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MR. LINCOLN'S EARLY BOYHOOD IN KENTUCKY.
Preliminary Remarks.-Ancestry of Abraham Lincoln.-Their Residence in Pennsylvania and Virginia.-His Grandfather Crosses the Alleghanies to join Boone and his Associates.-"The Dark and Bloody Ground."—His Violent Death.-His Widow Settles in Washington County.-Thomas Lincoln, his Son, Marries and Locates near Hodgenville.--Birth of Abraham Lincoln.-La Rue County.-His Early Life and Training in Kentucky.
THE name of no living man is more prominent, at this moment, on the lips and in the thoughts of the American people, than that of ABRAHAM LINCOLN. This happens not merely because, as the candidate of a party, he has won the highest political honors. He has a hold upon the public mind which a partisan election alone can not account for. This event, indeed, is the effect rather than the cause. An overwhelming popular enthusiasm in certain States where he is best known (and manifested also by the assembled crowds at Chicago, during the memorable week of the Convention) did much to turn the poising balance in his favor, and to determine his selection as a candidate over all his distinguished competitors.
What Robert Burns has proverbially been to the people of his native land, and, to a certain extent, of all lands, as a bard, Abraham Lincoln seems to have become to us as a statesman and a patriot, by his intimate relations alike with the humbler and the higher walks of life. By his own native energy and