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undertook, a few years ago, to raise a very large herd of hogs. It was a great trouble to feed them, and how to get around this was a puzzle to him. At length he hit on the plan of planting an immense field of potatoes, and, when they were sufficiently grown, he turned the whole herd into the field, and let them bave full swing, thus saving not only the labor of feeding the hogs, but also that of digging the potatoes! Charmed with his sagacity, he stood one day leaning against the fence, counting his hogs, when a neighbor came along. *Well, well,' said he, Mr. Case, this is all very fine. Your hogs are • doing very well just now, but you know out here in Illinois the frost comes early, and the ground freezes for a foot deep. Then what are they going to do? This was a view of the matter Mr. Case had not taken into account. Butchering-time for hogs was 'way on in December or January! He scratched his head, and at length stammered, *Well, it may come pretty hard on their snouts, but I don't see but that it will be root, hog, or die !'”
The simplicity and absence of all ostentation on the part of Mr. Lincoln, is well illustrated by an incident which occurred on the occa sion of a visit he made to Commodore Porter, at Fortress Monroe, Noticing that the banks of the river were dotted with flowers, he said:
Commodore, Tad” (the pet name for his youngest son, who had accompanied him on the excursion)" is very fond of flowers; won't you let a couple of men take a boat and go with him for an hour or two, along the banks of the river, and gather the flowers ?” Look at this picture, and then endeavor to imagine the head of a European nation making a similar request, in this humble way, of one of his subordinates !
One day I took a couple of friends from New York up-stairs, who wished to be introduced to the President. It was after the hour for business calls, and we found him alone, and, for once, at leisure. Soon after the introduction, one of my friends took occasion to indorse, very decidedly, the President's Amnesty Proclamation, which had been severely censured by many friends of the Administration. Mr. S-—'s approval touched Mr. Lincoln. He said, with a great deal of emphasis, and with an expression of countenance I shall never forget, "When a man is sincerely penitent for his misdeeds, and gives satisfactory evidence of the same, he can safely be pardoned, and thero is no exception to the rule !"
Shortly afterwards, he told us this story of “ Andy Johnson," as he was familiarly in the habit of calling him. It was a few weeks prior
to the Baltimore Convention, before it was known that Governor John. son would be the nominee for the Vice-Presidency. Said hic, “I had a visit last night from Colonel Moody, 'the fighting Methodist parson,' as he is called in Tennessee. He is on his way to the Philadelphia Conference, and, being in Washington over-night, came up to see me. He told me,” he continued, “ this story of Andy Johnson and General Buel, which interested me intensely. Colonel Moody was in Nashville the day that it was reported that Buel had decided to evacuate the city. The rebels, strongly re-enforced, were said to be within two days' march of the capital. Of course, the city was greatly excited. Said Moody, 'I went in search of Johnson, at the edge of the evening, and found him at his office, closeted with two gentlemen, who were walking the floor with him, one on each side. As I entered, they retired, leaving me alone with Johnson, who came up to me, manifesting intense feeling, and said, “ Moody, we are sold out! Buel is a traitor! He is going to evacuate the city, and in forty-eight hours wo shall all be in the hands of the rebels.” Then he commenced pacing the floor again, twisting his hands, and chafing like a caged tiger, utterly insensible to his friend's entreaties to become calm. Suddenly he turned and said, "Moody, can you pray?" "That is my business, sir, as a minister of the Gospel,” returned the Colonel. “Well, Moody, 1 wish you would pray,” said Johnson; and instantly both went down upon their knees, at opposite sides of the room. As the prayer be
. came fervent, Johnson began to respond in true Methodist style. Presently be crawled over on his hands and knees to Moody's side, and put his arm over him, manifesting the deepest emotion. Closing the prayer with a hearty • Amen!' from each, they arose. Johnson took a long breath, and said, with emphasis, “Moody, I feel better !" Shortly afterwards he asked, “Will you stand by me?” “Certainly, i will," was the answer. “Well, Moody, I can depend upon you; you are one in a hundred thousand !" He then commenced pacing the floor again. Suddenly he wheeled, the current of his thought having changed, and said, “Oh! Moody, I don't want you to think I have become a religious man because I asked you to pray. I am sorry to say it, but I am not, and have never pretended to be, religious. No one knows this better than you; but, Moody, there is one thing about it-I do believe in Almighty God! And I believe also in the BIBLE, and I say, damn me, if Nashville shall be surrendered !" !"
And Nashville was not surrendered !
Judge Baldwin, of California, being in Washington, callod one day on General Halleck, and, presuming upon a familiar acquaintance in
California a few years since, solicited a pass outside of our lines to sco a brother in Virginia, not thinking that he would meet with a refusal, as both his brother and himself were good Union men.
Wo have been deceived too often,” said General Halleck, “ and I regret I can't grant it.” Judge B. then went to Stanton, and was very briefly disposed of with the same result. Finally, he obtained an interview with Mr. Lincoln, and stated his case. " Have you applied to Gen. eral Halleck ?" inquired the President. “Yes, and met with a flat refusal,” said Judge B. “ Then you must see Stanton," continued the President. “I have, and with the same result," was the reply. “Well, then,” said Mr. Lincoln, with a smile, “ I can do nothing; for you must know that I have very little influence with this Administration."
