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OHlco 13.7 0 Street
LINCOLN IN THE FUTUKIi
WHAT WILL THE PHILOSOPHIC HIS
TORIANS OF THE FUTURE SAY'
Wo Ciiuniit I'orprust ttm Vonllet of I'ot
trrlty with Crtiiliity, hut W i Mnj Ho
Nur Tlnit lh View Will Ho lllrternifl
friiiu Oiirn Tim Oroutli of Mlml.
Tlio viirecr tif Ahrnhuin Lincoln pcciuii
dcHtiueil to KL'ivu us un unfailing store.
house from which certain clawtus of
writers limy draw their inati'iiul. Tho
humorist not only retails authentic joken
mul gives them now applications, hut in
vent new ones unit gives them n Lin-
coltiesquo touo which insures popular
ncceptance. Tho hentimentalist drawn
inspiration from thoau passages in which
tho Liberator fairly rivaled the Hebrew
prophets, whllo tlio imaginative writer
iintls in tliat progress from the cabin to
the White Ilmse a series of inuitletitu
with all the eharms of romanco and all
the convenience of reality.
Tlio jurist and htatesnian, tlio orator,
the pliilim tin opist and tho enthusiastic
Hocinl reformer llnil in Llueoln's stato
papers and hpeeches passages of strango
portent, weighty prophecies of tho Issues
which were to come, hints at tho solu
tion of the problems of capital and labor
anil taxation. The student of mind de
velopment has not yet been heard from,
yet I venture to predict that tho Herbert
Spencer or llacon of tho next generation
will Hud in Lincoln's advance a splendid
nnd luminous illustration of the laws of
intellectual growth. He will have this
tremendous advantage, he can admit'
many charges now denied and proceed
with confidence on this axiom: One
may fall into many errors, yet rise above
ar.d profit by them all if his primary aim
be correct and his moral uaturo sound.
Just now wo look at tho Liberator
through the blaze and sinoko of tho ho
rde age. For twenty-seven years an
army of poets and orators have been in
dusttiously engaged in stripping away
the human lineaments and spreading a
golden halo about the martyr's homely
features. He looks down upon us out
of a cloud and enveloped by an aureole.
The apotheohls is at last complete; tho
Abraham Lincoln of Kentucky, Indiann
and Illinois is banished from history,
and tho Abraham Lincoln of patriotic
song and eulogy is scarcely more a real
historical personage than Romulus or
Agamemnon. Tho reaction has, how
ever, Bet in. Ilerndou's book marks the
beginning of a new era. Tho coming
generation will not bo satisfied with a
steel portrait and a flight of eulogistic
oratory. It will insist upon having the
Tho philosopher will then find that tho
career of Abraham Lincoln naturally
divides itself into five clearly defined
stages. Sprung from the very rude&t
and poorest class in the border south,
Lincoln had all tho rude humors ami
gestures of tho untaught man of that
type. It has been proved that tho Lin
coln family, early in tho Eighteenth cen
tury, possessed some substance and held
at least a middle rank, but thereafter tho
decline was so rapid that in tho person of
Thomas Lincoln and in tho Kentucky
hovel the family had, at the date of the
hero's advent, reached tho lowest point.
The standard of tho region was certainly
not high, but tho Liucol'.is and their
congeners sank below it.
The boyhood of tho Liberator was a
tragedy and can only bo trotted as such.
A few gleams of humor broke its melan
choly monotony here and there, and the
riotous wit of tho now west sometimifi
tortured mirth even out of misery; still
it was a tragedy and a dark and gloomy
one. Yet out of that abyss came occ.i
tioual (lashes of intellect which showed
that tho strain of tlio older Lincoln was
again to show itself by that mysterious
law which scientists call atavism, hut
which the common people explained long
before Darwin by saying of such a one
that ho "takes back" that is, from a to
mote ancestor. In proof of tho foregoing
summary it is necessary to cito but one
fact: When Thomas Lincoln married
Nancy Hunks his Irietuls and relative
remarked with a sort of surprise that she
could read and writo ami was "a ra'al
The woeful childhood ot Lincoln ended
suddenly when ho was eleven years old
and his ktepmother at rived; from that
date tho mental philosopher can trace
Willi ever increasing interest tho rapid
development of his mind. All at once,
nppntently, as if it were in a day, he
ceased ti bo tho forlorn and neglected
c&ild and became the "smart boy of the
neighborhood." In three years lie was
noU'.t: tu five more lie was notorious.
