suggested that we sew their eyes shut.
Thinking to try it, we caught them, Abe holding their heads and I their tails while Offut sewed up their eyes.
Still they wouldn't drive.
At last, becoming tired, we carried them to the boat.
Abe received them and cut open their eyes, Johnston
and I handing them to him.”
After thus disposing of the hog problem they again swung loose and floated down-stream.
From the Sangamon
they passed to the Illinois
their unique craft, with its “sails made of planks and cloth,” excited the amusement and laughter of those who saw them from the shore.
Once on the bosom of the broad Mississippi
they glided past Alton
, St. Louis
, and Cairo
in rapid succession, tied up for a day at Memphis
, and made brief stops at Vicksburg
Early in May they reached New Orleans, where they lingered a month, disposing of their cargo and viewing the sights which the Crescent City
In New Orleans, for the first time Lincoln
beheld the true horrors of human slavery.
He saw “negroes in chains-whipped and scourged.”
Against this inhumanity his sense of right and justice rebelled, and his mind and conscience were awakened to a realization of what he had often heard and read.
No doubt, as one of his companions has said, “Slavery ran the iron into him then and there.”
One morning in their rambles over the city the trio passed a slave auction.
A vigorous and comely mulatto girl was being sold.
She underwent a thorough examination at the hands of