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His Youth and Early Manhood
With a Brief Account of
His Later Life
Author of “The Boy Emigrants,” “The Fairport Nine,”
“American Statesmen," etc.
G. P. Putnam's Sons
O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!
O Captain ! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
But O heart! heart! heart !
Fallen cold and dead.
O Captain! my Captain ! rise up and hear the bells ;
Here Captain ! dear father!
You've fallen cold and dead.
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
Exult O shores, and ring O bells !
R. BROOKS'S story of the life of Abraham Lin.
coln is a distinct addition to our knowledge of the man and of the scenes through which he passed in becoming an uplifter of the human race. Mr. Brooks knew Lincoln well in Illinois, as well as later in Washington. He was himself a pioneer during some of the most stirring times on the border, and, in consequence, he has written in unusual sympathy with the difficulties and triumphs of border life.
In the crude surroundings that then were the lot of all, the story of Lincoln's youth and early manhood possesses a peculiar interest. In such a tale we catch gleams of a true nature tucked away in the lank form and homespun, and we watch a character grow clearoutlined through the power of a strong moral nature. The wilderness afforded splendid tests of manly quali. ties, and kept the weak at bay. The axe, the maul, and the grubbing-hoe answered only to the quick eye and the sinewy frame. Abraham Lincoln, stronghearted and true, swung, split, and dug in “ the land of full-grown men"; and he emerged thence a leader among men.
His experiences were singularly varied and dramatic; yet, in the main, they were typical of unnamed thou. sands of our fellows who wrote on the broad West the strongest characteristics of our race.
F. L. O. PINE LODGE,
December 1, 1900,