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Lincoln himself entertained us with a few lines of rhyme intended to illustrate some weakness in woman — her frailty, perhaps.
Matheney was able several years ago to repeat the one stanza which follows, and that was all he could recall — perhaps it was best he could remember no more:
Whatever spiteful fools may say, Each Jealous, ranting yelper, No woman ever went astray Without a man to help her.
Near Hoffman's Row, where the courts were held in 1839-40, lived a shoemaker who frequently would get drunk and invariably whipped his wife.
Lincoln, hearing of this, told the man if he ever repeated it he would thrash him soundly himself.
Meanwhile he told Evan Butler, Noah Rickard, and myself of it, and we decided if the offense occurred again to join with Lincoln In suppressing it. In due course of time we heard of it. We dragged the offender up to the courthouse, stripped him of his shirt, and tied him to a post or pump which stood over the