josiah and
Batsey, travel by wagon from their home
to Vergennea, Vt., to the West, tire land
or plenty. Their destination Is the Coun
try of tho Sangamon, In Illinois.
CHAPTER IL—At Niagara Falla they
■»sst a party of Immigrants, among them
S youth named John McNeil, who also
Mcldea to go to the Sangamon country.
Ail of the party sutler from fever and
io. Sarah's ministrations savs ths Ilfs
a youth, Harry Nosdlss, In ths last
~ts of fsvor, and ha accompanlss ths
'lors. They ranch New Salem, Illinois,
are wslcorned by young "Abo" Lin
CHAPTER Hi-Arsons tho Traylors'
flnt acquaintances are Oncotn's friends,
Kelso and hts pretty daughter Blm,
decides to to
, begins building
aok Armstrong,
ths proceed
tropg. Young
CHAPTER V<—A tow «ays later Harry,
OMS, Is attacked by McNoll and his
ItoK, end would have bean roughly used
tod not Blm driven off Jus assailants with
shotgun. John MoNstl, the Traylors*
irn Falls acquaintance, l, markedly
oMwage to toil bar so.
— Traylor helps two
' from St. Louis,
I, owner of the
,ttempts to boat
ht has bto arm
CHAPTER VU.- Waiting for Mg arm
» heal Biggs masts Bllh Kelso, with
fhora Harry NeedU* his fallen In love.
Bins asks for Bim'g hand, but her
fuss« hu consent Biggs re
that she^tovto 1 * 0 Bim^ând* the
olunteer tor the Black Hawk war,
leave New Salem.
a y
cornas back to
Up» elope, Harry
CHAPTER X.—Lincoln, defeated In hla
ogndldacy for the legislature, forma a
Ith "Bill" Berry In the
iy ti
rtnerahlp with ____ _
»5? sends à gang to
Traylor's house, but the New Salem
are warned and the raiders worsted.
CHAPTER XI. — Linooln, now post
master, decides to run again for tho
Hglslature. Ann Rutledge Is openly in
mve 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
ing from McNeil, Ann confesses to Abe
that his real name is McNamar, and her
rears that he will not rclurn. Lincoln
In his deep love endeavors to reassure
T? r * , ough he shares her misgivings.
Lincoln wins his seat In the legislature.
CHAPTER XII.—Ann hears from Mc
Namar, but his letter Is cold and she Is
convinced he does not love her. She tells
Abe of hor doubt, and he confesses his
love and asks her to marry him. Ann
declares she does not yet love him, but
Will try to. With that promise Lincoln
ssts out for Vandalia and his legislative
£ Is t lti ?
CHATTER Xin.— Inspired by Elijah
Lovejoy, Traylor arranges on his farm a
hiding place for runaway slaves, a sta
tion on the "Underground Railroad."
CHAPTER XIV. Ann agrees to marry
Abe, but her health la wrecked. Three
runaway slaves seek Traylor's help In
sscuplng. They belong to Biggs and ho
comes In pursuit of them. Threatened
with arrest for Inciting the raid on Tray
lor. he llees. One of the fugitives Is Dim
In disguise. She has fled from her hus
band's cruelty.
CHAPTER XV.—Dying, Ann Rutledge
«Ils for Abe, and ho bids her farewell
at her bedside. Following her demise a
settled sadness descends on him. He is
no longer "Abe," but ''Abraham Lincoln."
CHAPTER XVI.— Overcoming his des
pondency, Lincoln returns to his work.
Abolition sentiment Is crystallzlng and
ne throws himself Into the movement.
CHAPTER XVII.—Traylor sells his
farm and moves to Springfield, Lincoln
plans to secure a divorce for Him In
order that she may marry Harry Needles,
whom she has always really loved. Mc
Namar returns to New Salem, too late.
In Which Mr. Lincoln, Samson and
Harry Take a Long Ride Together
and the Latter Visit the Flourishing
Little City of Chicago.
Mr. Lincoln had brought the papers
which Harry was to take to Blm, and
made haste to deliver them. The boy
was eager to be off on his mission. The
fields were sown. The new buyer was
coming to take possession in two
weeks. Samson und Harry had fin
ished their work in New Salem.
"Wait till tomorrow and maybe I'll
go with ye," said Samson. "I'm anx
ious to take a look ut that little mush
room city of Chicago."
"And buy a few corner lots?" Abe
asked, with a smile.
"No ; I'll wait till next year. They'll
be cheaper then. I believe In Chicago.
It's placed right-on the waterway to
the north and east, with good country
on throe sides and transportation on
the other. It can go into partnership
with Steam Power right away und be
fln to do business. Your grain and
pork can go straight from there to Al
bany and New York and Boston and
Baltimore without being rehandled.
When railroads come—If they ever do
—Steam Power will be shoving grain
and meat and passengers Into Chicago
from every point of the compas«."
Abe Lincoln turned to Sarah and
said : "This Is a growing country. You
ought to see the cities springing up
there In tho legislature. I was looking
with great satisfaction at the crop
when Samson came along one day and
fell on it. He was like a frost in mid
"The seed was sown too early," Sam
son rejoined._ "You and I may l ive to
see «11 the Hreams of VandaTla come
"And all the nightmares, too," said
the young statesman.
