He Knew Lincoln

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McClure, Phillips & Company, 1907 - 39 pages
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Page 35 - He just opened up his heart if I do say it. Seemed as if he'd come to a p'int where he must let out. I dunno how long we set there — must have been nigh morning, fer the stars begun to go out before he got up to go. ' Good-bye, Billy,' he says. ' You're the first person I ever unloaded onto, and I hope you won't think I'ma baby,' and then we shook hands again, and I walked down to town and next day I come home.
Page 13 - I never had seen one, but we had pictures of 'em, all of 'em from George Washington down, and they looked somehow as if they were different kind of timber from us. I couldn't imagine George Washington or Thomas Jefferson settin' here in that chair you're in tee-heein' over some blamed yarn of mine.
Page 34 - I can see the boys a-dyin' on the fields and can hear their mothers cryin' for 'em at home, and I can't help 'em, Billy. I have to send them down there. We've got to save the Union, Billy, we've got to;' "
Page 8 - ... Everybody thinks he is honest and believes what he says. If he was really a great man, or if people regarded him as a great man, he could not do half so much." He was the man who had started a little circle of people to giggling one morning in Judge Davis's courtroom, and the judge sputtered out: "I am not going to stand this any longer, Mr, Lincoln. You're always disturbing this court with your tomfoolery.
Page 22 - 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 19 - Sally, you couldn'ta done nothin' which would have pleased me better. I'll take 'em to Washington and wear 'em, and think of you when I do it. ' ... "And I declare he said it so first thing I knew I was almost blubberin', and I wan't the only one nuther, and I bet he did wear 'em in Washington. I can jest see him pullin...
Page 2 - I didn't come in this store and find him slashin' right into that arm. I picked up a stick and said: 'Here, Judge, s'posin' you cut this. He just looked at me and then flounced out, mad as a wet hen. Mr. Lincoln was here, and you ought to heard him tee-hee. He was always here. Come and set by the stove by the hour and tell stories and talk and argue. There wan't never no United States Senate that could beat just what I've heard right here in this room with Lincoln settin' in that very chair where...
Page 36 - 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 17 - Sally stood lookin' kind of scared seein' so many strangers and not knowin' precisely what to do, when Mr. Lincoln spied her. Quick as a wink he said 'Excuse nie, gentlemen,' and he just rushed over to that old woman and shook hands with both of his'n and says, 'Now, Aunt Sally, this is real kind of you to come and see me. How are you and how's Jake?' (Jake was her boy.) 'Come right over here...
Page 18 - I thought I'd come and bring you a present. Knit 'em myself. ' "And I'll be blamed if that old lady didn't pull out a great big pair of yarn socks and hand 'em to Mr. Lincoln. "Well, sir, it was the funniest thing to see Mr. Lincoln's face pucker up and his eyes twinkle and twinkle. He took them socks and held 'em up by the toes, one in each hand. They was the longest socks I ever see. " 'The lady got my latitude and longitude 'bout right, didn't she, gentlemen?

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