One bright morning, last May, the Sunday-school children of the city of Washington, marching in procession on “ anniversary" day, passed in review through the portico on the north side of the White House. The President stood at the open window above the door, responding with a smile and a bow to the lusty cheers of the little folks as they passed. Hon. Mr. Odell, always wide awake when Sunday-school children are around, with one or two other gentlemen, stood by his side as I joined the group. It was a beautiful sight; the rosy-cheeked boys and girls, in their "Sunday's best," with banners and flowers, all intent upon seeing the President, and, as they caught sight of his tall figure, cheering as if their very lives depended upon it! After enjoying the scene for some time, making pleasant remarks about a face that now and then struck him, Mr. Lincoln said: “I heard a story last night about Daniel Webster when a lad, which was new to me, and it has been running in my lead all the morning. When quite young, at school, Daniel was one day guilty of a gross violation of the rules. He was detected in the act, and called up by the teacher for punislıment. This was to be the old-fashioned .feruling' of the hand. His hands happened to be very dirty: Knowing this, on bis way to the teacher's desk he spit upon the palm of his right hand, wiping it off upon the side of his pantaloons. "Give me your hand, sir,' said the teacher, very sternly. Out went the right band, partly cleansed. The teacher looked at it a moment, and said, ' Daniel, if you will find another hand in this school-room as filthy as that, I will let you off this time!' Instantly from behind his back came the left hand. • Here it is, sir,' was the ready reply. "That will do,' said tho
, teacher, 'for this time; you can take your seat, sir !'”
A new levy of troops required, on a certain occasion, the appoint
ment of a large additional number of brigadier and major generals. Among the immense number of applications, Mr. Lincoln came upon one wherein the claims of a certain worthy (not in the service at all) “for a generalship” were glowingly set forth. But the applicant didn't specify whether he wanted to be brigadier or major general. The President observed this difficulty, and solved it by a lucid in. dorsement. The clerk, on receiving the paper again, found written across its back, “Major-General, I reckon. A. Lincoln."
It is said that, on the occasion of a serenade, the President was called for by the crowd assembled. He appeared at a window with his wife (who is somewhat below the medium height), and made the following “ brief remarks:" " Here I am, and here is Mrs. Lincolo. That's the long and the short of it.”
Soon after the opening of Congress last winter, my friend, the Hon. Mr. Shannon, from California, made the customary call at the White House. In the conversation that ensued, Mr. Shannon said: “Mr. President, I met an old friend of yours in California last summer, a Mr. Campbell, who had a good deal to say of your Springfield life.” “Ah!" returned Mr. Lincoln, "I am glad to hear of him. Campbell used to be a dry fellow in those days," he continued. “For a time he was Secretary of State. One day during the legislative vacation, a meek, cadaverous-looking man, with a white neckcloth, introduced himself to him at his office, and, stating that he had been informed that Mr. C. had the letting of the hall of representatives, he wished to secure it, if possible, for a course of lectures he desired to deliver in Springfield. “May I ask,' said the Secretary, “what is to be the subject of your lectures ? «Certainly,' was the reply, with a very solemn expression of countenance. The course I wish to deliver is on the Second Coming of our Lord.' “It is of no use,' said C.; if
will take my advice, you will not waste your time in this city. It is my private opinion that, if the Lord has been in Springfield once, He will never come the second time!'”
Some gentlemen were once finding fault with the President because certain Generals were not given commands. “The fact is," replied Mr. Lincoin, “I have got more pegs than I have holes to put them in."
A clergyman from Springfield, Illinois, being in Washington early in Mr. Lincoln's administration, called upon him, and in the course of conversation asked him what was to be his policy on the slavery ques. tion. “Well," said the President, “I will answer, by telling you a story. You know Father B., the old Methodist preacher ? and you know Fox River and its freshets? Well, once in the presence of Father B., a young Methodist was worrying abont Fox River, and 'expressing fears that he should be prevented from fulfilling some of his appointments by a freshet in the river. Father B. checked him in his
. gravest manner. Said he: Young man, I have always made it a rule in my life not to cross Fox River till I get to it! And," added Mr. Lincoln, “ I am not going to worry myself over the slavery question till I get to it."
“ I shall ever cherish among the brightest memories of my life," says Rev. Dr. J. P. Thompson, “the recollection of an hour in his working-room last September, which was one broad sheet of sunshine. He had spent the morning poring over the returns of a court-martial upon capital cases, and studying to decide them according to truth; and upon the entrance of a friend, he threw himself into an attitude of relaxation, and sparkled with good-humor. I spoke of the rapid rise of Union feeling since the promulgation of the Chicago platform, and the victory at Atlanta; and the question was started, which had contributed the most to the reviving of Union sentiment—the victory or the platform. “I guess," said the President, “it was the victory; at any rate, I'd rather have that repeated.”
Being informed of the death of John Morgan, he said, “Well, I wouldn't crow over anybody's death ; but I can take this as resignedly as any dispensation of Providence."
My attention has been two or three times called to a paragraph now going the rounds, of the newspapers concerning a singular apparition of himself in a looking-glass, which Mr. Lincoln is stated to have seen on the day he was first nominated at Chicago. The story as told is made to appear very mysterious, and believing that the taste for the supernatural is sufficiently ministered unto without perverting the facts, I will tell the story as the President told it to John Ilay, the assistant private secretary, and myself. We were in his room together about dark, the evening of the Baltimore Convention. The gas
had just been lighted, and he had been telling us how he had that after. noon received the news of the nomination of Andrew Johnson for Vice-President before he heard of his own.
It scemed that the dispatch announcing his renomination had been sent to his office from the War Department while he was at lunch Directly afterward, without going back to the official chamber, he pro