"Yes. we're going to wake up and
find « cold morning and not much to
eat In the house and the wolf at the
door, but we'll llv
"If you are going
along and see wh
the Illinois and Mi
through it."
Then the young statesman proposed :
with Harry, I'll go
at they've done on
liigan canal. Some
contractors who worked on the Erie
canal will start from Chicago Monday
to look the ground over and bid on the
construction of the southern end of it.
I want to talk with them when they
come along down the line."
days In the saddle
"I guess a few
would do you good," said Samson.
cloyed on house air and oratory and
run across u grp
"I've Been Cloyed on Houee Air and
Oratory and Future Greatness."
future greatness. The prairie wind
and your pessimism will straighten
me up."
Harry rode to the village that after
noon to get "Colonel" and Mrs. Lukins
to come out to the farm and stay with
Sarah while he and Samson were
Josiah, now a sturdy boy of thirteen,
stood In the dooryard, holding the two
saddle ponies from Nebraska which
Samson had bought of a drover. Bet
sey, a handsome young miss almost fif
teen years old, stood beside him.
Snrali, whose face had begun to show
the wear of years full of loneliness
and hard work, was packing the sad
dle-bugs, now nearly filled, with extra
socks and shirts and doughnuts and
bread and butter.
They met Abe Lincoln nt the tavern,
where he was waiting on a big horse
which he had borrowed for the trip
from James Itutle:lge. Without de
lay, the three men set out on the
north road In perfect weather. From
the hill's edge they could look over a
wooded plain running far to the east.
As they rode onj the young states
man repeated a long passage from one
of the sermons of Dr. William Ellery
Channing on the 'Instability of Hu
man Affairs.''
"I wish that I bad your memory,"
Snmson remarked.
"My memory Is like u piece of
metal," said the young legislator.
"Learning Is not easy for me. It's
rather slow work—like engraving with
a tool. But when a thing Is once
printed on my memory It seems to stuy
there. It doesn't rub out. When I
pressed, I like to put it on the wall of
my mind where I
in live with it. In
this way every mai can have Ills own
little art gallery a id be In the com
pany of great men.
They forded a ci
where a bridge bad
it Idea, well ex
eek In deep water,
been washed away.
As they came out dripping on the
farther shore, Lincoln remarked:
"The tiling to do in fording a deep
stream is to keep watch o' your
horse's ears. As long ns you can see
'em you're all rigid "
"Mr. Lincoln, I'm sorry—you got
Into a hole," said Samson.
"I don't mind that, hut while we're
traveling together, please don't call me
'Mr. Lincoln.' I don't think I've done
anything to deserve such lack of re
Samson answered: "If you're nice
to us, I don't know but weil call ye
'Abe' again, just for a few days. You
enn't expect us to go too far with a
man who associates with judges and
generals and governors and such trash.
If you keep It up, you're bound to lose
standing in our community."
"I know I've cl:
"I've grown older
years ago—but I don't want you fel
lows to throw me
anged," snld Abe.
since Ann died—
over. I'm on the
snme level that you are and I Intend
to stay there. It's a fool notion that
men go up some heavenly stairway to
another plane when they b^gln to do
things worth while, That's a kind of
feudalists twaddle. The wise man
keeps his feet on the ground nnd lifts
his mind os high ns possible. The
higher he lifts It, t|ie more respect he
will have for the cômmon folk. Have
either of you seen McNamar since he
got back?"
"I saw him the
day he drove into
the village," Harry answered. "He
was expecting to find Ann and make
good his promise to marry her."
"Poor fool ! It's a sad story all
around," said Abe Lincoln. "He's not
a bad fellow. I reckon, but he broke
Ann's heart. Didn't realize what a
tender thing It was. I can't forgive
In the middle of the afternoon they
came In sight of the home of Henry
"Here's where we stop and feed,
and listen to Henry's secrets," said
The level fields were cut Into
squares outlined by wooden stakes.
Brimstead was mowing the grass In
his dooryard. He dropped his scythe
and came to welcome the travelers.
"Say, don't you know that you are
standing In the center of a large and
promising city?" he said to Samson.
"You are standing at the corner of
Grand avenue and Empire street, In
the growing city of El Dorado, near
the great wnter highway of Illinois,''
Brimstead declaimed.
"Where's the growln'?" Samson de
Brimstead came closer and said In a
confidential tone: "If you stand right
where you are an' listen, you'll hear It
"It sounds a good deal like a turnip
growln' In a garden," Samïon re
marked, thoughtfully.
"Give It a fair chance," Brimstead
went on. "Two cellars have been dug
over there In the pasture. One Is for
the town hall and the other for the
university which the Methodists are
going to build. A railroad has been
surveyed and Is expected this sum
mer. Every comer lot has been sold
and paid for, half cash and half
"The brokers In Chicago got the
cash and you got the notes?"
"You've said It. I've got a drawer
full of notes."
"And you've quit farmin'?"
