There was more or less of an attachment between Miss Roby
, although the lady took pains to assure me that they were never in love.
She described with self-evident pleasure, however, the delightful experience of an evening's stroll down to the river with him, where they were wont to sit on the bank and watch the moon as it slowly rose over the neighboring hills.
Dangling their youthful feet in the water, they gazed on the pale orb of night, as many a fond pair before them had done and will continue to do until the end of the world.
One evening, when thus engaged, their conversation and thoughts turned on the movement of the planets.
“I did not suppose that Abe, who had seen so little of the world, would know anything about it, but he proved to my satisfaction that the moon did not go down at all; that it only seemed to; that the earth, revolving from west to east, carried us under, as it were.
‘We do the sinking,’ he explained; ‘while to us the moon is comparatively still.
The moon's sinking is only an illusion.’
I at once dubbed him a fool, but later developments convinced me that I was the fool, not he. He was well acquainted with the general laws of astronomy and the movements of the heavenly bodies, but where he could have learned so much, or how to put it so plainly, I never could understand.”
is authority for the statement that even at that early day Abe was a patient reader of a Louisville newspaper, which some one at Gentryville
kindly furnished him. Among the books he read-were the Bible
, “Aesop's Fables,”