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One Of Mr. Lincoln's Stories

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In lus speech at Mr. Bcocher's house at Peekskül on Monday niglit, the Hou. Chauncy &Í. Depew was impelled, by an allnsion to the great amount of testimouy and the little ovuloncu taken in the six months' trial of the Tilton suit, to teil an anocdote of the late President Lincoln which we do not rcmember to have seen priuted. Mr. Dopew prefaoed it by saying tliat whcn, as Secretary of Btafte of New York, he visited Washington in 18&1 to look after the army vote, Jie had occasion frequently to refer rnatters directly to Mr. Lincoln, who one day was reminded of a story, which he declared was oce of the only two aneclotes original vitk him, notwithstandng his repntation l'or story-telling. " I only apply the good stories others teil me," tho President said. The story which ho thereupon praceeded to teil Mr. Depow was to the effect that mauy ycars befar., when practieing in Illinois, 'he had appeared for the defendaut in a case of assault and battery, in which the coniplaiuant did uot seem to be very much injnred, although he had been through a long series of brawls. In the course of the plaintiff's exaniiuatiou Mr. Lincoln asked, "How much grouiid did you iight over?" "About six acres," was the reply. " Don't you think," asked Mr. Lincoln, ." that was an almighty small erop of fight for ko much grouud ?" Amid the roars of laughter which followed, and in which the voice oí Mr. Beecher was heard above all the others, Mr. Uepew suggested that it av;i,s needli ás to make the application to Bïich


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