his effectiveness in managing a law suit entirely on the stimulus and inspiration of the final hour.
He paid but little attention to the fees and money matters of the firm — usually leaving all such to me. He never entered an item in the account book.
If any one paid money to him which belonged to the firm, on arriving at the office he divided it with me. If I was not there, he would wrap up my share in a piece of paper and place it in my drawer — marking it with a pencil, “Case of Roe
On many topics he was not a good conversationalist, because he felt that he was not learned enough.
Neither was he a good listener.
Putting it a little strongly, he was often not even polite.
If present with others, or participating in a conversation, he was rather abrupt, and in his anxiety to say something apt or to illustrate the subject under discussion, would burst in with a story.
In our office I have known him to consume the whole forenoon relating stories.
If a man came to see him for the purpose of finding out something, which he did not care to let him know and at the same time did not want to refuse him, he was very adroit.
In such cases Lincoln
would do most of the talking, swinging around what he suspected was the vital point, but never nearing it, interlarding his answers with a seemingly endless supply of stories and jokes.
The interview being both interesting and pleasant, the man would depart in good humor, believing he had accomplished his mission.
After he had walked away a few squares and had cooled off, the