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Captain Allen's Lecture

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Day
14
Month
February
Year
1896
Copyright
Public Domain
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The Unitarian ohurch was crowded last Sunday evening on occasion of the service in cotumeraoration of the birth of Abraham Lincoln and to listen to Captain Allen'saddressupon "The Greatest American." The captain had au easy task in showing that Lincoln was the greatest American. The orator was at nis best and he held the rapt attention of the audienee from beginning to end. His picture of the early childhood and manhood of Lincoln was brief and very graphic but hislecture was maiiily direoted to Lincoln's official life as president. Lincoln was great as a reasoner as a writer, as an orator, as an execucive and as a statesman. The seoret history of the stirring times of the rebellion as it gradually finds the ligbt begius to show that Lincoln was also a great general and military commandar. He was not, by any means, a mere figure-head as comander-in-chief of the greatest armies of modern times. Not a snccessfnl campaign was planned. not a saccessful battlefought that was not foreshadowed and inspired by him. His greatness was shown by his absolute lack of vauity, conceit and petty jealousy of others. He did not in the least envy the glory of the great civil ians like Stauton Snmer, Stevens and Wade - not a general commanded the whole army f or whose snccess he did not labor aud pray. He had no care about who obtained the glory if only the great cause conld be gained and his country saved. Filling the greatest office upon earth, with all its awfnl responsibilities upon him, he was as sincere ,as simple hearted, as self-forgetting as a child. He walked through the streets of fallen JRichmond alone, unheralded, without display, while crowds of negroes silent and uncovered looked upon him with awe as he passed. As he carne up from the lowest ranks of the people 30 he never feit above them and his only arnbition as president was to give expression to their thoughts and wishes. No American public man ever carne so near the hearts of the oommon people as Abraham Lincoln and he is likely to grow oloser and closer in their loving remembrances as the ages pass away. After the lapse of only thirty years his character begius to be enveloped by popular legends and myths. Already we begin to see forming the character of another Charlemagne and the time is probably coming when poetry and song will picture the generĂ¡is and statesmen of his time as knights of the Round Table. It would be well if Captain Allen 's address conld be delivered in very town in the country ; its effeot upon the young, especially, could not be otherwise than elevating and inspiring. Lincoln cannot be taJkel abont too mnch, his glory is the heritage of the common people, his fame is destined to be an heirloom of the race.

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