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How Horace Greeley Helped His Brother

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Barnes Graeley, a brother of Horace, relates thil incident : "Wlien hincólo was elected 1 took a notion I would like to have the appointment ot' mail agent on one of our local roadn. The salary was $1,000 a yoar, whioh was a big thing for me. I knew Ilorace could get me the appointment. I pent souie money traveling urouod and gelting recommendations, and l succeeded in getting what I thought was sufficient. L had lettere Iroui u nuuiber of leading business men along the route, as well as froin the party men, and these I forwardedto Ilorace with a letter asking bim to help me. Wliat lo you suppose he did? He wrote back, returning my ppomiuendatioii-i, with tho information, penned in lus own hand, that he could get the appointment for me without the slightest trouble, but he didn't want to do it. He wanted me to stick to the farm. He said I was the only boy at home, and he thought it best that I should stay there. I wrote baek and explained to him that l could be at home frequently ; that at that time the snlary of' $1,000 a yer would help me very considerably ; that another party had offered to take th position at f.'.iin a year. 1 wound up by urging him ti) lielp me to the appointment. His reply w:is t his : 'If anolher man otters to do tbif m-rvioe for IjOO, and you expect $1,000, that U an excellent roason why you should not have it. If you had it tha govcrnuiont would be losing M6 a year.' In tbe same letter he made me this proposition : 'Stay oo the old farm, and if I do aot raise more oorn this year ou two acros than you do on ten acres, Í will give you $100. Not being io a position to better my.ielf', l btayed on the farm, and accept tl the propositïon. I picked out ten eres of as good ground as I had, and planted it in corn. He planted two acres. Wbên we measured up in the fall 1 had beaten hini just 25 buênels of ear, and he sent nie hi check for $100.


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