"Say, m tell ye the land has gone
up so It wouldn't pay. Peasley an' I
cal'ate thnt we're goln' to git rich this
summer sellln' lots."
"Wake up, man. You're dreamln',"
said Samson.
Henry came close to Samson and
said In a confidential tone : "Say,
mebbe the whole state Is dreamln' an'
yellin' In Its sleep 'bout canals an'
schools an' factories an* mills an' rail
roads. We're havin' a good time, any
This reminded Abe Lincoln of the
"There was a man In Pope county
who came home one evening and sat
down In the middle of the barn floor
and began to sing. His wife asked
him :
" 'Are you drunk or crazy or a
"T don't know what you'd call It,
but I know I ain't got a darn bit to
spare,' he answered, with a whoop of
"You're all goln' to roll out o' bed
and lilt the floor with a bump," snld
Brimstead declared In his usual
tone of confidence :
"The worst part o' bein' a fool Is
lonesomeness. I was the only one In
Flea valley. Now I shall be In the com
pany of a governor an' dozens o' well
known statesmen. You'll be the only
lonesome man In Illinois."
"I sometimes fear thnt he will en
joy the loneliness of wisdom," said
Honest Abe.
"In some parts of the state every
farmer owns bis own private city,"
Samson declared. "I hope Henry
Brimstead does as well raising cities
ns he did raising grain. He was a
very successful farmer."
"I knew you'd make fun o' me but
when you come again you'll see the
towers an' steeples," said Brimstead.
"Put up your horses and come Into
the house and see the first lady at IS
Mrs. Brimstead had their dinner
cooking before tlie horses were cared
for. "Well, what do you think of
Henry's plnns?" she asked.
"1 like the farm better."
"So do I," the woman declared. "But
the men around here have gone crazy
with dreams of sudden wealth."
"I've only a word of advice about It.
If those Chicago men sell any more of
your land make them take the notes
nnd you take the money. Where is
Annabel ?"
"Teaching the school at Hopedale."
"We're going up to Chicago to see
the Kelsos," said Samson.
"Glad you are. Some rich feller up
there by the name of Davis has fallen
in love with Bim an' he don't give her
any peace. He loft here last night
goln' north. Owns a lot o' land In
Tazewell county nn' wears a diamond
In his shirt as big ns your thumb
nail. Bim has been teaching school In
Chicago this winter. It must fie a
wonderful place. Every one has loads
of money. The stores an' houses are
ns thick ns the hair on a dog's back—
some of 'em ns big as all outdoors."
Abe Lincoln nnd Harry entered
with their host and the travelers sat
down to a luncheon of pudding and
milk and doughnuts and pie.
"How far do you call It to the syca
more woods?" Lincoln asked as they
rose from the table.
"About thirty mile," said Brim
"We must be off If we are to get
there before dark," the young states
man declared.
They saddled their horses and
mounted and rode up to the door. Aft
er their acknowledgments and fare
wells Brimstead came close to Snm
son and said In confidence: "I enjoy
bein' a millionaire for a few minutes
now an' then. It's ns good as goln'
to a circus an' cheaper."
"The feelings of a millionaire are
almost as good as the money while
they ljwt," said Abe Lincoln with a
At early candlelight they reached
the sycamore _vvoods v ery hungry. It
was a beautiful grovelike forest Sh
the shore of a stream. The crossing
was a rough bridge of corduroy. A
crude log tavern and a cruder store
stood on the farther shore of the
creek. The tavern was a dirty place
with a drunken proprietor. Three
ragged, shiftless farmers and a half
breed Indian sat In Its main room In
varying stages of inebrlacy. A well
dressed, handsome young man with a
diamond in his shirt-front was lead
ing a horse back and forth In the
stable yard. The diamond led Samson
to suspect that he was the man Davis
of whom Mrs. Brimstead had spoken.
Our travelers, not liking the look of
the place, got some oats and rode on,
camping near the farther edge of the
woods, where they built a fire, fed and
tethered their horses and sat down
and ate from the store In their saddle
Then with their knives Abe and
Samson cut big armfuls of grass from
the near prairie for the horses and a
bed upon which the three man lay
down for the night.
Samson had that gift of "sleeping
with one eye open" which the perils
of the wilderness had conferred upon
the pioneer. He had lain down on
the side of their bed near the horses,
which were tethered to trees only a
few feet away. He had gone to sleep
with his pistol under his right hand
Your Hands,"
Late In the night he was awakened
by an unusual movement among the
horses. In the dim light of the fire
he could see a man In the act of
bridling Abe's horse.
"Hold up your hands," Samson
shouted as he covered the man with
his pistol. "If ye stir a toot I'll bore
a hole In ye."
The man threw up his hands and
stood still.
In half a moment Abe Lincoln nnd
Harry hyd got up and captured the
man and the loosed horse.
Tills Is part of the entry which
Samson made In his diary a week or
so later:
"Harry put some wood on the fire
while Abe and I led him up Into the
light. He was one of the dirty white
men we had seen at the tavern.
"Til give you four hundred dollars
for a hoss In good Michigan money,'
he said.
" 'If ye can't steal a horse you're
willin' to buy one,' 1 says.
Continued Next Week
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