Tin usual results of being tho "smart
I), y'' of it country neighborhood had fol
lowed. It is extremely difficult to find
any one who remembers anything about
him previous to 1820: it is altogether too
easy to find many in southern Indiana
who remember many things ho did after
1635; for t hero is uodoubt that his "smart
ness" had, for want of a better field, taken
a turn for queer ways and that ho was,
as the people said, "up to some mighty
CAPITAL CITY COURIKR, SATURDAY KKHRUARY 6,
, t'lns slagti ul elterVeseiice eiuicti aiinoni
i as suddenly as his woeful childhood hail
done, and In Illinois In tH:il "J Abraham
Lincoln hecamonn iimbltioitsyoiiug man.
A ttip to New Orleans and a fuw trialti
as hired laborer while still In Indiana
apH'ur to have excited In him a fierce
ambition to "get ahead In the world,"
And lu this stage of his career the future
philosopher will llud thu first unquestion
able evidences that ho looked forward to
a tiiut' when he should be an honored
citizen. Unquestionably the Abraham
Lincoln of ISlll-'Jdld, in some mysterious
way, arrivo at the conclusion that Uii.
world had for him something far higher
than thu position of nelghboiliood joker,
champion wrestler or prlzowoodehoper.
His conception of his future was, how
ever, such as now excites a smile. Ho
oeems to have felt certain that he could
acquire a competency, that ho could go
to the legislature, that ho could bo it
leading man and successful lawyer, and
in time go to congress and ho a great
political oraclo in Ills district, and be
yond that well, that was the extent of
Ills dream. And in this mind lie re
mained, as far as all the evidence shows,
for twenty years. In all that time tliero
Is on record hut ono utterance which
can even bo tortured into a personal
forecast of his great mission. That was
tho oft quoted remark to his cousin in
regatd to slavery as ho had seen It on
his last southern trip, viz.: "My God,
John, if I ever get a chance to hit that
institution I'll hit It hard."
Nevertheless, he was growing. Indeed,
.this is the one prominent fact in Abra
ham Lincoln's life ho never ceased
growing. As captain in the I Hack- Hawk
war, as candidate for tho legislature)
(defeated), as storekeeper, postmaster,
surveyor and law student, ho was al
ways growing. The future philosopher
will find rich materials for mental sci
ence in contrasting his utterances year
by year after 18!1'J. His experience in
the reckless legislation of tho "wild cat"
era of 18UI-7 may bo profitably con
trasted with Ids conservatism in later
life, but his votes on tho Mexican war
and his casual utterances on slavery
show that the germ of tho future Liber
ator was there.
His intimate associates have by com
mon consent set tlio year 1810 astlieilnto
when ho entered his fourth stage, as a
party leader, yet that year was tho first
of an era in which Lincoln appears at
his very worst. Ho was ambitious, yet
LINCOLN AS A IIUMOllOUS KPKAKKR.
painfully sensltivo as to his personal
deficiencies, ardent in his admiration o"
female loveliness and extravagantly anx
ious to form a matrimonial alliance fav
orable at once to happiness and worldly
miccess, and yet so wildly erratic in his
pursuit of theso objects that his best
friends then feared for his sanity, and
at this day his courso is beyond explana
tiou. Suffice it that hu married, became
a momber of congress, returned to tho
practice of tho law and sank into a con-
dition which, as to rclitical matters,
seems to have been ono of comparative
upatliy, till tho repeal of tho Missouri
compromise in 1851 roused him like a
trumpet call to his last and most glori
In 1851 the tilth au-J last stage began;
the Abraham Lincoln of history was
born. All his biographers agree that it
was a new man who "took tho stump"
that summer. II ) had long been a pop
ular tqieaker: Ins speeches were "racy of
the 8oil," Hut now, say Messrs. Nicolay
and H.iy: "Men were surprised to find
him imbued with a new and unwonted
seriousness. They heard fewer anecdotes
and more history. Careless listeners
who came to laugh at uis jokes sat spell
bound by the strong current of Ills rea
soning ami the flashes of his earnest elo
quence, and were lifted by tho range and
tone of his argument into a fresher and
purer atmosphere. The question touched
tho very liedrock of primary human
rights. Such a subject furnished ma
terial for tho inborn gifts of tho speaker,
his intuitive logic, his impulsive putiiot
ism, his pure and poetical conception of
legal and mora) justice."
And here this attempt to forecast the
venlict of the Twentieth century philos
opher appropriately ends. It is tlio
glory of Abraham Lincoln that ho went
on growing to tlio last. Nothing could
lie more idle than to pronounce positive
ly as to what his position would have
been on reconstruction or subsequent
issues from what he had previously said.
