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sive man by all odds in the village.
He was certainly an odd character, if we accept the judgment of his contemporaries.
By some he is given the character of a clear-headed, brisk man of affairs.
By others he is variously described as wild, noisy, and reckless, or windy, rattle-brained, unsteady, and Improvident.
Despite the unenviable traits ascribed to him he was good at heart and a generous friend of Lincoln.
His boast that the latter could outrun, whip, or throw down any man in Sangamon county was soon tested, as we shall presently see, for, as another has truthfully expressed it, honors such as Offut accorded to Abe were to be won before they were worn at New Salem.
In the neighborhood of the village, or rather a few miles to the south-west, lay a strip of timber called Clary's Grove.
The boys who lived there were a terror to the entire region — seemingly a necessary product of frontier civilization.
They were friendly and good-natured; they could trench a pond, dig a bo