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Two Little Stories

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Seyeral new anecdotes of Mr. Lincoln are floating around. Ho recently at tended Bishop Simpsou'a lecture on our ' National Conflict." The Binhop's lecture marks down the discovery of California gold, the invention of tho telegraph, improvements in ordnance, and many other solid things, as special proVtj dences designed by Deity to help ui' through with the 'national conflict,' foreseen and prepared for by him. After the Bishop through, Mr. Lincoln walked up, shook hands, and addressed him thus : " Bishop, that was a good lecture, a very good lecture ; but one thing you omitted. Among all your ppecial providences, you never once struck tle." There was eileüce in the auditorium for the space of &ve seoonds, and then an oleaginous smile broke over the Bishop's countenance. After the formal interview during the recent peace conference at Fortress Monroe was over, there was a lengthy general conversation held. It seems that it; was during this informal talk that the rebel ambassadors first heard of the passage of the constitutional amendmont by the lower house of Congress. One of this number remarked that this action might complícate affaim a little with tho South. Tho heavy planters insisted upon maintaining that institution and de fending it, and asked Mr. Lincoln ii ho thought he could get around that fact. Oíd Abe was ready for them with one ol his stories, and said : " There is an old farmer out in Illinois, who had made his arrangement to raise a largo herd of hogs ; he infonned his neighbors that he had found a way to raise a cheap pork. This excited the curiosity of his neighbors, and they asked him how he was going to do it. The old farmer replied, that he should plant a large field of potatoes, aud when they had got their growth, would turn tho hogs in nnd let them dig and eat, thus saving. the expenso of digging the potatoes and feeding them. " ' But,' said his noighbors. ' the frost will come befiwe they are fattened, and in all probability the grouud will be frozeu a foot deep. How do yon propose to get around that ?' " ' Oh,' replied the farmer, ' they will root somewhere any way, and may as well root away there, even if it is hard work.' "


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Michigan Argus