ork, mainly on the farm and in building a new home, which left no time and little inclination for any kind of mischief.
At sixteen years of age I spent three months in surveying public lands in the wilds of northern Wisconsin, and at seventeen taught district school in the little town of Oneco.
By that time I had chosen the law as my profession, and was working hard to complete the preparatory studies at my own expense.
The winter school term in Oneco having closed early in the spring of 1849, I returned to Freeport and resumed my struggle with Latin.
Then an unforeseen event turned the course of my life.
The young man who had been appointed to West Point from our district only a year or two before had failed to continue his course in the Military Academy.
Thus a vacancy occurred just at the close of Mr. Thomas J. Turner's term in Congress.
There was no time for applications or for consultation.
He must select another candidate to enter the following June, or leave the place