The Perfect Tribute

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Scribner, 1906 - 47 pages
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Page 18 - I should be glad if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes.
Page 25 - He's in the prison hospital there — in that big building," he pointed down the street. "He's captain in our army — in the Confederate army. He was wounded at Gettysburg." " Oh ! " The deep-set eyes gazed down at the fresh face, its muscles straining under grief and responsibility, with the gentlest, most fatherly pity. '' I think I can manage your job, my boy," he said. "I used to practise law in a small way myself, and I'll be glad to draw the will for you.
Page 41 - The explanation was distasteful, but he went on, carried past the jog by the interest of his story. "He was at Gettysburg yesterday, with the President's party. He told my sister that the speech so went home to the hearts of all those thousands of people that when it was ended it was as if the whole audience held its breath — there was not a hand lifted to applaud. One might as well applaud the Lord's Prayer — it would have been sacrilege. And they all felt it — down to the lowest. There was...
Page 16 - It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us: that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to...
Page 40 - ... God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. What wonder is it that at the conclusion the whole audience remained in reverent silence or that their action was pronounced by a dying Confederate captain to be "the most perfect tribute that has ever been paid by any people to any orator!
Page 36 - I've never liked a stranger as much in such short order before." His head, fair as the boy's, lay back on the pillows, locks of hair damp against the whiteness, the blue eyes shone like jewels from the colorless face, a weak arm stretched protectingly about the young brother who pressed against him. There was so much courage, so much helplessness, so much pathos in the picture that the President's great heart throbbed with a desire to comfort them. "I want to talk to you about that man, Lincoln,...
Page 34 - said the officer slowly, and smiled, and then threw back his head with a gesture like the boy's. "We must do the will," he said peremptorily. "Yes, now we'll fix this will business, Captain Blair," the big man answered cheerfully. "When your mind's relieved about your plunder you can rest easier and get well faster." The sweet, brilliant smile of the Southerner shone out, his arm drew the boy's shoulder closer, and the President, with a pang, knew that his friend knew that he must die. With direct,...
Page 39 - I've been brought up on oratory. I've studied and read the best models since I was a lad in knee-breeches. And I know a great speech when I see it. And when Nellie — my sister — brought in the paper this morning and read that to me I told her at once that not six times since history began has a speech been made which was its equal. That was before she told me what the Senator said.
Page 44 - South, but never before, I think, with the love of both breathing through them. It is only the greatest who can be a partisan without bitterness, and only such, to-day may call himself not Northern or Southern, but American. To feel that your enemy can fight you to death without malice, with charity — it lifts country, it lifts humanity to something worth dying for. They are beautiful, broad words and the sting of war would be drawn if the soul of Lincoln could be breathed into the armies. Do you...
Page 1 - N the morning of November 18, 1863, a special train drew out from Washington, carrying a distinguished company. The presence with them of the Marine Band from the Navy Yard spoke a public occasion to come, and among the travellers there were those who might be gathered only for an occasion of importance. There were judges of the Supreme Court of the United States; there •were heads of departments; the generaL-inchief of the army and his staff; members of the cabinet. In their midst, as they stood...

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