He knew Lincoln (Google eBook)

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McClure, Phillips & Co., 1907 - 39 pages
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Page 17 - Well, sir, I never was so astonished in my life. He just grabbed my hand and shook it nearly off, and the tears just poured down his face, and he says, "'Billy, you never'll know what good you've done me. I'm homesick, Billy, just plumb homesick, and it seems as if this War never would be over. Many a night I can see the boys a-dyin...
Page 2 - I can see him now just how he looked, standin' there on the end of his car. He'd been shakin' hands with the crowd in the depot, laughing and talking, just like himself, but when he got onto that car he seemed suddint to be all changed. You never seen a face so sad in all the world. I tell you he had woe in his heart that minute. woe. He knew he was leavin' us for good, nuthin' else could explain the way he looked and what he said.
Page 18 - Yes, that's the last time I seen him last time alive. "Wan't long after that things began to look better. War began to move right smart, and, soon as it did, there wan't no use talkin' about anybody else for President. I see that plain enough, and just as I told him, he was re-elected, and him and Grant finished up the war in a hurry. I tell you it was a great day out here when we heard Lee had surrendered.
Page 13 - I footed it up to the Soldiers' Home where Mr. Lincoln was livin' then right among the sick soldiers in their tents. There was lots of people settin' around in a little room, waitin' fer him, but there wan't anybody there I knowed, and I was feelin' a little funny when a door popped open and out came Mr.
Page 20 - don't go on so. I ain't lyin'. It's so. He'll never come back, Billy. He's dead!' And he fell to sobbin' out loud right there in the street, and somehow I knew it was true. "For days and days 'twas awful here. Waitin
Page 22 - em. We wanted to bury him ourselves, but they wouldn't let us. " Ma and me didn't go to the cemetery with 'em. I couldn't stan' it. Didn't seem right to have sich goin's on here at home where he belonged for a man like him. But we go up often now, Ma and me does, and talk about him. " Yes, I knowed Abraham Lincoln; knowed him well; and I tell you there wan't never a better man made. Leastwise, I don't want to know a better one. He just suited me Abraham Lincoln did.
Page 14 - Well, he kind a flushed up and set his lips together, but he knowed me, and so he went off. In about two minutes the door popped open and out came Mr. Lincoln, his face all lit up. He saw me first thing, and he laid holt of me and just shook my hands fit to kill. ' Billy,' he says, 'now I am glad to see you. Come right in. You're goin' to stay to supper with Mary and me.
Page 16 - You've cheered him up, and you better light out and let him remember it when he's tired.' So I said, ' Nope, Mr. Lincoln, can't, goin' back to Springfield to-morrow. Ma don't like to have me away and my boy ain't no great shakes keepin' store.' ' Billy,' he says, ' what did you come down here for?' 'I come to see you, Mr. Lincoln.' 'But you ain't asked me for anything, Billy. What is it ? Out with it. Want a postoffice?
Page 16 - d been doin' to him. Always was a thin man, but Lordy, he was thinner 'n ever now, and his face was kind a drawn and gray enough to make you cry. "Well, we had supper and then talked some more, and about ten o 'clock I started down town.

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