would stop and read.”
He kept the Bible
and “Aesop's Fables” always within reach, and read them over and over again.
These two volumes furnished him with the many figures of speech and parables which he used with such happy effect in his later and public utterances.
Amid such restricted and unromantic environments the boy developed into the man. The intellectual fire burned slowly, but with a steady and intense glow.
Although denied the requisite training of the school-room, he was none the less competent to cope with those who had undergone that discipline.
No one had a more retentive memory.
If he read or heard a good thing it never escaped him. His powers of concentration were intense, and in the ability through analysis to strip bare a proposition he was unexcelled.
His thoughtful and investigating mind dug down after ideas, and never stopped till bottom facts were reached.
With such a mental equipment the day was destined to come when the world would need the services of his intellect and heart.
That he was equal to the great task when the demand came is but another striking proof of the grandeur of his character.