the bidders; they pinched her flesh and made her trot up and down the room like a horse, to show how she moved, and in order, as the auctioneer said, that “bidders might satisfy themselves” whether the article they were offering to buy was sound or not. The whole thing was so revolting that Lincoln
moved away from the scene with a deep feeling of “unconquerable hate.”
Bidding his companions follow him he said, “By God, boys, let's get away from this.
If ever I get a chance to hit that thing [meaning slavery], I'll hit it hard.”
This incident was furnished me in 1865, by John Hanks
I have also heard Mr. Lincoln
refer to it himself.
In June the entire party, including Offut, boarded a steamboat going up the river.
At St. Louis
they disembarked, Offut remaining behind while Lincoln
, and Johnston
started across Illinois
they separated, Hanks
going to Springfield
, while Lincoln
and his stepbrother followed the road to Coles county
, to which point old Thomas Lincoln
had meanwhile removed.
Here Abe did not tarry long, probably not over a month, but long enough to dispose most effectually of one Daniel Needham
, a famous wrestler who had challenged the returned boatman to a test of strength.
The contest took place at a locality known as “Wabash point.”
Abe threw his antagonist twice with comparative ease, and thereby demonstrated such marked strength and agility as to render him forever popular with the boys of that neighborhood.
In August the waters of the Sangamon river