His eulogists have often proclaimed tha'i
in tho dark winter of 18(10-1 ho fore
saw the bloody days at hand and men
tally prepared for theui. At such a
statement the philosopher of HWO-t will
unite. Such foreknowledge would have
been more than human.
Theio is not a particle of evidenco that
the Abraham Lincoln of January. 18(11,
had formed any conception of tlio great
struggle at hand, and there is conclusive
evidence that after his inauguration lie
still indulged the hope of reconciliation
without war. Abraham Lincoln wits
not a god, but a man. His great iics.i
consisted in the fact that he made many
mistakes and rose above them. The in
spiration of his example consists in tho
proof it furnishes that tho true, manly
man rises to tho occasion, and that, as
he expressed it, tho great heart of the
nation is kouiiiL J, II, UCADI.i:.
Itl.Hty of n Tlmeiilern Thil I'l
founded on I'net.
It was nt thu thue when the leaves wer
beginning to turn lu November Ihnt
Henry Smith made the startling discover'
that his watch had stopped,
He wound It up, tapped It gently with
his knuckles and then shook It, hut It onlv
ticked a few times In a sickly way. and
then It stopped UKulll.
"ll needs eleanliig and a new balnuee
HtnlT," wild the wntoh doctor to whom to
"You may do the work," Henry said.
"How long will It taker"
"About a week," replied tho watch
maker "In the meantime you may cany
this watch," and hu handed out a small
ullver timepiece which wound with a key.
One week from that day Henry Smith
itKiilu snuuhl the shop of the watehtuaku
to get his wuleh, The proprietor of t lie
nhop assured him smilingly that the work
was uiiljcl completed, ami told him to call
around lu llueeor four days. When the
longer time had elapsed Henry Smith
called again and was told that the watch
maker had been very busy so busy, In
fact, that he hadii'l done Mr. Smith's wot Us
Another time was named for the compl
Hon of the cleaning and thu replacing (I
the balance stalT.
Days became weeks; weeks rolled Into
mouths, and still Henry Smith with lamb
like patience continued to call for lis
watch at stated Intervals. He always re
ceived the same answer, uiiblushlugly
given, "Not quite done," Christmas time
came and went and the old year was tlekisl
out by a small, silver, key wind watch
which reposed In the pocket of Henry
He engaged lu the practice of Ids pro reu
nion. Success rewarded his efforts. He
was much sought after and had multi
tudinous engagements, nil of which were
faithfully kept on tluiereeiirdeil byasiuall,
key w I in I watch with a silver ease. Hut
In the midst of the piess of Ids profcssiuur.l
duties ho still found time to call period
ically for his watch, It was never iliiuii.
And the months rolhsl Into years.
Upon the occasion of one call hu ha I
been favored by getting a glimpse, of h's
own timepiece. It had looked at him with
Its white face like some ghost of ihuilcar,
dead past, and hu had hurriedly lurnul
and gone out.
Time wheeled on. dray hairs began to
appear among Henry Smith's locks, and
still he continued to call at the watch
maker's with Ironical persistency.
Occasionally, about this time, he was ac
companied by one or another of his chil
dren. Year succeeded year, and finally his
Krnnilciiiitircu Inl the hoaryheaileil, to!,
teilug old man on his ever fruitless miu
Then) Is no need to trace this sad nam.
tlvetothu last excruciating details. Hu '
flee It to say that there was a denouement.
An ulfair must necessarily he serious V
have one of those.
There was also a moral. A small sttvci
watch, that wound with a key, was lu It to
the last too. .Minneapolis Tribune.
"Ain't dat rldlckeloiiHr"
'Why, dat Miss Suet dauciu on do do'
ail by herso'f."
"Yo's made Y mistake. Jcs' wait till
she ttirnsaroiiud. D.irl She's dauciu wld
dat sawed oir jockey." Life.
A Sorrott fill Answer.
Scene at a Registrar's (enter a peasant
with hisdaughter), Peasant I have como
to publish the banns between my daughter
Margaret and .Michel Obernik."
Registrar Very good; but where Is the
Peasant-Well, sir, you see tho case It
rather peculiar. Michel doesn't eaiu to
have her, and so I thought as how, if you
wouldn't mind posting his name up Iiitj
for three weeks, he would somehow feel
compelled like to marry her.
Registrar (sorrowfully) Ah' my goixl
friend. If matters could lieariauged in that
fashion, do ou think I should have ll
marriagialile daughters on my Imudsuow t
A llhlileii Mjslory.
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