fruit above ground could be planted when the moon shone full.
Soap could only be made in the light of the moon, and it must only be stirred in one way and by one person.
They had the horror of Friday which with many exists to this day. Nothing was to be begun on that unlucky day, for if the rule were violated an endless train of disasters was sure to follow.
Surrounded by people who believed in these things, Lincoln
grew to manhood.
With them he walked, talked, and labored, and from them he also absorbed whatever of superstition showed itself in him thereafter.
His early Baptist
training made him a fatalist up to the day of his death, and, listening in boyish wonder to the legends of some toothless old dame led him to believe in the significance of dreams and visions.
His surroundings helped to create that unique character which in the eyes of a great portion of the American
people was only less curious and amusing than it was august and noble.
The winter of 1829 was marked by another visitation of that dreaded disease, “the milk-sick.”
It was making the usual ravages among the cattle.
Human victims were falling before it every day, and it caused the usual stampede in southern Indiana
, discouraged by the prospect and grieving over the loss of his stock, proposed a move further westward.
Returning emigrants had brought encouraging news of the newly developed state of Illinois
Vast stretches of rich alluvial lands were to be had there on the easiest of terms.