oftentimes the political head of the community.
Naturally, therefore the prominence the store gave the merchant attracted Lincoln.
But there seemed no favorable opening for him — clerks in New Salem were not in demand just then.
My cousins, Rowan and James Herndon, were at that time operating a store, and tiring of their investment and the confinement it necessitated, James sold his interest to an idle, shiftless fellow named William Berry.
Soon after Rowan disposed of his to Lincoln.
TRowan disposed of his to Lincoln.
That the latter, who was without means and in search of work, could succeed to the ownership of even a half interest in a concern where but a few days before he would in all probability gladly have exchanged his services for his board, doubtless seems strange to the average young business man of to-day.
I once asked Rowan Herndon what induced him to make such liberal terms in dealing with Lincoln, whom he had known for so short a time.
I believed he was thoroughly honest, was the reply, an