drank from the bung; but in performing this latter almost incredible feat he did not stand erect and elevate the barrel, but squatted down and lifted it to his knees, rolling it over until his mouth came opposite the bung.
His strength, kindness of manner, love of fairness and justice, his original and unique sayings, his power of mimicry, his perseverance — all made a combination rarely met with on the frontier.
Nature had burnt him in her holy fire, and stamped him with the seal of her greatness.
In the summer of 1834 Lincoln
determined to make another race for the legislature; but this time he ran distinctly as a Whig.
He made, it is presumed, the usual number of speeches, but as the art of newspaper reporting had not reached the perfection it has since attained, we are not favored with even the substance of his efforts on the stump.
I have Lincoln
's word for it that it was more of a hand-shaking campaign than anything else.
relates that he came to his house during harvest, when there were a large number of men at work in the field.
He was introduced to them, but they did not hesitate to apprize him of their esteem for a man who could labor; and their admiration for a candidate for office was gauged somewhat by the amount of work he could do. Learning these facts, Lincoln
took hold of a cradle, and handling it with ease and remarkable speed, soon distanced those who undertook to follow him. The men were satisfied, and it is presumed he lost no votes in that crowd.
One Dr. Barrett
, seeing Lincoln