was he pugnacious, but rather the reverse; and this, too, helps a portrait of the boy from which the features of the man seem a natural, slow development.
It would be strangely inconsistent to find in Grant
's adolescence any signs of precocity, such as mark, for example, the early years of Webster
, another rustic boy with very similar antecedents.
For intellect was Webster
's gift, while character was Grant
's and character finds no outward expression save in life's chances.
owes his fame to himself, but Wellington
owes his fame to Napoleon
; and, save for the Civil War
's force would have slumbered in him from the cradle to the grave.
Here is the single prophetic incident.
It has been told in many ways; and his own is the best, as usual:--
“There was a Mr. Ralston
. . . who owned a colt which I very much wanted.
My father had offered twenty dollars for it, but Ralston