lain concealed in his satchel, offered it to Lincoln
with the remark, “Well, stranger, seeing you don't smoke or chew, perhaps you'll take a little of this French brandy
It's a prime article and a good appetizer besides.”
His tall and uncommunicative companion declined this last and best evidence of Kentucky
hospitality on the same ground as the tobacco.
When they separated that afternoon, the Kentuckian, transferring to another stage, bound for Louisville
, shook Lincoln
warmly by the hand.
“See here, stranger,” he said, good-humoredly, “you're a clever, but strange companion.
I may never see you again, and I don't want to offend you, but I want to say this: my experience has taught me that a man who has no vices has d-d few virtues.
enjoyed this reminiscence of the journey, and took great pleasure in relating it. During this same journey occurred an incident for which Thomas H. Nelson
, of Terre Haute, Indiana
, who was appointed Minister to Chili
, when he was President
, is authority.
“In the spring of 1849,” relates Nelson
, “Judge Abram Hammond
, who was afterwards Governor
, and I arranged to go from Terre Haute
in the stage coach.
An entire day was usually consumed in the journey.
By daybreak the stage had arrived from the West
, and as we stepped in we discovered that the entire back seat was occupied by a long, lank individual, whose head seemed to protrude, from one end of the coach and his feet from the other.
He was the sole occupant, and was sleeping ”