the lifeless boy in a wagon and drove home.
Abe lay unconscious all night, but towards break of day the attendants noticed signs of returning consciousness.
The blood beginning to flow normally, his tongue struggled to loosen itself, his frame jerked for an instant, and he awoke, blurting out the words “you old hussy,” or the latter half of the sentence interrupted by the mare's heel at the mill.
considered this one of the remarkable incidents of his life.
He often referred to it, and we had many discussions in our law office over the psychological phenomena involved in the operation.
Without expressing my own views I may say that his idea was that the latter half of the expression, “Get up, you old hussy,” was cut off by a suspension of the normal flow of his mental energy, and that as soon as life's forces returned he unconsciously ended the sentence; or, as he in a plainer figure put it: “Just before I struck the old mare my will through the mind had set the muscles of my tongue to utter the expression, and when her heels came in contact with my head the whole thing stopped half-cocked, as it were, and was only fired off when mental energy or force returned.”
By the time he had reached his seventeenth year he had attained the physical proportions of a full-grown man. He was employed to assist James Taylor
in the management of a ferry-boat across the Ohio river
near the mouth of Anderson
's creek, but was not allowed a man's wages for the work.
He received thirty-seven cents a day for what he